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US army punishes six over roles in fatal Niger ambush: Report

The US Army has punished six people for their roles in a 2017 mission in Niger that resulted in the ambush deaths of four Americans and four allied Nigerien troops, The New York Times reported Saturday. The ambush occurred on October 4, 2017 as a unit of 11 American special forces soldiers and 30 Nigerien troops, returning from a village ...

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Mayor of Utah city killed in ‘insider attack’ in Afghanistan

The mayor of a Utah city was killed during an attack in Afghanistan while he was serving with the state’s National Guard, the Salt Lake Tribune and other media reported. North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor died Saturday in an apparent “insider attack” in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, the Tribune reported. Another U.S. service member is being treated for wounds…

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Thai elite mourn Leicester City owner Vichai at elaborate funeral

BANGKOK – The elaborate funeral of Leicester City’s Thai owner and duty-free mogul Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha began at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok Saturday evening, as members of Thailand’s business and political elite came in black mourning garb to pay tribute to the well-connected billionaire. The number two in Thailand’s junta Prawit Wongsuwan and CP group’s Dhanin Chearavanont, the richest man ...

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OSIRIS-REx captures first clear images of asteroid Bennu

This “super-resolution” view of asteroid Bennu is made up of eight images captured by the PolyCam camera aboard NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on 29 October at a distance of about 330 kilometres (205 miles). Because Bennu rotated 1.2 degrees during the imaging sequence, a super-resolution algorithm was used to generate a higher resolution view. Image: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona After two years ...

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Victims and gunman in Tallahassee yoga studio shooting identified

(CNN)A man opened fire at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida, killing two people and injuring five others, before turning the gun on himself, police said. People inside Hot Yoga Tallahassee appeared to have fought Scott Paul Beierle, a 40-year-old man from Deltona, Florida, and tried to save themselves and others, Chief of Police Michael DeLeo said. Police said people ...

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Myanmar by-elections a test for Suu Kyi’s ruling party

Voters in several parts of Myanmar went to the polls Saturday in 13 by-elections seen as a test of support for leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her ruling party. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won a landslide victory in the 2015 general election, putting an end to decades of rule by the military and its proxies, though the ...

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Ashraf Ghani to seek re-election in Afghan presidential poll

KABUL :Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will seek re-election in 2019, his office announced Saturday, as potential rivals begin jockeying for the country´s top job ahead of the ballot. Ghani, who was elected in a fraud-tainted poll in 2014 that was only resolved in a US-brokered power-sharing deal, is expected to present himself to war-weary voters as the candidate who can ...

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