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Islamic State claims responsibility after 47 killed in Afghan mosque attack.

The so-called Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing on a Shia mosque in southern Afghanistan that killed 47 people and wounded scores more.

In a statement posted on social media, Islamic State said two of the group’s members shot and killed security guards manning the entrance of the Fatimiya mosque in Kandahar province.

One detonated his explosives at the entrance of the mosque and the other inside.

Islamic State’s news agency Amaq in a statement gave the names of the attackers as Anas al-Khurasani and Abu Ali al-Baluchi, both Afghan nationals.

The attack came a week after a bombing claimed by the local Islamic State affiliate killed 46 people at a Shia mosque in northern Afghanistan, raising fears that IS — an enemy of both the Taliban and the West — is expanding its foothold in Afghanistan.

Friday’s attack was the deadliest to strike Afghanistan since the dramatic US exit from the country, which allowed the Taliban to seize control of the Afghan capital.

It was also the first major attack by the group in the country’s south.

Islamic State carries out frequent attacks in its eastern stronghold but recently has shown signs of expansion, with attacks in the north and Kabul.

The attacks have brought into question the Taliban’s ability to counter the growing Islamic State threat.

The Taliban have pledged to restore peace and security after decades of war and have also given the US assurances that they will not allow the country to be used as a base for launching extremist attacks on other countries. – AP

EU to invest billions to stand up to China - DW News.

EU to invest billions to stand up to China - DW News.

The European Commission on Wednesday announced an international infrastructure plan called "Global Gateway," which aims to mobilize €300 billion ($340 billion) in public and private infrastructure investment. The plan is "global in scope, adapting...

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Supply Chain Snarls Delay U.S. Exports to Asia’s Consumers

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Kenyan Video Game Fights Gender-Based Violence During Pandemic.

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Infighting between Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA) and Nancy Mace (SC) led to separate meetings with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA). CNN’s Anderson Cooper takes a look at the public feud and whether McCarthy has the power t...

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Thugs kick OAP and send him flying in horrifying home attack #Shorts.

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THIS is the shocking moment a thug kicked an OAP and sent him flying before running into his home in a horrifying attack. The brutal attack was caught on camera, with the brave homeowner, 70, left lying defenceless on the floor as the three yobs r...