Taliban kill 11 in attack on Afghan intelligence agency office Jul 14, 2020 0 433 12345 DPAKabulAt least 11 members of the Afghan intelligence department were killed in a Taliban car bombing in the northern Afghan province of Samangan, an official said on Monday.The attack in the provincial capital city of Aybak wounded 65 more, provincial governor spokesman Mohammad Seddiq Azizi said.According to Azizi, besides a suicide bomber - who exploded the vehicle - two more assailants were shot dead after two hours of exchanging fire with security forces.Presidential spokesman Seddiq Seddiqi wrote on Twitter that President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack, saying that killing people to gain more in peace talks is the “worst approach” that the Taliban has chosen.Head of the Afghan High Council for National Reconciliation Dr Abdullah Abdullah said in a statement that the surge in violence was against promises made for the beginning of intra-Afghan talks.The explosives-packed vehicle was detonated at the gate of the intelligence agency’s provincial department close to the city centre, officials said. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Japan’s Abe visits flood-stricken Kyushu; death toll rises to 68 Jul 14, 2020 0 414 Prominent Hong Kong activists charged for Tiananmen vigil gathering Jul 14, 2020 0 309 Philippines reports 227 additional deaths from COVID-19 Jul 14, 2020 0 37 Taiwan launches week of military drills amid China tensions DPA Taipei Taiwan launched a week-long set of military exercises on Monday, including live-fire drills, to defend itself against mock invasive attacks. The drills are taking place amid tensions over moves from China, .. Hong Kong reimposes social distancing as virus cases spike Hong Kong Hong Kong reimposed social distancing measures on Monday to combat a sudden spike in coronavirus infections, banning more than four people from gathering in public and requiring passengers to wear face masks .. Thai demonstrators demand higher monthly pension for retirees Bangkok Thai activists submitted a petition on Monday asking the government to increase pensions paid to people over 60. The petition, signed by over 13,000 people, demanded that the prime minister approve a new .. French alleged paedophile dies in Indonesia after suicide attempt Jakarta A French national detained since last month for allegedly molesting more than 300 children has died three days after attempting to commit suicide, police said Monday. Francois Camille Abello, 65, died late .. Malaysia PM wins parliamentary test of support AFP Kuala Lumpur Malaysia’s prime minister narrowly won a vote to remove the parliament speaker during a rowdy session of the legislature Monday, a key test of support for the embattled leader. The Southeast Asian nation .. Sri Lanka shuts schools again as virus cases surge Colombo Sri Lanka ordered government schools across the nation to shut Monday, just a week after they re-opened, following a surge in new coronavirus cases. The country has reported just 2,617 cases with 11 deaths, but ..