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Dozens dead in Afghanistan violence as Ramadan beginsThe brazen attack comes just a day after at least 15 Afghan soldiers were killed. Reuters file photo

Dozens dead in Afghanistan violence as Ramadan begins

27 May 2017 | 3:17 PM

KHOST: A suicide car bomber killed 18 people in the eastern Afghan city of Khost today, officials said, in the first major insurgent attack at the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

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Khost, May 27

A suspected suicide bomber killed as many as 14 people in Afghanistan on Saturday and fighting between militants and security forces left at least 36 people dead on the first day of Islam's holy Month of Ramadan.

In eastern Khost province, a Taliban attacker detonated a car bomb near a football field that is close to a military base, officials said.

At a local hospital, doctors received at least 14 dead bodies and eight wounded people, said Gul Mohammaddin Mangal, head of the public health department in Khost.

"The bodies are not recognizable and it is hard to say if they are civilians or security forces," he said.

Najib Danish, spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, put the death toll at 13 killed and eight wounded, including two children.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the Khost attack, saying it was aimed at members of the Afghan security forces.

A Reuters witness at the scene did not observe any military or police vehicles among those destroyed in the blast.

In the north-western province of Badghis, militants attacked security forces in Qadis district, sparking fighting that killed 22 insurgents, six security forces, and eight civilians, said Zahir Bahand a spokesman for the provincial governor.

The fighting also left 33 militants and 17 civilians wounded, he said.

In Nangarhar province on Friday, some residents of Achin district rebelled against Islamic State fighters who have occupied much of that district, resulting in fighting that left 15 militants and six civilians dead, provincial governor Gulab Mangar said in a statement.

The Western-backed Afghan government is battling both Taliban and Islamic State militants around the country.

Taliban forces have increased their attacks in the weeks before Ramadan, with a string of strikes in Kandahar, Paktia, and Helmand, among other provinces.

 

Muslims around the world typically mark Ramadan with fasting, prayers, and other observances, although the holy month can begin on different days in different countries. —Reuters 

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27 May 2017 | 4:04 PM

LONDON: British police on Saturday made two more arrests in connection with the suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that killed 22 people, bringing the number of suspects in custody to 11.

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27 May 2017 | 7:41 PM

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27 May 2017 | 7:10 PM

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27 May 2017 | 3:56 PM

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27 May 2017 | 1:16 PM

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27 May 2017 | 3:09 PM

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27 May 2017 | 1:34 PM

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27 May 2017 | 3:24 PM

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Bloodletting of Christians must end: Trump on Egypt attack

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27 May 2017 | 1:44 PM

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has denounced as “merciless slaughter” the attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt that left at least 28 dead, urging the nations to defeat “terrorists engaged in a war against civilisations”.

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Texas Governor criticised for joke about shooting journalists

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27 May 2017 | 1:17 PM

AUSTIN: Texas Governor Greg Abbott joked about shooting journalists while visiting a gun range on Friday to sign a bill lowering the cost of a handgun license, drawing criticism from gun-safety and free-press advocates who called his remarks "dangerous."

Former US National Security Adviser Brzezinski dies at 89

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27 May 2017 | 10:58 AM

MILWAUKEE: Former US national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, who established himself in the Carter administration as a hard-liner on foreign policy, died on Friday, his family said. He was 89.

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27 May 2017 | 10:46 AM

BEIJING: Beijing’s Mayor Cai Qi has been appointed as party chief of the capital city of Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

Chipotle says hackers hit most restaurants in data breach

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27 May 2017 | 1:23 PM

CHICAGO: Hackers used malware to steal customer payment data from most of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc’s restaurants over a span of three weeks, the company said on Friday, adding to woes at the chain whose sales had just started recovering from a string of food safety lapses in 2015.

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27 May 2017 | 12:28 AM

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27 May 2017 | 1:09 PM

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has said that his maiden budget will lay the foundation of a “new America” and reverse economic stagnation by creating millions of new jobs in the country.

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27 May 2017 | 11:01 AM

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27 May 2017 | 1:48 AM

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27 May 2017 | 12:28 AM

CAIRO:Gunmen attacked a group of Coptic Christians travelling to a monastery in southern Egypt on Friday, killing 28 persons and wounding 25 others, and many children were among the victims, Health Ministry officials said.

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