While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Dec 1 edition

Taleban kill South African family in Kabul attack

The latest Taleban strike in Kabul killed a South African father running an education charity and his two teenage children, a family spokesman said on Sunday, as the city police chief resigned after a spate of attacks.

With the US-led NATO war against the Taleban nearing its end, the insurgents have targeted foreign guesthouses, embassy vehicles, US troops and a female member of parliament in recent weeks.

Werner Groenewald, 46, his son Jean-Pierre, 17, and daughter Rode, 15, were killed in Saturday's attack on the compound of Partnership in Academics and Development (PAD), a small California-based education group. 

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Imran Khan threatens to shut down Pakistan with protests

Pakistani cricketer-turned-opposition leader Imran Khan staged a major rally in Islamabad on Sunday, threatening to shut down the whole country with protests as he bids to topple the government.

Khan, who alleges massive rigging in the 2013 election that swept Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to power for the third time, has been holding demonstrations around the country since mid-August.

"We will close the whole of Pakistan on Dec 16," he told tens of thousands of supporters near parliament on Sunday evening, adding that his party workers would paralyse major cities starting with Lahore, Sharif's seat of power.

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30 years on, fight for justice still rages in India's toxic gas-ravaged Bhopal

Nearly deaf and riddled with cancer and ulcers, 90-year-old Rampyari Bai insists she will never give up fighting for justice for victims of the world's worst industrial disaster.

"I will fight until my very last breath, even if I have to crawl on the ground," says Bai at her home in Bhopal, the site of a catastrophic leak at a chemical plant on December 2, 1984.

Bai was living just outside the Union Carbide factory when around 30,000 tonnes of methyl isocyanate (MIC) began spewing from a tank shortly before midnight. More than 3,500 were killed in the immediate aftermath but as many as 25,000 people are estimated to have died in the long run.

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ISIS suffers heavy losses in Syria’s Kobane

ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) extremists battling for control of the Syrian town of Kobane suffered some of their heaviest losses yet in 24 hours of clashes and US-led air strikes, monitors said on Sunday.

At least 50 ISIS militants were killed in the embattled border town in suicide bombings, clashes with Kobane's Kurdish defenders and the air strikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Britain-based monitor also reported that the US-led coalition battling the ISIS group hit at least 30 targets in and around Raqa, the extremists' de facto capital.

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Football: Manuel Pellegrini proud as Manchester City revive title bid with solid win

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini praised his side's all-round display after they overcame a disallowed penalty appeal and a red card shown to Eliaquim Mangala to win 3-0 away to Southampton on Sunday.

Victory saw reigning Premier League champions City climb above Southampton into second place and move to within six points of leaders Chelsea.

Sunday's other Premier League match saw Tottenham Hotspur come from behind to beat Everton 2-1 at White Hart Lane in a match where Spurs striker Roberto Soldado scored the winner to end his near 10-hour wait for a goal in all competitions.

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