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Monday 11 December 2017

Cart blast kills four at market

FOUR civilians have been killed by a bomb hidden in a cart at a livestock market in southern Afghanistan, a provincial official said.

Jawed Faisal, a spokesman for the governor, said 10 other people were injured in the blast in the city of Kandahar. It was not clear what the bomb was targeting.

Violence has escalated in recent months, with insurgents trying to take advantage of the transfer of security responsibility from foreign to Afghan forces as the international coalition withdraws from Afghanistan.

NATASHA 'FORCED TO DO STRICTLY'

Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky has said the BBC "forced" her to take part in hit ballroom show Strictly Come Dancing.

The star, who won the first series in 2004 with professional partner Brendan Cole, said she was cajoled by BBC bosses and "ran out of excuses".

She said in an interview: "I got completely forced and put into a corner at the BBC.

"I'd just started at BBC Breakfast and obviously the bosses at Strictly had a shopping list and a newsreader was on it and I was their easiest target."

NEW FOOTAGE OF AMAZON TRIBE

A NEWLY released video captures the first images of an indigenous tribe in Brazil's Amazon jungle that is thought to have had very little contact with the outside world.

The images shot in 2011 show members of the Kawahiva tribe walking through dense foliage. Naked men carry bows and arrows, and a woman totes a child on her back. The woman runs away after noticing the camera, and one man briefly investigates.

Loggers first reported their existence in 1999.

26 DIE IN WAVE OF CAR BOMBS

TWENTY-six people have been killed and dozens of others injured in a wave of car bombs in Baghdad.

Police said one bomb struck near a bus station in Khazimiyah, killing six people and wounding 18.

Another bomb exploded in the Allawi area, killing five people. In eastern Baghdad, five people died and a car bomb in the Bab al-Muad-ham area, killed four people. Three died in west Baghdad.

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