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Blast near Afghan military base, casualties: source

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KABUL (Reuters) – An explosion outside a military base used by foreign forces in southeastern Afghanistan killed “some people” and wounded at least four Afghan soldiers on Sunday afternoon, an Afghan military source said.

It was not clear how many people died in the incident in Gardez, capital of Paktia province, or whether they were civilian or troops, said the source. He asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media on the subject.

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A spokesman for the Taliban said a suicide bomber from the insurgent group had carried out the attack and killed 19 local and foreign soldiers. The group often inflates casualties among Afghan and foreign troops when reporting attacks.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said there had been an incident in Gardez but declined to comment further.

(Reporting by Sayed Salahuddin and Jonathon Burch; Editing by Emma Graham-Harrison)

Source: Reuters US Online Report World News

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Asian markets tumbled again Tuesday, extending a global sell-off as the toll from a rapidly spreading Chinese virus spiked to more than 100 dead and thousands infected, with investors fretting over the impact on an already fragile world economy.

Traders have been running for the hills as the coronavirus is reported in more countries, with oil also tanking on expectations that demand in China, the world's top consumer of the commodity, will be hammered.

The outbreak comes during the Lunar New Year break when hundreds of millions of people criss-cross China and spend huge amounts of money.

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Trump to unveil Middle East peace plan despite accusations of pro-Israel bias

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US President Donald Trump on Tuesday will ignore accusations, led by the Palestinians themselves, of pro-Israel bias and unveil what he says is a peace plan capable of solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Long held secret, the plan will finally be aired jointly by Trump and visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.

Given that it has been rejected by the Palestinians, the latest of many US proposals to address the bitter, multi-generational Mideast conflict might seem to have little future.

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The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

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A SARS-like virus that has claimed 41 lives since emerging in a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan has spread around the world.

Here are the places that have confirmed cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus:

- China -

As of Saturday, almost 1,300 people have been infected across China, the bulk of them in and around Wuhan.

Nearly all of those who died were in the Wuhan region, but officials have confirmed two deaths elsewhere.

The city of Macau, a gambling hub hugely popular with mainland tourists, has confirmed two cases.

In Hong Kong, five people are known to have the disease. Three of those cases were confirmed in the 24 hours to Saturday morning.

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