Friday, February 23, 2018
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Bomber kills foe of Taliban and 13 others in Afghanistan

Afghanistan

Bomber kills foe of Taliban and 13 others

A local Afghan leader who had been involved in efforts to defeat the Taliban was killed Monday in a suicide bombing that left 13 others dead, including the bomber, officials said. Mohammad Rasoul Mohseni was the head of the provincial council in Baghlan province in northeastern Afghanistan, a picturesque farming area that has been relatively peaceful and secure in the past. Police said the suicide bomber was dressed in a police uniform. He detonated his explosives after walking up to Mohseni and a group of people standing with him outside his office in a government compound in the provincial capital, Pul-e-Khumri. Nine people were injured. In text messages to media organizations, a Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack.

South Korea

North Korea launches missiles for 3rd day

North Korea launched two short-range projectiles into waters off its east coast for a third straight day Monday, officials in Seoul, South Korea said, despite warnings from the United States and South Korea against increasing tensions.

The North has conducted six such launchings since Saturday, in what are believed to be tests of short-range guided missiles or rockets from multiple launchers, officials said.

North Korea said the launchings were part of normal military drills.

Washington

Education Department gives 3 states waivers

Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Monday that three more states would join those given permission to ignore parts of the federal No Child Left Behind law in favor of their own school improvement plans.

The addition of Alaska, Hawaii and West Virginia brings to 37 the number of states operating outside the Bush-era law, along with the District of Columbia. Eight states, the Bureau of Indian Education, Puerto Rico and a coalition of California districts are waiting to hear about their requests, which would further dismantle the law.

Elsewhere

Washington: President Barack Obama will meet China's President Xi Jinping in California on June 7-8, their first face-to-face talks. The White House also said Monday that Obama will visit Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania from June 26 to July 3.

New York: Thousands of people marched on Monday to protest the killing of a gay man who was taunted with homophobic slurs.

Times wires

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