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World news briefs — compiled Sept. 13

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AFGHANISTAN

U.S. Consulate attacked

The Taliban attacked a U.S. Consulate in western Afghanistan with car bombs and guns on Friday, killing at least four Afghans but failing to enter the compound or hurt any Americans. The attack in the city of Herat underscored concerns about an insurgency that shows no signs of letting up as U.S.-led troops reduce their presence ahead of a full withdrawal next year. Within hours of the assault, the U.S. temporarily evacuated many of its consular personnel to the embassy in Kabul, 400 miles to the east. Herat lies near Afghanistan’s border with Iran and is considered one of the safer cities in the country.

ENGLAND

Cyber heist attempted

A daring attempt to graft a rogue piece of hardware onto a computer at a London branch of Spanish bank Santander could have drained millions from its coffers, police said Friday, an indication of the potential for electronic crime to tear huge chunks off financial institutions’ balance sheets. London police and Santander said in a joint statement that 12 suspects were arrested Thursday following an attempt by a bogus maintenance engineer to install a keyboard-video-mouse — a device typically used to control several computers at once — onto one of the bank’s computers at a branch located in a south London shopping center.

MEXICO

Police break up protest

Riot police swept thousands of striking teachers out of the heart of Mexico City on Friday, driving protesters through the streets with tear gas and water cannons in a swift end to the weeks-long occupation of the Zocalo plaza over reforms to the dysfunctional national education system. It was a dramatic reassertion of state authority after weeks of near-constant disruption in the center of one of the world’s largest cities. The teachers have marched through the capital at least 15 times over the last two months, decrying President Enrique Pena Nieto’s plan to break union control of education with a new system of standardized teacher testing that become law on Tuesday. Authorities did not immediately report any injuries.

Compiled from wire reports.


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