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Kabul: At least 33 people were killed and over 100 injured on Saturday in a suicide bombing at Jalalabad city in Afghanistan.

The attack took place near the New Kabul Bank branch and the city's municipality office building.

"A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden jacket near a bank," a police official told Xinhua news agency.

Health officials said the toll could escalate since a few of the injured are in critical condition.

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Beirut: Head of Lebanon's Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah chastised weeks of Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen.

Addressing hundreds of supporters at a rally on Friday , Nasrallah said the airstrikes' real objective is to restore the Saudi-US hegemony over Yemen, instead of Riyadh's claim of defending Yemen's Arab identity.

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Tripoli: A total of 14 soldiers died and another 24 were injured as a brigade of the Libyan National Army mounted assaults on a camp occupied by the Islamist Libya Dawn militants in capital Tripoli, military sources said.

"Battalion 101 on Friday completely control the Libya Dawn camp in Tajura area," an army officer told Xinhua.

After fierce fighting, the army force also took control of Ghut Al-Rumman gate of Tajura in east of Tripoli, he added.

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Stockholm: Julian Assange has agreed to be questioned at Ecuador’s London embassy over allegations of sexual assault, his Swedish lawyer said on Thursday.

The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up inside the embassy since June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over allegations he assaulted two women in 2010. He denies the allegations.

Swedish prosecutors said in March 2015 they wanted to question Mr. Assange in London, backing down from a previous demand it happen in Sweden.

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Jakarta: A passenger plane in Indonesia was forced to make an emergency landing Friday after air traffic control received a bomb threat, an official said.

A police bomb squad started examining the Batik Air plane after it landed in South Sulawesi with 122 passengers from the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon, transport ministry spokesman J A Barata told AFP.

An air traffic controller in Ambon had received a bomb threat via text message as the plane headed toward its intended destination of Jakarta, he said.

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United Nations: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an immediate cease-fire in Yemen to spur peace talks and get lifesaving aid into the impoverished Middle East nation.

The UN chief addressed "the many fateful challenges" the world confronts, from 50 million refugees and displaced people - the largest number since World War II - to the urgent problem of climate change in a speech at the National Press Club.

"Millions of people face hatred and persecution, billions suffer from hunger and exploitation," he said.

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Tokyo: Japanese researchers have developed a self-elevating barrier with the ability to bear the impact of powerful tsunamis.

A team from the Nagoya University in central Japan, in collaboration with Hitachi Zosen Corporation, has tested a system which "can be put to use at any time," a spokesperson told Efe news agency.

Placed on conventional sea walls, the structure when in use provides additional height to the wall and can withstand the impact of large waves.

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Gurgaon: Former Nepalese prime minister Surya Bahadur Thapa died at Medanta - The Medicity hospital here late Wednesday night, a doctor said on Thursday. He was 87.

The five-time prime minister was suffering from cancer and was admitted to Medanta hospital on March 29.

"His stomach, liver, pancreas, oesophagus and intestines were affected," a doctor told IANS.

His family members arrived in the hospital on Thursday.

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United Nations: The UN peace envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, has resigned, a UN official has said, after losing support from Gulf countries for his mission in the conflict-driven nation.

The Moroccan diplomat had been UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy for Yemen since 2012.

Benomar has “indicated his willingness to leave his post” as Yemen envoy, a UN official told AFP yesterday on condition of anonymity.

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New York: The US State Department has asked a court here to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Sikh rights group for declaring India's RSS as a "terror group" saying it has no standing.

In an 18-page motion filed Tuesday before judge Laura Taylor Swain of the Southern District of New York, US attorney Preet Bharara said Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) lacks standing to bring such claims.

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