World Bulletin/News Desk
A string of roadside bombs and clashes in southern Afghanistan killed at least 24 Afghan civilians and police on Sunday, officials said, in one of the deadliest days of violence in the country for weeks.
Two NATO soldiers were also killed by a roadside bomb and in separate attacks over the past two days in the south, the coalition said, without providing further details.
Three bombs hit three vehicles in Kandahar province, killing 18 people including children.
"Villagers were travelling in a mini-van and a tractor when they were hit by twin roadside bombs planted by the Taliban," provincial governor spokesman Ahmad Faisal said of the attack in Spin Boldak near Afghanistan's border with Pakistan.
A third bomb then killed a family of four in Arghistan district, also straddling the Pakistani border, local officials said.
Two policemen were killed by a bomb in southern Helmand province which borders Kandahar to its west, where clashes with fighters killed another four officers, its media office said.
Civilians bear the brunt of the violence. Despite the UN reporting a 20 percent decrease in civilian deaths in the first four months of this year compared to the same period in 2011, last year saw the number of civilians killed in Afghanistan rise for a fifth straight year to over 3,000.
Nighttime curfew extended for 2 months in area inhabited by Muslim Rohingya community on Myanmar's Bangladesh border
Government-allied Moro group kills 5 Maute Group fighters during firefight in country's south
There have been a spate of kidnappings of Malaysian and Indonesian sailors at sea in recent months that have been blamed on the Abu Sayyaf.
Italian prosecutors suspect kickbacks worth about 10 percent of the deal -- 50 million euros -- were paid to Indian officials as bribes.
Beijing says its troops "peacefully liberated" Tibet in 1951, but many Tibetans accuse the central government of religious repression and eroding their culture.
Temporary port labourers at Hambantota port have been striking since Tuesday demanding that they be taken on as permanent employees of the state-owned Sri Lanka Port Authority, according to local officials.
The number of people displaced by a powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia on Wednesday has soared to at least 43,000
Emergency workers were using mechanical diggers and other equipment to remove mangled slabs of concrete and steel at the site, TV footage showed.
Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn holds emergency meeting as protests continue against impeached leader Park Geun-hye
Quake occurs day after 7.8 tremor damages around 30 buildings and prompts tsunami warning
Park's downfall was triggered by a scandal involving her close friend, Choi Soon-Sil, who is now awaiting trial on charges of using her presidential ties as leverage to squeeze tens of millions of dollars from local companies.
Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said 800 kilos (1,760 pounds) of cocaine was detected aboard a ship that arrived in the capital Colombo from Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah port.
Union criticizes silence of Islamic world and international community regarding Myanmar's campaign of extermination
6 other members of ISIL-linked group injured in clashes in majority Muslim province of Sulu
While floodwater in most affected areas starting to recede, authorities warn of landslides
The footage, which emerged earlier this week, shows the two-year-old screaming and crying as a man prods different parts of his body with the stun gun and later shoves an object down his throat.