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Pair of mosque attacks kill at least 50 in Afghanistan

Pair of mosque attacks kill at least 50 in Afghanistan

2017-10-20 18:30:53, channelnewsasia.com

KABUL: A suicide bomber killed at least 30 people inside a Shi'ite mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday night, a security official said, and a separate bombing killed at least another 20 at a mosque in the middle of the country. The Kabul bombing is the latest in a string of violent attacks on the country's Shi'ite minority. The attack occurred at Imam Zaman mosque in the western Dasht-e-Barchi part of Kabul as Shi'ite worshippers gathered for prayers

 

Death

At least 30 police officers killed in shootout in Egypt's western desert - security sources

At least 30 police officers killed in shootout in Egypt's western desert - security sources

2017-10-21 00:02:57, channelnewsasia.com

CAIRO: At least 30 police officers were killed in a shoot-out during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in Egypt's Western desert, two security sources said on Friday. A number of suspected militants were also killed and security forces are continuing to comb the area, a statement by the Interior Ministry said. Egypt faces an Islamist insurgency led by the Islamic State group in the Sinai Peninsula, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed since 2013

 

Disasters & Accidents

Sri Lanka to restrict import of tuk-tuks

Sri Lanka to restrict import of tuk-tuks

2017-10-20 16:02:05, channelnewsasia.com

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka plans to restrict imports of tuk-tuks in a bid to reduce road accidents and congestion, the country's transport minister said Friday (Oct 20). Almost a fifth of road fatalities in Sri Lanka are caused by the ubiquitous three-wheel taxis, known locally as "trishaws", which are also choking the road network, minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said. "We have over a million trishaws and our roads cannot take any more," he told parliament, adding that while the government cannot impose a blanket ban on imports, it would limit them

 

Ethics

Ukraine leader vows to launch anti-corruption court

Ukraine leader vows to launch anti-corruption court

2017-10-20 21:03:25, channelnewsasia.com

KIEV: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed on Friday (Oct 20) to launch an anti-corruption court demanded by Kiev's Western allies and protesters camped out in a tent city near parliament. Poroshenko's firmest commitment yet to the new judiciary body comes against the backdrop of the first sustained wave of anti-government protests since Ukraine's 2014 pro-EU revolution. The Ukrainian leader left Kiev on Friday to meet soldiers and reaffirm his support for institutional changes he had promised when elected president in place of the ousted Russian-backed regime of Viktor Yanukovych

 

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