Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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Taliban insurgents kill 17 in attacks

Afghanistan

Taliban insurgents kill 17 in attacks

A group of Taliban insurgents, including two suicide bombers, stormed an office of the election commission in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday, killing six people, around the same time as two other suicide bombers killed six members of the Afghan security forces in an eastern province. In a third attack, a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vest during an athletic competition, killing five people. The attacks underscore the danger in the days leading up to the April 5 presidential and provincial council elections that the militants have threatened to derail. Some worry that the attacks could deter voters from participating in the first peaceful transfer of power in modern Afghan history.

Elsewhere

Washington: The National Park Service said Tuesday that the Washington Monument will reopen to visitors May 12 after being closed for nearly three years due to a 2011 earthquake.

South Africa: The prosecution rested its case in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial on Tuesday after three weeks of testimony. Pistorius is accused of killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Chicago: An emergency track-side braking system activated but failed to stop a Chicago commuter train from jumping the tracks and barreling to the top of an escalator at O'Hare International Airport on Monday, a federal investigator said Tuesday.

New York: Jurors began deliberations Tuesday in the terrorism trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith.

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