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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 1:00 am

Nation/World

Taliban kill 52 in 2 Afghan attacks

Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan – Taliban insurgents launched separate attacks on Afghan security forces in the country's north, killing at least 52, provincial officials said Monday.

Mohammad Yusouf Ayubi, head of the provincial council in Kunduz province, said that at least 13 security forces were killed and 15 others wounded in an attack on a checkpoint they were manning in Dashti Archi district. The firefight began late Sunday and continued into Monday morning.

Meanwhile in Jawzjan province, Provincial Police Chief Gen. Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani said the Taliban attacked Khamyab district from different sides, forcing Afghan forces to withdraw from the district headquarters to avoid civilian causalities.

6 gunmen storm Libya oil firm, killing 2

Security forces loyal to Libya's U.N.-backed government Monday stormed the headquarters of the country's national oil company in the capital Tripoli shortly after gunmen invaded the building, shooting randomly, setting off explosions and taking hostages, officials said.

The Health Ministry said two people were killed and 10 others wounded in the attack.

Earlier, the Interior Minister of the U.N.-backed government, Brig. Gen. Abdul-Salam Ashour, said the attack was carried out by six gunmen.

Motorist crashes stolen car at airport

Pursued by police vehicles, a man smashed a stolen car Monday into security barriers at two airports in Lyon, southeast France, and then crashed through two glass doors of a terminal and sped onto the runway, before being arrested.

The dramatic car chase was captured on amateur video. It showed the car hitting a bump, going airborne and landing in a cloud of dust at Lyon's international Saint-Exupery airport.

Mayor bans purchase of Nike products

The mayor of a New Orleans suburb banned the city's parks and recreation department from purchasing Nike products, days after the company released a controversial ad supporting former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The memo by Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn to the parks and recreation director says Nike products cannot be purchased for use at the city's recreation facilities. It also requires the director to approve all athletic purchases by booster clubs using their facilities.

Monday a few hundred people, including Cam Jordan, Terron Armstead and Craig Robertson of the New Orleans Saints' football team, demonstrated in Kenner.