21 killed in Taleban attack in Afghanistan
KUNDUZ (Afghanistan) • A Taleban attack killed at least 21 people in northern Afghanistan, officials said yesterday, after a wave of lethal bombings in the capital Kabul as the insurgency escalates following a bitter power transition.
The Interior Ministry said all those killed on Saturday in Kunduz were civilians, although local officials called them anti-Taleban forces.
Border deal paves way for new Nepal charter
KATHMANDU • Nepal's rival parties have signed an accord on the country's internal borders in a breakthrough that paves the way for a new national Constitution, the prime minister said yesterday.
Spurred by April's deadly quake, the parties struck a historic deal in June to divide Nepal into eight provinces but left the crucial task of delineating provincial borders to a federal commission.
Virgin, Jetstar cancel Bali flights
MELBOURNE • Virgin Australia has cancelled six flights scheduled for today in
and out of Bali's Denpasar airport, with four more under review, because of the volcanic ash billowing from Mount Raung, The Age newspaper in Australia reported yesterday.
The volcanic eruption on the Indonesian resort island has also forced Jetstar to call off five of its scheduled flights today.