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Explosions target Taliban in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province; 3 dead
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Explosions target Taliban in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province; 3 dead

It wasn't immediately clear whether Taliban officials were among the dead and wounded. At least 20 people have been wounded

UK eases rules for vaccinated international travellers, cost burden on Indian fliers to reduce
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UK eases rules for vaccinated international travellers, cost burden on Indian fliers to reduce

From 4 October, the current traffic light system of red, amber and green countries based on levels of COVID-19 risk will be scrapped and replaced with one red list only

International Monetary Fund suspends its engagement with Afghanistan
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International Monetary Fund suspends its engagement with Afghanistan

The IMF said it was deeply concerned with economic conditions in Afghanistan, urging the international community to take urgent steps to stall a "looming humanitarian crisis" in the country

Why Kim Jong Un's recent missile launches hint at North Korea's nuclear arsenal expansion
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Why Kim Jong Un's recent missile launches hint at North Korea's nuclear arsenal expansion

Kim may also be going back to a tried-and-true technique of pressuring the world with missile launches and outrageous threats before offering negotiations at the last minute meant to extract aid, experts said

World Bamboo Day 2021: All you need to know about day observed to conserve and promote bamboo industry
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World Bamboo Day 2021: All you need to know about day observed to conserve and promote bamboo industry

The day is marked by the World Bamboo Organisation, which aims to protect natural resources and the environment at large. The organisation also intends to ensure sustainable utilisation of bamboo

Indonesia's most wanted militant with ties to the Islamic State group killed in jungle shootout
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Indonesia's most wanted militant with ties to the Islamic State group killed in jungle shootout

Ali Kalora was one of two militants killed in the raid, said Central Sulawesi's regional military chief Brigadier General Farid Makruf. He identified the other suspected extremist as Jaka Ramadan

SpaceX tourists interact with actor Tom Cruise while orbiting the Earth, give update on space flight
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SpaceX tourists interact with actor Tom Cruise while orbiting the Earth, give update on space flight

The craft, which blasted off from Florida on 15 September is scheduled to end its three-day voyage with a splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean at 4.06 pm Pacific time (2306 GMT) on Saturday, 18 September

'Lost Wallet' experiment shows Mumbai world's second most honest city; Anand Mahindra gratified by results
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'Lost Wallet' experiment shows Mumbai world's second most honest city; Anand Mahindra gratified by results

The lost wallet study was performed by Reader’s Digest to glean the honesty in 16 global hubs like Madrid, London, Amsterdam, New York and Helsinki

From submarines to helicopter carriers: How the US has pummelled France's defence industry
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From submarines to helicopter carriers: How the US has pummelled France's defence industry

Paris is livid with its foreign minister saying the decision by Australia to get nuclear-submarines from America instead felt like a stab in the back

US top military commander admits Kabul drone strike that killed 10 was a 'tragic mistake'
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US top military commander admits Kabul drone strike that killed 10 was a 'tragic mistake'

General Frank McKenzie also stated that it was unlikely that those who died were associated with Islamic State-Khorasan or were a direct threat to US forces

Watch: 15 skyscrapers demolished all at once in China; jaw-dropping moment caught on camera
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Watch: 15 skyscrapers demolished all at once in China; jaw-dropping moment caught on camera

According to China’s Xinhua news, there were about 4.6 tonnes of explosives that were stored at 85,000 different blasting points which were set around the building

Japanese ruling party race to determine next prime minister to do away 'revolving door' concerns
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Japanese ruling party race to determine next prime minister to do away 'revolving door' concerns

Two men and, unusually for Japan, two women are competing in the 29 September vote to replace outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga

China agrees with Jaishankar's views on Sino-India ties having their own 'logic'
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China agrees with Jaishankar's views on Sino-India ties having their own 'logic'

In February, the two sides completed the withdrawal of troops and weapons from the north and south banks of the Pangong Lake in line with an agreement on disengagement

Afghanistan dominates SCO talks: Highlights of who said what at Dushanbe summit
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Afghanistan dominates SCO talks: Highlights of who said what at Dushanbe summit

Members of the China and Russia-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on Friday endorsed Iran's future membership of the bloc that already includes South Asian rivals India and Pakistan

Russians vote in parliamentary polls after historic crackdown
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Russians vote in parliamentary polls after historic crackdown

The run-up to the parliamentary polls has been marred by an unprecedented crackdown on Kremlin critics and independent media

How much of the world’s energy comes from fossil fuels? Can renewables replace it all?
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How much of the world’s energy comes from fossil fuels? Can renewables replace it all?

Fossilisation of trees moved enormous amounts of carbon from the air to underground, leading to a decline in atmospheric CO₂ levels

World Bank cancels business report after investigation reveals Chinese data alteration
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World Bank cancels business report after investigation reveals Chinese data alteration

Staff members changed data on China to improve its ranking under pressure from the office of then-World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and from then-Chief Executive Kristalina Georgieva and one of her advisers

US crews wrap giant trees in blankets to save them from forest fires
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US crews wrap giant trees in blankets to save them from forest fires

The massive giants, some 2,000-years-old, are in the wildfire's path

Facebook has known for a year and a half that Instagram is bad for teens despite claiming otherwise
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Facebook has known for a year and a half that Instagram is bad for teens despite claiming otherwise

Facebook's policy of pursuing profits regardless of documented harm has sparked comparisons to Big Tobacco, which knew in the 1950s that its products were carcinogenic but publicly denied it into the 21st century

How ventilation can help combat spread of COVID-19 in schools
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How ventilation can help combat spread of COVID-19 in schools

Air-quality specialists in Australia have recommended that air purifiers with high-efficiency particulate air (Hepa) filters be installed in all classrooms