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Afghanistan deadly explosion 

An explosion targeting a seminary in northern Samangan province leaves dozens of people dead or injured. According to a medical source, at least 16 people were killed and two dozen others wounded in the blast in the city of Aybak. But the Taliban government has lowered the death toll. The Interior Ministry spokesman says 10 students died and many others injured in what he described as an unforgivable crime. He says an investigation has been launched to identify the perpetrators. No group or individual has yet claimed responsibility, but the blast bears the hallmarks of the Daesh terror group. While overall violence has significantly dropped since the Taliban takeover of the country last year, bomb attacks continue to target cities, including the capital Kabul. Many of these attacks have been claimed by Daesh.

Israel West Bank violence 

Israeli forces have killed another Palestinian in the occupied West Bank. The victim, a young man, was shot dead in a town, west of Jenin on Wednesday afternoon. Elsewhere in the West Bank, a Palestinian child succumbed to the wounds he sustained last month after being shot by Israeli forces. The two deaths happened just a day after five Palestinians fell victim to the regime’s violence in the occupied territories. Israel has been carrying out deadly attacks on Palestinian towns and cities almost on a daily basis. So far this year, the regime forces have killed more than 200 Palestinians in their attacks in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Former Chinese leader dies 

Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin has died at the age of 96. He passed away due to leukemia and multiple organ failure. Jiang took office in 1989 and presided over a decade. During his term as the Communist Party leader, China emerged as a major manufacturing power and a rising economic rival to the developed world. Among his significant achievements was the return of Hong Kong to China after more than 100 years of British rule. Chinese flags will be flown at half-mast at government and Communist Party buildings to mark his death. The date of his funeral will be announced later. 

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