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IS guns down three female TV workers in Afghanistan

KABUL, Mar 03 (BBC): Islamic State militants have said they shot dead three women who worked for a TV station in eastern Afghanistan.The women were killed in two separate but co-ordinated attacks as they made their way home from work in Jalalabad. A fourth was critically hurt.Tuesday's shootings are part...

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One dies as rockets hit Iraq base hosting US troops

BAGHDAD, Mar 03 (AFP): At least 10 rockets slammed into a military base in western Iraq hosting US-led coalition troops on Wednesday, security sources said, leaving one civilian contractor dead.The attack on the sprawling Ain al-Assad base in Iraq's western desert comes after several weeks of escalating US-Iran tensions on...

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California crash kills 13

HOLTVILLE, Mar 03 (AP): An SUV packed with 25 people pulled in front of an oncoming tractor-trailer on a two-lane highway cutting through farmland near the U.S-Mexico border early Tuesday, killing 13 and leaving bodies strewn across the roadway. Most of the dead were Mexicans, a Mexican official said.When police...

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Japanese billionaire offers free moon trip

TOKYO, Mar 03 (BBC): Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has invited eight members of the public to join him for a trip around the moon on Elon Musk's SpaceX flight."I want people from all kinds of backgrounds to join," he said in a video via Twitter, where he also shared a...

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Pentagon concerned by North Korean N reprocessing report

NEW YORK, Mar 03 (Reuters): The Pentagon expressed concern on Tuesday about a UN report indicating possible reprocessing of nuclear fuel for bombs by North Korea, and said such activity could raise tensions with Pyongyang.Rear Admiral Michael Studeman, head of intelligence for the US Indo-Pacific command, said North Korean activity...

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UK virus variant runs riot in Italy

ROME, Mar 03 (AFP): Italy's new government ordered more school closures Tuesday after data showed the majority of coronavirus cases to be of the more contagious British variant.All schools in the highest risk regions will switch to distance learning under new rules to come into effect from Saturday, whereas previously...

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Slovakia imposes overnight curfew to fight Covid

BRATISLAVA, Mar 03 (AFP): Slovakia imposed an overnight curfew from Wednesday, the health ministry said, as the ex-communist country battles the world's highest Covid mortality rate.Slovaks will not be allowed out of their homes between 8:00 pm and 5:00 am, according to a government decree.During the day, Slovaks are being...

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Russia tells US not to 'play with fire'

MOSCOW, Mar 03 (Xinhua): The Russian Foreign Ministry urged the U.S. administration "not to play with fire" after Washington on Tuesday announced sanctions against Russian individuals and entities over the alleged poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.In an online statement, the foreign ministry called the U.S. sanctions "a hostile anti-Russian...

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S Sudan plane crash leaves 10 dead

JUBA, Mar 03 (Xinhua): Ten people were killed in a commercial plane crash in South Sudan's Jonglei state on Tuesday evening, a senior government official said Wednesday.Denay Jock Chagor, Jonglei state governor, confirmed that all the passengers including two pilots on board the commercial plane succumbed to fatal injuries."It is...

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