QALA-E-NAW, Afghanistan -- At least 13 insurgents were killed in a security forces airstrike on the Taliban militants gathering in the Ab Kamari district of the western Badghis province on Saturday, army spokesman in the province, captain Abdul Latif Sultan said.
According to the army official, a group of Taliban militants gathered in the Kokchael area of the Ab Kamari district in the wee hours of Saturday for attacking security checkpoints, but the security forces launched an airstrike in pre-emptive action, killing 13 people of the group on the spot. (Afghanistan-Airstrike-Taliban)
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TEHRAN -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for "punishment" of those who have assassinated top Iranian nuclear scientist, the leader's official website reported.
"The Iranian prominent defense and nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhri Zadeh was martyred by the criminal mercenaries," Khamenei said in a message, calling on the country's authorities to "seriously ... probe this crime and punish the perpetrators." (Iran-Assassination-Nuclear scientist)
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MOSCOW -- Russia registered 27,100 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 2,242,633, the country's COVID-19 response center said in a statement Saturday.
Meanwhile, 510 new deaths were reported, taking the nationwide count to 39,068. (Russia-Coronavirus)
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PARIS -- French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday that footage of several police officers beating up a black music producer was "unacceptable" and "shameful" for the country.
"The images we have all seen of the aggression against Michel Zecler are unacceptable, they are shameful for all of us. France should never allow violence or brutality, no matter who it comes from. France should never let hate or racism prosper," Macron said in a statement on his Facebook account. (France-Macron-Police brutality)