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AFGHANISTAN

Taliban behead 12 civilians

An official says the Taliban have beheaded 12 civilians and torched about 60 homes in an assault on security forces in the eastern Ghazni Province. Provincial deputy police chief Asadullah Ensafi said the Taliban had attacked several villages over the past week in the Arjistan District. He said that on Thursday night they captured and beheaded 12 family members of local and national police and burned down 60 homes. He added that the battle was still raging. Ensafi said the Taliban also detonated a car bomb in front of an encampment where about 40 police were posted. He said it was not possible to reach the area to ascertain casualties because the insurgents had mined the roads.

INDIA

Border dispute resolved

A military stand-off with Chinese troops that lasted nearly two weeks and overshadowed a key summit in New Delhi has ended, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said, after meeting her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi (王毅). Troops were to start pulling back from the disputed border area yesterday, Swaraj said. “Timelines have been drawn... by Sept. 30, it [withdrawal] will be completed. Whichever positions were occupied by the armies on Sept. 1, they will go back to those positions,” she said in comments broadcast on TV.

INDIA

Modi faces US lawsuit

A US court has ordered Prime Minister Narendra Modi to answer allegations that he failed to stop anti-Muslim rioting when he was chief minister of Gujarat state, overshadowing his first trip to the US as his nation’s leader. The civil case before a New York court seeks compensatory and punitive damages from Modi for crimes against humanity and extrajudicial killings under the Alien Tort Claims Act and the Torture Victim Protection Act. Modi has 21 days to respond. The petitioner in the case is the American Justice Center, a non-profit human rights organization, acting on behalf of two survivors of the 2002 riots in the western Indian state. Modi was to arrive in the US for a five-day visit yesterday.

CAMBODIA

Activists pan Australia deal

About 100 people, including Buddhist monks, protested outside the Australian embassy against a deal to be signed later yesterday that will see asylum seekers rejected by Australia resettle in Cambodia. A senior Australian minister said the bilateral agreement would cost the Australian government more than A$10 million (US$9 million) a year. Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison was to sign a memorandum of understanding with Cambodian Interior Minister Sar Kheng in Phnom Penh to resettle an unspecified number of refugees currently held at an Australia-run detention camp in Nauru.

VATICAN CITY

Pope removes bishop

Pope Francis on Thursday removed a conservative bishop from a Paraguayan diocese who had clashed with his fellow bishops and promoted a priest accused of inappropriate sexual behavior. The removal of Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano, a member of the conservative Opus Dei movement, underscored the deep ideological shift under way in the church under Francis. The Vatican said Francis took the “onerous” decision in Paraguay for the good of the church in Ciudad del Este and for the sake of unity among Paraguayan bishops.

SPACE

Crew docks with station

A US and Russian crew docked early yesterday with the International Space Station, about six hours after launching from Russia’s manned space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The Russian Soyuz-TMA14M spacecraft joined up with the space laboratory as it orbited 364km above the planet. It was carrying space veterans Alexander Samokutayev of Russia and US astronaut Barry Wilmore, along with Elena Servova of Russia, making her first journey. The capsule launched at 2:25am on Friday from Baikonur. Serova is the first Russian woman to fly to space since 1997, and the fourth woman in the history of the Soviet and Russian space programs. Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space in 1963.

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