With less than a week until the election, new opinion polling shows that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are neck-and-neck.
Tuesday’s ABC News/The Washington Post poll revealed Mr Trump is leading Mrs Clinton by a measly 0.7 per cent. Enthusiasm for Mrs Clinton has dropped since the FBI’s announcement that it is reopening an investigation into her use of a private email server.
FBI director James Comey announced that the FBI is now examining 65,000 emails, including emails to and from Mrs Clinton, found on a laptop belonging to disgraced Democrat politician Anthony Weiner. The FBI is conducting the investigation urgently but it is unknown whether the results will be revealed before election day next week.
UN fires South Sudan chief
The head of the United Nations force in South Sudan has been sacked after a report found UN troops failed to protect civilians when an aid compound was attacked in July. Twenty people who had previously sought UN protection were killed along with two peacekeepers during a three-day clash between the army and rebel fighters. An independent report, commissioned by the UN, found that “a lack of leadership on the part of key senior mission personnel culminated in a chaotic and ineffective response to the violence.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked for the immediate replacement of the force commander on Monday.
Nigerian officials allegedly abuse women in Boko Haram camps
Women freed from Boko Haram are being sexually assaulted by Nigerian officials, Human Rights Watch says. The rights group reported that 43 victims have spoken out about sexual abuse by vigilante groups and security officials in the Nigerian town of Maiduguri. Four victims told HRW they were drugged and raped, while others were coerced to have sex by the promise of financial help and marriage.
“It is disgraceful and outrageous that people who should protect these women and girls are attacking and abusing them,” said HRW’s Mausi Segun. The Nigerian president has ordered an investigation into the abuse claims.
Deadly bus crash in Baltimore
Six people died and 10 were injured when a bus crashed into a car during the morning school run in the city of Baltimore, US. The accident killed the bus driver and five other passengers; there were no schoolchildren on board at the time. The wounded were taken to hospital with injuries ranging from minor to critical. A Baltimore police spokesman told reporters that the crash “literally looks like a bomb exploded in the bus; it’s catastrophic damage”. The cause of the crash is being investigated. – Compiled from web sources by Alicia Camilleri, Nikolina Matijevic and Samantha Besgrove