Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: US Warns of 'Imminent' Attack in Afghan Capital

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: US Warns of 'Imminent' Attack in Afghan Capital

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U.S. urges caution in Afghanistan over fears of an attack

The U.S. Embassy said Monday it has received "credible reports of an imminent attack" in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

A statement on the embassy's website urged U.S. citizens to exercise "extreme caution" if moving around in Kabul during the next 48 hours. The statement said the embassy has no further information about the targets, timing or nature of the planned attack.

The Taliban often carry out attacks in Kabul and elsewhere, mainly targeting Afghan security forces and foreigners. Supporters of the Islamic State group have a growing presence in Afghanistan.

Arrests made in killing of candidate * Venezuelan officials have arrested three men in connection with the assassination of an opposition leader.

Luis Diaz was killed last week while campaigning against the government ahead of hotly contested Dec. 6 congressional elections.

On Monday, the prosecutor's office said that three men had been arrested in connection with the murder in the central state of Guarico.

The killing has drawn international condemnation, and led to opposition accusations that the country's socialist government is endorsing political hits. Ruling party officials deny this and say Diaz was killed as part of a dispute between gangs.

U.N. warns Burundi is on 'brink' of new conflict * Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon is recommending that the Security Council authorize a stepped-up U.N. presence in violence-wracked Burundi but has stopped short of calling for a full-fledged U.N. peacekeeping operation.

In a letter to the council Monday, the U.N. chief said "Burundi stands on the brink of another armed conflict that could ... have potentially disastrous effects in an already fragile region."

The letter outlined three options: a U.N. peacekeeping operation; a special political mission focusing on starting a national dialogue and promoting human rights; or a team to support U.N. special adviser Jamal Benomar in promoting a political dialogue and advising the government.

Britain considers Syrian airstrikes * Prime Minister David Cameron called for a debate and vote in Parliament on Wednesday on whether Britain should launch airstrikes against militants in Syria, arguing that the nation must stand with its allies in confronting extremism.

Cameron's statement Monday comes only hours after opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn decided that Labour Party lawmakers would be allowed to vote their conscience on the matter rather than to keep party discipline and have a unified stance.

The move by the Labour leader gave Cameron confidence he had the votes to clinch an expansion of the mandate of British forces to hit Islamic State militants not just in Iraq, but Syria as well.

If the measure is approved in Parliament, British military operations are expected to start shortly afterward. …

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