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Monday 18 December 2017

Explosion rocks capital city

Two people have been killed and at least six others injured in an explosion in a busy area of Nepal's capital, police said today.

Police officer Binod Singh said the blast happened in the Babarmahal area of central Kathmandu, where a number of businesses are located.

The cause was not immediately known. Police cordoned the area and launched an investigation.

Last year, minority groups in southern Nepal demanding an autonomous region resorted to violence, with police accusing them of detonating bombs.

No group has claimed responsibility for today's blast.



Romney's new row with China

Comments by US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney about China in an opinion piece were irresponsible and groundless, China said today.

In an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, Romney accused China of "abusive" practices in trade, intellectual property and currency valuation. He said he would not continue a relationship that "rewards China's cheating."

"These kinds of irresponsible, groundless remarks are not worthy of comment," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei Hong said.



Drones sold to Azerbaijan

Israeli defence officials have confirmed $1.6bn in deals to sell drones as well as anti-aircraft and missile defence systems to Azerbaijan, bringing sophisticated Israeli technology to the doorstep of arch-enemy Iran.

The sales by state-run Israel Aerospace Industries come at a delicate time.

Israel has been labouring hard to form diplomatic alliances in a region that seems to be growing increasingly hostile to the Jewish state.

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