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At Least 43 Killed In Suicide Bomb Attack In Afghanistan

A suicide bomb attack on a gathering of religious scholars in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has killed at least 43 people, officials say.

Kabul Attacks At least 83 more were injured as the clerics met at the Uranus hall to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. It is one of the deadliest attacks in Kabul in recent months.

No-one has admitted responsibility for the blast, but the Islamic State group has said it was behind most of the recent deadliest attacks.

Continuing attacks by the Taliban have also stepped up pressure on security forces.

Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for Kabul police, said: “Hundreds of Islamic scholars and their followers had gathered to recite verses from the holy Koran to observe the Eid Milad-un-Nabi festival at the private banquet hall.”

A manager at the hall said the suicide bomber blew himself up in the middle of the gathering.

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Water Cannons Purchased By Boris Johnson Sold For Scrap

Three water cannon bought and refurbished for more than £320,000 while Boris Johnson was London Mayor have been sold for £11,000.

Water CannonThe vehicles were bought by Mr Johnson as crowd-control weapons following the 2011 riots.

They were sold for £11,025 to Nottinghamshire-based Reclamations (Ollerton) Ltd who will dismantle them and export the parts.

Current Mayor Sadiq Khan said “we have managed to finally get rid of them”.

The vehicles were bought by Mr Johnson from Germany in 2014 – before their use had been licensed on the UK mainland. Then-Home Secretary Theresa May banned their use in riot situations in 2015, and later used the purchase to ridicule Mr Johnson in the Tory leadership race after David Cameron resigned.

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Four Men Injured In North London Stabbing

Four men in their in their 20s were found with stab wounds following calls to police about a fight in north London on Sunday evening.

Gordon Road EdmontonThree of the men remain in hospital, although the Metropolitan Police has not yet disclosed their condition.

The fight on Fraser Road, Edmonton, followed a shooting in Edmonton on Saturday in which two men and a teenage boy were wounded.

Police believe the two incidents are linked. One person has been arrested.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “At this early stage, officers believe the incident is linked to the shooting in Gordon Road, Enfield on Saturday, 17 November.” During Saturday’s shooting, a shotgun was fired twice into a minicab in which the men were sitting on Gordon Road. One passenger’s injuries were described as “potentially life-changing”.

Police have appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

US Adopts Welsh Violence Prevention Model

A pioneering Welsh scheme will be used to help unearth trouble “hotspots” and cut violent crime in the United States.

US PoliceThe Cardiff Model for Violence Prevention anonymously gathers details at A&Es about incidents, revealing problem areas unknown to police.

The US Department of Justice said more than half of violence is unreported which has made prevention difficult. But now the Cardiff model is set to be rolled out by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP).

The CDCP, which works to protect US residents from health, safety and security threats, has produced a website and toolkit to help agencies implement the model across the country.

Prof Jonathan Shepherd devised the model and said it had reached a “major milestone” after securing the endorsement in the US. Developed in Cardiff, and launched in 1997 to fill gaps in police knowledge by anonymously gathering information at hospitals from victims of violence.

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Saudi Intelligence Officer Ordered Khashoggi Murder

Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor has concluded that an intelligence officer ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, and not Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Jamal Khashoggi MurderThe officer was tasked with persuading the dissident journalist to return to the Gulf kingdom, a spokesman said. Khashoggi was given a lethal injection after a struggle in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, he added.

The public prosecutor has charged 11 people over the murder and is seeking the death penalty for five of them. Their cases have been referred to a court while investigations into another 10 people suspected of involvement continue.

The US treasury department later imposed economic sanctions on 17 Saudi officials who it said had “targeted and brutally killed” Khashoggi, who lived and worked in the US, and had to “face consequences for their actions”.

They included Saud al-Qahtani, a former adviser to the crown prince who the treasury department alleged was “part of the planning and execution of the operation” that led to Khashoggi’s murder; Maher Mutreb, who it said had “co-ordinated and executed” the operation; and Mohammed Alotaibi, the Istanbul consul-general.

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