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Security officials on Wednesday said at least three civilians were killed in an explosion in the Afghan capital Kabul.

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Police spokesman, Khalid Zadran, said another 13 people were wounded in the blast that happened inside a restaurant in police district three of the city.

Mr Zadran added that the Taliban security forces were investigating the incident to discover the explosion’s cause.

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Initially, local sources claimed that the blast happened during lunchtime as the restaurant was occupied mostly by the employees of the country’s power utility company.

The company is located near the blast site, which was headed and controlled by Taliban officials, but the Pro-Taliban media reported that the blast was due to a gas cylinder leakage.

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Deadly bombings, often claimed by Islamic State, had become frequent following the Taliban’s takeover of power, with the targets mostly religious minorities and Taliban officials.

Earlier, an Islamic State suicide bomber detonated himself among a crowd of Afghans gathered in front of Russia’s Kabul embassy.

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The blast killed six persons, including two Russian diplomats. Several others were wounded.

The country remained isolated from the West due to the Taliban’s draconian policies against women, their lack of focus on human rights and their refusal to form a representative government. (Reuters/NAN)

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‘Camilla is who I want!’ King Charles fight with Diana from ‘The Crown’ goes viral

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King Charles III and first wife Princess Diana’s viral scene from The Crown is making rounds on the internet as his former mistress Camilla Parker becomes Queen Consort.

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In the tumultuous episode of season four, Charles is seen confessing his love for Camilla to Diana, as he demands to have his marriage ended.

“Your capacity for self-delusion never ceases to amaze me. We are glad you are back where you belong without too much damage being done,” Charles tells Diana moments after her first solo trip to New York.

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He then goes on to comment on the ‘calculated vulgarity of the antics’ from Diana’s trip where she hugged one of the subjects, triggering a response from the mother-of-two.

“You barely find it in you to hug your own,” says Diana.

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“I hug who I want to. I hug who I love, particularly, when they are affected by the selfishness of others.

“Who are you referring to?” questions Diana

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“Camilla!” screams Charles

“Why would I care about her?” Diana asks

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“Because I care about her,” Charles raises his voice. ” Morning, noon and night!!”

“You have hurt her. And if you hurt her, you hurt me. Camilla is who I want. That’s where my loyalty lies,” the father-of-two declares.

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“Not the mother of your children?” questions Diana.

“Don’t bring the children into this,” Charles interjects.

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“Alright. Not the woman you married?” screams Diana.

“I refuse to be blamed any longer for this grotesque misalliance. I was my hands of it,” responds Charles on the verge of tears.

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The couple’s marriage eventually fell apart before they officially announced divorce in 1996. A year later, Diana died in a car accident.

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Former vice Minister gets death sentence for taking $92.39m bribe

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Sun Lijun, former vice minister of public security, was on Friday sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for taking bribes, manipulating the stock market and illegally possessing firearms.

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Sun was also deprived of his political rights for life, and all his personal assets were confiscated, said the Intermediate People’s Court of Changchun in northeast China’s Jilin Province.

The court established that Sun received money and valuables totaling more than 646 million yuan (92.39 million U.S. dollars) by taking advantage of various positions he held between 2001 and April 2020.

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The court also found that Sun manipulated stock trading in the first half of 2018, helping some other people avoid a loss of 145 million yuan.

Sun also illegally possessed two guns, the court added.

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The sum of bribes Sun had taken was specially huge, and his crimes caused a specially heavy loss to the interests of the state and people, said the court.

It added that the circumstance of his crime in manipulating the stock market was particularly serious, and that in illegally possessing firearms was serious.

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The court said that Sun was granted a lenient sentence, considering that he had provided investigators with clues to other major cases, contributing to a major meritorious service for the investigation.

It said he had also confessed to all of his crimes, including some acts of bribe-taking that investigators were not initially aware of.

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It added that he had shown repentance and had been cooperative in returning his illegal gains.

After the two-year reprieve for his death sentence, Sun’s sentence can be commuted to life in prison in accordance with the law, but no further reduction or parole shall be given to him, the court said. (Xinhua/NAN)

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Protests Turns Bloody, Claim 17 Lives As Iran Cut Internet Access

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Iran restricted Internet access, on Thursday, 22 September 2022 after days of protests and unrest that have claimed at least 17 lives, following the death of a young woman in the custody of the morality police.

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Public anger has flared in the Islamic republic over the death last week of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who had been detained for allegedly wearing a hijab headscarf in an “improper” way.

Activists said the woman, whose Kurdish first name is Jhina, had suffered a fatal blow to the head, a claim denied by officials, who had announced an investigation.

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During six straight nights of protests, women demonstrators have defiantly taken off their headscarves and burned them in bonfires or symbolically cut their hair before cheering crowds, video footage spread on social media has shown.

“No to the headscarf … yes to freedom and equality!” protesters in Tehran were heard chanting in a rally that has been echoed by solidarity protests abroad.

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Iranian women interviewed by Journalists on the streets of Tehran said they were now more careful about their dress to avoid run-ins with the morality police.

“I’m frightened,” said Nazanin, a 23-year-old nurse, who asked to be identified by her first name only for safety reasons. “They shouldn’t confront people at all” or interfere with how women dress, she added.

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There has been growing international alarm at the Iranian crackdown on the protests, including from United States President Joe Biden in an address to the United Nations.

“Today, we stand with the brave citizens and the brave women of Iran who right now are demonstrating to secure their basic rights,” Biden told the General Assembly on Wednesday.

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He was speaking shortly after world leaders gathered in New York heard a defiant speech from Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

He pointed to the deaths of indigenous women in Canada as well as Israeli actions in the Palestinian territories and the Islamic State group’s “savagery” against women from religious minority groups.

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“So long as we have this double standard, where attention is solely focused on one side and not all equally, we will not have true justice and fairness,” Raisi said.

Iranian state media reported that by Wednesday street rallies had spread to 15 cities, with police using tear gas and making arrests to disperse crowds of up to 1,000 people.

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In southern Iran, video footage purportedly from Wednesday showed demonstrators setting fire to a gigantic picture on the side of a building of general Qassem Soleimani, the revered Revolutionary Guards commander killed in a 2020 US drone strike in Iraq.

Demonstrators hurled stones at security forces, set fire to police vehicles and garbage bins, and chanted anti-government slogans, the official IRNA news agency said.

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“Death to the dictator” and “Woman, life, freedom,” protesters could be heard shouting in video footage that spread beyond Iran, despite online restrictions first reported by internet access monitor Netblocks.

Iran moved to further block access to Instagram and WhatsApp on Thursday 22,September 2022.

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“In accordance with a decision by officials, it has no longer been possible to access Instagram in Iran since yesterday (Wednesday) evening and access to WhatsApp is also disrupted,” the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

The two apps were the most widely used in Iran after the blocking of other platforms in recent years, including Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, YouTube and Tiktok.

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UN human rights experts condemned both the “use of physical violence against women” and the “state-mandated internet disruptions”.

“Disruptions to the internet are usually part of a larger effort to stifle… free expression… and to curtail ongoing protests,” they said in a statement.

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