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Taliban Ambush Leaves 20 Dead, More Missing

A Taliban ambush has claimed the lives of at least 20 Afghan policemen in the remote northeastern province of Badakhshan this week. The ambush took place after official conclusion of an operation that supposedly cleared the area of the Taliban and killed more than 50 Taliban fighters.
The head of the provincial council for Badakhshan and the Wardoj district governor, where both the operation and the ambush happened, claimed that 23 Afghan policemen were killed, 21 were wounded, and another 24 are missing and thought to be held by the Taliban.
The Taliban claimed to have killed "as many as 60 Arbakis [pro-government militias], ANA soldiers, and the police" during fighting yesterday, and an additional 25 security personnel on Wednesday, according to a statement on Voice of Jihad.

France - Iran Top Meeting

The French presidency announced today that president Francois Hollande will be meeting his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, on Tuesday, in NY, on the sidelines of the UN general assembly.

Natural Disasters Grip Mexico

At least 160 people have been killed, or are missing in Mexico after a week-long struggle with natural disasters. Hurricane Manuel reached the northwestern state of Sinaloa on Thursday, adding to the havoc. The country's president, Enrique Peña Nieto, announced that he is canceling his trip to New York to participate in the UN general assembly.

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