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Falling debris kills London cabdriver in storm

LONDON — Strong winds that pummeled Britain killed a taxi driver, whose car was crushed by falling chunks of masonry from a building, and an elderly man who died after a ‘‘freak wave’’ struck a cruise ship in the English Channel, officials said Saturday. Another 15 cruise ship passengers were injured. The taxi driver was killed late Friday near Holborn subway station in central London when part of a building collapsed during a windstorm, police said. She was identified as Julie Sillitoe, 49, a mother of three. (AP)

AFGHANISTAN

Coalition member dies in explosion

KABUL — An improvised explosive device killed a NATO service member in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the US-led international military coalition said. In its statement, the coalition did not give further details on where the incident occurred or the nationality of the service member killed. Saturday’s death brings to five the number of coalition troops who have died in Afghanistan so far this month. (AP)

TURKEY

2 lawmakers hurt in Parliament fight

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ISTANBUL — Turkey’s Parliament met through the night, Friday into Saturday, and passed a controversial new bill that gives the government greater control over the judiciary — but not before a brawl on the floor of the assembly left one lawmaker with a broken finger and another with a bloodied nose. The raucous scene was emblematic of the messy turn Turkish politics has taken recently, as a corruption investigation targeting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle has thrust the government into crisis. (New York Times)

BAHRAIN

Security forces battle protesters

MANAMA — Bahraini antigovernment activists clashed with security forces as thousands of demonstrators took to the streets Saturday, sending tear gas into a shopping mall and bringing the capital’s streets to a standstill on the same day that authorities said a police officer died of injuries sustained in an earlier bombing. The Interior Ministry said the officer was one of two wounded Friday in Dair village, near the main airport. (AP)

BRAZIL

142 cities ration water in drought

SAO PAULO — More than 140 cities are rationing water amid the worst drought to hit Brazil in decades, according to a survey conducted by the country’s leading newspaper. Water is being rationed for close to six million people living in 142 cities in 11 states. Reservoirs, rivers, and streams are the driest they have been in 20 years. (AP)

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