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Taliban launch major attack on Afghan city, casualties: officials

GHAZNI: Taliban militants have launched an attack on an Afghan provincial capital and heavy fighting is under way as security forces try to beat them back, with terrified residents cowering in their homes amid explosions and gunfire. At least one Afghan soldier has been killed and seven others wounded in the fighting in the southeastern city of Ghazni, provincial governor spokesman Arif Noori told the news agency on Friday. Civilian houses and army checkpoints have come under mortar attack and the bodies of dozens of…

Driver kills 10, injures 15 plowing van into Toronto sidewalk crowd

TORONTO: A driver deliberately plowed his white Ryder rental van into a lunch-hour crowd in Toronto on Monday, killing 10 people and injuring 15 along a roughly mile-long (1.6-km) stretch of sidewalk thronged with pedestrians, police said. Although the attack had the hallmarks of recent deadly vehicle assaults by Islamic State supporters in the United States and Europe, federal officials said it did not represent a larger threat to national security. Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders identified the suspect as Alek…

Civilian casualties in Afghan airstrike on madrassa

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan: An Afghan airstrike on a religious school on Monday caused multiple casualties, including civilians, Afghan officials and witnesses said. "Several dead and at least 15 wounded", including children, were taken to the regional hospital in the provincial capital Kunduz, Naim Mangal, a doctor, told AFP. Relatives of the wounded told an AFP photographer at the hospital that the attack happened during a graduation ceremony at the madrassa in Dashte Archi district, which is under the Taliban control. A…

Indonesia earthquake toll jumps to 97

JAKARTA: The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck western Indonesia Wednesday has nearly doubled to 97, the military said, as more bodies were pulled from the rubble of scores of shattered buildings. The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake struck Pidie Jaya district in Aceh province at dawn as many in the mainly Muslim region on Sumatra island were preparing for morning prayers. The death toll has steadily climbed as rescue crews search, often by hand, through the homes, mosques and shops reduced to ruins. The…

Landmine casualties increased sharply worldwide last year: monitor

WASHINGTON: The number of casualties from landmines and similar explosive devices soared to a 10-year-high last year as armed conflicts raged across the world, a report found Tuesday. The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) blamed the sharp increase on wars in Libya, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen, but also noted that a greater availability of casualty data had pushed numbers higher. According to this year's Landmine Monitor, an annual report by the ICBL, the number of people killed and wounded by mines,…