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Monday, March 20, 2017

US teen finds rare 7.44-carat brown diamond
A 14-year-old boy in the US has discovered the largest brown diamond registered in nearly 40 years - a rare 7.44-carat stone that has been named 'Superman's Diamond'. Kalel Langford was visiting the Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park when he spotted the shiny, dark brown gem. "It was just a few inches from a stream of water, with a bunch of other rocks that were about the same size," Langford said. The diamond is the 7th-largest diamond found at the Arkansas State Park in the US.

Afghan officials: 12 insurgents killed in 2 drone attacks
Afghan officials say that at least 12 insurgents including two of their commanders have been killed in separate drone attacks in eastern Afghanistan. Mohammad Rahman Ayaz, spokesman for the provincial governor in eastern Paktika province, said today that the two insurgent commanders were targeted by a drone while they were traveling in a vehicle yesterday in the Barmal district.

Israeli coalition crisis raises threat of elections
Israel's prime minister backed out of an agreement to establish a new broadcasting authority today, creating a coalition crisis with one of his key partners that could potentially lead to early elections. Benjamin Netanyahu insisted his coalition partners were required to side with his ruling Likud party regarding all media regulation matters. The conflict centers on the fate of the struggling state-run Israel Broadcasting Authority.

Trump did not refuse to shake Merkel's hand: spokesman
Donald Trump's spokesman has denied that the US president refused to shake hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as they sat side-by-side in the White House last week. "I don't think he heard the question" posed by Merkel when she suggested they shake hands, in full view of press cameras, spokesman Sean Spicer told German weekly Der Spiegel published today.

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