3 US troops killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan, NATO says



3 US troops killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan, NATO says

Three American soldiers were killed Tuesday in a roadside explosion in southern Afghanistan, according to NATO.

The soldiers were in a vehicle on patrol in the Zhari district of the Kandahar province when they were killed, said NATO spokesman Col. Thomas Collins. The spiritual heartland of the Taliban, Kandahar is one of the most volatile regions in Afghanistan. Several service members were also wounded, although the extent of their injuries was not immediately known.


A NATO spokesman initially said four US service members were killed in the bombing, but the death toll has since been revised to three.

Earlier Tuesday, a suicide bomber targeted U.S. special forces north of the Afghan capital, but there were no casualties among the troops.

Maj. Bryan Woods, a spokesman for the international alliance, says the bomber and insurgents armed with small caliber weapons attacked a Special Operation Forces convoy as it was returning to base in the northern Kapisa province on Monday.

Qais Qadri, spokesman for the Kapisa governor, said one civilian was killed in the incident.

Woods said he could not confirm the death but said the special forces returned safely to their base "after engaging the enemy."

Attacks by Taliban insurgents have increased in recent months as the fighting season moves into high gear. It has been a bloody couple of days for international forces in Afghanistan, with three Georgian soldiers killed Monday when a powerful truck bomb exploded at the gate of their outpost in neighboring Helmand province. Also Monday, in northern Kapisa province, a suicide bomber hit a U.S. Special Operation Forces convoy. There were no casualties.

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Clinic run by Doctors Without Borders bombed in Yemen

A mobile clinic run by Doctors Without Borders in Yemen was bombed Wednesday in Saudi-led airstrikes, wounding at least seven people, IBTimes UK reported.

The medical team in Taiz is collecting information about the incident and providing treatment to those who were wounded in the airstrikes, Tim Shenk, press officer for Doctors Without Borders, told IBTimes UK.
The attack is the fourth on a facility run by the non-profit -- known officially as Médecins Sans Frontières or MSF -- and comes just days after a hospital supported by MSF was bombed in Syria, causing seven deaths and leaving the building in ruins. A girl was among those killed in the Saturday attacks.

On Saturday, the Syria attack was what is known as a double-tap tactic -- a first bombing followed by a second one after health professionals have arrived to aid the victims. The tactic is the hallmark of the Syrian Air Force, according to UPI.

In October, a U.S. airstrike mistakenly killed 30 people at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. U.S. military officials announced last month that the attack was the result of military personnel inadvertently aiming at the wrong target — the hospital compound — instead of a suspected nearby site, from which Taliban fighters were firing.

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2 female suicide bombers kill at least 6 in northern Cameroon

YAOUNDE, Cameroon –  The governor of Cameroon's Far North province says that two teen female suicide bombers detonated explosives in a town in the area killing at least six people.

Midjiyawa Bakary said Wednesday that soldiers killed a third suicide bomber before she attacked. He said the attackers came from Nigeria into the border town of Waza late Tuesday.

Senior military official Col. Jacob Kodji on Wednesday said Nigeria's Boko Haram extremists have been using teenage suicide bombers and planting land mines.

He said two Cameroonian soldiers were killed Monday by a land mine planted by militants in the village of Gangse in northern Cameroon. Boko Haram has expanded attacks into Cameroon, Chad and Niger — all countries contributing troops to a regional force intended to wipe out the extremists.

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Cameroon Army kills 100 from Boko Haram, frees 900 hostages

The Cameroon Army said Wednesday it has freed 900 Boko Haram hostages and killed 100 of the group’s fighters during a three-day raid last week.

A government spokesman says joint forces from the nations of Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Benin killed more than 100 militant fighters and arrested 100 others in a three-day operation that unfolded in the Sambisa Forest over the weekend. The forest straddles northeastern Nigeria and Cameroon, and the Lake Chad area.






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"A special clean-up operation from November 26 to 28" against Boko Haram in the border area with Nigeria "neutralized more than 100 jihadists," Defense Minister Joseph Beti Assomo said in a statement broadcast on national radio, AFP reported.

The report, which AFP says could not be independently confirmed, comes as two female suicide bombers detonated explosives, killing at least six people.

Midjiyawa Bakary said Wednesday that soldiers killed a third suicide bomber before she attacked. He said the attackers came from Nigeria into the border town of Waza late Tuesday.

Senior military official Col. Jacob Kodji said Nigeria's Boko Haram extremists have been using teenage suicide bombers and planting land mines.

He said two Cameroonian soldiers were killed Monday by a land mine planted by militants in the village of Gangse in northern Cameroon. Boko Haram has expanded attacks into Cameroon, Chad and Niger — all countries contributing troops to a regional force intended to wipe out the extremists

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FDA recalls popular brand of dog bones for salmonella contamination

Just weeks after E. coli outbreaks at Chipotles across the nation, The Food and Drug Administration is reporting a voluntary recall of a popular chew bones for dogs.

In a press release from the FDA, Blue Buffalo Company said that their decision to recall the 'Cub Size Wilderness Wild Chews Bone' is being done "with an abundance of caution," noting that there is potential that the product may be contaminated with salmonella.

The FDA reports that the product was distributed to nine states beginning on November 19th-- California, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

According to their website, the contamination doesn't just affect the animal consuming the product, it could also affect the person handling the bones :

Salmonella can affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

This is the second recall of a Blue Buffalo product this month, after one of their most popular cat treat was found containing a hazardous chemical.

Symptoms your pet may exhibit if they have been infected with salmonella include decreased appetite, fever, abdominal pain, lethargy and diarrhea.

Blue Buffalo Company is encouraging anyone who bought the product to discard it immediately, saying that the place of purchase will refund buyers in full.

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New anti-aging drug could extend human life span to 120 years

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Do you ever think that it's kinda crazy that we can order pizza from our cellphones and yet no one can figure out how to stop (or at least slow) the inevitable march towards death? Well, you're not alone.

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Science has been trying to figure out this whole aging thing for a long time now, and a new development just could be one of those watershed moments in history. According to the New Zealand Herald, a new anti-aging drug is going to be tested on human subjects starting next year. The potential result of this could mean that we, human beings, could extend our life spans to 120 years of age and be in good health to the very end.

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The drug in question is a widely used diabetes pill called Metformin and costs mere cents to make. Metformin helps to increase oxygen flow on the cellular level, thereby slowing the necessary cell divisions that keep our bodies both functioning correctly but ultimately lead to aging.

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Belgian researchers have tested the drug on roundworms, and have had positive results so the next step is to do a human trial.

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"I have been doing research into aging for 25 years and the idea that we would be talking about a clinical trial in humans for an anti-aging drug would have been thought inconceivable," says aging expert Professor Gordon Lithgow.

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"But there is every reason to believe it's possible. The future is taking the biology that we've now developed and applying it to humans."

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Let's just hope that cosmetic surgery can keep apace of these new developments.

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