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In brief: Taliban blast kills 20 road workers

KABUL, Afghanistan – Taliban suicide bombers on Sunday targeted the offices of a construction company that is building a road in an isolated area of eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens more, the Interior Ministry said Monday.

The attack in Paktika province, which borders Pakistan, was the latest to target road construction crews.

Mokhlist Afghan, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said the dead were all civilian construction workers. A Taliban spokesman, Zabiulla Mujahid, described the compound in a post on the Taliban website as a “military base” and said the dead were soldiers.

Bodies found in abandoned car

CUERNAVACA, Mexico – Police in central Mexico said they have found the bodies of six men and one woman inside a car abandoned in an exclusive gated community near the picturesque city of Cuernavaca.

Morelos state police say officers on Monday found three bodies inside the car and four more in the trunk in the town of Temixco near Cuernavaca. Police gave no other details.

In northern Mexico, the army killed four alleged gunmen in the border city of Nuevo Laredo.

The army said in a statement that assailants traveling in two cars opened fire on troops on patrol on Monday. It said the gunmen died when troops returned fire.

Climber scales tallest skyscraper

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Waving down from more than half a mile in the air, a French skyscraper climber successfully scaled the world’s tallest building Monday, even navigating the tapered spire that extends beyond the top floors of the Dubai structure.

Alain Robert’s climb up the 2,717 foot-tall Burj Khalifa, took just over six hours. As night fell, a row of powerful spotlights shone on the side of the tower as Robert climbed.

Unlike on many previous climbs, the 48-year-old daredevil is using a rope and harness to comply with organizers’ requirements in the Gulf sheikdom that opened the tapering metal and glass tower in January last year.


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