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Key Afghan police chief killed in shooting at governor's compound after meeting with US general

Key Afghan police chief killed in shooting at governor's compound after meeting with US generalA powerful Afghan police general has been assassinated in an insider attack, robbing president Ashraf Ghani of a key security official and threatening his fragile grip on southern Afghanistan. Gen Abdul Razik was shot dead alongside the Kandahar spy chief and provincial governor shortly after a meeting with the top US military commander in the country. The Taliban said they were behind the attack which saw one of the provincial governor's bodyguards open fire after a meeting with Gen Scott Miller, the top Nato and US commander in Afghanistan. Gen Miller was unhurt, but two Americans were wounded. The assassination dealt a severe blow to Mr Ghani's security forces less than 48 hours before he attempts to hold nationwide parliamentary elections against a backdrop of brutal insurgent violence. Gen Raziq had been the most powerful government figure in southern Afghanistan for much of the past decade, where as Kandahar police chief he had been an aggressive opponent of the Taliban. A NATO helicopter lands at the Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan Credit: MOHAMMAD ISMAIL/REUTERS His young age and boyish looks belied a ruthless commander and he was accused of systematic torture, extrajudicial killings, and enforced disappearances. He denied the accusations. However Western commanders considered him a bulwark against the encroaching Taliban and one of their most effective partners as he brought a measure of stability to Afghanistan's second city. He estimated he had survived dozens of assassination attempts. The Taliban named the attacker as Abu Dujana and said: “The brutal police chief of Kandahar has been killed along several other officials.” Said Jan Khakrezwal, the head of the provincial council, told Reuters: "Provincial officials including the governor, the police chief and other officials were accompanying the foreign guests to the plane when the gunshots happened." The shooting wiped out the top of Kandahar's security apparatus at a stroke, also killing the province's intelligence chief Abdul Mohmin and provincial governor Zalmay Wesa. The killings came only a day after a prominent politician, Abdul Jabar Qahraman, became the tenth election candidate to die ahead of Saturday's polls when a Taliban bomb was hidden under his chair. Graeme Smith, a former UN political analyst in Kabul said: “The incident will make the military balance in southern Afghanistan considerably more fragile, as Raziq was often at the forefront of government efforts to slow the Taliban’s advances.” Saturday will see Afghanistan's only third parliamentary election since the Taliban were ousted. The insurgents have vowed to disrupt what they call a bogus poll.



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Afghan 'torturer in chief' killed in Taliban attack

Afghan 'torturer in chief' killed in Taliban attackGeneral Abdul Raziq once boasted he had survived “countless” Taliban attempts to kill him. The controversial Kandahar police chief, described by Human Rights Watch last year as the southern province’s “torturer in chief”, had risen through the ranks to become one of the most powerful security heads in Afghanistan. Widely seen as a bulwark against the Taliban insurgency, Raziq’s death has left a dangerous security vacuum that one observer said could lead to a “meltdown” in the south, the Taliban movement’s birthplace.



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A Student Gunman Killed 17 and Injured 40 at a Vocational College in Crimea, Russian Officials Say

A Student Gunman Killed 17 and Injured 40 at a Vocational College in Crimea, Russian Officials SayThe student, a local man acting alone, killed himself after the attack



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Saudis Reportedly Plan To Announce Jamal Khashoggi Was Killed Accidentally

Saudis Reportedly Plan To Announce Jamal Khashoggi Was Killed AccidentallySaudi officials have contemplated announcing that journalist Jamal Khashoggi



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Bodies of nine climbers killed on Nepal peak found

Bodies of nine climbers killed on Nepal peak foundA rescue team Sunday began retrieving the bodies of nine climbers killed in a violent storm on Nepal’s Mount Gurja, a freak accident that has left the mountaineering community reeling. A helicopter dropped four mountain guides at the camp where the South Korean climbing expedition was staying when powerful winds and snow swept through, killing the entire team and scattering their bodies as far as 500 metre (1,640 foot) away. “All nine bodies have been found and the team are in the process of bringing them down,” said Siddartha Gurung, a chopper pilot who is coordinating the retrieval mission.



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Sears Didn't 'Die.' Vulture Capitalists Killed It.

Sears Didn't 'Die.' Vulture Capitalists Killed It.If you've been following the impending bankruptcy of America's iconic retailer



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The Latest: Mourners hold funerals for 7 killed in Gaza

The Latest: Mourners hold funerals for 7 killed in GazaGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Latest on the Israel-Palestinian conflict (all times local):



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Mourners Pack Funeral for 8 of 20 Killed in New York Limo Crash

Mourners Pack Funeral for 8 of 20 Killed in New York Limo CrashFive teddy bears lay by the urns, one for each young child who lost a parent



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Washington Post Says Turkey Has Proof Saudi Arabian Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Was Killed

Washington Post Says Turkey Has Proof Saudi Arabian Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Was KilledTurkey's government told the U.S. it has proof that Jamal Khashoggi was killed, according to the Post



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Mourners pack funeral for 8 of 20 killed in NY limo crash

Mourners pack funeral for 8 of 20 killed in NY limo crashAMSTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — Mourners at a funeral for four sisters and their family members killed in a New York limousine crash were assured Saturday that their loved ones can still see their tears and feel their heartache.



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