SOMALIA

Poisonous water kills at least 10

At least 10 people died and another 80 have been taken to the hospital after drinking poisonous water from a well in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, a city official said.

Most of victims who died were children, Ali Seeko, a spokesman for the Mogadishu mayor's office, said Thursday.

"We have taken samples of water from the well, where most of the residents got sick after using the water, and once it is confirmed that the water is contaminated then stern measures will be taken against the owner of the well," Seeko said.

Somalia has lacked a functioning central administration since the government collapsed after a coup in 1991. Since then, water wells previously run by the state have been transferred into private ownership with little regulatory oversight.

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CENTRAL AFRICAN REP.

Atrocities unabated

Central African Republic authorities and the United Nations are failing to investigate war crimes that must be tackled to break the cycle of violence, Amnesty International said. Armed militias have continued to commit atrocities even after Amnesty in July listed 20 individuals who are suspected of involvement in war crimes and crimes against humanity, the London-based rights group said Thursday in a report.

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UKRAINE

Three soldiers slain

Pro-Russian rebels killed three Ukrainian soldiers, jolting a two-day-old truce in the nation's east as Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called for an international donor conference to avoid a possible default. The casualties follow Ukraine's decision on Tuesday to halt hostilities in an attempt to start new talks with insurgents in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. - Bloomberg