American University of Afghanistan under attack in Kabul

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Gunmen attacked the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul Wednesday night, with explosions and gunfire reported inside the campus, the media reported.
According to initial reports, a suicide bomber rocked the Darul Aman area of the central capital Kabul in the jurisdiction of the 6th police district.
Dozens of students and staff including foreigners are believed to be trapped inside the university building.

2 bombs explode in Thai coastal town of Pattani

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One killed and 30 injured two weeks after a series of explosions hit three of Thailand’s most popular tourist spots . The first blast in a parking lot behind the Southern Hotel caused no casualties, Police Lieutenant Colonel Winyu Tiamraj told Reuters on Wednesday. All the casualties were Thais. The second explosion came from a truck parked at the hotel entrance, opposite a karaoke bar and a massage parlour, resulting in one death and 30 injuries,” he said. A staff member at the town’s hospital said 32 people were injured, 5 of them critically. All are Thai nationals .

The blasts came less than two weeks after a series of explosions hit three of Thailand’s most popular tourist resorts and a town in the south of the country, killing four people and wounding dozens. Most embassies warn nationals against all travel to Pattani because of the long-running conflict between the Buddhist-majority state and shadowy Muslim rebels seeking greater autonomy.

Ethiopia says Feyisa Lilesa is safe to return home

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Feyisa Lilesa won a silver medal for Ethiopia at Rio 2016 and now he fears his life may be in danger with unrest at home , Ethiopia will not bar runner Feyisa Lilesa from entering the country after he made an anti-government gesture upon finishing second in the Olympic marathon, an official says.
Lilesa held his arms over his head, wrists crossed, as he strode across the finish line to claim the silver medal in Rio de Janeiro , mimicking a sign taken up by protesters in the Horn of Africa country’s Oromiya region.

World’s biggest pearl worth $100 million comes out from under a fisherman’s bed

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A 34kg pearl worth $100million, displayed yesterday in Philippines, is being dubbed as the world’s largest pearl ever.
The world’s largest natural pearl will be put on display in the Philippines soon, after the $100 million treasure was recovered from a burned down house , According to Aileen Amurao, a Philippine tourism officer, the pearl was first discovered in 2006 by a fisherman of the Palawan Island , The pearl is 67 cm long, 30.5 cm wide and weighs 34 kg. The previous record was held by the Pearl of Lao Tze, which weighs 6.4 kg and is worth $35 million. It was also retrieved near Palawan Island.

Flights cancelled as Typhoon Mindulle nears Japan

A powerful typhoon is on course for a direct hit on Tokyo, with nearly 400 flights grounded due to heavy rain and strong winds.Mindulle was expected to make landfall at about Monday noon, moving upwards from the Japanese capital to the northern Tohoku region, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Bringing winds up to 180km per hour, the storm was heading north at a speed of 25km per hour from Miyake island in early morning, the agency said.

Sri Lanka airline suspends drunk pilot in Frankfurt


Sri Lanka’s national carrier has suspended a captain who failed a breathalyser test just before he was due to fly 274 passengers and crew from Frankfurt to Colombo, the airline said yesterday.

Upon receiving the results (of the test) SriLankan Airlines took immediate steps to suspend the services of the said captain and took alternative measures to operate the flight to Colombo,” the airline said in a statement.

An airline source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Flight UL554 was held up at Frankfurt airport for more than 15 hours on Friday as staff scrambled to find another captain for the Airbus A330.

The crew raised the alarm after noticing that the captain was visibly drunk, the source, who has direct knowledge of the matter,  The airline said an internal investigation was underway into the incident and it would cooperate with any probe by German authorities.
The cash-strapped airline is due to stop its flights to Frankfurt from October as it slashes routes to European destinations.
It is also planning to lease out some of its A330 planes to other airlines in an attempt to raise cash. Suffering from an accumulated $1-billion loss, it is seeking a foreign partner to take over its management.