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Taliban captures 50 border police as fighting intensifies in western Afghanistan

Taliban captures 50 border police as fighting intensifies in western AfghanistanAt least 50 members of the Afghan security forces have surrendered to the Taliban in a fight for control of Afghanistan’s western province of Badghis that has created heavy casualties, officials said. Fighting in Afghanistan has intensified even as Taliban and U.S. officials finished the latest round of peace talks on Tuesday, with both sides citing progress. Afghanistan usually sees a marked increase in violence in spring.



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Far-reaching storm to deliver disruptive rain, mountain snow across western US into Christmas

Far-reaching storm to deliver disruptive rain, mountain snow across western US into ChristmasPeople with last-minute holiday travel plans across the southwestern United States may be hindered by rain, snow and gusty winds through Christmas Day.



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Chaos at home, fear abroad: Trump unleashed puts western world on edge

Chaos at home, fear abroad: Trump unleashed puts western world on edgeDonald Trump waves as he arrives to speak in Tupelo, Mississippi, in November. The US stumbled into the holiday season with a sense of unravelling, as a large chunk of the federal government ground to a halt, the stock market crashed and the last independently minded, globally respected, major figure left in the administration announced he could no longer work with the president. The defense secretary, James Mattis, handed in his resignation on Thursday, over Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to pull US troops out of Syria.



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‘Fake news’ could destroy Western society, State Department official warns

‘Fake news’ could destroy Western society, State Department official warnsMatt B. Chessen, who serves as acting deputy science and technology adviser to the secretary of state, delivers what might be considered a rebuke of the president.



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Hundreds wounded in western Iran earthquake, no fatalities: TV

Hundreds wounded in western Iran earthquake, no fatalities: TV“We have had 411 injured, 80 percent of whom have been treated and released … No fatalities have been reported,” Houshang Bazvand, governor of the western province of Kermanshah, told state TV. Fears of aftershocks sent people in several cities in Kermanshah province out onto the streets and parks in cold weather, Iranian media reported. “No reports of any fatalities yet and most of the injured were hurt while fleeing, not due to quake damage,” Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran’s emergency services, told state TV.



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6.4-magnitude earthquake hits western Iran: Iran institute

6.4-magnitude earthquake hits western Iran: Iran instituteA strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Iran’s western province of Kermanshah late Sunday, Iran’s institute of geophysics said. The epicentre of the quake was 17 kilometres southwest of the city of Sarpol-e Zahab, according to the institute, which said it struck at a depth of 7 kilometres. At least 115 were injured in Sarpol-e Zahab and the neighbouring Gilan-e Gharb city where the quake was also felt, Kermanshah governor Houshang Bazvand told Fars news agency.



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Strong earthquake rocks western Iran

Strong earthquake rocks western IranA strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Iran’s western province of Kermanshah late Sunday, the country’s institute of geophysics said, with local officials reporting some 260 people injured. The epicentre of the quake was 17 kilometres southwest of the city of Sarpol-e Zahab, according to the institute, which said it struck at a depth of 7 kilometres. At least 260 people were injured in Sarpol-e Zahab and the neighbouring city of Gilan-e Gharb, close to the Iraqi border, Kermanshah governor Houshang Bazvand told state television.



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BREAKING: Magnitude 6.3 earthquake leaves more than 170 injured in western Iran

BREAKING: Magnitude 6.3 earthquake leaves more than 170 injured in western IranMore than 170 people were injured in a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that hit western Iran near its border with Iraq on Sunday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) has reported.



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Western US firefighters to face gusty winds, then building heat as Carr Fire explodes to over 145,000 acres

Western US firefighters to face gusty winds, then building heat as Carr Fire explodes to over 145,000 acresAs the Carr Fire has exploded to more than 145,000 acres, residents and firefighters across the western United States are bracing for an uptick in heat and continuing dry weather.



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Western cyclists killed in suspected terrorist attack in Tajikistan

Western cyclists killed in suspected terrorist attack in TajikistanFour American and European cyclists have been run down and killed by a car in Tajikistan in what authorities said could be a terrorist attack.  Two cyclists from the United States and one each from Switzerland and the Netherlands were killed in the incident on Sunday in the Danghara district near the border with Afghanistan. The men in the car then attacked the survivors with knives and guns, the interior ministry said. Three bikers from Switzerland, the Netherlands and France suffered injuries including stab wounds.  “We are looking at versions that this was an accident, armed robbery, murder. The version of a terrorist act is also not being excluded,” interior minister Ramazon Rakhimzoda told journalists on Monday. At least one suspected attacker was killed while resisting arrest and at least one other was detained, the interior ministry said.  A video reportedly taken at the scene showed what appeared to be the attackers' car turn around, accelerate and hit one of the fallen cyclists. A photograph showed a man receiving first aid next to another man lying on the ground. This video reportedly from the scene of the attack that killed 4 American & European cyclists in Tajikistan appears to show the car drive back around to hit one of them lying on the road @RFERLhttps://t.co/MwO03z3Url— Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn) July 30, 2018 President Emomali Rakhmon, whose hometown is near the site of the attack, expressed his condolences to the leaders of the United States, Switzerland and the Netherlands.  Tajikistan has suffered from Islamic extremism in the past. At least 17 people were killed in 2015 when armed groups led by a deputy defence minister attacked police stations and an airport following the outlawing of the country's only Islamic political party.  Hundreds of Tajiks left to fight with Isil in the Middle East, including the US-trained commander of the interior ministry's special forces. Drug smugglers and terrorists have often hidden in the mountains of the mostly Muslim, impoverished former Soviet republic, which suffered a civil war in the 1990s but is now trying to increase tourism. One of these groups, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, fought US forces in Afghanistan as an ally of al-Qaeda and the Taliban and later pledged allegiance to Isil.  Central Asia is an enticing but sometimes dangerous destination for adventure travellers.  Rock climbing legend Tommy Caldwell and three other Americans were captured by Islamic militants just over the Kyrgyzstan border in 2000, an ordeal that only ended after Mr Caldwell pushed one of the hostage-takers off a 2,000-foot mountain.



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