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WHO says air pollution kills 7 mn a year, toughens guidelines

Geneva (AFP) – The World Health Organization strengthened its air quality guidelines on Wednesday, saying air pollution was now one of the biggest environmental threats to human health, causing seven million…

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Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev is seen on video screens as he addresses the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly remotely, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 at U.N. headquarters. (Spencer Platt/Pool Photo via AP)

Racism, climate and divisions top UN agenda as leaders meet

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Racism, the climate crisis and the world’s worsening divisions will take center stage at the United Nations on Wednesday, a day after the U.N. chief issued…

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An emergency and rescue official examine the damage to a building in the popular shopping Chapel Street in Melbourne on September 22, 2021, after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes near Melbourne, tremors rattle southeast Australia

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck near Melbourne on Wednesday, Geoscience Australia said, one of the country’s biggest quakes on record, causing damage to buildings in the country’s second largest city and sending tremors throughout neighbouring states. The quake’s epicentre was near the…

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(File Photo) A Rivercat ferry passes by the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins-class submarine HMAS Waller as it leaves Sydney Harbour on May 4, 2020. The Australian government has considered extending the life of the Collins class as it examines the fate of its next-generation sub program.

Australian documents showed French submarine project was at risk for years

SYDNEY, Sept 21 (Reuters) – France shouldn’t have been surprised that Australia cancelled a submarine contract, as major concerns about delays, cost overruns and suitability had been aired officially and…

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China Evergrande fears grip markets as Beijing stands back, for now

NEW YORK/BOSTON/HONG KONG, Sept 21 (Reuters) – The risks of China Evergrande Group (3333.HK) defaulting on its mountain of debt loomed large over nervous markets on Tuesday, as investors looked…

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Passengers depart Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry

U.S. to relax travel restrictions for vaccinated foreign air travelers in November

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will reopen in November to air travelers from 33 countries including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the White House said on Monday,…

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WHO recommends alcohol tax hike in Europe to fight cancer

Copenhagen (AFP) – The World Health Organization on Monday recommended doubling alcohol taxes in Europe as a means to prevent nearly 5,000 cancer deaths every year. Increasing taxes on alcoholic beverages…

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In this Dec. 15, 2020, file photo, a droplet falls from a syringe after a person was injected with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11

(AP) – Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key…

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‘The Crown,’ ‘Ted Lasso,’ ‘Queen’s Gambit’ top Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix’s “The Crown” and “The Queen’s Gambit” combined with Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” to win top series honors at the Sunday’s Emmy Awards, a first for…

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A police vehicle blocks a street near the United Nations headquarters Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in New York. The 76th Session of the UN General Assembly begins this week. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

As leaders reconvene at UN, climate and COVID top the list

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Last year, no leaders came at all. This year will be quite different — sort of. With the coronavirus pandemic still raging in many parts of…

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SpaceX all-civilian orbital crew completes historic mission

Four SpaceX tourists returned to Earth safely on Saturday after spending three days in space, successfully concluding the first orbital mission in history with no professional astronauts on board. The…

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France recalls ambassadors to Australia, US in escalating row

PARIS – France on Friday recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Australia for consultations in a ferocious row over the scrapping of a submarine contract, an unprecedented step…

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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese astronauts from left, Tang Hongbo, Nie Haisheng and Liu Boming wave at the Dongfeng landing site in northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. The trio of Chinese astronauts returned to Earth on Friday after a 90-day stay aboard their nation’s first space station in China’s longest mission yet.(Ju Zhenhua/Xinhua via AP)

Chinese astronauts return after 90 days aboard space station

BEIJING (AP) — A trio of Chinese astronauts returned to Earth on Friday after a 90-day stay aboard their nation’s first space station in China’s longest mission yet. Nie Haisheng,…

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Workers make Chinese flags at a factory in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

China applies to join Pacific trade pact to boost economic clout

BEIJING, Sept 16 (Reuters) – China has filed an application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the commerce ministry said, as the world’s second-biggest economy…

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A delivery courier on motorbike and a cyclist, both wear protective face masks, navigates the city centre during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, September 14, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Sydney pilots home quarantine as Australia looks to reopen border

SYDNEY, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Australian officials will trial a home quarantine system for fully vaccinated international travellers arriving in Sydney, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, as the…

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China fumes over U.S. nuclear sub pact with Britain, Australia

WASHINGTON/CANBERRA, Sept 16 (Reuters) – China on Thursday denounced a new Indo-Pacific security alliance between the United States, Britain and Australia, saying such partnerships should not target third countries and…

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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on a National Security Initiative virtually with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, not pictured, inside the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Australia to get U.S. nuclear submarine technology as China looms large

WASHINGTON/CANBERRA (Reuters) – The United States, Britain and Australia said on Wednesday they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific that will involve helping Canberra acquire nuclear-powered submarines, as Chinese influence over the…

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon capsule lifts off from Pad 39A on the Inspiration 4 civilian crew mission at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, U.S., September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Thom Baur

First all-civilian crew launched into orbit aboard SpaceX rocket ship

CAPE CANAVERAL (Reuters) – A SpaceX rocket ship blasted off from Florida on Wednesday carrying a billionaire e-commerce executive and three less-wealthy private citizens he chose to join him in the first all–civilian crew ever launched into Earth orbit. The quartet…

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People walk in a crowded market amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai, India, September 5, 2021. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

WHO reports big drop in new coronavirus infections

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization said there were about 4 million coronavirus cases reported globally last week, marking the first major drop in new infections in more than…

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The global ghost kitchen industry is expected to grow more than 12 percent each year to be worth some $139.37 billion by 2028, according to a report by Researchandmarkets.com / photo from AFP

‘Ghost kitchens’ boom in Asia as pandemic sparks huge demand

In an industrial unit on the outskirts of Taipei chefs are plating meals that will never be served in a restaurant: welcome to the world of “ghost kitchens”. Even before…

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In this Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 photo made available by SpaceX, from left, Chris Sembroski, Sian Proctor, Jared Isaacman and Hayley Arceneaux sit in the Dragon capsule at Cape Canaveral in Florida, during a dress rehearsal for the upcoming launch. The fully automated Dragon is the same kind that SpaceX uses to send astronauts to and from the International Space Station for NASA. But the chartered flight won’t be going there. (SpaceX via AP)

SpaceX’s first tourists all set for ‘camper van’ trip to space

United States (AFP) – The weather seems cooperative and the passengers are raring to go: SpaceX’s first space tourists were a picture of calm Tuesday as they prepared to blast off on…

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In this Aug. 18, 2021, file photo, medical staff tend to a patient with coronavirus, on a COVID-19 ward inside the Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, La. COVID-19 deaths and cases in the U.S. have climbed back to where they were over the winter, wiping out months of progress and potentially bolstering President Joe Biden’s case for sweeping new vaccination requirements. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

COVID-19 cases in US climb, wipe out months of progress

COVID-19 deaths and cases in the U.S. have climbed back to levels not seen since last winter, erasing months of progress and potentially bolstering President Joe Biden’s argument for his…

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FILE – This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows from left, former Minneapolis police officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. The former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights are scheduled to be arraigned in federal court Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office via AP File)

Ex-cops accused of violating Floyd’s rights plead not guilty

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights pleaded not guilty Tuesday in a federal hearing that included arguments on several pretrial motions,…

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Cyber arms dealer exploits new iPhone software vulnerability, affecting most versions, say researchers

Sept 13 (Reuters) – A cyber surveillance company based in Israel developed a tool to break into Apple iPhones with a never-before-seen technique that has been in use since at…

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An Israeli soldier takes position along the border between the northern West Bank near Jenin and Israel as they search for two Palestinians who broke out of a maximum-security prison last week, on a road leading to the West Bank town of Jenin, near Gan Ner Israel, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. Israeli police on Saturday said they arrested four of the six Palestinians who broke out of the prison including Zakaria Zubeidi a famed militant leader whose exploits over the years have made him a well-known figure in Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israel hits Hamas targets as Gaza militants fire rockets

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli aircraft struck a series of targets in the Gaza Strip early Monday while Palestinian militants launched rockets into Israel in the third consecutive night of fighting…

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N.Korea tests first ‘strategic’ cruise missile with possible nuclear capability

SEOUL, Sept 13 (Reuters) – North Korea carried out successful tests of a new long-range cruise missile over the weekend, state media said on Monday, seen by analysts as possibly…

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This combination of photos provided by the North Korean government on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, shows long-range cruise missiles tests held on Sept. 11 -12, 2021 in an undisclosed location of North Korea. North Korea says it successfully test fired what it described as newly developed long-range cruise missiles over the weekend, its first known testing activity in months that underscored how it continues to expand its military capabilities amid a stalemate in nuclear negotiations with the United States. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

North Korea test-fires new ‘long-range cruise missile’: KCNA

Seoul (AFP) – North Korea test-fired a new “long-range cruise missile” over the weekend, state media reported Monday, with the United States saying the nuclear-armed country was threatening its neighbours and beyond….

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US singer Britney Spears (L) and boyfriend Sam Asghari arrive for the premiere of Sony Pictures’ “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on July 22, 2019. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

Pop princess Britney Spears engaged to boyfriend Sam Asghari

Los Angeles (AFP) – Pop princess Britney Spears on Sunday announced her engagement to her boyfriend Sam Asghari via social media. Spears, 39, showed off a diamond ring in an Instagram…

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FILE – This frame grab from video shows al-Qaida’s leader Ayman al-Zawahri at an unknown location, in a videotape issued Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006. Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri appeared in a new video marking the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, attacks, months after rumors spread that he was dead. The SITE Intelligence Group that monitors jihadist websites said the video was released Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. In it, al-Zawahri said that “Jerusalem Will Never be Judaized,” and praised al-Qaida attacks including one that targeted Russian troops in Syria in January. (Militant Photo via AP, File)

Al-Qaida chief appears in video marking 9/11 anniversary

BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri appeared in a video marking the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, attacks, months after rumors spread that he was dead. The SITE…

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Customers browse computer games at a store in Beijing. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

China orders gaming giants to cut ‘effeminate’ gender imagery

Chinese authorities have ordered gaming giants to end their focus on profits and cut content perceived to be breeding “effeminacy”, as Beijing tries to direct youth culture, gender ideals, and…

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The 9/11 Memorial is seen on the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in Manhattan, New York on September 11, 2021. (Photo by MIKE SEGAR / AFP)

Calls for unity as divided US marks 20th anniversary of 9/11

America marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11 Saturday with pleas for unity at solemn ceremonies given added resonance by the messy withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and return to…

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Cinema goers watch the Disney film ‘The lion king’ sitting in their cars parked at a drive-in cinema in Marl, western Germany, on April 6, 2020, one of the few entertainments still allowed due to the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)

Disney to debut rest of 2021 films exclusively in theaters

LOS ANGELES, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co said on Friday it will release “Eternals,” “West Side Story” and the rest of its 2021 films exclusively in theaters before…

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This photo taken on September 11, 2001, a man stands in the rubble, and calls out asking if anyone needs help, after the collapse of the first of the twin towers of the World Trade Center Tower in lower Manhattan, New York. (Photo by Doug Kanter / AFP)

Op-Ed: Twenty years on, reflections on Sept 11

The quick fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban has made the 20th anniversary of Sept 11 even more sad. The loss of tens of thousands of lives, both American and Afghan,…

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Biden, Xi talk to avoid US-China ‘conflict:’ White House

Washington (AFP) – US President Joe Biden talked with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for the first time in seven months Thursday, urging they ensure that “competition” between the two powers…

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Buckingham Palace supports BLM movement, senior aide says

(Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and other members of the royal family support the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, a senior representative of Buckingham Palace told Channel 4 News in an interview. Ken Olisa, the first…

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File photo / Taliban forces stand guard at the entrance gate of Hamid Karzai International Airport a day after U.S troops withdrawal in Kabul, Afghanistan August 31, 2021./ REUTERS

Taliban interim government agrees to let foreigners leave Afghanistan

(Reuters) – Two hundred Americans and other foreigners who remain in Afghanistan are set to depart the war-ravaged country on charter flights from Kabul on Thursday after the new Taliban…

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A North Korean flag flutters at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File Photo

North Korea puts hazmat suits on parade for national day, but no missiles

SEOUL, Sept 9 (Reuters) – North Korea celebrated the 73rd anniversary of its foundation with a night time military parade, state media reported on Thursday, publishing photographs of marching rows…

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EU lists rare nerve disorder as possible side-effect of AstraZeneca vaccine

(Reuters) – Europe’s medicines regulator has added an extremely rare nerve-damaging disorder, Guillain-Barré syndrome, as a possible side–effect of AstraZeneca‘s COVID–19 vaccine, regular safety updates from the watchdog showed on Wednesday. The European Medicines Agency said a causal relationship between GBS…

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China is not targeting any country with fan culture crackdown – embassy

SHANGHAI, Sept 8 (Reuters) – China’s crackdown on “fan culture” is aimed at maintaining public order and will not affect its relations with any country, the Chinese embassy in South…

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A police officer stands near body bags containing the bodies of the victims of a prison fire at the local hospital’s morgue in Tangerang on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021./ AP

Fire kills 41 inmates, 80 hurt at crowded Indonesian prison

(AP) — A massive fire raged through an overcrowded prison near Indonesia’s capital early Wednesday, killing at least 41 inmates, two of them foreigners serving drug sentences, and injuring 80…

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Powerful quake shakes southwest Mexico, one dead

(Reuters) – A powerful earthquake struck southwestern Mexico near the beach resort of Acapulco on Tuesday, killing at least one man who was crushed by a falling post, and causing…

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Government employees wait for the opening of the Chivo digital wallet machine, which will exchange cash for Bitcoin cryptocurrency, at Las Americas Square in San Salvador, El Salvador, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Starting Tuesday, all businesses will have to accept payments in Bitcoin, except those lacking the technology to do so, according to a law approved by the congress. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

Early stumble as El Salvador starts Bitcoin as currency

SAN SALVADOR (AP) — El Salvador became the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender Tuesday, but the rollout stumbled in its first hours and President Nayib Bukele said…

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People walk in a crowded market amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai, India, September 5, 2021. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

COVID-19 disruption causing many deaths from TB, AIDS in poorest countries, fund says

GENEVA (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people will die of tuberculosis left untreated because of disruption to healthcare systems in poor countries caused by the COVID–19 pandemic, a global aid fund said. In a few of the…

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Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during a press conference in Kabul earlier this month (AP Photo/Muhammad Farooq)

Taliban form all-male Afghan government of old guard members

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday announced an all-male interim government for Afghanistan stacked with veterans of their hard-line rule from the 1990s and the 20-year battle against…

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Students attend class under new classroom conditions at Avicenna University in Kabul, Afghanistan September 6, 2021, in this picture obtained by REUTERS from social media. Social media handout/via REUTERS

A curtain divides male, female students as Afghan universities reopen

Students across Afghanistan have started returning to university classrooms after the Taliban stormed to power, and in some cases, females have been separated from their male peers by curtains or…

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Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during a press conference in Kabul on September 6, 2021. The Taliban on September 6, 2021 said that any insurgency against their rule would be “hit hard”, after earlier saying they had captured the Panjshir Valley — the last pocket of resistance. / AFP

Taliban claim total control over Afghanistan

The Taliban on Monday claimed total control over Afghanistan, saying they had won the key battle for the Panjshir Valley, the last remaining holdout of resistance against their rule. Following…

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In world first, bitcoin becomes legal tender in El Salvador

San Salvador (AFP) – El Salvador on Tuesday becomes the first country in the world to accept bitcoin as legal tender, despite widespread domestic skepticism and international warnings of risks for consumers….

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A view of a gate of the provincial governor’s office in Panjshir, in this picture uploaded to social media on September 6, 2021. Social media handout/via REUTERS

Taliban claim control of Panjshir, promise formation of government ‘soon’

(Reuters) – The Taliban claimed victory on Monday over opposition forces in the Panjshir valley northeast of Kabul, declaring that it completed the Islamist group’s takeover of Afghanistan and promising to announce a new government soon….

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Chinese Vice Premier Liu He attends the closing session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China May 27, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/Pool/Files

China’s Liu He assures business of support, amid regulatory crackdown

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Vice Premier Liu He vowed the government would keep supporting the private sector amid growing concern a regulatory crackdown on a wide range of industries was hurting businesses. Liu said, “guidelines and policies for supporting the private economy have not changed… and will…

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Polk County, Fla., Sheriff’s officials work the scene of a multiple fatality shooting Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, in Lakeland, Fla. Four people are dead including a mother who was still cradling her now deceased baby in what Florida sheriff’s deputies are calling a massive gun battle with a suspect. (Michael Wilson/The Ledger via AP)

Former army sniper kills 4, including infant, in Florida shooting spree

Washington (AFP) – A former sniper in the US military went on a shooting spree in central Florida, killing four people, including an infant boy in his mother’s arms, officials said…

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Fireworks illuminate over National Stadium viewed from Shibuya Sky observation deck during the closing ceremony for the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Paralympic closing marks end of Tokyo’s 8-year Olympic saga

TOKYO (AP) — The final act of the delayed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics came Sunday, almost eight years to the day after the Japanese capital was awarded the Games. The…

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US President Joe Biden speaks on ending the war in Afghanistan in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on August 31, 2021. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP)

Biden wants Afghan exit to end US global cop role

“America is back,” goes President Joe Biden’s catchphrase, but his unapologetic exit from Afghanistan shows America won’t be back to business as usual. Beyond the trauma of the Kabul evacuation,…

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An armed Taliban fighter stands guard as Muslim devotees leave after Friday prayers at the Pul-e Khishti Mosque in Kabul on September 3, 2021. (Photo by HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP)

Taliban close to forming new government in Afghanistan

Kabul (AFP) – The Taliban were on Friday close to forming a government, with the hardliners under intense international scrutiny over their vow to rule Afghanistan with greater tolerance, especially on…

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A screen grab shows police officers working outside a shopping mall following a knife attack in Auckland, New Zealand September 3, 2021. TVNZ via Reuters TV

Attacker shot dead after New Zealand supermarket rampage

Wellington (AFP) – An attacker inspired by the Islamic State group stabbed six people at a New Zealand supermarket on Friday before police who had the man under surveillance shot him…

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In this file photo taken on September 9, 2020, Yoshihide Suga waves following a debate organized by the Liberal Democratic Party, Youth Bureau, Women’s Bureau at the Liberal Democratic Party headquarters in Tokyo. – Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said September 3, 2021 he will not run for re-election as party leader in a vote this month, effectively ending his tenure, according to public broadcaster NHK. (Photo by Philip FONG / POOL / AFP)

Japan PM Suga to step down this month: party

Tokyo (AFP) – Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Friday he will not run for re-election as party leader this month, effectively ending his tenure after just one year, his party’s…

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Flooded cars are pictured after the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida brought drenching rain, flash floods and tornadoes to parts of the northeast in Mamaroneck, New York, U.S., September 2, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Ida’s record rain floods New York-area homes, subways; at least 44 dead

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (Reuters) – Flash flooding killed at least 44 people in four Northeastern states as remnants of Hurricane Ida unleashed torrential rains that swept away cars, submerged New York City subway…

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Floodwater surrounds vehicles following heavy rain on an expressway in Brooklyn, New York early on September 2, 2021, as flash flooding and record-breaking rainfall brought by the remnants of Storm Ida swept through the area. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Eight dead in New York City as Ida brings flash flooding

New York (AFP) – The remnants of Hurricane Ida triggered spectacular flash flooding and a rare state of emergency in New York City overnight into Thursday and killed at least eight…

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In this handout photograph taken on November 14, 2020 by the Imperial Household Agency and received on November 30, 2020, Japan’s Crown Prince Akishino (C) poses for with his wife Crown Princess Kiko (2nd R) and their children, Princess Mako (L), Princess Kako (R) and Prince Hisahito at their Akasaka Estate residence in Tokyo. (Photo by HANDOUT / Imperial Household Agency of Japan / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / IMPERIAL HOUSEHOLD AGENCY OF JAPAN” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Japan princess to wed, reject payout after controversy

Tokyo (AFP) – The course of true love never did run smooth, but after public controversy and a wedding delay, Japan’s Princess Mako is reportedly set to tie the knot and…

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Actor Angelina Jolie poses with the book “Know Your Rights (And Claim Them)”, in this undated handout image. Amnesty International/Lachlan Bailey/Handout via REUTERS

Angelina Jolie wants kids to ‘fight back’ with new child rights book

(Reuters) – Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie says she hopes to empower children around the world with tools to “fight back” for their rights with a book she has written with Amnesty International. “Know…

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Moderna says tainted Covid vaccines sent to Japan contained steel

Washington (AFP) – Moderna said Wednesday that tainted batches of its Covid-19 vaccine sent to Japan were contaminated with stainless steel particles, but the company did not expect it posed “an…

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Ronaldo says Ferguson is key to Manchester United return

Manchester (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo revealed his relationship with former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson played the key role in convincing the Portuguese to return to Old Trafford. Ferguson retired as boss…

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Gian panda at the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pandas in Sichuan Province. (Photo by CCTV)

China’s paper mills turn leftover bamboo from panda into paper products

Paper mills in southwest China’s Sichuan Province are turning leftover bamboo from panda bases into useful products in an attempt to eliminate waste. At Dujiangyan Base of the China Conservation…

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Australia: New local COVID-19 cases jumped to 120 in Victoria from 76 a day earlier / Reuters

Australia aims to ‘live with virus’ instead of eliminating it

Australian authorities on Wednesday extended the COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne for another three weeks, as they shift their focus to rapid vaccination drives and move away from a suppression strategy…

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This photo illustration taken in Beijing on August 31, 2021 shows a primary school textbook featuring photographs and quotes from China’s President Xi Jinping. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP)

China’s kids get schooled in ‘Xi Jinping thought’

Beijing (AFP) – Chinese pupils returned to school Wednesday with new textbooks peppered with “Xi Jinping thought”, as the Communist Party aims to extend his personality cult to children as young…

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File photo of Joe Biden, who vowed to “hunt you down” after the Kabul airport terror. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Defiant Biden rejects criticism of Afghan exit, points to Afghan military and Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Tuesday defiantly rejected criticism of his decision to stick to a deadline to pull out of Afghanistan this week, a move that left up to 200 Americans in the…

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Taliban forces stand guard a day after the U.S. troops withdrawal from Hamid Karzai international airport n Kabul, Afghanistan August 31, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Taliban celebrate victory as last U.S. troops leave Afghanistan

(Reuters) – Celebratory gunfire resounded across Kabul on Tuesday as Taliban fighters took control of the airport before dawn, following the withdrawal of the last U.S. troops, marking the end…

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The Afghan athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park in east London on August 29, 2012. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK (Photo by GLYN KIRK / AFP)

Afghan Paralympian beats the odds to compete in Tokyo

Tokyo (AFP) – After a dramatic evacuation from Taliban-held Kabul and a secret operation to fly him to Tokyo, Afghan Paralympian Hossain Rasouli beat the odds on Tuesday to compete in…

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FILE – In this Wednesday, May 26, 2021 file photo, men wearing masks stand inside the Universal Studios theme park, part of the Universal Beijing Resort, under construction in Beijing, China. Universal Studios announced Monday, Aug 30, 2021 that its first theme park in China will open in the country’s capital in September. The company set the opening date for Sept. 20, according to a statement and video posted on the Chinese social media site WeChat. (Chinatopix Via AP, file)

Universal Studios sets opening for first theme park in China

BEIJING (AP) — Universal Studios announced Monday that its first theme park in China will open in the country’s capital in September. The company set the opening date for Sept….

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This file satellite handout image provided by GeoEye on August 22, 2012 and taken on August 6, 2012 shows the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Centre in North Korea. (Photo by GeoEye Satellite Image / AFP)

North Korea appears to have restarted nuclear reactor: UN agency

Nuclear-armed North Korea appears to have restarted its plutonium-producing reprocessing reactor in a “deeply troubling” development, the UN atomic agency has said, a possible sign Pyongyang is expanding its banned…

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Afghan men take pictures of a vehicle from which rockets were fired, as Taliban forces stand guard, in Kabul, Afghanistan August 30, 2021. REUTER/Stringer

Rockets target US troops as final Kabul withdrawal begins, core diplomats fly out

Aug 30 (Reuters) – U.S. anti-missile defences intercepted rockets fired at Kabul’s airport early on Monday, as the United States flew its core diplomats out of Afghanistan in the final…

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General view of a residence house destroyed after a rocket attack in Kabul, Afghanistan August 29, 2021.REUTERS/Stringer

U.S. strikes at Islamic State militants in Kabul as withdrawal nears end

(Reuters) – A U.S. drone strike killed a suicide car bomber who Pentagon officials said was preparing to strike Kabul airport on Sunday, as American forces worked to complete a…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on a resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station, launched from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, seen from Merritt Island, Fla., Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. (Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today via AP)

SpaceX launches ants, avocados, robot to space station

A SpaceX shipment of ants, avocados and a human-sized robotic arm rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday. The delivery — due to arrive Monday — is the company’s…

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This satellite image provided by NOAA shows a view of Hurricane Ida, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. Forecasters warned residents along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast to rush preparations Saturday ahead of an intensifying Hurricane Ida, which is expected to bring winds as high as 130 mph (209 kph), life-threatening storm surge and flooding rain when it slams ashore in Louisiana on Sunday. (NOAA via AP)

Hurricane Ida rapidly intensifies into dangerous Category 4

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Ida was rapidly intensifying early Sunday, becoming a dangerous Category 4 hurricane on track for a potentially devastating landfall on the Louisiana coast while emergency…

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FILE – This Feb. 9, 2019, file photo shows a sign bearing the company logo outside a Tesla store in Cherry Creek Mall in Denver. A Tesla using its partially automated driving system slammed into a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 on an interstate near downtown Orlando and narrowly missed its driver, who had pulled over to assist a disabled vehicle. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Tesla on part-automated drive system slams into police car

A Tesla using its partially automated driving system slammed into a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser Saturday on an interstate near downtown Orlando and narrowly missed its driver, who had pulled…

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This August 27, 2021, satellite image shows people (top C) boarding a military aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies)

US believes new Kabul airport attack ‘highly likely’ soon: Biden

US military commanders believe that another terror attack like the deadly suicide bombing at Kabul airport is “highly likely in the next 24-36 hours,” President Joe Biden warned Saturday. After…

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Afghans lie on beds at a hospital after they were wounded in the deadly attacks outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. Two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport Thursday, transforming a scene of desperation into one of horror in the waning days of an airlift for those fleeing the Taliban takeover. (AP Photo/Wali Sabawoon)

New urgency to airlift after Kabul blasts kill more than 100

KABUL (AP) — Evacuation flights from Afghanistan resumed with new urgency on Friday, a day after two suicide bombings targeted the thousands of people desperately fleeing a Taliban takeover and…

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Crowds of people show their documents to U.S. troops outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 26, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

U.S. braces for more ISIS attacks after carnage at Kabul airport

(Reuters) – U.S. troops helping to evacuate Afghans desperate to flee Taliban rule braced for more attacks on Friday after Islamic State struck the crowded gates of Kabul airport, killing scores of civilians and at least 13 U.S. troops….

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Medical staff move a stretcher to bring injured people for treatment after two powerful explosions outside the airport in Kabul on August 26, 2021. (Photo by Wakil KOHSAR / AFP)

Deadly blast near Kabul airport kill at least 13

Two suicide bombers and gunmen targeted crowds massing near the Kabul airport on Thursday, in the waning days of a massive airlift that has drawn thousands of people seeking to…

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In this handout image courtesy of the US Marine Corps, a Marine with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) walks with the children during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International

Afghans told to leave Kabul airport over ‘very credible’ Islamic State threat

The United States and allies urged Afghans to leave Kabul airport on Thursday, citing the threat of an attack by Islamic State (IS) militants, as Western troops hurry to evacuate…

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YouTube removed 1 million ‘dangerous’ videos on Covid-19

YouTube said Wednesday it has removed more than one million videos with “dangerous coronavirus misinformation” since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The statement by the Google-owned video platform comes…

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Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Fox News earns top ratings spot in US with Afghanistan coverage

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox News Channel, bolstered by viewers’ rapt attention to the U.S.-led evacuation from Afghanistan, was last week’s most-watched TV outlet on broadcast or cable, according to…

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(Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)

Slow COVID vaccination to cost global economy $2.3 trillion: study

The slow rollout of coronavirus vaccines will cost the global economy $2.3 trillion in lost output, a report released Wednesday found. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s study found that emerging and…

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Afghans board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport plane during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, August 22, 2021. U.S. Air Force/Handout via REUTERS

Afghan evacuation on ‘war footing’ as G7 meets on pullout deadline

Aug 24 (Reuters) – Western forces at Kabul airport worked frantically on Tuesday to get people out of Afghanistan before an Aug. 31 deadline, as U.S. President Joe Biden faced…

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(Photo by Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong to amend law to step up film censorship

Hong Kong authorities on Tuesday said they plan to amend a film censorship law to forbid screenings of movies deemed contrary to national security. The proposed changes to Hong Kong’s…

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FILE – In this Aug. 19, 2021 file photo, Taliban fighters patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan. In the U.S. departure from Afghanistan, China has seen the realization of long-held hopes for a reduction of the influence of a geopolitical rival in what it considers its backyard. Yet, it is also deeply concerned that the very withdrawal could bring instability to that backyard – Central Asia – and possibly even spill over the border into China itself in its heavily Muslim northwestern region of Xinjiang. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Taliban takeover prompts fears of a resurgent al-Qaida

WASHINGTON (AP) — The lightning-fast changes in Afghanistan are forcing the Biden administration to confront the prospect of a resurgent al-Qaida, the group that attacked America on Sept. 11, 2001,…

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A vial labelled with the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is seen in this illustration picture taken March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine gains full U.S. regulatory approval

(Reuters) – The U.S. drug regulator on Monday granted full approval to the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE COVID–19 vaccine – the first to secure such Food and Drug Administration validation – prompting President Joe Biden to make a fresh pitch to vaccine skeptics…

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In this Aug. 20, 2021, photo provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Marines and Norweigian coalition forces assist with security at an Evacuation Control Checkpoint ensuring evacuees are processed safely during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla/U.S. Marine Corps via AP)

Gunfire at Kabul airport kills 1 amid chaotic evacuations

KABUL (AP) — A firefight at one of the gates of Kabul’s international airport killed at least one Afghan soldier early Monday, German officials said, the latest chaos to engulf…

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Dickson Public Works personnel check the flooding on Old Pond Lane following heavy rainfall, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Dickson, Tenn. Heavy flooding in several Middle Tennessee counties on Saturday prompted water rescues, road closures, and communications disruptions, with several people reported missing. Flash flood warnings were in effect for Dickson, Houston and Montgomery and Stewart counties on Saturday evening. (Josie Norris/The Tennessean via AP)

22 dead, many missing after 17 inches of rain in Tennessee

WAVERLY, Tenn. (AP) — At least 22 people were killed and rescue crews searched desperately Sunday amid shattered homes and tangled debris for dozens of people still missing after record-breaking…

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(Photo by Yuri CORTEZ / AFP)

PayPal to let UK users buy, hold and sell cryptocurrency

PayPal on Monday said it will this week begin to allow users in Britain to buy, hold and sell cryptocurrency through the online payment platform for the first time. The…

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Afghans gather on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul on August 20, 2021, hoping to flee from the country after the Taliban’s military takeover of Afghanistan. (Photo by Wakil KOHSAR / AFP)

US orders American airlines to aid Afghan evacuation

The United States on Sunday enlisted several major airlines in its frantic evacuation of tens of thousands of Afghans, Americans, and other foreigners from Kabul following its fall to Taliban…

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Demonstrators march in Lille, northern France, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, during a rally against the COVID-19 health pass needed to access restaurants, long-distance trains and other venues. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Anti-vaccine demonstrates in France for sixth weekend

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in the streets of France again on Saturday against the government’s Covid-19 vaccination policies amid concern from rights groups about anti-Semitic sentiment in the…

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Hundreds of people run alongside a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane as it moves down a runway of the international airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug.16. 2021. (AP Photo)

US considers having airlines help with refugees

The Biden administration is considering calling on U.S. commercial airlines to provide planes and crews to assist in transporting Afghan refugees once they are evacuated from their country by military…

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US Vice President Kamala Harris waves as she departs for travel to Southeast Asia, her first trip to this region as vice president to meet with government, private sector, and civil society leaders, at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, August 20, 2021. (Photo by EVELYN HOCKSTEIN / POOL / AFP)

Op-Ed: Implications of American VP’s visit 

Vice President Kamala Harris has picked the two outstanding US allies in ASEAN for her first visit to the Southeast Asian region beginning on Sunday. From the US perspective, these…

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A US Air Force security forces raven, assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, maintains a security cordon around a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in support of Operation Allies Refuge at Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA), Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 20, 2021. (Photo by Taylor Crul / US AIR FORCE / AFP)

West struggles with Afghanistan chaos, Biden again defends withdrawal

Chaos around the Kabul airport was so bad this week that the U.S. military was forced to use three helicopters to transport 169 Americans into the complex from a building just 200…

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Evacuees from Afghanistan disembark a Spanish military plane as part of their evacuation at Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 20, 2021. Ministry of Defense of Spain/Handout via REUTERS

NATO pledges to speed up evacuations from Afghanistan as criticism mounts

KABUL (Reuters) – More than 18,000 people have been flown out of Kabul since the Taliban took over Afghanistan‘s capital, a NATO official said on Friday, pledging to redouble evacuation efforts as criticism of the…

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U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris discusses the U.S. Senate’s passage of the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, during a meeting in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 10, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

Harris trip to Asia will show U.S. in region ‘to stay,’ official says

WASHINGTON, Aug 19 (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris’s trip to Singapore and Vietnam starting on Sunday will show that the United States is in the region “to stay,”…

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A man sits in front of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House amid an extended lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic in Sydney on August 13, 2021. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)

Sydney extends lockdown, imposes partial curfew

Sydney (AFP) – Sydney extended its two-month-old lockdown for another month and introduced a partial curfew Friday, as Australia’s largest city struggled to contain a fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak.  New South Wales…

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This file photo taken on January 5, 2020 shows Australian actress Nicole Kidman arriving for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. – The decision by Hong Kong, which maintains some of the strictest quarantine measures in the world, to grant Hollywood star Nicole Kidman a quarantine exemption as she films an Amazon-funded series about the lives of wealthy expats has sparked public anger, it was reported on August 19, 2021. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

Nicole Kidman’s quarantine exemption sparks anger in Hong Kong

Hong Kong (AFP) – Hong Kong’s decision to grant Hollywood star Nicole Kidman a quarantine exemption as she films an Amazon-funded series about the lives of wealthy expats has sparked public…

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This aerial photo shows the Olympic and Paralympic Village ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on July 19, 2021. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)

First virus case reported in Paralympic Village

Tokyo (AFP) – A first coronavirus case has been detected in the Paralympic Village, days before the Games open, organisers said Thursday as Japan battles a record wave of infections. The…

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Photo by UNITED NATIONS / AFP

US urges over 150 world leaders not to come to UN over COVID

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is urging the more than 150 countries planning to send their leader or a government minister to New York to speak in person…

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