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Truck bomb in eastern Afghan province kills at least 15: Officials

Obaidullah Shinwari, the Nangarhar provincial council's member, said 52 people were injured in the blast. Attackers set off a truck bomb in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province on Saturday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens, according to provincial officials, as violence continues in the war-torn nation despite peace talks taking place in Qatar. Attaullah Khugyani, a spokesman for the provincial government, said the number of casualties, most of whom were civilians, could rise and that dozens of people were also injured by the blast in Ghani Khel district. Obaidullah Shinwari, the Nangarhar provincial council's member, said 52 people were injured in the blast. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. RELATED NEWS Relying on testing to ward off COVID-19 put Trump White House at risk US job growth slows; nearly 4 million Americans permanently unemployed Ministry of Interior spokesman Tariq Arian blamed the insurgent Taliban for the attack,

Yemeni officials say clashes kill 23 in Hodeida, Marib

  SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials and tribal leaders said Saturday fighting between government forces and Houthi rebels has killed at least two dozen people in the past three days in Marib province and the key port city of Hodeida. The war in Yemen erupted in 2014, when the Iran-allied Houthis seized the capital and much of the country’s north. A Saudi-led coalition, determined to restore the authority of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's government, launched a sweeping military intervention months later. The officials said more than 23 people were killed and dozens were wounded from both sides in the most recent fighting for the oil-rich Marib. The Iranian-backed rebels have sought to take control of the region from the internationally recognized government, in order to strengthen their position in ongoing U.N.-mediated peace talks. Tribal leaders said the Houthis have deployed reinforcements to break government defenses in Marib, but they have made no progress. Saudi-led f

Ethiopia charges suspects in killing of popular singer with terrorism

  FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian Oromo musician, Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, rides a horse in traditional costume in Addis Ababa More By Dawit Endeshaw ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia on Friday filed terrorism charges against four suspects over the killing of a popular political singer whose death ignited protests in which more than 178 people were killed, a spokesman for the attorney general told Reuters. The assassination in June of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, a musician revered by the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, sparked days of violence in Addis Ababa and the surrounding Oromiya region. In the aftermath of the protests more than 9,000 individuals including politicians, activists and journalists were arrested.[USKCN2591KH] Last week, 2,000 people were charged in connection with the violence. Among them was prominent media mogul and Oromo opposition politician Jawar Mohammed, charged with violating anti-terrorism, telecom fraud and firearms laws. State-run media Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation s

Syria rebels sign up to fight for Azeris to feed families

  AFP spoke to Syrian opposition fighters from Aleppo and Idlib preparing to set off for the Caucasus, where they hope to earn more money to provide for their families More Desperate to help his family displaced by Syria's war, pro-Turkey rebel fighter Abu Ahmad is waiting to be deployed to Azerbaijan hoping to earn almost 80 times his current salary. "I signed up to fight more than a week ago to go to Azerbaijan... for three months in exchange for $2,000 a month," the 26-year-old told AFP via a phone messaging service, using a pseudonym for his safety. Clashes have raged between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces since Sunday over Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian province that broke away from Azerbaijan in a bitterly fought war in the 1990s. Baku and Yerevan have traded accusations over which side initiated the latest round of fighting. Almost 200 deaths have been reported, making it the deadliest round since the all-out war. Ankara is backing its longtime ally Baku in

Top Kurdistan officials offer condolences on passing of Yezidi religious leader

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – High-ranking officials in the Kurdistan Region extended their condolences on the passing of Yezidi (Eizid) spiritual leader Baba Sheikh who passed away at 87 on Thursday evening at a hospital in the Kurdistan Region's Erbil province. Masoud Barzani, Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leader, wrote in a statement that Baba Sheikh was “instrumental resolving the issues among the Yezidi brothers and sisters” and had “always been charitable.”  Born in Duhok province’s Sheikhan district to a religious family, Baba Sheikh rose to the highest position in the Ezidi faith and was the custodian of Lalish Temple, its holiest site of worship. Read More:   PHOTOS: Take a walking tour of Lalish's main temple The loss of Baba Sheikh at this time, said Barzani, is a “big disaster” as he was a “religious and moral symbol.”  Following a sudden deterioration in his health, the leader was admitted to hospital in Duhok before being transferred to Erbil to be placed in an intens

Mexico deploys military to block migrant caravan

  Thousands of mostly Honduran migrants are traveling through Guatemala heading for the United States via Mexico, weeks before a US presidential election in which immigration is a key issue More Mexico on Friday ordered the military to deploy along its southern border to block a migrant caravan that President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador suggested was linked to the US election. Thousands of mostly Honduran migrants were traveling through Guatemala, heading for the United States via Mexico, just weeks before a tense US presidential vote in which immigration is a key issue. "It seems very strange to us. It's very strange that this caravan leaves on the eve of the election in the United States," Lopez Obrador told reporters. "It has to do with the election in the United States. I don't have all the elements but I think there are indications that it was put together for this purpose," he added. The migrants, mostly young men, surged across the border from Hondura

American Islamic State supporters held by Kurds back in U.S. custody - DOJ

 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday all known Americans allegedly supporting Islamic State militants and being held by U.S.-backed forces in Syria have been returned, some to face criminal charges, and urged Europe to account for their citizens backing the militant group. In a statement, the U.S. Department of Justice said two alleged U.S. Islamic State supporters made court appearances in Florida on Wednesday for charges of providing the group material support. That brings the total number of U.S. citizens back in custody from Syria and Iraq to 27, and among those, 10 face charges, it said. Two other Americans facing similar charges faced U.S. court action in Minnesota and Washington on Sept. 16, the department added. “The United States has brought back every American supporter of ISIS known to be held by the Syrian Democratic Forces against whom we have charges,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said, calling the effort

Deterring ‘atrocious crimes’ contributes to development: International Criminal Court President

 Deterring genocides, armed conflicts and other atrocious crimes supports sustainable development says the President of the UN-backed International Criminal Court ( ICC ) Chile Eboe-Osuji. The ICC President, Chile Eboe-Osuji, addresses the Assembly of States Parties in The Hague, Netherlands in December 2019., by ICC The ICC investigates and tries people for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression and has a key role to play in helping countries to bring peace and justice as well as build strong institutions. Those aims are central to Sustainable Development Goal  (SDG) 16, one of 17 targets agreed by countries across the world to eradicate poverty, build a fairer and more peaceful world whilst protecting the planet. UN News asked Mr. Eboe-Osuji how important justice is for peace and sustainable development  “The ICC has a very direct value to socio-economic development, because it aims to deter armed c

Kurdish-Kurdish rapprochement maps out new alliances - Enab Baladi

  Ali Darwish – Ninar Khalifa – Nour al-Deen Ramadan – Khawla Hefzy Long dialogue sessions initiated by the Syrian Kurdish parties, represented by two main poles, the Democratic Union Party (Partiya Yekîtiya Demokrat, PYD) and the Kurdish National Council, and independents, since November 2019, have defused the political deadlock between them. The intra-Kurdish dialogue started with an initiative launched by the leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Mazloum Abdi, following the Turkish-backed Syrian opposition’s offensive code-named “Operation Peace Spring” east of the Euphrates, in October 2019, and the US President Donald Trump’s announcement of his country’s withdrawal from some of its bases in Syria. The two main poles of the dialogue sessions are the US-backed Democratic Union Party, which forms the core of the Autonomous Administration controlling northeastern Syria, and the Kurdish National Council, which has the blessings of Ankara and Iraqi Kurdistan an