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Truck bomb kills thirteen in Afghanistan

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A truck-bomb explosion has killed at least 13 people in the capital of Afghanistan’s Logar province, a provincial spokesman said.

The attack Saturday night killed four civilians and several militants, including members of the Pakistani Taliban and an affiliated group, said Din Mohammad Darwis, the spokesman.

It happened in Pul e Alam, in central Afghanistan.

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Bus crash kills students and teachers in Thailand

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A bus crash in eastern Thailand has killed at least 15 people, including 13 students.

The bus was travelling to the seaside town of Pattaya, about 150km (90 miles) south-east of Bangkok, when it crashed into a truck. Thirteen students and two teachers died, while more than 30 were injured.

The crash occurred early on Friday, police said. The students were travelling from the north-eastern city of Ratchasima on a field trip to Pattaya when their double-decker bus crashed into an 18-wheeler truck.

Police officials said the students were between the ages of 10-14. They are now investigating the crash.

Traffic accidents are common in Thailand, with poor safety standards and busy roads thought to be a factor.

Explosion in Qatar kills a dozen

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Twelve people died when a large gas cylinder exploded Thursday on the roof of a restaurant in Doha, Qatar, the emirate’s civil defense director said in a televised news conference.

The blast injured 31 others and caused the partial collapse of Istanbul Restaurant, civil defense director Hamad Othman N. Al-Duhaimi said. The collapse injured customers, employees and some people walking past the restaurant, Al-Duhaimi said. It also damaged nearby buildings and cars near the restaurant, which is close to the city’s popular Landmark Mall.

The force of the blast spread 165 feet (50 meters)

It’s not known at this time what caused the gas cylinder to explode. Authorities are investigating, the ministry said.

Indian army soldier commits murder-suicide

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A soldier at an army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir killed five of his colleagues Thursday before turning his gun on himself, the military said.

The soldier opened fire with an automatic rifle in the barracks of the camp in the town of Safapora, roughly 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of the capital, Srinagar, said military spokesman Lt. Col. N.N. Joshi.

An investigation into the shooting has been ordered, Joshi said.

Previous cases of members of the Indian Army and paramilitary forces in Kashmir turning their guns on their colleagues have taken place over the years.

Authorities have attributed previous shootings to stress caused by long duty hours and protracted separation from families.

Officials have introduced measures like long periods of leave and recreational facilities to try to tackle the problem.

Plane crash kills three in Hawaii

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A plane crashed late Wednesday in Maui County, Hawaii, killing three people and injuring three more, said Maui County spokesman Rod Antone.

The plane went down about a mile from the airport in Lanai City. The injured were taken to hospital, Antone said.

Pakistan air strikes militant bases

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Pakistan’s military have launched air strikes against suspected militant hideouts in the north-west, killing at least 30 people, officials say.

Fighter jets bombed targets in the North Waziristan tribal area on Tuesday.

Talks between Pakistani government and Taliban militant negotiators broke down last week, after a Taliban-linked group said they killed 23 soldiers.

Pakistani jets also carried out strikes on suspected militant hideouts in North Waziristan last month, following a wave of attacks against security forces.

Thai construction site collapses, at least eleven dead

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At least 11 construction workers were killed Tuesday when a big cement beam fell on them in a Bangkok suburb, at the site where they were working, Thai police said. About 27 workers were on their lunch break in the district of Bangpli when the beam fell on them, said police Lt. Col. Somchai Piakhan.

More than a dozen injured people have been transported to nearby hospitals, and at least one worker is still trapped inside the rubble, police said. A rescue team is trying to lift the wreckage of cement and steel to free anybody trapped underneath. Sniffer dogs have also been deployed to find possible survivors.

The collapse took place around noon at the construction site of a new hospital.

Bangpli is southeast of Bangkok, in Samut Prakarn province.