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Explosion shakes central Kabul There has been a large explosion in the centre of the Afghan capital, Kabul, followed by an apparent attack on a security forces building. Details RAF jets scrambled after incident RAF Typhoon jets are launched to investigate an incident involving a civilian plane from Pakistan within UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence says. Details UN hails 'historic' Obama drone vow The lawyer leading the UN's inquiry into drones welcomes President Obama's speech as a "significant step towards increased transparency". Details Syria 'to attend peace conference' Russia says the Syrian government has agreed "in principle" to attend an international peace conference set to be held in Geneva in June. Details Turkey to ban late-night drink sales The Turkish parliament approves controversial legislation to restrict the sale and advertising of alcohol. Details 'Comfort women' snub Japan mayor Two South Korean women forced into sexual slavery in WWII cancel a meeting with Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, citing fears of "political exploitation". Details Czech murder suspect arrested in US An American man suspected of killing a family of four in Brno has been arrested at an airport in Washington. Details Powerful quake off Russia east coast A strong earthquake strikes off the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia's far east, but an initial tsunami warning issued by the authorities is lifted. Details Embattled Toronto mayor fires aide Toronto Mayor Rob Ford sacks his chief of staff Mark Towhey as he fights claims he has been caught smoking crack cocaine on camera. Details Error blacklists Russian 'Facebook' Russia's most popular social network, VKontakte, is temporarily blacklisted by mistake - and some users find it blocked. Details India soldiers die in Kashmir ambush Four soldiers are killed in an ambush by suspected militants in the Pulwama district of Indian-administered Kashmir, officials say. Details Giro stage cancelled because of snow Friday's 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia is cancelled because of heavy snow and Saturday's stage 20 is re-routed. Details Nasa to lease shuttle launch pad Nasa is looking for commercial operators to lease a historic launch pad in Florida used for the first Moon missions and by the space shuttles. Details