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04/20/2019 - 12:16

Loud explosion, gunfire rock downtown Kabul in attack near ministry

Suicide bombers and gunmen launched an attack near a government ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, officials said, in an ongoing assault that destroyed weeks of relative calm in the capital.

Suicide bombers and gunmen launched an attack near a government ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, officials said, in an ongoing assault that destroyed weeks of relative calm in the capital.

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04/20/2019 - 12:16

Loud explosion, gunfire rock downtown Kabul in attack near ministry

Suicide bombers and gunmen launched an attack near a government ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, officials said, in an ongoing assault that destroyed weeks of relative calm in the capital.

Suicide bombers and gunmen launched an attack near a government ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, officials said, in an ongoing assault that destroyed weeks of relative calm in the capital.


04/20/2019 - 10:30

Egyptians vote in referendum to extend Sisi's rule

Egyptians were voting Saturday in a referendum that aims to cement the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former coup leader who presents himself as a rock of stability in a turbulent region.

Egyptians were voting Saturday in a referendum that aims to cement the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former coup leader who presents himself as a rock of stability in a turbulent region.


04/20/2019 - 10:02

Loud explosion, gunfire rock downtown Kabul

A loud explosion and follow-up gunfire were heard near the Afghan communication ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, officials said.

A loud explosion and follow-up gunfire were heard near the Afghan communication ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, officials said.


04/20/2019 - 09:56

IS hits Syria army with deadliest attacks since 'caliphate': monitor

Islamic State group jihadists have killed 35 pro-Damascus fighters in Syria, in what a monitoring group described Saturday as their deadliest operation since the fall of the "caliphate".

Islamic State group jihadists have killed 35 pro-Damascus fighters in Syria, in what a monitoring group described Saturday as their deadliest operation since the fall of the "caliphate".


04/20/2019 - 09:34

Unidentified gunmen kill 13 at Mexican party

Thirteen people, including a child, were killed Friday when a group of unidentified gunmen opened fire on a party in the violence-wracked eastern Mexican state of Veracruz, officials said.

Thirteen people, including a child, were killed Friday when a group of unidentified gunmen opened fire on a party in the violence-wracked eastern Mexican state of Veracruz, officials said.

04/20/2019 - 10:36

Thailand marijuana festival has visitors on a high

A Buddhist monk fishes out a vial of cannabis oil from his robe and puts a drop under his tongue -- one of many flocking to a weed festival in northeastern Thailand, where excitement is building over a medical marijuana boom.

A Buddhist monk fishes out a vial of cannabis oil from his robe and puts a drop under his tongue -- one of many flocking to a weed festival in northeastern Thailand, where excitement is building over a medical marijuana boom.


04/20/2019 - 05:04

Tourists follow 'Game of Thrones' trail in Northern Ireland

Wielding a replica broadsword, Indian tourist Akshay Mannur duels with friends -- re-enacting scenes from "Game of Thrones" on the Northern Ireland pilgrimage trail for devotees of the blockbuster fantasy TV show.

Wielding a replica broadsword, Indian tourist Akshay Mannur duels with friends -- re-enacting scenes from "Game of Thrones" on the Northern Ireland pilgrimage trail for devotees of the blockbuster fantasy TV show.


04/20/2019 - 01:56

US appeals court says House chaplain can reject secular prayers

A US appeals court upheld a ruling Friday that the House of Representatives' chaplain is not required to allow secular prayers to be offered as part of the chamber's daily proceedings.

A US appeals court upheld a ruling Friday that the House of Representatives' chaplain is not required to allow secular prayers to be offered as part of the chamber's daily proceedings.


04/19/2019 - 16:26

In war-torn Syria, an ancestor of Notre-Dame still stands

An arched entrance flanked by two towers, elaborate carvings and a broad-aisled nave: a 5th century limestone church in northwestern Syria is the architectural forerunner of France's famed Notre-Dame cathedral.

An arched entrance flanked by two towers, elaborate carvings and a broad-aisled nave: a 5th century limestone church in northwestern Syria is the architectural forerunner of France's famed Notre-Dame cathedral.


04/19/2019 - 11:23

Extreme Easter: Flogging, crucifixions in Philippines

Eight men and a woman were nailed to crosses while hundreds of barefoot men beat themselves with flails on Good Friday, in a blood-soaked display of religious fervour in the Philippines.

Eight men and a woman were nailed to crosses while hundreds of barefoot men beat themselves with flails on Good Friday, in a blood-soaked display of religious fervour in the Philippines.


04/19/2019 - 11:06

In South Sudan, illness is as deadly as war

By the time he was brought into the remote clinic in northeastern South Sudan, two-year-old Nyachoat was already convulsing from the malaria attacking his brain.

By the time he was brought into the remote clinic in northeastern South Sudan, two-year-old Nyachoat was already convulsing from the malaria attacking his brain.


04/19/2019 - 03:32

LA street vending legalization offers migrants hope, but also challenges

A chorus of street vendors' pitches ring out on a hot spring day in downtown Los Angeles.

A chorus of street vendors' pitches ring out on a hot spring day in downtown Los Angeles.


04/19/2019 - 03:29

Secrets and crimes: gay S. Korean soldiers trapped in legal bind

Productive and driven, he was a model army officer, but he had a secret: he was in a gay sexual relationship with a fellow soldier -- a crime under South Korea's military law.

Productive and driven, he was a model army officer, but he had a secret: he was in a gay sexual relationship with a fellow soldier -- a crime under South Korea's military law.


04/19/2019 - 03:15

Papa roach: Chinese farmer breeds bugs for the table

As farmer Li Bingcai opened the door to his cockroach farm in southwest China, an insect the size of a dart flew into his face.

As farmer Li Bingcai opened the door to his cockroach farm in southwest China, an insect the size of a dart flew into his face.


04/19/2019 - 03:12

Crude oil touted as health cure in Azerbaijan

Immersed up to her neck in a dark viscous liquid, Sulfiya smiles in delight, confident that the fetid substance will cure her painful condition.

Immersed up to her neck in a dark viscous liquid, Sulfiya smiles in delight, confident that the fetid substance will cure her painful condition.


04/19/2019 - 02:54

Facebook says it stored 'millions' of unencrypted Instagram passwords

"Millions" of Instagram users had their passwords stored in unencrypted form on internal servers, Facebook said Thursday, raising its original estimate of tens of thousands.

"Millions" of Instagram users had their passwords stored in unencrypted form on internal servers, Facebook said Thursday, raising its original estimate of tens of thousands.


04/18/2019 - 19:10

Unemployment takes heavy toll on South Africa's young

A large portrait of a bright-eyed young woman draped in a black graduation robe looms over a spotless, tiled lounge in Protea Glen, a suburb of Johannesburg's Soweto township.

A large portrait of a bright-eyed young woman draped in a black graduation robe looms over a spotless, tiled lounge in Protea Glen, a suburb of Johannesburg's Soweto township.


04/18/2019 - 18:35

In Denmark, drop-in baptisms help boost Church numbers

Looking to get baptised, but put off by the thought of tedious planning? With membership waning, Denmark's Lutheran Church is lowering the bar for hesitant prospective members by hosting drop-in christenings.

Looking to get baptised, but put off by the thought of tedious planning? With membership waning, Denmark's Lutheran Church is lowering the bar for hesitant prospective members by hosting drop-in christenings.


04/18/2019 - 16:58

'Assassin's Creed' game set in Notre-Dame offered free for a week

The French maker of the blockbuster game "Assassin's Creed Unity", which takes place inside the Notre-Dame cathedral, said Thursday it was offering the title for free for a week to give players a peek inside the fire-scarred monument.

The French maker of the blockbuster game "Assassin's Creed Unity", which takes place inside the Notre-Dame cathedral, said Thursday it was offering the title for free for a week to give players a peek inside the fire-scarred monument.


04/18/2019 - 14:27

Worry over 'modern art thing' on rebuilt Notre-Dame

Conservative French politicians expressed concern Thursday about the prospect of modern architecture being added to Notre-Dame cathedral after the government invited design proposals for a new roof and spire.

Conservative French politicians expressed concern Thursday about the prospect of modern architecture being added to Notre-Dame cathedral after the government invited design proposals for a new roof and spire.


04/18/2019 - 12:09

Poppies bloom across Afghanistan as drought eases

A vast field of towering white poppies sways gently in the breeze, silky petals sometimes tumbling to the ground, a visible marker of the resilience of Afghanistan's lucrative opium trade.

A vast field of towering white poppies sways gently in the breeze, silky petals sometimes tumbling to the ground, a visible marker of the resilience of Afghanistan's lucrative opium trade.


04/18/2019 - 09:16

Notre-Dame esplanade to get 'ephemeral' wooden cathedral during rebuild

Catholic worshippers feeling orphaned by the fire that ravaged part of Notre-Dame will be welcomed in an "ephemeral cathedral" of wood in front of the Paris monument until it reopens, Notre-Dame's chief priest said Thursday.

Catholic worshippers feeling orphaned by the fire that ravaged part of Notre-Dame will be welcomed in an "ephemeral cathedral" of wood in front of the Paris monument until it reopens, Notre-Dame's chief priest said Thursday.


04/18/2019 - 09:15

Amazon to pull plug on China retail operations: report

Amazon plans to close down its online retail operations that cater to consumers in China in an apparent admission of defeat to local e-commerce rivals such as Alibaba and JD.com, a report said on Thursday.

Amazon plans to close down its online retail operations that cater to consumers in China in an apparent admission of defeat to local e-commerce rivals such as Alibaba and JD.com, a report said on Thursday.


04/18/2019 - 04:47

Sudan's Darfur refugees wonder when their turn will come

"When we arrived here, there were TV crews and photographers, but now nobody comes," said Abdallah, amazed to see a journalist turn up at his Sudanese refugee camp in Chad.

"When we arrived here, there were TV crews and photographers, but now nobody comes," said Abdallah, amazed to see a journalist turn up at his Sudanese refugee camp in Chad.


04/18/2019 - 04:46

In Iraq, tribal traditions rob women, girls of rights

Two weeks into Mariam's forced marriage to her cousin according to Iraqi tribal custom, she desperately doused herself in fuel, flicked on a lighter and attempted suicide by self-immolation.

Two weeks into Mariam's forced marriage to her cousin according to Iraqi tribal custom, she desperately doused herself in fuel, flicked on a lighter and attempted suicide by self-immolation.