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Video shows workers at a US dairy beating, kicking cows

MIAMI:  Workers are shown beating, kicking and stabbing cows with steel bars at a Florida diary, in a video released by an animal rights group that has been viewed thousands of times. One of the workers seen mistreating the cows in the hard-to-watch video has been fired and the others suspended from their jobs, said Brittny Krause, a spokeswoman for the Florida Dairy Farmers, an association with 130 dairy farms as members. The sheriff's department has opened a criminal investigation. Animal Recovery Mission, a…

Afghanistan mulls plan to arm 20,000 civilians to fight insurgents

KABUL: Afghanistan is considering training and arming 20,000 civilians to defend territories where Islamic militants have been driven out, officials say, sparking fears the local forces could become another thuggish militia.  The proposal for a government-backed armed group that would protect its own communities from the Taliban and the Islamic State group comes as Afghanistan's security forces, demoralised by killings and desertions, struggle to beat back a rampant insurgency. But the proposal has raised concerns that…