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Why African Governments are Accepting Afghan Refugees

In the final days of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, a handful of African governments raised their hands to host Afghan refugees. Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, and the self-declared independent state of Somaliland offered to welcome anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand refugees into their country. These African governments—in stark contrast to some European […]

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UN discusses unhindered aid delivery to Afghanistan with Taliban

Meeting between Deborah Lyons, head of UN mission in Afghanistan, and Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani focused on the delivery of humanitarian assistance “without any hurdle”, says a Taliban spokesperson. Women walk along at a temporary second-hand market in Kabul’s Chaman-e-Huzuri neighbourhood on September 16, 2021. (AFP) A UN envoy has met Afghanistan’s new interior minister […]

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US, UK and Australia form Indo-Pacific security alliance

US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison appeared together virtually to detail the new alliance, which will be called AUKUS. US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speak at a virtual launch of the AUKUS alliance on Sept.15, 2021. […]

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In a first, SpaceX rocket blasts off into space with all-civilian crew

SpaceX successfully sends the first all-civilian crew into Earth’s orbit, capping a summer of private spaceflight with one of the most ambitious tourism missions to date. SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with Crew Dragon capsule launches into space carrying four civilian astronauts for a three-day orbital mission (Reuters) SpaceX’s first private flight blasted off with two […]

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Taliban’s Deputy PM Baradar appears in a video denying he was hurt

Taliban’s Deputy PM Baradar appears in a video denying he was hurt The Taliban had denied a physical clash took place between its leaders in which Baradar was injured. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s deputy leader and negotiator, and other delegation members attend the Afghan peace conference in Moscow, Russia March 18, 2021. (Reuters) […]

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I blame system that enabled Larry Nassar abuse

Elite US gymnast Simone Biles has testified before the Senate about abuse she suffered at the hands of disgraced former team doctor, Larry Nassar. Former teammates Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney also appeared before the committee, along with FBI Director Christopher Wray. The committee is examining shortcomings in the FBI’s investigation into Nassar, later convicted […]

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Israel’s trade with UAE and other Arab states surged by 234 percent in 2021

Data shows trading volumes between the UAE and Israel jumped from $51 million in the first seven months of 2020 to $614 million over the same period in 2021. Trade between Israel and countries in the Middle East and North Africa has accelerated significantly in 2021, following Tel Aviv’s normalisation of relations with several Arab […]