KABUL, Afghanistan – A car bombing and mortar shells fired at a busy market in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Monday killed 23 people, including children, a statement from a provincial governor's office said.
Details of the reported attack could not be independently confirmed as the area, which is under Taliban control, is remote and inaccessible to reporters.
The Taliban claimed the military fired mortars into the market, while the military said a car bomb and mortar shells fired by the insurgents targeted the civilians. The army said there was no military activity in the area on Monday and that two Taliban fighters were also killed when the car bomb detonated at the marketplace.
3 die in attack on Karachi exchange
Militants attacked the stock exchange in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Monday, killing at least three people – two guards and a policeman, according to police. Special police forces deployed to the scene of the attack and in a swift operation secured the building, killing all four gunmen.
The Baluchistan Liberation Army, claimed responsibility for the attack. The group has been waging an urgency for years, demanding independence for Pakistan's gas-rich southwestern Baluchistan province.
Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump
Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining President Donald Trump and dozens of others it believes carried out the U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad in January, a local prosecutor reportedly said Monday.
Interpol later said it wouldn't consider Iran's request, meaning Trump faces no danger of arrest. However, the charges underscore the heightened tensions between Iran and the United States since Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.
EU envoy ousted from Venezuela
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Monday ordered the European Union's ambassador to leave the country, hours after the bloc that's pushing for a democratic transition hit several officials loyal to the socialist leader with sanctions.
Maduro's order, given in an address on state television, follows stiff financial measures imposed by the EU against 11 Venezuelans, including Luis Parra, who heads a National Assembly rival to the one headed by opposition leader Juan Guaidó.
US limits exports to Hong Kong
The Trump administration said Monday it will bar defense exports to Hong Kong and will soon require licenses for the sale of items to Hong Kong that have both civilian and military uses.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the step as China moved ahead with a new national security law for Hong Kong that many fear Beijng and the Chinese Communist Party will use to clamp down on dissent in the former British territory.
The administration has warned for weeks that it would take action to end special U.S. trade and commercial preferences Hong Kong had enjoyed since reverting to Chinese rule in 1997. Among them was the ability for Hong Kong to import U.S. defense equipment that China can't.