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An all-night gunbattle with Taliban insurgents who stormed a guesthouse in Kabul's diplomatic quarter ended at daybreak Wednesday, with four attackers killed in the second assault in two weeks on a venue popular with foreigners. The raid on the property owned by a prominent political family triggered loud bursts of gunfire and explosions but the government reported no civilian or military casualties. "Four attackers who had one RPG launcher, three AK-47s and one grenade launcher were killed in Wazir Akbar Khan," deputy interior minister Mohammad Ayoub Salangi said on Twitter.
By Lovasoa Rabary ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Madagascar's President Hery Rajaonarimampianina challenged on Wednesday an impeachment vote against him in parliament, where critics say he has dragged religion into politics and failed to deliver on his promises. The vote by 121 of 151 members of parliament late on Tuesday must now go to the constitutional court to determine if the head of state should be sacked, a move that threatens to derail the country's rebuilding efforts after years of crisis. In a radio and television broadcast, Rajaonarimampianina said the country needed stability and not political wrangling.
London (AFP) - 11:04 GMT - FIFA statement - "Today, the Swiss Office of the Attorney General announced that it has opened criminal proceedings against persons unknown in relation to the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process.