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At least nine people have been killed and 84 injured in Kabul blast.

A huge explosion has hit the Afghan capital, Kabul, close to foreign embassies and the presidential palace. The latest figures from the Afghan health ministry say at least nine people have been killed and 84 injured. Early reports say the blast was caused by a car bomb in central Zanbaq Square, with windows and doors blown out hundreds of metres away.

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France's Macron holds 'frank exchange' with Putin

French President Emmanuel Macron says he held a "frank exchange" with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in their first face-to-face talks. The pair discussed "disagreements" in the meeting, held at the sumptuous Versailles palace near Paris.

But Mr Macron said he wanted to work with Russia over the conflict in Syria in the struggle against terrorism. Meanwhile, Mr Putin said he wanted to strengthen economic ties with France after the restrictions of recent years.(BBC)

Indian premier starts a visit in Europe.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today embarked on a six-day four-nation tour of Germany, Spain, Russia and France with the aim of boosting India’s economic engagement with these nations and inviting more investment.

This is the second international tour of the Prime Minister this year. German Ambassador Martin Ney had said the “common questions” both India and Germany share about China’s Belt and Road Initiative will be discussed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Berlin visit. Mr. Modi will first visit Germany, where he will hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel under the framework of India—Germany Intergovernmental Consultations.

Trump condemns media leaks on Manchester attack.

US President Donald Trump says Leaks to American media about the investigation into the Manchester Arena attack are "deeply troubling". They were a "grave threat to our national security", he added, and pledged to get to the bottom of them.

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Police hunt Manchester attack 'network'.

A seventh person has been arrested in the UK over the Manchester Arena bombing, as police said they were investigating a "network". Police said they arrested the man in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, following searches. Suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 - including children - and injured 64 at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday. The bomber's father, Ramadan, and younger brother, Hashem, have been detained by militia in Libya.

Police hunt Manchester attack 'network'.

A seventh person has been arrested in the UK over the Manchester Arena bombing, as police said they were investigating a "network". Police said they arrested the man in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, following searches. Suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 - including children - and injured 64 at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday. The bomber's father, Ramadan, and younger brother, Hashem, have been detained by militia in Libya.

Trump says FBI inquiry into Russia links 'hurts US terribly'.

President Donald Trump says the decision to appoint a special counsel to oversee the inquiry into Russian influence on his election "hurts our country terribly". He said the US was being made to look "divided, mixed up", media reported. Earlier, he tweeted that the decision was "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history".

Corruption 'weakens fight against Boko Haram'

The campaign group Transparency International says corruption in the Nigerian military is weakening the country's efforts to fight Boko Haram insurgents.
It accuses officials of creating fake defence contracts and stealing money meant to provide vital equipment. It says this has left the army under-resourced and insufficiently trained.
A Nigerian defence spokesman Major General John Enenche, said the allegations did not apply to the current crop of military officers.

Polls open in South Korea presidential election.

Polls have opened in South Korea's presidential election, called early after a corruption scandal that brought down President Park Geun-hye. Left-leaning Moon Jae-in is the clear front-runner with centrist Ahn Cheol-soo his nearest challenger.

The election is being closely watched at a time of heightened tensions with North Korea. Mr Moon wants to increase contact with the North - in contrast to Ms Park who cut almost all ties to Pyongyang.

French president-elect to fight 'forces of division'

Emmanuel Macron has vowed to fight "the forces of division that undermine France" after easily winning the run-off election for the French presidency. The centrist candidate, 39, defeated the far right's Marine Le Pen, winning 66.06 percent of the vote to her 33.94 percent. Acknowledging his victory, Mr Macron told supporters he wanted to ensure Le Pen voters "no longer have a reason to vote for an extremist position".

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