Day: September 9, 2021

Dozens of Westerners to fly from Kabul on commercial flight

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s Taliban authorities will allow between 100 and 150 Westerners, including Americans, to fly out from Kabul in the coming hours, Qatari officials said Thursday, marking the airport’s first such flight since U.S. forces withdrew from the country. The large group of foreigners would depart […]

Analysis: Taliban hard-line path worsens Afghanistan dilemma

KABUL, Afghanistan — Reminiscent of their previous harsh rule in the 1990s, the Taliban have already begun to wipe out some of Afghanistan’s gains of 20 years. They’ve denied women a seat at the Cabinet, beaten journalists into silence and enforced their severe interpretation of Islam, on occasion […]

N. Korea, slimmed down Kim Jong Un, enjoy toned-down parade

SEOUL, South Korea — Military search dogs and goose-stepping trainers. Health workers wearing gas masks and red hazmat suits. And a slimmed down, beaming Kim Jong Un in a cream-colored business suit. The parade marking North Korea’s celebration of its 73rd anniversary was a marked departure from past […]

No new Covid case in Ladakh, active cases dip to 39

Leh, Sep 9 : No fresh COVID-19 case was reported from Ladakh, where 11 patients recovered from the infection, taking the overall recoveries so far to 20,347, officials said. The total number of COVID-19 cases in Ladakh stands at 20,593, they said, adding that the number of active cases […]

Mumbai gets ready to celebrate its biggest festival amid surging coronavirus cases

MUMBAI, Sept 9 – As India’s financial capital, Mumbai, gets ready for its biggest festival of the year, daily coronavirus cases have surged, rising more than two-fold in less than a month, even as authorities imposed curbs to prevent a further spike. Markets were bustling and streets were […]

Pro-China social media campaign hits new countries, blames U.S. for COVID

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 8 – A misinformation campaign on social media in support of Chinese government interests has expanded to new languages and platforms, and it even tried to get people to show up to protests in the United States, researchers said on Wednesday. Experts at security company […]

Taliban interim government agrees to let foreigners leave Afghanistan

Summary Charter flights set to depart from Kabul on Thursday New Taliban government gets frosty international reception Concern over women’s rights heightened by men-only cabinet Afghans urge leaders to address economic crisis, rights Sept 9 (Reuters) – Two hundred foreigners in Afghanistan, Americans among them, are set to […]

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