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Blinken vows ‘enduring’ Afghan ties after pullout

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken vowed on Thursday that the United States will have a lasting partnership with Afghanistan even after it withdraws all forces from the country before this year’s 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The unconditional withdrawal — four...

US to announce sanctions on Russia over ‘hacking, election meddling’

The United States will announce sanctions against Russia on Thursday in retaliation for alleged election interference and hacking, American media reported. Tensions have escalated between the two countries in recent months over a raft of issues, most recently over Russia amassing troops on its...

New Zealand mosque shooter launches legal challenge to prison conditions, terrorist status

The mass shooter who killed 51 people in New Zealand in 2019 has launched a legal challenge seeking a review of his prison conditions and his status as a “terrorist entity”. White supremacist Brenton Tarrant was sentenced in August to jail for life without...

Nato forces to leave together from Afghanistan by September 11

A coalition of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato)-led troops in Afghanistan will leave the country in coordination with a planned US withdrawal by September 11, Washington’s top diplomat said on Wednesday, ahead of a formal announcement of the end of two decades of fighting. ...

Biden sends Ramazan greetings, says his govt will protect rights and safety of all people

As Muslims in America prepared to hold their first fast of the holy month on Tuesday, US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden sent their greetings to those observing Ramazan in a statement that touched upon the Muslim community's contribution to the country as well difficulties faced by its members. ...

Dubai to be second in the world to operate autonomous Cruise vehicles

General Motors’ majority owned Cruise self-driving car subsidiary said on Monday it plans to begin deploying its robotaxis in Dubai beginning in 2023, in a deal that signals the company is more confident about launching its first commercial service in San Francisco before then. ...

Prince Harry arrives back in the UK for Prince Philip’s funeral

Prince Harry, whose explosive interview alongside his wife Meghan plunged the royal family into its biggest crisis in decades, has arrived back in Britain for Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday. Philip, the husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth who had been at her side throughout...

Scores killed in Myanmar as its envoy calls for action against junta

Reports emerged on Saturday of more than 80 killed in the latest bloodletting by Myanmar’s military, as the country’s own ambassador to the United Nations called for “strong action” against the junta. Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military ousted civilian leader Aung...

5.9-magnitude earthquake kills seven in Indonesia

Seven people were killed, two severely injured, and hundreds of buildings were damaged in several cities as an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale struck off Indonesia’s Java island on Saturday, the country’s disaster mitigation agency BNPB said. The quake, which struck at...

Britain’s Prince Philip passes away at 99

Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth and a leading figure in the British royal family for almost seven decades, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace said on Friday. The Duke of Edinburgh, as he was officially known, had been by his wife’s side throughout...