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An Afghan soldier opened fire Sunday inside a base in the southern Helmand province, wounding three U.S. soldiers before being shot dead. Bill Salvin, a U.S. military spokesman, said coalition forces had killed the soldier “to end the attack,” but Col. Mohammad Rasoul Zazai, an Afghan army spokesman, said the soldier had made a “mistake” and had not fired deliberately. Fierce clashes broke out in the Syrian capital on Sunday after insurgents infiltrated government-held parts of the eastern side of the city through tunnels overnight, state media said. Residents said artillery shells and rockets landed inside the heart of the city, and the activist-run Damascus Today Facebook group reported government air raids over the area. 3 Death penalty: A Hamas military court sentenced two Palestinians to death for drug dealing, in the first-such case since the militant group seized the Gaza Strip a decade ago. Cairo and Washington are expected to forge closer ties under Trump following years of tension over the Obama administration’s emphasis on human rights and Cairo’s perception that it supported the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Analysts say Schulz benefits from being a relative newcomer to domestic politics. [...] his nomination, the 61-year-old was president of the European Parliament.

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