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Taliban gunmen launch suicide attack near Kandahar KANDAHAR: Taliban militants wearing Afghan army uniforms launched a suicide and gun attack on a police headquarters near Kandahar Thursday, killing one soldier before the attackers were shot dead, authorities said.The attack came at dawn in the district of Arghandab, some 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan, a relatively quiet area unused to such attacks, which appear to be a sign of the Taliban's alarming new push into urban areas.Six people -- five assailants and one Afghan army soldier -- were killed in the attack, police told AFP."First one attacker detonated his vehicle laden with explosives at the entrance of the Arghandab police headquarters, then four others tried to enter the compound," Zia Durrani, Kandahar police spokesman told AFP.The attack lasted half an hour before the gunmen were killed by security forces, Durrani said.Niaz Mohammad Mujahid, police chief for Arghandab district, said that one Afghan soldier ...

China tells Obama to keep out of South China Sea disputes BEIJING: Beijing said Wednesday US President Barack Obama should not get involved in disputes in the South China Sea, after he demanded an end to artificial island building in the hotly contested region."The United States should stop playing up the South China Sea issue, stop heightening tensions in the South China Sea and stop complicating disputes in the South China Sea," Hong Lei, a foreign ministry spokesman, said at a regular press briefing in Beijing."No ...
Xi endures lonely red-carpet APEC welcome in Philippines MANILA: Philippine President Benigno Aquino promised to be the "perfect host" to all leaders attending a regional summit, but a long and lonely red carpet welcome walk for China's Xi Jinping on Wednesday betrayed their nations' icy ties.Aquino led the heads of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group along a red carpet laid throughout the summit venue in Manila to a stage where they gathered for an opening ceremony.Xi and Chile's Michelle Bachelet were ...
Iran in talks to invest in refineries abroad post-sanctions: Mehr DUBAI: Iran has started negotiations to buy shares in oil refineries in Europe, Latin America and Asia, the deputy oil minister was quoted as saying by Mehr news agency on Tuesday."Buying the oil refineries or their shares abroad is the policy of Iran after the lifting of sanctions," said Abbas Kazemi, head of the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company.Under a deal reached with six major powers in July, Iran agreed to curb its ...
Iran deputy minister says Assad should stand in Syrian vote: Fars DUBAI: Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister said on Monday Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should be a part of upcoming presidential elections, according to the Fars news agency."Iran disagrees with those who say Bashar Assad should not compete in the upcoming elections," Hossein Amir Abdollahian was quoted as saying by Fars . "Only Assad himself can decide on his participation or non-participation."Russia, the United States and powers from Europe and the Middle East outlined a plan on ...
China landslide deaths rise to 25 BEIJING: The death toll from a landslide triggered by flooding in China has risen to 25, with 12 more people missing, state-run media reported Monday.The avalanche of mud and rock caused by torrential rains engulfed 27 homes last Friday night in Lishui in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the China News Service said. Only one person among the 38 people inside the houses when the landslide struck escaped.The landslide cut off power, damaged electricity circuits ...
Nepal PM asks India to end ‘undeclared blockade’ KATHMANDU: Nepal's newly elected prime minister KP Sharma Oli called Sunday on neighbouring India to end its "undeclared blockade" as the nation faces crippling shortage of fuel and supplies.Scores of trucks have been stranded at a key border checkpoint between India and Nepal for over a month following protests by ethnic minorities over the Himalayan nation's new constitution.The movement of cargo across other Indian border checkpoints has also slowed to a crawl, prompting authorities in ...


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