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In brief: Suicide bombers attack U.S. base

KABUL, Afghanistan – A group of suicide bombers attacked a U.S. base near the border with Pakistan this morning, leading to multiple explosions, a gunfight and the closure of a key road used by NATO supply trucks, officials said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the strike in the Torkham area. NATO confirmed “a series of explosions” in the area but said none of its personnel were killed. The military alliance does not release information on wounded troops.

A provincial spokesperson said several suicide bombers staged the attack and that Afghan and U.S. forces have been exchanging gunfire with the militants. He said NATO helicopters were flying over the base.

The highway between Jalalabad city and Torkham, an important route for NATO supply trucks, has been closed, Abdulzai said.

Greenwald says NSA targeted presidents

RIO DE JANEIRO – The National Security Agency’s spy program targeted the communications of the Brazilian and Mexican presidents, and in the case of Mexico’s leader accessed the content of emails before he was elected, the U.S. journalist who obtained secret documents from NSA leaker Edward Snowden said Sunday.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who lives in Rio de Janeiro, told Globo’s news program “Fantastico” that a document dated June 2012 shows that Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s emails were being read. The document’s date is a month before Pena Nieto was elected.

As for Brazilian leader Dilma Rousseff, the June 2012 document “doesn’t include any of Dilma’s specific intercepted messages, the way it does for Nieto,” Greenwald said. “But it is clear in several ways that her communications were intercepted.”

Roadside bomb kills nine in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – A roadside bomb targeting a passing Pakistani army convoy exploded Sunday, killing nine soldiers in a tribal region near the border with Afghanistan, authorities said.

The roadside bomb exploded in a village near Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal area, the army said in a statement. It did not say if anyone was wounded.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.



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