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Taliban Presence in Northern Afghanistan Reduces Daesh Threat to Central Asia, Russian Diplomat Says

The presence of the Taliban movement in Afghanistan’s north will suppress the growth of threat from the Daesh (ISIS) terrorist group to Central Asian countries, Russia’s special presidential representative for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, said on Tuesday. “Many other international terrorist organizations have been based on these territories for a long …

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5.9 magnitude quake strikes off Indonesia’s Papua

A 5.9 magnitude quake struck off the coast of Indonesia’s easternmost Papua region today, the United States Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning or immediate reports of damage. The quake hit at a relatively shallow depth of 12 kilometers (7.5 miles), about 180 kilometers northeast of Tual …

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Belarusian sprinter refuses to leave Tokyo (Pictures)

A Belarusian sprinter refused to get on a flight from Tokyo on Sunday after being taken to the airport against her wishes by her team following her complaints about national coaches at the Olympic Games. Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, 24, was still at Tokyo’s Haneda airport in the early hours of Monday. …

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Afghan forces bomb Taliban in bid to halt advance on cities

Government forces are fighting Taliban assaults on major cities, including in Herat, Lashkar Gah and Kandahar, whose airport was bombed by the Taliban. Afghan forces fought fierce street battles and bombed Taliban positions as the group’s fighters swarmed major cities amid an intensifying nationwide offensive. Hundreds of commandos were deployed …

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