Saturday evening news brief, January 27

Saturday evening brief Jan 27 2018
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
A suicide car bomber killed at least 63 people and wounded 151 in an attack in Kabul. The bomb was hidden in an ambulance and went off at a police checkpoint in an area near foreign embassies and government buildings, officials said. Saturday is a working day in Afghanistan and the streets were busy at the time. People helped walking wounded away as ambulances with sirens wailing inched their way through the traffic-clogged streets of the city centre. Read.
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Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was released from detention today. The development comes more than two months after he was taken into custody in the kingdom’s sweeping crackdown on corruption. But the decision to free him, and the release of several other well-known tycoons on Friday, suggested the main part of the corruption probe was winding down after it sent shockwaves through Saudi Arabia’s business and political establishment.
China is developing a new surveillance plane designed to be launched from its aircraft carrier. State media confirmed for the first time on Monday that China was building its first carrier-borne early-warning plane (AWCS) called the KJ-600, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported. The announcement comes as the United States has deployed F-35 stealth jets to bases in Japan and other parts of the Asia-Pacific over the last year, challenging China’s air defences in the region, the report said.
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The President today launched the Pulse Polio programme for 2018 by administering polio drops to children below 5 years. The president administered the drops on the eve of National Immunisation Day, which is observed tomorrow, an Union health ministry statement said. Over 17 crore children, below five years, across the country, will be given polio drops as part of the Government of India’s drive, it said.
The Congress today released its lists of candidates for the Assembly elections in Tripura and Meghalaya. The party is fielding 56 candidates in Tripura, and 57 in Meghalaya. Tripura goes to poll on February 18, while Meghalaya will vote on February 27. Counting of votes for both states will be carried out on March 3. The 60-member Assemblies in Meghalaya and Tripura are set to expire on March 6 and 14, respectively.
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