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Taliban attack Afghan security forces in north, killing 52

Taliban insurgents launched separate attacks on Afghan security forces in the country’s north, killing at least 52, provincial officials said Monday. Mohammad Yusouf Ayubi, head of the provincial council in Kunduz province, said that at least 13 security forces were killed and 15 others wounded in an attack on a checkpoint they were manning in Dashti Archi district. The firefight ...

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US to close Palestinian mission in Washington: PLO

The United States has decided to close the Palestinian mission in Washington in the latest move against them by President Donald Trump, who has been trying to force the Palestinians to negotiate, a Palestinian official said Monday. “We have been notified by a US official of their decision to close the Palestinian mission to the US,” Palestine Liberation Organisation secretary- ...

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Japan earthquake death toll climbs to 44

The death toll from last week’s earthquake in Japan rose to 44, the government announced today. Around 660 have been injured and electricity supply has been affected. The 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit island of Hokkaido and cut of access to and from the island. Many residents continue to find shelter in evacuation centres as landslides buried their houses.   Yoshihide ...

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More Taliban attacks on Afghan forces, 35 killed

Kabul, Sep 10 : An Afghan official says that the Taliban has attacked police forces and a pro-government militia in the country’s north, killing 14 of the troops, bringing the death toll from overnight fighting into Monday to 35. Sediq Azizi, spokesman for the provincial governor in Samangan province says that six others were also wounded in the Taliban attack ...

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UN rights chief urges new panel for Myanmar prosecutions

The UN rights chief called Monday for the creation of a new “mechanism” tasked with preparing criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar, amid allegations of genocide against the Rohingya minority.   In her first speech as head of the UN rights office, Michelle Bachelet called on the UN Human Rights Council to create “an independent international mechanism for Myanmar, ...

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Nationalists ‘make gains’ in early Swedish exit polls

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s Social Democrats looked poised to take the lead in Sunday’s general election, exit polls showed, with the far-right making gains.   A TV4 exit poll predicted the Social Democrats would win 25.4 percent of votes, while public broadcaster SVT credited them with 26.2 percent, down from 31 percent in the 2014 elections.  It remained uncertain ...

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Australian police find ‘up to’ five bodies in a house in Bedford

Up to five bodies have been found in a house in suburb of Perth, according to police in Western Australia. The dead include women and children. Assistant commissioner Paul Steele said the incident was “tragic” but that there were no ongoing safety concerns.   He said officers made the discovery on Coode Street in Bedford after a man attended a ...

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Attack on checkpoint in western Afghanistan kills 9

An Afghan official says insurgents have attacked a checkpoint in the western Herat province, killing at least nine Afghan security forces and wounding another six. Gelani Farhad, the provincial governor’s spokesman, says the attack late Saturday ignited a gunbattle in which around 10 insurgents were killed and five wounded. He says the attack was likely carried out by the Taliban, ...

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Japan toll rises to 35 after powerful quake

The death toll from a powerful quake that triggered landslides in northern Japan rose to 35 Saturday, as tens of thousands of rescue workers raked through the mud for survivors. The majority of the dead are from the small rural town of Atsuma, where a cluster of dwellings were wrecked when a hillside collapsed from the force of the 6.6-magnitude ...

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Helicopter with 7 people on board missing in Nepal mountains

A helicopter with seven people on board is reported missing in Nepal’s mountainous region. Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu says rescue helicopters are scouring the areas Saturday while soldiers and police rescuers are searching the mountains on foot.   The area is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of the capital, Kathmandu.   The Airbus manufactured Ecureuil helicopter belongs to ...

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