Four killed in car bombing near Somalia parliament

Four killed in car bombing near Somalia parliament

MOGADISHU: At least four people were killed, including a senior government official, and 10 wounded when a car bomb exploded close to a checkpoint near Somalia’s parliament in the capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, police said.A plume of thick black smoke was seen over the city and witnesses said a number of vehicles were on fire.Militant…

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Taliban deny reports of truce in Afghanistan

Taliban deny reports of truce in Afghanistan

KABUL: The Taliban on Monday denied media reports that its leadership was to announce a short cease-fire, a key US demand for resuming peace talks. On Sunday, various international media outlets cited unnamed Taliban sources as saying the group’s leadership, after days of consultation, had agreed to a one-week truce. Taliban spokesmen Suhail Shaheen and Zabihullah…

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More than 1,000 gather for rain-soaked Hong Kong rally

More than 1,000 gather for rain-soaked Hong Kong rally

KABUL: The Taliban targeted a pro-government militia compound in northern Afghanistan before dawn on Monday, killing 14 members of the Afghan security forces, a local official. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack.The attack came even as Taliban officials told The Associated Press just hours earlier that a temporary, nationwide cease-fire has been agreed…

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Taliban attack kills 17 militia in northern Afghanistan

Taliban attack kills 17 militia in northern Afghanistan

KIEV/MOSCOW: Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have started an all-for-all prisoner swap, after which all remaining prisoners of the five-year conflict should return home, the office of Ukraine’s president said on Sunday.The agreement was concluded by Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Paris in December.The swap is…

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Japan police find human remains in boat suspected from North Korea — Coast Guard

Japan police find human remains in boat suspected from North Korea — Coast Guard

HONG KONG: Police fought with protesters who marched through a Hong Kong shopping mall Saturday demanding mainland Chinese traders leave the territory in a fresh weekend of anti-government tension.The protest in Sheung Shui, near Hong Kong’s boundary with the mainland, was part of efforts to pressure the government by disrupting economic activity.About 100 protesters marched…

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Delhi’s air quality turns ‘severe’ as toxic haze lingers

Delhi’s air quality turns ‘severe’ as toxic haze lingers

GAUHATI, India: Police arrested dozens of people and enforced curfew Thursday in several districts in India’s northeastern Assam state where thousands protested legislation granting citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated from neighboring countries. Groups of protesters defied the curfew in Gauhati, the state capital, on Thursday morning and burned tires before police dispersed them. Soldiers drove…

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