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Congo vi­o­lence: At least 36 Bu­run­dian refugees have been killed in clashes with Con­golese se­cu­rity forces who al­legedly fired in­dis­crim­i­nately at pro­test­ers, the United Na­tions en­voy to Congo said Saturday. Ma­man Sidikou said he is “deeply shocked” at the vi­o­lence. An ad­di­tional 117 peo­ple were wounded and one Con­golese of­fi­cer was killed, he said in a state­ment. Fri­day’s clashes erupted in Ka­many­ola in Congo’s South Kivu prov­ince when Bu­run­dian refugees and asy­lum-seek­ers protested the ex­pul­sion of four of their coun­try­men, Sidikou said. The death of the Con­golese army of­fi­cer led to “the es­ca­la­tion of vi­o­lence.” The U.N. en­voy called for a swift in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Roughly 44,000 refugees from Bu­rundi are shel­ter­ing in Congo. Many fled po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence at home in 2015, when Pres­i­dent Pierre Nku­run­z­iza suc­cess­fully pur­sued a dis­puted third term amid deadly protests.

Gays ar­rested: Au­thor­i­ties in Tan­za­nia’s semi­au­tonomous re­gion of Zanz­ibar have de­tained 20 peo­ple ac­cused of en­gag­ing in gay and les­bian ac­tiv­i­ties, po­lice said Saturday, the lat­est in­ci­dent in a crack­down on ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity in the East African coun­try. Twelve women and eight men were ar­rested fol­low­ing a po­lice raid on a ho­tel where the sus­pects were at­tend­ing a work­shop, said re­gional po­lice chief Has­san Ali. Ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is crim­i­nal­ized in Tan­za­nia, and sex among men is pun­ish­able by jail terms rang­ing from 30 years to life im­pris­on­ment.

_3 Tur­key crack­down:

Tur­key’s of­fi­cial news agency re­ported Saturday that po­lice have de­tained 74 peo­ple be­lieved to be mem­bers of the Is­lamic State group. The Anadolu news agency said an­titer­ror po­lice con­ducted si­mul­ta­ne­ous oper­a­tions at 15 lo­ca­tions in Is­tan­bul. Is­lamic State has been blamed for sev­eral deadly at­tacks in Tur­key, killing more than 300 peo­ple since 2015. Along with com­bat­ting mil­i­tant cells in­side its bor­ders, Tur­key launched a mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion into north­ern Syria in Au­gust 2016 to clear the bor­der zone of ex­trem­ists af­ter a sui­cide bomb ripped through a wed­ding in the prov­ince of Gaziantep.

Hid­den cam­era:

Ecuador’s Pres­i­dent Lenin Moreno an­grily de­nounced his pre­de­ces­sor for plant­ing a hid­den video cam­era in his of­fice so that he could spy on him re­motely. “Shocked and fu­ri­ous,” Moreno wrote in a Twit­ter mes­sage Fri­day about the dis­cov­ery of the de­vice. Later in a tele­vised ap­pear­ance from Guayaquil, he said the cam­era had been mon­i­tored re­motely by for­mer Pres­i­dent Rafael Cor­rea on his cell phone. He did not pro­vide any ev­i­dence to back the ac­cu­sa­tion. Cor­rea, who moved to Europe af­ter hand­ing off power to his hand-picked suc­ces­sor in May, mocked the ac­cu­sa­tion on his Twit­ter ac­count. “Hid­den cam­era run from my cell­phone! If Pres­i­dent Moreno proves this, then send me to prison. If not, then he should re­sign from the Pres­i­dency, not for be­ing bad, but for be­ing ridicu­lous. What a dis­grace!” Cor­rea helped elect Moreno, but the for­mer al­lies have since grown es­tranged.

Ok­to­ber­fest: The beer is flow­ing at Mu­nich’s fa­bled Ok­to­ber­fest. Mayor Di­eter Reiter in­serted the tap into the first keg Saturday with two blows of his ham­mer and the cry of “O’zapft is” — “It’s tapped.” About 6 mil­lion vis­i­tors are ex­pected to at­tend the 184th Ok­to­ber­fest, which runs through Oct. 3. The price for a mug of beer has gone up to 10.95 eu­ros (about $13) per glass — 25 cents more than last year. Revel­ers also face in­creased se­cu­rity be­cause of pos­si­ble at­tacks. Huge flower pots block the en­trances to the fes­ti­val’s lawn, more video cam­eras are in­stalled and a new loud­speaker sys­tem has been ac­ti­vated.

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