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KABUL - Fifteen men and two women were found beheaded in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Monday. Reuters, Al Jazeera and other news outlets reported that the victims had attended a "mixed-sex" party where men and women were socializing.

The bodies were found in a house near the Musa Qala district, about 75 kilometers north of the provincial capital Lashkar Gah, in the South of Afghanistan. Some had gunshot wounds while others showed signs of beatings, reports BBC News.

Although there were no immediate claims of responsibility, the local Governor’s spokesman said that “it was the work of the Taliban”, who have long condemned any social mixing between men and women, according to BBC News.

Meanwhile, ten Afghan army soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack in the same province. CNN reports that an Afghan soldier shot two NATO service members Monday in a so-called "green-on-blue" attack. Afghan and NATO officials are investigating the incident.

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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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