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LOGAR– At least 8 Afghan workers were kidnapped and shot dead on their way to jobs at a U.S. military base in Logar province, south of Kabul.

No group has taken responsibility for the attack, however, local officials blame the Taliban terrorist group, BBC reports.

The workers, aged from 15 to 25, were in a van on the way to work in the Camp Shank US army base, when they were stopped by a group of a dozen gunmen, forced out of the vehicle, and shot in the head one, Logar police chief Rais Khan Sadeq told AFP.

“The bodies of the civilians were found blindfolded”, said Logar administration spokesman Din Mohammad Darvish. “They were poor and ordinary workers, all civilians”, he added.

According to AFP, U.S. and NATO military bases throughout Afghanistan are used to hiring local workers as cleaners for their construction sites.

The attack was the deadliest since the beginning of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan -- traditionally a time of peace and charity.

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Jehovah's Witnesses Translate The Bible In Indigenous Language — Is This Colonialism?

The Jehovah's Witnesses in Chile have launched a Bible version translated into the native Mapudungun language, evidently indifferent to the concerns of a nation striving to save its identity from the Western cultural juggernaut.

A Mapuche family awaits for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to arrive at the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Santiago, on Chile's Independence Day.

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NEUQUÉN — The Bible can now be read in Mapuzugun, the language of the Mapuche, an ancestral nation living across Chile and Argentina. It took the Chilean branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a latter-day Protestant church often associated with door-to-door proselytizing and cold calling, three years to translate it into "21st-century Mapuzugun".

The church's Mapuche members in Chile welcomed the book when it was launched in Santiago last June, but some of their brethren see it rather as a cultural imposition. The Mapuche were historically a fighting nation, and fiercely resisted both the Spanish conquerors and subsequent waves of European settlers. They are still fighting for land rights in Chile.

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