Small countries struggle to be heard at the UN

UNITED NATIONS (AP): Honduras, terrorised by drug gangs, railed against the world for ignoring the violence and lack of jobs that sends thousands of young Central Americans fleeing north to the United States.

Parliament passes counter terror laws

CANBERRA, (AP): The Australian Parliament yesterday passed a raft of counterterrorism laws that extend secret service powers despite concerns about their impact on press freedom.

Bahamas strikes tough tone on immigration

UNITED NATIONS (AP): The foreign minister of the Bahamas said on Tuesday that his country is determined to control illegal immigration, saying that allowing it to balloon could be a "recipe for civil strife".

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Law cracks down on underage drinkers - BERMUDA, Hamilton, CMC: A new liquor law, which came into effect yesterday, cracking down on underage drinking in Bermuda.

Paediatricians urge IUDs or implants for teen girls

CHICAGO (AP): Teen girls who have sex should use intra-uterine devices (IUDs) or hormonal implants, long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation's most influential paediatricians' group recommends.

UN: At least 1,119 Iraqis killed in September

BAGHDAD (AP): The United Nations yesterday said that at least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September, but that the real figure was likely much higher since the reported death toll did not include killings in areas controlled by the Islamic State group.

Oregon rally in support of immigrant draws hundreds

OREGON (AP): An interfaith service in support of an immigrant activist who has taken refuge at an Oregon church to avoid deportation drew hundreds of people to Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland.

Secret Service chief resigns after security lapses

WASHINGTON (AP): Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned yesterday, a day after bitingly critical questioning by Congress about a White House security breach. There had been increasing calls for her departure during the day.

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