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Strong earthquake kills at least 950 people in Afghanistan

At least 950 people have been killed and many more injured after a strong earthquake struck remote parts of southeastern Afghanistan, according to disaster management officials. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck about 44 km (27 miles) from the city of Khost, near the Pakistani border, early on Wednesday, the US …

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41 dead, millions stranded as floods hit Bangladesh, India

Monsoon storms in Bangladesh and India have killed at least 41 people and unleashed devastating floods that left millions of others stranded, officials say. Floods are a regular menace to millions of people in low-lying Bangladesh, but experts say climate change is increasing their frequency, ferocity and unpredictability. Relentless downpours …

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China won’t allow secession of Taiwan: Official

China will not allow the secession of Taiwan from the mainland, says a senior Chinese official, amid heightened tensions between Beijing and the self-ruled island. Liu Jieyi, head of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, made the …

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Floods trigger emergency response in south, east China

Major floods have occurred in southern and eastern parts of China following days of heavy rain, prompting emergency response by central and local government authorities. The Ministry of Natural Resources on Wednesday issued a level III alert for floods, the third highest level, in the provincial level regions of Fujian, …

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Gunmen launch deadly ambush on airport bus in Afghanistan

At least two people have been killed and six others wounded when heavily-armed gunmen fired at a bus ferrying airport employees in northern Afghanistan. Balkh Provincial Police Spokesman Mohammad Asif Waziri said the bus was ambushed by two gunmen on its way to the Mazar-i-Sharif airport on Sunday. “The vehicle …

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Seoul: North Korea fires suspected artillery pieces into sea

North Korea test-fired suspected artillery pieces into the sea on Sunday, according to the South Korean military, days after Kim Jong-un vowed to enhance the country’s military power in the face of foreign threats. The South Korean military’s joint chiefs of staff in a statement claimed to have detected “several flight …

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Taiwan welcomes fourth US arms sale worth $120 million

The US has approved a $120 million sale of naval equipment to Taiwan to boost the self-ruled island’s “combat readiness” amid heightened tensions with China. The equipment would help Taiwan’s ships “maintain proper equipment… and meet the practical needs of combat readiness tasks in light of recent frequent activities by …

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Aircraft interception: China warns Canada, Australia it will not allow any country to infringe upon its sovereignty

China has warned Canada and Australia to stop their provocations or face “severe consequences,” after Ottawa and Canberra accused Chinese warplanes of intercepting their reconnaissance aircraft in the Pacific Ocean. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian made the remarks at a regular press briefing on Monday, after Canada accused Beijing of …

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Terrorist attack on western Kabul leaves several killed

Media sources on Monday reported a terrorist attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul. The suicide attack took place in an educational institute in western Kabul. Several teachers were killed and wounded during the attack, according to the reports. Further information has not been published yet. The news comes as …

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ISIS claims responsibility for Kabul explosion

ISIS terrorist group claimed responsibility for yesterday’s attack near the Esteghlal Hotel where the anniversary of the assassination of former Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was held. In a statement on Monday, ISIS terrorist group announced that Shahram Movahed was the perpetrator of the terrorist act, who blew himself up …

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