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Authorities say more than 30 people are dead after a militia attacked several villages in Central African Republic.

The government has issued an ultimatum to the leader of a militia group known as 3R, calling on him to hand over those responsible.

The bloodshed took place in several villages in the volatile country’s northwest near the border with Chad.

Government spokesman Ange-Maxime Kazagui says the group retaliated against several communities in the Ouham Pende prefecture after an incident in which one man was killed.

Lucien Mbaigoto, a legislator from the area, said that militia fighters on the ground are not abiding by the peace agreements signed by their leaders, including one in February.

Human rights groups have blamed the 3R group for killing and raping civilians since 2015.

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A Thai court has blocked the leader of a new anti-junta political party from taking his seat in Parliament while it determines whether he violated election rules.

The Constitutional Court has accepted a case against Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, who is accused of breaking electoral law by holding shares in a media company. It barred him from taking his seat in the meantime.

Thanathorn has denied the accusations.

Thursday’s ruling is likely to increase political tensions in Thailand, which has seen the military seize power from elected governments twice in the past 13 years and the courts regularly issue rulings that critics call biased.

Future Forward finished third in the March election and aligned itself with parties seeking to stop the ruling junta’s allies from forming the government.

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The five dogs suspected of mauling a Massachusetts teen to death earlier this month were ordered to be euthanized Wednesday night, officials said.

Dighton’s Board of Selectmen held a vote that determined that the five dogs responsible for the death of 14-year-old Ryan Hazel — a 2-year-old Dutch shepherd, three 8-month-old Belgian Malinois and a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois — were to be euthanized as a result of the fatal attack.

Town Administrator Mallory Aronstein said that the animals’ owner, Scott Dunmore, 49, waived his right to contest any decision made by the board members.

MASSACHUSETTS TEEN MAULED TO DEATH BY ‘PACK OF DOGS’ HE WAS TENDING TO: POLICE

“The District Attorney, Dighton Police Department and Animal Control officers are all in agreement that the five suspected dogs be ordered to be euthanized,” Aronstein said in a statement.

Ryan was found dead on May 9 after suffering “traumatic injuries to various areas of his body” from an apparent dog attack, police said at the time. The teen was tending to Dunmore’s animals while the owner was out of town, something he had done on a regular basis.

A Belgian shepherd dog or Malinois, similar to a dogs linked to a teen's death. (Getty Images)

A Belgian shepherd dog or Malinois, similar to a dogs linked to a teen’s death. (Getty Images)

Police did not comment on the manner in which the dogs were found but noted that there were several dogs loose on the property at the time of the attack and seven more that were caged.

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Just before all three board members voted unanimously to order the dogs euthanized, Board Member Nancy J. Goulart requested a moment of silence for Ryan and his family.

“Dighton is known as a small town with a big heart and Dighton’s big heart continues to grieve for Ryan Hazel and his family,” she said.

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Sudan’s protest leaders are calling for mass rallies across the country amid deadlocked negotiations with the ruling military over its handover of power.

The Sudanese Professionals’ Association, which has spearheaded four months of protests that drove Omar al-Bashir from power in April, says it’s also calling for a “million man march” outside the military headquarters in Khartoum.

Thursday’s statement, posted on Facebook, says the protesters want to denounce the ruling generals’ resistance to relinquish power to a sovereign council that both side had already agreed should lead the country during the transitional period.

There are also indications that the SPA, a union umbrella, may call for a general strike.

The two sides have held several rounds of talks since the military overthrew al-Bashir on April 11, ending his 30-year reign.

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Darcy Smith left her souvenir T-shirt behind at a Dave Matthews Band concert in Missouri last week and her husband Jasen went back to their seats to retrieve it.

The next time she saw him he was unconscious and being treated by paramedics. He was bleeding from one of his ears.

The father of 10-year-old twin sons later died at a hospital.

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Authorities later said Jasen Smith, 44, had suffered a blunt force injury to the back of his head that left him with a fractured skull and a cut lip, family attorney Chip Gentry told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The family is mystified about what could have happened.

“Jasen was not the kind of guy that’s going to fight someone for a T-shirt,” Gentry told the newspaper.

“Jasen was not the kind of guy that’s going to fight someone for a T-shirt.”

— Chip Gentry, attorney for the Smith family

“They’re devastated,” he said about the family. “You can’t fathom going to a Dave Matthews Band concert on a Wednesday evening and being struck by something which cost you your life. We will certainly dig deep to hold those responsible accountable.”

The Jefferson City resident was the operator of a local lot that sold custom trucks. His memorial service drew about 1,000 mourners, according to the Post-Dispatch.

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Investigators in Maryland Heights, the site of the concert venue, are now searching for the man who reported Smith’s injury to a security guard. They say the man appeared to be in his late 20s and claimed to be in the medical field, and had seen Smith fall to the ground, the Jefferson City News Tribune reported.

Until authorities obtain more information, they are considering the case a “suspicious death,” the newspaper reported.

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Austrian police say that a woman and her two daughters who were found dead at their Vienna apartment earlier this week appear to have starved to death.

The bodies of the 45-year-old mother and her daughters, both aged 18, were found in municipal housing in the Austrian capital’s Floridsdorf district on Tuesday.

Authorities ordered an autopsy. Police said Thursday it suggested that the three starved to death and that they died at the end of March or the beginning of April. They said there were no signs that the women were poisoned. Investigators earlier said that the apartment door was locked and that there was no sign of a break-in or of other violence.

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A French judicial official says Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been placed under investigation for suspected corruption.

The official says the preliminary charge of “active corruption” was filed in mid-May. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

The official gave no other details. Le Parisien newspaper says the investigating magistrate suspects Al-Khelaifi of signing off on a $3.5 million payment to former IAAF president Lamine Diack to help Qatar land the track world championships.

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Seven people have died in election violence in the Indonesian capital, police said Thursday, as calm returned to the city and the losing presidential candidate prepared the challenge the result in court.

The apparently orchestrated chaos that turned central Jakarta into a battleground started Tuesday night during peaceful protests over official results that confirmed President Joko Widodo had won the April 17 election, securing him a second term.

National police spokesman Muhammad Iqbal said several hundred have been arrested and seven deaths were confirmed. Police, who responded to the rioting with water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas, deny using live ammunition.

The defeated candidate, former General Prabowo Subianto, who also lost to Widodo in 2014, has refused to accept the result and instead declared himself the winner.

Subianto and his campaign have alleged massive election fraud but not provided any credible evidence. They didn’t file a Constitutional Court challenge to the election result on Thursday as planned but have until Friday to do so.

The election supervisory agency earlier this week rejected Subianto’s complaint about the election’s integrity after the only evidence of fraud provided by his team was links to online articles.

The rioting in Jakarta was planned and not spontaneous and many of the several hundred arrested came from outside Jakarta, according to police.

Officers found an ambulance filled with stones and other weapons. Some of those arrested had envelopes containing 250,000-500,000 rupiah ($17-$34), said Jakarta police chief Argo Yuwono. The minimum wage in Jakarta is about $9 a day.

The government has deployed about 50,000 police and soldiers in Jakarta. Many residents have left the city and parts of the downtown are closed to traffic, with the election supervisory agency and Election Commission barricaded with razor wire.

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The man in the saffron robe sat cross-legged with his eyes closed, back to the wall of a cave framed by the Himalayas.

This was India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest production, traveling to a remote mountain temple with a preferred TV news crew to show the world India’s leader meditating days before the end of the country’s marathon general elections. As official results Thursday showed Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party leading in the race for the lower house of Parliament, the party already declared victory.

Modi, 68, has carefully constructed an image of himself as a pious man of the people, a would-be monk called to politics who has elevated India’s status globally and transformed its parliamentary elections from a contest of political parties on social and economic issues into a cult of personality.

“He’s able to build the narrative the way that he really wants people to believe. He’s actually in many ways a pied piper, that whatever he says, people actually believe it,” said Modi biographer Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay.

The cult has been fueled by a social media blitzkrieg. There was NaMo TV and a NaMo app. Like President Donald Trump, to whom he is often compared, Modi is a big fan of Twitter, using it and a YouTube channel managed by the BJP to bypass traditional media.

The party has become synonymous with Modi, whose near-ubiquitous bearded and bespectacled visage appears on BJP billboards blanketing India’s vast territory.

“Every vote for the lotus” — the BJP’s ballot symbol — “will go into Modi’s kitty,” Modi said recently.

And when India retaliated after a suicide bombing in Kashmir with an airstrike of an alleged militant training camp inside Pakistan, Modi took on an even larger persona: He started referring to himself as India’s “chowkidar,” or watchman, adding it as a prefix to his official Twitter account. Party leaders and a number of his 47.3 million Twitter followers quickly followed suit.

“The BJP re-election campaign has been a presidential-style one — a relatively new phenomenon in Indian politics,” said Nikhil Menon, a historian focused on South Asia at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. “The strategy behind this is to use the enormous popularity of Narendra Modi to the advantage of the party.”

At a recent BJP rally on a dusty parade ground in New Delhi, hundreds of supporters in T-shirts carrying the slogans “Modi once more” and “Modi again” chanted his name in Modi masks while lifting life-size cardboard cut-outs of the prime minister into the air.

“Please put your hands together and make it sound like an airstrike,” a party worker implored the crowd.

When Modi took the stage in his characteristic white kurta and flag-of-India sash, he started by mentioning that he’d met several people on Delhi’s Metro.

“BJP has ended VIP culture,” he declared. “Entire government is now connected with people via mobile phones.”

In his five years as premier, Modi has never taken reporters’ questions at a press conference. Instead the government press information bureau gives media outlets unlimited access to in-house photos and footage.

Populism and nationalism are not new to India, whose modern history was dominated by the political dynasty of the Indian National Congress party, which led the country to independence from British rule in 1947.

The party of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawarlalal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, has produced six of India’s 14 prime ministers, including Nehru’s daughter Indira Gandhi, herself a populist though of a different ideological stripe, and her son Rajiv Gandhi.

The BJP has produced only two.

Rahul Gandhi, Nehru’s great-grandson, took the Congress reins from his mother, Sonia Gandhi, after the party was decimated in the 2014 polls, winning only 44 of 543 seats.

Modi’s unlikely rise to power has also endeared him to voters.

He was the third of six children born to Damodardas Modi, who ran a small tea shop at the local railway station in the tiny town of Vadnagar, in the western state of Gujarat. The family struggled to make ends meet, which meant Modi had to help his father run the shop.

Modi’s characterization of his opponents as out-of-touch post-colonial elites has resonated in a country where opportunity is often still constrained by caste.

Modi began his political rise as a teenager in Gujarat, joining the militant Hindu organization Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, which modeled itself in the 1930s after fascist Italy and which is regarded as the ideological parent of the BJP. Speaking at rallies, Modi built a reputation as a powerful orator and political strategist, and in the late 1980s was tapped as a general secretary of the BJP in Gujarat.

He rose quickly through the party’s ranks and, by October 2001, was running the state as chief minister.

In 2002, a group of Hindu pilgrims traveling by train were allegedly attacked by a Muslim mob. Hindus in Gujarat ransacked their Muslim neighbors’ homes, setting people on fire and raping women. Modi’s government was seen to have done little to stop the rioting that killed about 1,000 people.

Since Modi and the BJP took the helm of the Indian government, Hindu mobs have lynched dozens of people — mainly Muslims and lower-caste Dalits — suspected of illegally transporting or consuming beef. Many Indian states have laws limiting or banning the slaughter of cows, which are sacred to Hindus, and rather than condemn the killings, some BJP leaders have come to the alleged killers’ defense, garlanding them with marigolds as protectors of the faith.

Though Modi himself hasn’t publicly supported the vigilantes, he has been accused of failing to condemn them, thereby cultivating a climate of intolerance.

His recent visit to the cave temple signals that religion, and its defense, will remain a political priority.

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Associated Press video journalist Rishabh R. Jain contributed to this report.

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A tornado has caused heavy damage in Missouri’s capital city as severe weather swept across the state overnight, causing three deaths and trapping dozens of people in the wreckage of their homes.

The National Weather Service confirmed that the large and destructive tornado moved over Jefferson City shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

Gov. Mike Parson said three people died. Missouri Public Safety said they were killed in the Golden City area of Barton County. The governor is praising first responders who have worked through the night to free people from homes that have been ripped apart in the storm.

Jefferson City Police Lt. David Williams says no deaths were reported in the capital, but 20 people have been rescued by emergency personnel.

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