Daesh suicide bomber kills 20 in northern Afghanistan: Police

Security personnel patrol around the site of a would-be suicide attack near a park in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, July 16, 2018. (File Photo: Massoud Hossaini/AP)
Updated 17 July 2018
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Daesh suicide bomber kills 20 in northern Afghanistan: Police

  • Provincial council chief Mohammed Noor Rahman said the explosion occurred in a mosque during a funeral
  • In northern Afghanistan, Taliban and Daesh have been waging bitter battles in recent days

KABUL, Afghanistan: An Afghan official says a Daesh suicide bomber has killed 20 people in northern Afghanistan, including a Taliban commander.
Abdul Qauom Baqizoi, provincial chief police of northern Sar-i-Pul province, said the attack Tuesday took place as village elders met with Taliban officials in the area.
In northern Afghanistan, Taliban and Daesh have been waging bitter battles in recent days. As many as 100 insurgents from both the Taliban and Daesh have perished in recent battles, said Baqizoi.
Provincial council chief Mohammed Noor Rahman said the explosion occurred in a mosque as a funeral was taking place.
The area is remote and it was impossible to reconcile the differing accounts.


Sweden’s Center Party to reject Lofven as PM

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven arrives at a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 17, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 11 min 31 sec ago
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Sweden’s Center Party to reject Lofven as PM

  • The September election gave neither the center-left nor the center-right a majority, leaving the balance of power with the Sweden Democrats

STOCKHOLM: Attempts to form a new Swedish government were back at square one on Monday after the Center Party said it would vote against Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven’s return as prime minister because he had rejected their policy demands.
Sweden has been without a government since a Sept. 9 election delivered a hung parliament which subsequently voted Lofven out as prime minister after four years in office and then also rejected the candidacy of the leader of the four-party center-right Alliance.
The Center and Liberal parties, nominally party of the Alliance, said last month they were willing to support Lofven if he accepted a number of major policy compromises, including lower taxes and more liberal labor laws.
But Center leader Annie Loof said Lofven had been unwilling to back down on several of their key demands.
“We would have need to see considerably more liberal political reforms in order for the Center party to be able to come to an agreement and allow Stefan Lofven four more years,” Loof told reporters.
The September election gave neither the center-left nor the center-right a majority, leaving the balance of power with the Sweden Democrats, a hard-right anti-immigration party that mainstream groups refuse to deal with.
With no signs of compromise, it is unclear what will happen now. If parliament rejects four prime ministerial candidates, then there will automatically be a fresh election.