World News Headlines – Sept 15th

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    Forensic scientists in Mexico have managed to identify 44 bodies buried in a well in the state of Jalisco.

    Discovered just outside the city of Guadalajara, the human remains were hidden in 119 black bags.

    The remains were discovered earlier in September when local residents began complaining about the smell.

    Jalisco is the heartland of one of Mexico’s most violent drug gangs and this is the second major find of bodies in the state this year.

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    The remains of more than 2,000 foetuses have been found at the Illinois home of a former abortion doctor.

    The family of Dr Ulrich Klopfer discovered the remains while sorting through the doctor’s property after his death on 3 September.

    He was accused of failing to report abortions performed on a 13-year-old girl to authorities.

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    Iran has dismissed accusations by the United States that it was behind attacks on Saudi oil plants that risk disrupting global energy supplies.

    It warned on Sunday that U.S. bases and aircraft carriers in the region were in range of its missiles.

    The drone strikes on plants in the heartland of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, including the world’s biggest petroleum processing facility, were expected to send oil prices up $5-10 per barrel on Monday as tensions rise in the Middle East.

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    Tunisia is holding its second free presidential poll since the 2011 uprising that toppled ex-president Ben Ali and sparked the Arab Spring.

    It was brought forward from November after the death in July of Beji Caid Essebsi, the first democratically elected president, who took office in 2014.

    Twenty-six candidates, including two women, are running in the election.

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    Couples in the US state of Virginia will no longer have to declare their race in order to get a marriage certificate, its attorney-general says.

    Mark Herring issued new legal guidance after three couples filed a lawsuit calling the statute “unconstitutional” and “reflective of a racist past”.

    Some options on forms included Aryan, Moor, Octoroon and Mulatto.

    A lawyer for the couples welcomed the move but said they wanted to fight on to remove the law altogether.