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'Pen Guns' the Latest Threat in Afghan Capital

'Pen Guns' the Latest Threat in Afghan Capital

Police in Kabul have seized a stash of "pen guns" they say criminals and insurgents are using in a wave of targeted assassinations that has gripped the Afghan capital in recent months. The cylindrical, single-bullet firearms look much like regular ink pens and are easy to carry undetected. "It

France's Weak Spot: Virus Infections Rise at Nursing Homes

France's Weak Spot: Virus Infections Rise at Nursing Homes

For the first time in months, virus infections - and deaths - in French nursing homes are on the rise again. Families fear that French authorities haven´t learned enough lessons from the initial wave of the pandemic, when nursing homes shuttered elderly residents inside and staff were short of p

EU Aims to Cut Aviation Emissions by 10% With More Direct Flights

The European Commission hopes to cut carbon dioxide emissions from the aviation industry by up to 10% by making flight paths more direct and reducing delays due to congested airspace. "Planes are sometimes zig-zagging between different blocks of airspace, increasing delays and fuel consumed," Eur

Europe Scrambles to Contain Rise in Virus Cases

Europe Scrambles to Contain Rise in Virus Cases

Political pressure grew Monday in Europe for governments to tackle the rising number of coronavirus case without resorting to a spring-style lockdown that would hit the continent's struggling economies. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez met Monday with the president of the Madrid region, Isabe

Plaque Symbolizing Thai Democracy Removed in Less than a Day

Plaque Symbolizing Thai Democracy Removed in Less than a Day

A plaque honoring struggles for democracy in Thailand was removed from a royal field less than 24 hours after being installed by anti-government protesters and was submitted as evidence in connection with a complaint by officials that its installation was illegal, police said Monday. The plaque h

Japan's Suga Hopes for 'Forward-Looking' Ties in Letter to South Korea's Moon

Japan's Suga Hopes for 'Forward-Looking' Ties in Letter to South Korea's Moon

Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has expressed hopes for improved relations in a letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Moon’s office said on Monday, amid strained ties over history and trade. Feuds dating back to Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule of Korea continue to dog bilateral re

'Who is our Enemy?' Neutral Switzerland Votes on Fighter Jets

'Who is our Enemy?' Neutral Switzerland Votes on Fighter Jets

Switzerland, which last fought a foreign war more than 200 years ago and has no discernable enemies, wants to spend billions on new fighter jets. Many oppose the idea, saying the neutral country neither can afford nor needs cutting-edge warplanes to defend Alpine territory which a supersonic jet

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