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Afghan schools hit as militants seek soft targets

A suicide bomb attack on a group of teenagers studying for university exams in Kabul on Wednesday shocked Afghanistan but it was only the latest in a series of attacks on schools which have proved an easy target for militant groups.

More than 1,000 schools across Afghanistan remain closed for security reasons and at least 86 have been destroyed by militant attacks this year alone, according to UN figures.

Turkey increases tariffs on some US goods, escalating feud

Turkey said on Wednesday it is increasing tariffs on imports of certain US products, including rice, cars, alcohol and coal — escalating a feud with the United States that has helped trigger a currency crisis.

The Turkish government said it will impose extra tariffs on imports of products including rice, vehicles, alcohol, coal and cosmetics. Tariffs on American cars were doubled to 120 per cent while tariff on alcoholic drinks to 140 per cent.

Police treat London crash as a terrorist incident

London’s Metropolitan Police say that they are treating the crash outside of Parliament as a terrorist incident.

Authorities said in a statement on Tuesday that a man in his 20s was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offenses after the silver Ford Fiesta collided with a number of cyclists and pedestrians before crashing into the barriers during the morning rush hour.

He is in custody. No one else was in the car, which is being searched at the scene of the accident.

Two people were hurt, but authorities said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

Erdogan Defiant While Turkey Slips Toward Financial Crisis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is showing no signs of backing down in a standoff with the US that rattled markets. As investors worry about Turkey sliding toward a full-blown financial crisis, the big question now is how far the pain may spread.

“I call out to those in the United States. It is a shame. You are trading a strategic NATO ally for a pastor,” Erdogan told a rally on Saturday in Ordu, referring to the US decision to sanction Turkey for its imprisonment of an American priest. “You cannot tame our people with threats.”

US imposing new Russia sanctions over chemical attack

The United States says it will impose new sanctions on Russia for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempt to kill a former spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this year.

The new sanctions, to be imposed later this month, come despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to improve relations with Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, and his harsh criticism of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Pressure builds on UK Labour to back second Brexit referendum

Pressure is building on UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn to switch course and back a referendum on whatever Brexit deal the government reaches with the European Union.

Labour Party activists are trying to force a debate on the issue at its annual conference in Liverpool next month. If they succeed – and there are still some hurdles – a second plebiscite that could potentially reverse Brexit becomes much more likely.

Woman rescued from rubble two days after deadly Lombok quake

A woman was pulled alive from a collapsed building on Indonesia’s tourist island of Lombok on Tuesday, two days after a powerful earthquake that killed dozens, destroyed villages and left thousands of people homeless.

Rescue workers were also digging under the rubble of a mosque in the north of the island shattered by Sunday’s 6.9 magnitude earthquake, hopeful that at least one of four people trapped inside was still alive.

Tourists flee Indonesia’s Lombok island after earthquake kills 98

Scenes of destruction greeted rescue workers across Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok on Monday, after an earthquake of magnitude 6.9 killed at least 98 people and prompted an exodus of tourists rattled by the second powerful quake in a week. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said it expected the death toll to rise once the rubble of more than 13,000 flattened and damaged houses was cleared away.

Maduro escapes ‘assassination’ attempt claimed by rebel group

At least one explosion rocked a military event where Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was giving a speech on Saturday and the government said it was a failed assassination attempt involving drones carrying explosives.

Maduro said “everything points” to a right-wing plot that initial investigation suggested was linked to Colombia and the US state of Florida, where many Venezuelan exiles live. Several perpetrators were caught, he said

Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said drones loaded with explosives detonated close to the military event in downtown Caracas.

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