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Deadly blast rocks Kabul, Taliban claims responsibility

Kabul blast kills dozens

At least 95 people have been killed and 158 were wounded in a powerful suicide blast in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for Saturday's assault, the third major attack in the past seven days. An interior ministry spokesman blamed the the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, which has been behind many of the biggest attacks on urban targets in Afghanistan.


Dozens killed in fire at South Korean hospital

Dozens dead in S. Korean hospital

At least 37 people have been killed and more than 70 injured in a fire at a hospital in southern South Korea.

The fire started on Friday morning at around 7:30am local time in the emergency room on the first floor of Sejong Hospital, Miryang, some 400km from the capital Seoul.

It was extinguished in three hours.


Trump demands Palestinian 'respect' to receive U.S. aid

Trump demands respect from Palestinians for moving embassy to JerusalemPresident Trump said Thursday he has a “proposal” for Mideast peace, but won't push for talks until Palestinians show “respect” for his decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

During a meeting at the World Economic Forum with Israeli  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump also threatened to withhold U.S. aid to the Palestinians “unless they sit down and negotiate peace” with Israel.

Trump, who address the business and political leaders on Friday, inflamed the Palestinians and drew condemnations from most other world leaders for his controversial decision to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv.


Turkey official disputes Trump-Erdogan call readout

Turkey official disputes readout of call with Trump

The White House summary of a phone conversation between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump has reflected the content inaccurately, a Turkish official told Al Jazeera.

Erdogan and Trump spoke over the phone on Tuesday to discuss the intensifying situation in northern Syria, following a Turkish offensive there to rid the area of Kurdish fighters.


ISIL claims attack on Save the Children in Jalalabad

ISIL claims attack on Save the Children headquarters

At least three people have been killed in a car bomb and gun attack on the office of the non-governmental organisation, Save the Children, in eastern Afghanistan, according to local officials.

Two security guards and one civilian were killed and at least 25 others were wounded when a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb outside the headquarters of the international charity in Jalalabad early on Wednesday morning.


Paradise Papers firm worked for bank linked to terrorist financing and organized crime

paradise papers firm worked for bank linked to terrorists and organized crimeThe firm at the heart of the Paradise Papers leak provided offshore services to a bank accused of facilitating terrorist financing, transnational organised crime and the Syrian government’s chemical weapons programme.

Appleby represented the Cayman Islands holding company of FBME Bank for at least a year after the US Treasury published an extraordinary roster of allegations against the bank, and acted as its agent for more than a decade beforehand.


Trudeau announces Pacific trade agreement without US

Trudeau announces pacific trade treaty without USCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday that Canada — along with the 10 other remaining countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — would work toward creating a revised trade agreement.

Trudeau said in a statement that the countries involved — not including the U.S. — finished talks in Tokyo on a "new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)."


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