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Suicide blast kills at least 10 in eastern Afghanistan JALALABAD: A suicide car bomber detonated outside the home of an anti-Taliban fighter in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar Tuesday, killing at least ten people and wounding 23 more, local officials said.The bomber "detonated his explosives-laden car outside the house of a local 'uprising' commander this evening", said Nangarhar police chief Zrawar Zahed, referring to Afghan villagers who take up arms against the Taliban with the government's backing.A spokesman for the Nangarhar governor confirmed the attack in Nazyan district, and said 10 "civilians" had been killed with 23 wounded.Zahed said Malek Dehqan, the target of the attack, was among the wounded. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Iran touts newly tested long-range missile TEHRAN: Iran launched a new long-range missile late last month, a general announced on Monday, trumpeting the accuracy of the latest such weapon to be test-fired in defiance of the West."A missile with a 2,000-kilometre range was tested two weeks ago," said General Ali Abdolahi, adding that it has a negligible margin of error of just eight metres (yards)."We can guide this ballistic missile. It leaves the Earth's atmosphere, re-enters it and hits the target ...

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Duterte wins Philippine presidential election: monitor MANILA: Anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte secured a huge win in the Philippine presidential elections, according to a poll monitor, after an incendiary campaign dominated by his profanity-laced vows to kill criminals.Duterte, the longtime mayor of the southern city of Davao, hypnotised millions with his vows of brutal but quick solutions to the nation's twin plagues of crime and poverty, which many believed had worsened despite strong economic growth in recent years.And after a record turnout ...

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China group buys DR Congo copper mine for $2.65 billion KINSHASA: US company Freeport-McMoRan said Monday it was selling control in the Tenke Fungurume copper mine in DR Congo to China Molybdenum, giving the Chinese company a strong foothold in the country's rich copper and cobalt reserves.Freeport-McMoRan will offload its 70 percent stake in TF Holdings, which in turn has 80 percent of Tenke Fungurume Mining SA, for $2.6 billion, giving China Molybdenum an effective 56 percent stake in the Congolese mine.In addition to the ...

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Indian PM releases his degrees in 'fake graduation' row NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was forced on Monday to produce his college degrees, days after bitter political rivals accused him of lying about graduating from university.At a press conference in the capital, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and ruling party chief Amit Shah released copies of Modi's Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees and accused the opposition of running a smear campaign.Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Shah demanded Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader ...

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India Modi's education record made public to halt row NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party on Monday made public his university degree certificates, in a bid to disprove allegations by a political opponent that he had fabricated his qualifications.Since winning an election in the Indian capital last year, Arvind Kejriwal, the ambitious chief minister of the Delhi regional government, has stepped up his attacks on Modi. Kejriwal has not said why Modi would want to claim a fake degree but the allegations, ...

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China April exports rise as imports drop: officials BEIJING: China's exports expanded in April but at a slower pace than the previous month, while exports slumped nearly six percent compared to the same month last year, officials said.The official statistics bureau said exports rose about 4 percent year-on-year in April, while the decline in imports caused the country's trade surplus to swell some 46 percent in yuan terms to reach nearly 300 billion yuan ($46 billion).Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...