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Authorities investigate why a World War II bomb wasn’t discovered before it exploded

Parker Harms, Business Manager

WWII Bomb Explodes In Munich 4 Injured

A WWII bomb exploded yesterday in Munich at a construction site adjacent to a  major railway. Four were injured, one severely, German authorities said.

Unexploded bombs are not uncommon in Germany. Even after 76 years, bombs from WWII are still found, the majority being at construction sites. The bombs are commonly defused or disposed in a safe and controlled explosions. There is commonly an evacuation as a precaution.

After Germany’s busiest train station was suspended after the explosion, but later resumed that day. Few local trains were evacuated as well. Fire services have stated that there is no damage to the tracks and it is safe to continue running.

German authorities now investigate why the bomb was not found beforehand as sites are scanned attentively for unexploded bombs.

Father-son Afghan refugees reunited after being apart for five years

Famous Afghan musician has been reunited with his son in New York City after Fox Corp. helped his family evacuate Afghanistan after a Taliban threat made against them.

On Aug. 15, Ahmad Fanoos found a threatening letter left by the Taliban on his instrument case warning him and his family to stop playing music.

“All your family members are busy with their dirty activities,” the letter stated. “We are warning you for the last time to leave…”

Music was made illegal in Afghanistan under Taliban rule in the late ‘90s. Since then, Fanoos found fame in playing the harmonium and singing Ghazal or Afghan epic poetry. Being a talent judge on the TV show “Afghan Star,” Fanoos was a household name with a target for the Taliban as it retook Afghanistan control this summer.

Elham Fanoos, Ahmad’s 24-year-old son, said how the Taliban letter really troubled his father. “He actually couldn’t really focus on the music anymore.”

Elham, a known Afghan classical pianist by his own accord, moved to the United Stated to study after his music school was bombed in 2015.

Elham became determined to save his father and final family members. He requested a hand from his sponsor , Lesley Rosenthal, COO of the Juilliard College.

Rosenthal discovered that Fox had a shareholding in the tv station that aired “Afghan Superstar,” Moby Media Workforce. She alerted Fox of the location of the family and in less than a week, Fanoos and 5 other members of his family were evacuated on an aircraft.

Fanoos filmed the heart-racing and heart-wrenching journey to get out of Afghanistan and turned it into a music video. The video pays tribute to spiritual freedom, tolerance and private accountability.

Fanoos, his daughter, son-in-law and 3 grandchildren were hosted in Qatar for the past two months. They arrived in the US on Oct. 29 and the father and son reunion took place just days before Thanksgiving.

The Fanoos family believe that as long as Afghan music is alive, so will a hope for a end to the war.

“Domt lose hope. You probably did so much,” Elham stated about the American infantry who serves in Afghanistan. “We’re looking to display that Afghan other people could make a good affect in American society.”

”[The music] may be very important for the Afghan other people,” Ahmad stated. “It is my lifestyle. My love. The tune of my love.”