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1 Taliban vow to intensify pre-poll Afghan attacks

by Waheedullah Massoud, AFP

1 hr 12 mins ago

KABUL (AFP) – The Taliban vowed Thursday to intensify their attacks in the build-up to Afghanistan’s presidential election next week as authorities tried to play down fears that the Islamists could wreck the poll.

As the international community said a deadly Taliban attack on a UN hostel in Kabul would not disrupt the November 7 run-off, the Islamist militia said they had drawn up a battle plan designed to torpedo the process.

Organisers of the election meanwhile said they had agreed to a demand from President Hamid Karzai’s challenger, ex-foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, for 20,000 of his observers to be accredited to help prevent vote-rigging.

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1 UN staff killed in bloody countdown to Afghan vote

by Sardar Ahmad, AFP

32 mins ago

KABUL (AFP) – Taliban gunmen stormed a UN guesthouse in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least eight people in a suicide attack as the Islamist militia signalled a bloody countdown to new Afghan elections next week.

President Hamid Karzai ordered an urgent security upgrade for international organisations after the rampage, which left at least five expatriate UN staff dead in the worst assault on the world body’s Afghanistan mission since 2001.

A defence ministry official said the raid was the work of Pakistani Taliban dressed as police who struck the UN-approved Bekhtar Guesthouse before dawn.

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1 Eight more US troops dead in Afghan war’s blackest month

by Lynne O’Donnell, AFP

1 hr 5 mins ago

KABUL (AFP) – Bomb attacks killed another eight American soldiers Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, making October the deadliest month for US forces in their eight-year war against the Taliban.

The latest attacks, which were claimed by the Taliban, came the day after 14 US soldiers and narcotics agents died in helicopter crashes, piling pressure on US President Barack Obama as he mulls sending tens of thousands more troops.

Seven of the soldiers were killed along with an Afghan civilian in one attack in the south of the country, said NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The eighth died in a separate attack in another part of the south, said ISAF without giving further details about the locations.

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1 Afghan chopper crashes kill 14 Americans

by Lynne O’Donnell, AFP

2 hrs 51 mins ago

KABUL (AFP) – Two helicopter crashes killed 14 American troops and narcotics agents in Afghanistan on Monday in one of the blackest days for the United States since its 2001 invasion, officials said.

As anti-US protests erupted in Kabul over the alleged burning of a Koran, Afghan President Hamid Karzai also questioned Washington’s commitment to the war-torn nation ahead of a run-off election in less than a fortnight.

Following a first round riddled with fraud, Karzai’s presidential rival Abdullah Abdullah called for the head of the country’s election commission to be sacked and three cabinet ministers to be suspended.

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1 Twin suicide blasts kill 11 in NW Pakistan

by Lehaz Ali, AFP

Fri Oct 16, 6:25 am ET

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) – A twin suicide attack tore through a police compound in Pakistan on Friday, killing 11 people and heightening public anger over security breaches behind a wave of recent attacks.

Pakistan, a nuclear-armed power with a weak government on the frontline of the US-led war on terror, has been battered by assaults that have left more than 170 people dead in 11 days.

A woman suicide bomber on a motorbike and a car bomber unleashed fresh chaos Friday, detonating near a police investigations office in a garrison area of the northwestern city of Peshawar, bringing down a side of the building, police said.

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1 40 dead as militants ambush Pakistan police

by Nasir Jaffry, AFP

52 mins ago

LAHORE, Pakistan (AFP) – Militants unleashed attacks in Pakistan on Thursday that left 40 people dead, storming police offices in Lahore and bombing targets in the northwest to escalate 11 days of carnage.

The coordinated assaults underscored the power of armed radicals to strike in the heart of Pakistan, and the weakness of poorly equipped security forces, despite promises of a new offensive against the Taliban.

Nuclear-armed Pakistan, a key ally in the US-led fight against terrorism, is reeling from two years of Taliban-linked attacks that have escalated with over 160 people killed since October 5.

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1 Britain to send 500 extra troops to Afghanistan

by Katherine Haddon, AFP

2 hrs 13 mins ago

LONDON (AFP) – Britain announced an extra 500 soldiers for Afghanistan Wednesday, as US President Barack Obama huddled with his war cabinet to decide whether to commit thousands more troops to the conflict.

But while pledging more forces, Prime Minister Gordon Brown urged NATO allies to do their “fair share” in the increasingly deadly and unpopular war and pressed Kabul to provide more troops and get tough on corruption.

“We have agreed in principle a new British troop level of 9,500,” Brown said in a statement to the House of Commons. The Ministry of Defence confirmed this represented an increase of 500.

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About the Afternoon Edition

I feel there are some meta aspects about how I choose and present my stories that will enhance your understanding of what you are reading and how you can use it.

I am not Magnifico

News Digest was not my idea and I was but a reluctant contributor and still am.  To me it is a mere chore and my real challenge is to systematize my data collection to a sufficient extent that I can concentrate on content, presentation, and organization.

Those of you who have actually been able to experience a real programming environment will appreciate the combination of brief, visual c++, and some useful tools like the greenleaf window (character based) libraries.

Pretty easy to do some data management and prototyping; less so using Microsoft tools if you ask me, but the market has spoken.

In any event by limiting myself to one source of pretty uniform content I’m usually able to reduce my hand formatting and data collection times to a little over 2 hours daily for an output of 30 to 60 stories.

The reason I cut it off at 60 is because as JekyllnHyde has observed there is a limit on essay size, though you can always revise and expand through comments and traffic here has not yet reached the extent that you can’t duplicate the effects of pre-posting through pre-organizing (which I have demonstrated on numerous occasions Watson).

Magnifico disagrees with me about the number of stories to present you.  He thinks it’s distracting and provides more commentary to focus your attention on particular issues.

I think it’s more important to keep you in touch with events you’re not seeing.

On being a filter

I look at over 500 stories an essay.  I choose those I think will interest my audience or outrage them.

One of the reasons I use this source is it’s predictive of the content on your typical dead tree daily.

Out of that I deselect the too short to quote and the done to death.  If the take of each wire service is significant I include them all without apology.  I also follow the forgotten.

Of the categories I originally included I’m no longer tracking the ‘mosts’ (popular, emailed, and viewed).  Science gets it’s own section when I remember I’m supposed to do it (like today).  Politics is virtually entirely bullshit and you have to harvest your Business section after 6 pm (or better yet between midnight and 6 am) if you want topicality.

And you run out of room.

Presentation and Organization

Oh for HTML Pagemaker.

The colors are rotated to visually distinguish each story for your eyes and draw your attention!  They are not at all related to topic.

To the extent that things are organized it’s mostly by the order in which they were captured and where.  Those are the pink headlines and more importantly the source attributions.

Now if I were more efficient I might improve my organization… or not.

How to use this

Hopefully as illumination!  Each selection is intended to inspire it’s own essay.  Failing that to make you aware of something you’ve not seen elsewhere or remind you of conventional wisdom.

Sometimes I can’t restrain myself, but the commentary is not the message.

Link the source and not me.  My reward is the “heh, scooped” I utter whenever Rachel or Keith or any of the Usual Suspects cover my clues.

And don’t think I don’t gloat.

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1 Romanian govt falls on no confidence vote

by Mihaela Rodina, AFP

Tue Oct 13, 11:24 am ET

BUCHAREST (AFP) – Romania’s centre-right government collapsed Tuesday after losing a no-confidence vote, plunging the country further into political turmoil as it seeks to exit a deep recession.

It is the first time since the fall of the communist regime at the end of 1989 that a Romanian government has been toppled in such a manner.

With Romania mired in recession and just over a month to go before presidential elections, a total of 254 parliamentary deputies and senators voted to oust Prime Minister Emil Boc and his Liberal-Democrats and 176 voted against, said parliamentary secretary Valeriu Zgonea.

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1 41 dead as suicide blast hits northwest Pakistan

by Lehaz Ali, AFP

Mon Oct 12, 10:12 am ET

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) – A devastating suicide bomb hit northwest Pakistan killing 41 people Monday, as the military geared up for an assault on Taliban rebels blamed for increasingly bloody and brazen attacks.

The bomber, reported to be aged about 13, flung himself at a military convoy passing through a busy market in Shangla, a northwest district near Swat where the army claimed to have flushed out Taliban rebels after a fierce offensive.

But Islamist extremist groups appear far from quashed, with an audacious raid on army headquarters over the weekend leaving 23 people dead and underscoring the vulnerability of the nuclear-armed nation. Eight days of bloodshed.

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