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Hostage standoff at Beirut bank ends with gunman's arrest

A gunman demanding a Beirut bank let him withdraw his trapped savings to pay his father’s medical bills took up to 10 people hostage in a seven-hour standoff Thursday before surrendering in exchange for what a family lawyer said was US$35,000 of his money.

Lebanese security forces secure the area outside a bank in Beirut,, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Taliban cleric killed in blast in Kabul: officials

A prominent Taliban cleric, Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani, was killed in an attack in a seminary in Kabul when the attacker detonated explosives hidden in a plastic artificial leg on Thursday, according to officials and Taliban sources.

A Taliban fighter stands guard in the Shiite neighbourhood of Dasht-e-Barchi, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 7, 2022. (Ebrahim Noroozi / AP)

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