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Taliban attack in north kills 30 troops

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Kabul, Aug 15 (AP) - A Taliban assault on two adjacent checkpoints in northern Afghanistan killed at least 30 soldiers and police, officials said Wednesday, as life gradually returned to normal in parts of the eastern city of Ghazni after a massive insurgent attack last week, with sporadic gunbattles still underway in some neighbor-hoods.
Mohammad Safdar Mohseni, the head of the provincial council in the northern Baghlan province, said the in-surgents set fire to the checkpoints after the...

Nebraska executes first inmate using fentanyl

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Lincoln, Aug (AP) - Nebraska carried out its first execution in more than two decades on Tuesday with a drug combination never tried before, including the first use of the powerful opioid fentanyl in a lethal injection.
Carey Dean Moore, 60, was pronounced dead at 10:47 a.m. Moore had been...

Death toll from Pakistan coal mine blast climbs to 13

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Quetta, Aug 14 (AP) - A Pakistani official says rescuers have recovered the bodies of five remaining miners who were missing after a mine caved in following a methane gas explosion this week.
This brings the final death toll from the tragedy to 13.
Iftikhar Ahmed, a mine inspector, said on...

Swedish leader voices anger after dozens of cars are burned

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Copzenhagen, Aug 14 (AP) - Masked youths torched dozens of cars overnight in Sweden and threw rocks at police, prompting an angry response from the prime minister, who denounced an "extremely organized" night of vandalism.
Police spokesman Hans Lippens said Tuesday that initial reports indicate...

Taliban overrun Afghan army base, kill 17 troops

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Kabul, Aug 14 (AP) - The Taliban overran a base in northern Afghanistan, killing 17 soldiers, even as Afghan forces battled the insurgents for the fifth straight day in the eastern provincial capital of Ghazni on Tuesday, trying to flush them out of the city's outskirts, officials said.

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