Taliban militants kill government militiamen as talks advance into critical stage

Taliban militants killed at least 26 members of a pro-government militia in north Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, as the militants and U.S. negotiators prepared for a new round of peace talks in Qatar. The U.S. officials and the Islamist militants are due to launch a seventh round of talks later on Saturday, in what… Read More Taliban militants kill government militiamen as talks advance into critical stage

One dead, several injured following bomb attacks on buses in Iraqi city of Kirkuk

One person was killed and at least 24 wounded when bombs hit two crowded passenger buses in Iraq’s oil-rich city of Kirkuk on Thursday, officials said. The two devices exploded as the buses drove through the city center around 7 p.m. (1600 GMT), police sources said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Iraq’s… Read More One dead, several injured following bomb attacks on buses in Iraqi city of Kirkuk

Dozens killed following collapse of Glencore mine in Congo

At least 41 artisanal miners were killed on Thursday when part of a copper and cobalt mine owned by Glencore collapsed in southeast Congo, the provincial governor said. The accident occurred in the KOV open-pit mine at the Kamoto Copper Company (KCC) concession, in which Glencore subsidiary Katanga Mining owns a 75% stake, said Richard… Read More Dozens killed following collapse of Glencore mine in Congo

One dead, several injured following double suicide bomb attacks in Tunisia

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in separate attacks on police in the Tunisian capital on Thursday, killing one police officer and wounding several other people, the government said. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, the militant group’s Amaq news agency said on Thursday evening. The attacks came months before an election and at… Read More One dead, several injured following double suicide bomb attacks in Tunisia

Hackers steal data from systems of over a dozen global telecom companies

Hackers broke into the systems of more than a dozen global telecom firms and stole huge amounts of data in a seven-year spying campaign, researchers from a cyber security company said, identifying links to previous Chinese cyber-espionage activities. Investigators at U.S.-Israeli cyber firm Cybereason said on Tuesday the attackers compromised companies in more than 30… Read More Hackers steal data from systems of over a dozen global telecom companies

Saudi forces capture Yemen branch leader of Islamic State

Saudi special forces have captured the leader of the Yemeni branch of the Islamic State militant group, the Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen said on Tuesday. The leader, Abu Osama al-Muhajer, as well as other members of the organization including its chief financial officer, were captured on June 3 in a raid on a… Read More Saudi forces capture Yemen branch leader of Islamic State

Illinois becomes the eleventh U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana

Illinois on Tuesday became the 11th U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults after Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law a bill that also provides for the removal of certain previous drug convictions and will generate new revenue for the financially troubled state. The Democratic governor hailed the measure, which was… Read More Illinois becomes the eleventh U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana

One dead, town evacuated following explosions at munitions depot in Kazakhstan

The Kazakh government ordered the evacuation of a town of 44,000 on Monday after a series of blasts at a nearby munitions depot killed one person and injured dozens, the Central Asian nation’s authorities said. The blasts occurred at a military base near Arys in the former Soviet republic’s southern Turkestan province, which houses a… Read More One dead, town evacuated following explosions at munitions depot in Kazakhstan