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Kabul: Afghan forces seek to end Intercontinental Hotel siege

Afghan security forces have been fighting to gain control of a luxury hotel in Kabul after it was stormed by militants who killed several people. The gunmen burst into the Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday evening, shooting at guests and staff. Two of the attackers have been killed and the others remained holed up in the upper floors, officials say. At least five civilians have been killed and six are injured, an interior ministry spokesman said on Sunday. The attack began at about 21:00 local time (16:30 GMT), with reports suggesting…

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Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic

The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after one of history’s most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard against another super-flu like the 1918 influenza that killed tens of millions as it swept the globe. There’s no way to predict what strain of the shape-shifting flu virus could trigger another pandemic or, given modern medical tools, how bad it might be. But researchers hope…

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Trump lawyers seek to halt book's release

Media playback is unsupported on your device Lawyers for US President Donald Trump are seeking to stop the release of a book containing explosive insights into his presidency, US media report. A letter demands that author Michael Wolff and the book’s publisher “immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the book”. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House is due for release on Tuesday. The book extensively quotes former Trump strategist Steve Bannon. Among a number of explosive statements, Mr Bannon said he thought…

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Tropical Storm Tembin: Philippines rescuers seek victims

Media playback is unsupported on your device Rescuers are searching for victims of a tropical storm in the southern Philippines, where nearly 200 people have died in mudslides and flash floods. Rescue teams have yet to reach some of the affected areas on Mindanao island. Many people are missing after Storm Tembin, with winds up to 80km/h (50mph), swept through the area. The towns of Tubod and Piagapo were badly hit, while the remote Dalama village was wiped out by flash floods. The storm is now moving west. United Nations…

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Football Association to ‘seek observations’ from Man City boss Pep Guardiola over Nathan Redmond incident

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been asked to explain his version of events following his animated post-match conversation with Southampton’s Nathan Redmond.  The Football Association on Friday said it had sought observations from Guardiola, who has until December 4 to respond.  Premier League leaders City won 2-1 through Raheem Sterling’s stoppage-time goal, but Guardiola’s celebrations took a strange turn when he appeared to berate Redmond for his and his team-mates’ time wasting in an on-pitch rant. Speaking after the match, Guardiola claimed Southampton “didn’t want to play” and “were…

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Cyber-thieves seek to cash in on Bitcoin boom

Bitcoin’s booming value has driven a huge rise in crypto-currency themed malware, say security firms. In one month, anti-malware software company Malwarebytes said it stopped almost 250 million attempts to place coin-mining malware on to PCs. Symantec said it had seen a “tenfold” increase in the amount of malicious code connected with crypto-cash. Cyber-thieves are using both dedicated software, hacked websites and emails to snare victims. Cashing in “There’s been a huge spike,” said Candid Wuest, a threat researcher at online security firm Symantec, adding that it had been caused…

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