HOUSTON -- An overloaded and overspeeding van crashed on Wednesday on a remote South Texas highway, killing at least 10 people, including the driver, and injuring 20 others, authorities said.
The crash happened shortly after 4:00 p.m. local time (0500 GMT) in Encino, about 80 km north of Texas' border city McAllen, after the van, designed to hold 15 passengers but overloaded with 29 passengers, lost control around a curve on Highway 281, Nathan Brandley, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety said. (US-Texas-Vehicle Crash)
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JERUSALEM -- Israeli war jets struck rocket launch sites in southern Lebanon early on Thursday in response to rockets that were fired earlier from Lebanon into Israel, the Israeli military said.
The launch sites and infrastructure from which the rockets were launched, as well as another target for rockets launch in the past, were struck by Israeli fighters jets, the military said in a statement. (Israel-Lebanon-Attack)
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JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- Two Afghan soldiers and at least 36 Taliban militants were killed and 52 militants wounded after the government forces repelled a predawn attack in the country's eastern province of Nangarhar, a provincial government spokesman confirmed on Thursday.
The clashes erupted as hundreds of Taliban militants armed with guns and heavy weapons, including rocket propelled grenades, attacked Sherzad district while trying to capture the control of the suburban district in the southeast of Nangarhar, provincial government spokesman Attahullah Khogiani told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Attack)
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JAKARTA -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 jolted East Nusa Tenggara province in central parts of Indonesia on Thursday, the meteorology and geophysics agency said here.
The quake struck 12:06 p.m. Jakarta time (0506 GMT) with the epicenter at 62 km northwest Larantuka sub-district of Flores Timur district and the depth at 540 km under sea bed. (Indonesia-Earthquake)