Day: August 21, 2021

In Kabul, a fearful wait for US to deliver on evacuation vow

KABUL, Afghanistan — Tens of thousands of people in Afghanistan waited nervously on Saturday to see whether the United States would deliver on President Joe Biden’s new pledge to evacuate all Americans and all Afghans who aided the war effort. Meanwhile, the Taliban leader arrived in Kabul for talks with the group’s […]

Merkel says Afghan army collapsed at ‘breathtaking pace’

BERLIN, Aug 21 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday conceded that the Afghan army’s resistance against Taliban militants had been misjudged. “The army collapsed at a breathtaking pace,” Merkel said at an election event. “We had expected the resistance to be stronger.” Merkel said the focus now […]

Singapore says ASEAN not as effective as hoped in Myanmar

SINGAPORE, Aug 20 – The progress by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Myanmar has not been as effective as hoped, Singapore’s foreign minister said in an interview. The United Nations and many countries have urged ASEAN, whose 10 members include Myanmar, to restore stability through […]

Suicide bomber in Pakistan kills Chinese national in roadside attack – Chinese embassy

SHANGHAI, Aug 21 – A suicide bomber in Pakistan attacked a motorcade of Chinese personnel on Friday, killing one Chinese national and two local children, the Chinese embassy said on Saturday. “The Chinese Embassy in Pakistan strongly condemns this act of terrorism, extends its sincere sympathies to the […]

Anger and despair rise in Haiti, one week after devastating quake

MARCELINE, Haiti, Aug 21 – Tensions in Haiti were rising on Saturday, one week after a devastating earthquake that killed more than 2,000 people, as scant aid has arrived in the remote regions of the impoverished Caribbean nation that were hit hardest. Many Haitians whose homes and livelihoods […]

India’s Cumulative COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage exceeds 57.61 Cr

Recovery Rate (97.54%) at its highest since March 2020 34,457 New Cases reported in the last 24 hours India’s Active Caseload (3,61,340) lowest in 151 days Active cases constitute 1.12% of total cases; lowest since March 2020 Daily Positivity Rate (2.00%) less than 3% for last 26 days […]

Three JeM militants killed in encounter in Pulwama

Srinagar, Aug 21:  Three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday, officials said. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the upper reaches of forest area of Nagbaeran Tral in the south Kashmir district […]

Indians detained on way to Kabul airport; Released subsequently: Reports

New Delhi, Aug 21:  A group of Indian nationals is learnt to have been stopped and taken to an unknown location near the Kabul airport on Saturday for questioning and verification of travel documents, triggering some confusion and concerns in India. People tracking the developments in Kabul said […]

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