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Roadside bombs in Afghanistan: 17 civilians killed

KABUL: Roadside bombs killed 17 people in Afghanistan, including 13 who died when an explosion ripped through the van they were travelling in on Saturday, the government said. The Ministry of Interior said four women and two children were among those killed in the van in Shamulzayi district of Zabul province. In Kandahar, two civilians riding a donkey were killed Friday night when the animal stepped on a bomb in Maruf, the police chief in Kandahar said. When villagers came to recover the bodies, another roadside bomb went off and killed two more civilians, he said.

'Al-Qaeda facing financial crunch'

Washington: Details of communication between al-Qaeda leaders derived from Osama bin Laden's computers indicate that the terror network is facing a massive financial crunch and difficulties in replacing cadres lost in combat with US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other places, The Washington Post reported Saturday. The most important information gleaned is about the internal strains of the outfit and repeated attempts by Osama to attack US.

Tibetan writer jailed for 4 yrs in China

BEIJING: An activist group said a Tibetan writer has been sentenced to four years in prison in southwestern China for his writings about the unrest and crackdown in Tibet. The US-based International Campaign for Tibet reported on Friday that Tashi Rabten, an editor for the banned literary magazine Eastern Snow Mountain, was sentenced June 2 by the Aba Intermediate People's Court in Sichuan province to four years in jail.

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