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Bomber kills 31 at Kabul voter registration center

A suicide bomber yesterday killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens outside a voter registration center in the Afghan capital, Kabul, the Afghan Ministry of Public Health said, in the latest attack on election preparations. The assaults underscore growing concerns about security in the lead-upFULL STORY

Iran threatens to resume enrichment if US quits deal

Iran on Saturday said it is ready to “vigorously” resume nuclear enrichment if the US ditches the 2015 nuclear deal, and that further “drastic measures” are being considered in response to a US exit. Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters in NewFULL STORY

Killed Palestinian rocket expert was ‘no saint’: Israel

A Palestinian scientist shot dead in Malaysia was a rocket expert and “no saint,” Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman said, but dismissed suggestions by Hamas that Israel’s Mossad spy agency assassinated him. Two men on a motorcycle fired 10 shots at Fadi al-Batsh, an engineeringFULL STORY

Rise in faceless Asia Twitter accounts sparks bot fears

It has been jokingly referred to as “Botmageddon,” but a surge in new, anonymous Twitter accounts across swathes of Southeast and East Asia has deepened fears the region is in the throes of US-style mass social media manipulation. Maya Gilliss-Chapman, a Cambodian tech entrepreneur working inFULL STORY

India passes death penalty for rape of young children

The Indian government on Saturday approved of the death penalty for people convicted of raping children under 12, responding to widespread outrage over the recent rape and killing of a young girl and other attacks on children. An order was approved by Indian Prime Minister NarendraFULL STORY

Opposition leaders detained in Armenia

Armenian police yesterday detained three opposition leaders and dispersed some protesters on the 10th day of demonstrations against the appointment of former president Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister, an opposition politician and witnesses said. Protesters accuse Sargsyan of clinging to power after he was appointed primeFULL STORY

Second Saturday protest against Orban

Tens of thousands of Hungarians took to the streets in Budapest for a second consecutive Saturday to protest against newly re-elected Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The crowd marched through the city to a rally where speakers demanded non-partisan public media and an end to campaignsFULL STORY

Pricing Web site could have been used by anti-EU side

Personal information gathered from price comparison Web sites might have been used without people’s knowledge or consent by pro-Brexit campaigners in the European referendum. An ex-director of Cambridge Analytica told parliament last week that she believed the Leave.EU campaign, headed by then-UK Independence Party (UKIP) leaderFULL STORY

Reporter killed filming protests in Nicaragua

In the grainy, nighttime video, journalist Angel Gahona, clad in jeans and a blue shirt, holds up a cellphone and narrates as he approaches the facade of city hall in Bluefields, Nicaragua, reporting live via Facebook on protests that have rocked the Central American nationFULL STORY

Maduro first foreign leader to visit new president of Cuba

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday became the first foreign leader to meet with newly elected Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, underscoring the importance of the Venezuelan-Cuban alliance. Diaz-Canel, 58, was sworn in on Thursday to succeed his mentor, Cuban Communist Party (PCC) First Secretary Raul Castro,FULL STORY

World News Quick Take

UNITED STATES Actor Verne Troyer dies The diminutive actor who starred in the Austin Powers movies as “Mini Me,” Verne Troyer, died on Saturday at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 49. The cause of death was not announced, but the family wrote that “depression andFULL STORY

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