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AFGHANISTAN

Tweet betrays location

An apparently errant tweet by the Taliban’s spokesman in Afghanistan gave his location as being in neighboring Pakistan. On Friday, a tweet by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claiming an attack included geolocation information that suggested he sent the message from Sindh, Pakistan. Mujahid later sent a tweet yesterday describing the location leak as an “enemy plot.” He also offered his Afghan telephone number to confirm his identity and wrote: “With full confidence, I can say that I am in my own country.” Twitter says such geolocation data is based on latitude and longitude data or other information provided by users at the time of their message.

UNITED STATES

Hydrant causes sensation

A big-rig collided with a fire hydrant on a downtown San Francisco street on Friday afternoon, sheering the hydrant from its base and sending a geyser of water four stories high. The scene just outside Yelp Inc’s headquarters kept the city’s tech-savvy workers busy posting videos and photographs of the drama outside their office windows on the Internet. Lisa Halsey, who works for the Trulia real-estate listing service, said she “heard something go pop” and rushed outside to see the water gushing. She was among those who captured the scene and posted it online.

UNITED STATES

Sheen in alleged assault

A dental technician who says Charlie Sheen punched her in the chest during an office visit is suing the actor for assault and battery. Margarita Palestino filed the lawsuit on Friday in Los Angeles seeking unspecified damages from the Anger Management star. Her lawsuit accuses Sheen of attacking her during a dental appointment on Sept. 25, including punching her in the chest and grabbing her bra. Sheen’s publicist Jeff Ballard said on Thursday Sheen had an adverse reaction to the combination of nitrous oxide and pain medication he was taking for a shoulder injury and knocked over dental instruments.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Diplomat killer stays in jail

A court has upheld a 30-year-prison sentence for a man convicted of killing a Japanese diplomat who was having an affair with his wife. Bolivian immigrant Luis Antonio Baldelomar Tirina had been convicted and received the same sentence last year for the death of Tadaomi Nakai. He was sentenced again on Friday after his previous sentence was dismissed because of a legal technicality. Nakai had worked in the Dominican Republic for Japan’s agency for international development. Prosecutors said Baldelomar had previously lived in Japan and knew Nakai there. Authorities said the Bolivian agreed initially to let his wife have sex with the diplomat in exchange for help for his family. He stabbed Nakai with a kitchen knife in the diplomat’s apartment in Santo Domingo in March 2010.

AUSTRALIA

MH370 search to resume

After a four-month hiatus, the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is about to resume in a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean, with searchers lowering new equipment deep beneath the waves in a bid to finally solve one of the world’s most perplexing aviation mysteries. The GO Phoenix, the first of three ships that is to spend up to a year hunting for the wreckage far off Australia’s west coast, is expected to arrive in the search zone today. Crews are to use sonar, video cameras and jet fuel sensors to scour the water for any trace of the Boeing 777, which disappeared on March 8.

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