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  • The state of New York has confirmed five cases of the coronavirus Omicron variant, Governor Kathy Hochul said Thursday, bringing the total number of US detections of the new strain to eight.

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  • A post was shared on the Twitter handle of the Embassy of Pakistan in Serbia, criticising Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan over non-payment of salary for three months and inflation in the country.

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  • When the Taliban overran Kabul in mid-August, seizing power for the second time, the years-old mystery over the whereabouts of the movement's Supreme Leader Hibatullah Akhundzada deepened further.

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  • Brazil and Japan joined the rapidly widening circle of countries to report cases of the omicron variant Tuesday, while new findings indicate the mutant coronavirus was already in Europe close to a week before South Africa sounded the alarm.

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  • Alice Sebold, author of the best-selling novel "The Lovely Bones," on Tuesday apologized to a Black man who spent 16 years in prison for her 1981 rape, only to see his conviction overturned last week.

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  • As the rising power of criminal gangs plunges Haiti deeper into chaos, healthcare workers are becoming overwhelmed by the number of women being raped by these violent groups, and by the sheer horror of the victims' ordeals.

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  • Singapore has deferred quarantine free-vaccinated travel lane (VTL) arrangements with Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as a precautionary move to reduce the risk of importation and spread of the new Omicron Covid-19 variant.

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  • Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it's not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other versions of the virus.

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  • The World Health Organisation on Sunday urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the new omicron variant. WHO's regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, called on countries to follow science and international health regulations in order to avoid using travel restrictions.

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  • Scotland Yard officers launched a murder investigation on Thursday following the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old British Sikh teenager on a west London street. The victim was named locally as Ashmeet Singh. The Metropolitan Police said they were called to Raleigh Road in Southall on Wednesday night to reports of a stabbing and attended along with paramedics from London Ambulance Service (LAS).

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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay an official visit to New Delhi on December 6 for the 21st India-Russia Annual Summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This will be the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders after their meeting on the side-lines of the BRICS Summit in Brasilia in November, 2019.

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  • Austria became on Monday the first country in western Europe to reimpose lockdown since vaccines were rolled out, shutting non-essential shops, bars and cafes as surging caseloads raised the spectre of a second straight winter in deep freeze for the continent.

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  • Tech giant Apple announced Tuesday it is suing Israel’s NSO Group, seeking to block the world’s most infamous hacker-for-hire company from breaking into Apple’s products, like the iPhone. Apple said in a complaint filed in federal court in California that NSO Group employees are “amoral 21st-century mercenaries who have created highly sophisticated cyber-surveillance machinery that invites routine and flagrant abuse.

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  • "Me and my husband can go hungry but we are worried about our children they cry because they are hungry and that is so difficult,” a 35-year-old Zarghuna, mother of two, said while narrating her struggle ever since the Taliban took over Afghanistan on August 15

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  • Hours before it started, they were already there - people sitting on lawn chairs or wrapped in blankets, awaiting an event the city's mayor described as straight out of Norman Rockwell. The Waukesha Christmas Parade, a tradition in its Milwaukee suburb for six decades, was to be particularly special this time around after its pandemic-related cancellation last year.

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  • Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced on Monday that his government will allow India to send a humanitarian shipment of 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat to neighbouring Afghanistan through its territory after the finalisation of the transit modalities.

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  • At least 45 people, including 12 children, died as a bus carrying mostly North Macedonian tourists crashed in flames on a highway in western Bulgaria on Tuesday, officials said. Seven people who leapt from the burning bus were rushed to hospital in Sofia and were in stable conditions, hospital staff said. Bulgaria's interior ministry said 45 people died

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  • The rape and murder case of a 9-year-old girl in the US was solved after 62 years, thanks to advanced DNA technology. The victim was raped and murdered by a man 11 years older than her after she went missing from her home in 1959.

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  • A ferry with 20 people board capsized in eastern Sri Lanka on Tuesday, killing at least six students, the Navy said. Six students drowned while others survived by swimming at Kinniya's Kurunnankenni village as they were travelling to attend school, the Navy said.

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  • The Supreme Court of Bangladesh has relieved a woman judge of court duties after she made a controversial observation in her judgement that the police should not register a rape case 72 hours after the offence was committed, according to media reports.

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  • In China, she enjoyed the privileges that flowed from being married to a senior member of the governing elite. Her husband was a top police official in the security apparatus that keeps the Communist Party in power, so trusted that China sent him to France to take up a prestigious role at Interpol.

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  • It's a change so subtle it went unnoticed for almost three years. But President Emmanuel Macron ordered a change to the colour of the French flag to find echoes of heroism in France's past. Keen-eyed observers can see that the French red-white-and-blue tricolour flying above the Elysee Palace and also placed behind Macron at news conferences and speeches now has a darker navy blue rather than the previous bright blue.

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  • Hackers from Pakistan used Facebook to target people in Afghanistan with connections to the previous government during the Taliban's takeover of the country, the company's threat investigators said in an interview with Reuters.

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  • As countries rush to vaccinate their population against coronavirus, Australia is looking at millions to be paid as compensation for vaccine-related injuries. According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, thousands have registered to claim compensation under the federal government’s no-fault indemnity scheme.

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  • Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Joe Biden that US support for Taiwanese independence would be "like playing with fire", state media said Tuesday, as the two held a long-awaited video call. "Taiwanese authorities have repeatedly tried to 'rely on the US for independence'," Xi Jinping was quoted as saying by state media agency Xinhua.

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  • David Warner, Mitchell Marsh and Josh Hazlewood emerged as heroes on the big night in Dubai as Australia ended their 14-year-long wait for a maiden T20 World Cup trophy. Australia made light work of a 173-run target as Kane Williamson's stunning 85 went in vain for New Zealand in the final of T20 World Cup 2021 on Sunday.

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  • Taliban forces held a military parade in Kabul on Sunday using captured American-made armoured vehicles and Russian helicopters in a display that showed their ongoing transformation from an insurgent force to a regular standing army.

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  • A bomb exploded on a mini-bus Saturday on a busy commercial street in a Kabul neighborhood mainly populated by members of Afghanistan’s minority Hazara community, emergency workers and the bus driver said. At least one person was killed and five wounded.

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  • Clashes inside Ecuador's largest prison early Saturday left at least 52 inmates dead in the latest violence to hit the Litoral Penitentiary, which recently saw what authorities said was the country's worst-ever prison bloodbath.

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  • The Taliban's move to eradicate the drug trade in Afghanistan and ban opium production has faced challenges on several fronts. With the country being one of the biggest producers of opium and a lack of alternative livelihood, farmers continue to cultivate opium despite the Taliban's warning.

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  • With the hope of a new life and work, Afghans continue to leave their country, now ruled by the Taliban, in packed cars. They are apparently getting help from human traffickers. The remote town of Zaranj

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  • A Canadian woman in her 70s could be the first patient to be ever diagnosed as suffering from 'climate change' as doctors blame her health condition on the deadly heatwaves earlier this year. Dr Kyle Merritt of Kootenay Lake Hospital, who diagnosed the patient, told Times Colonist 

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  • For those who are new to the 'climate change' conversation, ‘Net Zero’ is a phrase that has become common in the environmental lexicon. World leaders who met at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26 (Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC), spoke of their pledges and commitment towards ‘Net Zero’ and ‘Global Net Zero’.

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  • The Chinese capital Beijing further tightened measures on Monday to contain the recent spike in Covid-19 cases, asking residents who travelled to other areas of the country that reported a surge to put off their return plans as cases continued to climb nationally, raising concerns about the efficacy of the Zero-Covid policy.

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  • Bonhomie and friendship were on full display at the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson. The hugs and freewheeling chat between the two leaders were enabled by ironing out the vaccine recognition issue that had become a sore point for India days ahead of the summit.

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  • As Taliban-ruled Afghanistan descends into an economic crisis, a proscribed practice has reared its ugly head in many parts of the country -- that of selling young girls into marriage.

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  • Nine firefighters died on Sunday in Brazil's Sao Paulo state after the roof of a cave in which they were training collapsed, authorities said, raising the death toll from three. "There were nine dead and one person rescued. No more victims at the site," the Sao Paulo fire department said on Twitter.

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  • World Health Organisation director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said while vaccines would help end the Covid-19 pandemic, the ultimate vaccine against pandemics and all health threats was leadership.

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  • Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday prepared to tackle major policy decisions, including trying to pass an extra budget, after leading his ruling party to an unexpectedly strong election win to solidify his status in a fractious party.

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the 16th G-20 Summit in Rome, which was held on the subject of climate change and the environment on Sunday. PM Modi concluded his two-day trip to Italy and landed in Glasgow in the United Kingdom on Monday 

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  • A day after former Pakistan cricketer Waqar Younis sparked a fresh controversy, when he said watching Pakistani opener Mohammad Rizwan offering namaz “in front of Hindus was very special to him”, the veteran pacer apologised on Twitter.

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  • America’s former envoy to the UN Nikki Haley and a powerful Republican lawmaker, Mike Waltz, have called for an alliance between India and the US that would allow both countries to maintain and expand their global strength amidst China's aggressive postures in the region.

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  • The puppet, operated by three people, has travelled through much of Europe after setting off from the Turkish-Syrian border in July and has been greeted by thousands of people along the way, including Pope Francis in Rome.

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  • Pakistan government has released 350 activists of the banned outfit Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid has announced, averting another showdown with the radical Islamist party that was threatening to hold a "long march" to Islamabad.

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  • The United Nations Mission to Sudan has issued an emphatic rebuke of what it called an ongoing coup and attempts to undermine the northeast African nation's fragile democratic transition. The first reports about a possible military takeover began trickling out of Sudan before dawn on Monday.

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  • More than 250,000 homes in France were without electricity on Thursday after gale-force winds swept the north of the country overnight, power grid operator Enedis said.

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  • Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi travelled to Kabul on Thursday along with spy agency ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed to hold talks with Afghanistan's interim government led by the Taliban.

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  • The authorities in Moscow on Thursday announced a plan to shut restaurants and non-food stores and introduce other restrictions later this month as Russia registered the highest daily numbers of new coronavirus infections and deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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  • A huge gathering comprising members of a regional political party, Awami Action Committee and rights activists gathered in Gilgit, the capital city of illegally-occupied Gilgit Baltistan to oppose Islamabad's policies, which they say are intrusive, exploitative and discriminatory.

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  • North Korea test-fired a new, smaller ballistic missile from a submarine, state media confirmed on Wednesday, a move that analysts said could be aimed at more quickly fielding an operational missile submarine.

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  • Mount Aso, a volcano on Japan's main southern island of Kyushu, erupted on Wednesday, Japan's Meteorological Agency said, spewing volcanic ash 3,500 metres (2.17 miles) into the sky.

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  • At least 13 Syrian military personnel were killed in a roadside bomb attack, as their bus crossed a bridge in central Damascus during early morning rush hour on Wednesday, state television reported.

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  • A Brazilian senate committee will on Wednesday ask that President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with "intentional" crimes over his management of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has left 600,000 of his compatriots dead.

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  • The Chinese military on Sunday condemned the United States and Canada for each sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait last week, saying they were threatening peace and stability in the region.

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  • Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said the Comilla incident that triggered massive communal unrest in the country may have been caused by a third party.

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  • The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as Islamic State (IS) has called the Shia Muslims "perilous" and warned that they will be targeted by the terror group everywhere.

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  • The visitors stop to read signs pointing out where hotels and restaurants stood before the salty waters of Lake Epecuen broke through a protective embankment during a storm in 1985 and submerged the village for the next two decades.

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  • International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief economist Gita Gopinath has said that to maintain steady growth, India will have to keep up the vaccination rate, adding that public infrastructure investment will propel economic recovery, reported NDTV.

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  • Several incidents of attacks on Durga Puja pandals and idols have been reported from Bangladesh, as per local media reports.Communal tension has gripped parts of Bangladesh during the ongoing Durga Puja celebrations in the country.

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  • A fire in southern Taiwan has killed 46 and injured dozens of people, after it engulfed a residential building overnight on Thursday. The 13-story building caught on fire around 3 am, fire department officials in the city of Kaohsiung said.

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  • Tropical depression Pamela dissipated in Mexico on Wednesday night after slamming into the country’s Pacific coast as a hurricane, though forecasters warned that its remnants still posed a threat for parts of Texas and Oklahoma.

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  • The United States and the Taliban had "productive discussions" on the issue of humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan during meetings in Qatar over the weekend, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Tuesday, describing the talks as "largely positive."

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  • Two US Postal Service workers were fatally shot Tuesday at a postal facility in Memphis and a third employee identified as the shooter died from a self-inflicted gunshot, authorities said. It was the third high-profile shooting in or near that west Tennessee city in weeks.

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  • Britain's failure to impose a lockdown in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic cost thousands of unnecessary deaths and ranks among the country's worst public health blunders, lawmakers concluded Tuesday in the nation's first comprehensive report on the pandemic.

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  • Iraq said on Monday it has detained a top leader of the Islamic State group and a longtime al-Qaida operative in a cross-border operation. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi tweeted the news, identifying the man as Sami Jassem, who oversees the Islamic State group's financial operations and served as the deputy leader of IS under the late Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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  • The WHO COP26 Special Report on Climate Change and Health, launched today in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, spells out the global health community’s prescription for climate action based on a growing body of research that establishes the many and inseparable links between climate and health.

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  • The international community must find ways to inject cash directly into Afghanistan’s economy to avert its total collapse as a growing humanitarian crisis impacts half the population, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Monday.

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  • A small plane crashed into a residential area of a California city on Monday, killing at least two people as a blaze devoured two houses and several vehicles. Aerial footage showed firefighters hosing down the charred remains of the residences in Santee, a suburb of San Diego.

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  • The Indian Navy will participate in the second phase of Malabar exercise along with the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF), Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the United States Navy (USN). The multilateral maritime exercise will take place in the Bay of Bengal from October 12-15, 2021

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  • An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck south of the island of Hawaii on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning afterward and no immediate reports of damage.

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  • A shootout at a busy bar in St Paul, Minnesota, early Sunday left a woman dead and 14 other people wounded, authorities said. The shooting happened shortly after midnight at the Seventh  Street Truck Park bar. Police said preliminary information indicated several people fired gunshots.

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  • The Taliban delegation urged the United States of America (USA) to unfreeze Afghanistan's central bank reserves during a meeting with US representatives in Doha on Saturday. This was the first official dialogue between the two sides since the Taliban took over the administration in Kabul.

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  • In a surprise move, the Pakistan Army on Wednesday transferred the powerful spy agency ISI's chief Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, and appointed him as Peshawar Corps Commander. However, his replacement for the key post of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief was not immediately announced.

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  • Long lines are snaking down streets across the UK as drivers struggle to fill up their cars, causing widespread traffic misery. The government is blaming the public, urging people not to panic.

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  • In a reversal of Trump administration policy, the State Department on Tuesday disclosed the number of nuclear weapons in the US stockpile. It said this will aid global efforts to control the spread of such weapons.

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  • As Cyclone Shaheen battered Oman and Iran, killing at least 13 people and submerging streets and houses, a video of a dramatic plane landing amid turbulent winds is circulating on social media as visuals from Oman. 

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  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter will run for president in the 2022 election and her father's long-time aide, who has filed his vice presidential candidacy, will be her running mate, ABS-CBN news reported

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  • China flew more than 30 military planes towards Taiwan on Saturday, the second large display of force in as many days. Taiwan's Defense Ministry said 39 aircraft entered Taiwan's air defence identification zone in two sorties, one during the day and one at night. 

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  • Taliban forces raided an Islamic State affiliate's hideout in the Afghan capital and killed several insurgents, hours after a deadly bombing outside a mosque in Kabul, the Taliban said Monday.

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  • Eyes closed in rapture, a Haitian migrant pressed a paperback bible to the crown of her head during a Mass at an improvised shelter in the Mexico-US border region where thousands of her compatriots recently arrived hoping to cross.

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  • North Korea has successfully fired a new anti-aircraft missile, state media said Friday, the latest in a flurry of weapons tests by the nuclear-armed nation. The anti-aircraft missile had a "remarkable combat performance" and included twin rudder controls and other new technologies

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  • The US has been very honest about its concerns with Pakistan for a long time about the terrorist safe havens along with the border areas of Afghanistan, the Pentagon has said. Afghanistan and the US have criticised Pakistan in the past for allowing Taliban fighters to cross into Pakistan where they are provided safe havens and also receive medical treatment.

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  • Texas-based Travis Warner had his heart in his mouth after he underwent a Covid-19 test at a centre in Lewisville. It was not the Covid-19 test result that shocked him, which was negative, but the bill. Travis Warner was charged $56,384, including $54,000 (over Rs 40 lakh) for an PCR test and the rest for an antigen test and facility fee, npr.org reported.

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  • Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday announced that it will reopen the international border for citizens and permanent residents from next month. Australia has also recognised China's Sinovac and India-made Covishield vaccines and has advised that these vaccines should be considered as ‘recognised vaccines’ 

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  • Designated terrorist groups such as ISIS and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham have continued to gain in strength in Syria, India has said, reiterating that there can be no military solution to the longstanding conflict in the country.

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  • The Afghan central bank ran down most of its US dollar cash reserves in the weeks before the Taliban took control of the country, according to an assessment prepared for Afghanistan's international donors, exacerbating the current economic crisis.

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  • 96-year-old former secretary at a concentration camp will go on trial in Germany Thursday, one of the first women implicated in Nazi-era crimes to be prosecuted in decades.

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  • Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was convicted by a court for illegal campaign financing of his unsuccessful 2012 reelection bid.

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  • A riot in a penitentiary in the coastal city of Guayaquil killed 24 inmates and injured 48 more, Ecuadorian officials said.

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  • Pakistani security forces on Tuesday killed 10 militants, including four insurgent commanders, in a planned raid in restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province's South Waziristan district, according to a media report.

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  • Japan's former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has won the governing party leadership election and is set to be become the next prime minister. Kishida replaces outgoing party leader Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who is stepping down after serving only one year since taking office last September.

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  • Taliban on Wednesday warned the US of 'consequences' over its use of drones in Afghan airspace. Calling itself 'sole legal entity' and 'custodian of Afghanistan's land and airspace', the Taliban alleged that Afghan airspace was being 'invaded' by US drones.

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  • An Afghan business leader who employs hundreds of women on her saffron fields has vowed to speak up for the rights of her workers, and "not remain silent" under Taliban rule. The hardliners have increasingly excluded women from public life since sweeping to power in mid-August, pushing many female entrepreneurs to flee the country or go into hiding.

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  • Up to 90 per cent of British fuel stations ran dry across major English cities on Monday after panic buying deepened a supply chain crisis triggered by a shortage of truckers that retailers are warning could batter the world's fifth-largest economy.

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  • While the world waits in anticipation to see how the apparently “reformed” Taliban rule Afghanistan, one of the founders of the movement has said the executions and harsh punishments will return soon but will avoid the public show.

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  • China has called for sanctions on Afghanistan to be lifted and says its foreign exchange reserves should not be frozen to exert “political pressure” on the Taliban. “Economic sanctions on Afghanistan must end,” 

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  • Following a successful bilateral meeting with US Vice President Kamala Harris, Prime Minister Modi presented her with thoughtful and special mementos, including a copy of old notifications related to her grandfather PV Gopalan in a wooden handicraft frame.

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  • A magnitude 5.8 earthquake caused damage in the city of Melbourne on Wednesday in an unusually powerful temblor for Australia. The quake hit northeast of Australia's second-most populous city near the town of Mansfield at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), Geoscience Australia said.

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  • Russia’s ruling party will get 324 of the 450 seats in the next national parliament, election authorities announced Tuesday. The number is less than the pro-Kremlin party, United Russia, won in the previous election but still an overwhelming majority.

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  • The US decision to sell nuclear-powered submarines to Australia has put at risk longstanding but fragile global pacts to prevent the proliferation of dangerous nuclear technologies, according to experts.

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  • Afghanistan's Taliban rulers said on Tuesday there was no evidence of Islamic State or al-Qaeda militants being in the country, days after Islamic State claimed responsibility for bomb attacks in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

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  • Scientists say the hole in the Earth's protective ozone layer over the Southern Hemisphere is larger than usual this year and already surpasses the size of Antarctica

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  • US President Joe Biden's decision to form a strategic Indo-Pacific alliance with Australia and Britain to counter China is angering France and the European Union. They're feeling left out and seeing it as a return to the Trump era.

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  • With Afghanistan thrown into a major upheaval and economic crisis, the people facing unemployment and acute poverty have taken to the streets to sell their valuables in exchange for some cash to make ends meet.

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  • Fighters in Afghanistan's Panjshir vowed to battle the Taliban to the last man, but nearly two weeks after the hardline Islamists celebrated victory, parts of the rugged valley lie empty and abandoned. In many villages, only old men and livestock remain.

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  • Haiti's government is starting to crumble as Prime Minister Ariel Henry faces increased scrutiny from authorities investigating the president's slaying, with one top official resigning Wednesday as he accused Henry of obstructing justice in a sharply worded letter.

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  • Eritrean soldiers and Tigrayan militias raped, detained and killed Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray amid a long-standing conflict, a Human Rights Watch report detailed.

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  • Australians squirmed as US President Joe Biden thanked their prime minister for joining a major new defence alliance -- but appeared to forget his name.

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  • The Taliban's abrupt return to power has left hundreds of Afghan diplomats overseas in limbo: running out of money to keep missions operating, fearful for families back home and desperate to secure refuge abroad.

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  • The Ukrainian government has decided to introduce Covid-19 "vaccine passports" verifying citizens' vaccination status, the health ministry said. The passports will allow businesses such as cinemas, gyms, theatres and swimming pools to operate without social distancing requirements .

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  • Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Lebanon's armed Shi'ite movement Hezbollah, said on Monday that a first ship carrying Iranian fuel oil to help Lebanon through its financial crisis had docked in Syria on Sunday.

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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin reviewed the Joint Strategic Exercise at Mulino Training Ground in Novgorod on Monday during Zapad 2021, a multi-nation military exercise in Russia.

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  • The return of the Taliban has been perceived as a victory not only for Pakistan but also for China. While Pakistan has always supported the Taliban, China emerged as a sympathiser and friendly ‘Big Brother’ around 2019.

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  • Afghan women will now be allowed to study under Taliban rule. The Taliban's government has announced new rules for women's education. What are the new rules and restrictions for women's education? Watch this to know more.

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  • Scores of Afghan women have started an online campaign by posting photographs of themselves in traditional Afghan attire to protest against the Taliban burqa diktat. The #AfghanistanCulture campaign started by a handful of Afghan women has now garnered over hundreds of tweets by women residing in Afghanistan and abroad.

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  • Despite the far reduced numbers in Mavrovouni, aid agencies and people living there say conditions are poor, with the camp prone to flooding and lacking many basic services. Construction of a new camp has been held up by delays.

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  • A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane carrying a handful of passengers touched down at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Monday. This is the first international commercial flight to land in Kabul after the Taliban takeover.

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  • Drug major Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine could be available for children in the 5-11 age group by the end of next month, a report in the New York Times has said. Currently, the US has Covid-19 vaccines for those above 12 years of age. 

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  • Defending Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton credited the halo structure on the car for saving his life in a crash with title rival Max Verstappen of Red Bull during Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.

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  • Protests rocked the streets of Kabul on Tuesday when a large group of women raised slogans against Pakistan. Days later, photographs have emerged showing two Afghan journalists, who were reporting on the Kabul protests, covered in injuries from being thrashed by the Taliban.

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  • Guinea's new military rulers have released dozens of political prisoners jailed by the previous civilian government, in a move likely to win them favour with the opposition that had protested against now-deposed President Alpha Conde.

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  • The Hamid Karzai International airport in Kabul has been declared "uncontrolled" by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A NOTAM (notice to airmen) was issued on Wednesday declaring the Kabul airport "uncontrolled"

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  • Around 150 Sikh and Hindu families are still in Afghanistan. These Afghans have reportedly decided to stay back in their homeland, despite the Taliban takeover.

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  • Slamming Pakistan, India said the country continues to foment a "culture of violence" at home and across its borders and accused the nation of using the platform of the United Nations to spew hate. India's strong response came after Islamabad's envoy...

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  • Afghan women cannot participate in sports including cricket as sporting activities would "expose their bodies", the Taliban said on Wednesday. Ahmadullah Wasiq, deputy head of the Taliban's cultural commission, told media that sports activities were not necessary for women.

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  • The National Resistance Front (NRF), which has been battling against the Taliban since the hostile takeover of Afghanistan provinces in August, has termed the new Taliban’s caretaker government "illegitimate".

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  • Supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro broke through police roadblocks Monday night that had sought to prevent access to the capital’s central mall on the eve of a demonstration scheduled to coincide with Brazil’s Independence Day.

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  • Mahmood Mamdani, the Mumbai-born Ugandan academic and writer, was shortlisted for the 2021 British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding on Tuesday. Mamdani is among the four authors who have been selected for the GBP 25,000 non-fiction prize.

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  • About two years after the Indian Airlines plane hijack incident of 1999, India came up with what is loosely called the Ayni Project to open its first airbase outside the country. It is in Tajikistan, in the neighbourhood of Afghanistan. The Pakistani terrorists had hijacked the plane and taken it to safety under the previous Taliban regime.

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  • The Taliban released Tolo News cameraperson Waheed Ahmadi after detaining him for about three hours on Tuesday. The Taliban gave Waheed Ahmadi his camera back along with its pictures, Tolo News said.

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  • Four people are dead, including a mother still cradling her now-deceased baby after a massive gunfight early Sunday with a former Marine a Florida sheriff said was "ready for battle" and so aggressive he tried to wrestle a gun from police from his hospital gurney after being captured.

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  • Mutinous soldiers in the West African nation of Guinea detained President Alpha Conde on Sunday after hours of heavy gunfire rang out near the presidential palace in the capital, then announced on state television that the government had been dissolved in an apparent coup d'etat.

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  • The Afghanistan national flag was lowered from the presidential flag in Kabul by the Taliban and was also removed from the walls of the capital city. The Taliban have also stepped up offensive on Panjshir and killed top leaders of the resistance forces fighting the insurgent group.

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  • Saadi Kadhafi, a son of Libya's late dictator Muammar Kadhafi who was overthrown and killed in a 2011 uprising, has been freed from jail, a justice ministry source confirmed to AFP Sunday. "Saadi Muammar Kadhafi has been freed from prison," following a court ruling several years ago, the source said -- without saying whether he was still in the country.

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  • The official version from Taliban last week gave a sense that infighting within the group was over and a settlement had been reached. Taliban chief Mullah Haibatullah (also spelt as Hibatullah) Akhundzada was declared to be the head of the government in Afghanistan and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was touted as the executive chief of the Taliban government

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  • Sixty-five combatants have been killed in fighting after Yemen's Huthi rebels renewed an offensive on Marib, the last government stronghold in the country's oil-rich north, a military official said. The Iran-backed rebels attacked pro-government positions south of the strategic city, making progress despite losing dozens of fighters in coalition air strikes.

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  • 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 dead, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

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  • In yet another story of desperation among Afghans to flee the country, a new report has said that many women were made to get married right outside the Kabul airport to make them eligible for evacuation to the United States.

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  • Days after Taliban leadership said they wanted a cordial relationship with India and Pakistan, the group’s spokesperson Suhail Shaheen claimed that they “have the right” to speak “for Muslims in Kashmir”. Speaking to BBC Urdu Suhail Shaheen said, “We have this right, being Muslims, to raise our voice for Muslims in Kashmir, India, and any other country.”

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  • On Thursday, some on Twitter shared screengrabs of another woman presenter hosting the breakfast show ‘Bamdad e Khosh’ on the Tolo TV channel. The visuals of a woman hosting a television show in Afghanistan was welcomed by many on Twitter, while others cast a doubt on the Taliban’s motives.

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  • Two weeks after seizing power in Afghanistan, the Taliban are all set to form a government in the country on Friday. Sources said the Taliban will form a government after Friday prayers tomorrow. The Taliban took Afghanistan under its control after capturing Kabul on August 15. 

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  • Jonah Blank, who was a foreign policy advisor to Joe Biden the Senator, spoke exclusively on the US' war in Afghanistan, Pakistan's role, Al Qaeda, the way forward for India vis-à-vis Taliban, and more. Below are the excerpts:

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  • An Afghan translator, who helped rescue Joe Biden, John Kerry and several other US senators in 2008 after their helicopter crashed and wandered into a remote area, was reportedly left behind with his family by the US troops in Afghanistan. Now, the US government has promised to get him out of the country.

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  • Crowds seeking to flee Afghanistan flocked to its borders while long queues formed at banks on Wednesday, as an administrative vacuum after the Taliban's takeover left foreign donors unsure of how to respond to a looming humanitarian crisis.

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  • Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar has written a column in his online magazine Al Noor in Karachi congratulating the Taliban for their "victory" in Afghanistan. He also took a dig at the United States, saying the "defeat of America means it has lost the status of being the super power in the world".

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  • The US troops made their final exit from Afghanistan late on Monday night in a hasty retreat after 20 years of war that turned out to be America’s longest. Before leaving, the US military disabled a number of their choppers and armoured vehicles at the Kabul airport hangar

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  • Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Saturday said he sees three alternatives for his future: winning the 2022 presidential elections, death or prison. "I have three alternatives for my future: being arrested, killed or victory," he said, in remarks to a meeting of evangelical leaders. 

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  • As American troops made a hasty exit from Afghanistan after 20 years, the Taliban said it killed thousands of soldiers and inflicted unprecedented financial crisis. Ahmadullah Wasiq, the deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission, said, "Occupying US troops withdrew from Afghanistan after a 20-year military mission

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  • US Army Major General Chris Donahue, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, steps on board a transport plane on August 31.

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  • Strongly "condeming" the Kabul airport twin blasts that killed at least 60 and injured dozens, the Taliban said US was warned of a possible terror attack by the Islamic State (IS) group. The Taliban termed the explosions outside Kabul airport a "terrorist act".

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  • President Joe Biden, his voice breaking with emotion, vowed on Thursday the United States would hunt down the attackers of twin explosions at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan and said he has asked the Pentagon to develop plans to strike back at them.

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  • A week after urging Afghan imams to try and counter negative reports about the movement, the Taliban have now requested Afghan preachers to focus on the importance of obeying rulers in their sermons during Friday prayers, reports said.

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  • The Punjab Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) announced the ban following an incident where a woman was allegedly attacked by hundreds while she was filming a video in Lahore's Minar-e-Pakistan 

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  • Assailed by brickbats at home and abroad for his handling of the crisis in Afghanistan, US President Joe Biden has said “I don’t trust anybody” when asked by reporters if he believes in the Taliban.

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  • Former Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who has declared himself to be the acting President of Afghanistan, has announced that Taliban fighters have gathered in large numbers at the entrance of Panjshir, from where the anti-Taliban forces are putting up a fight.

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  • An officer of the Pakistan Army has been killed and two soldiers injured in a terrorist attack in the restive southwestern Balochistan province, the Army said on Sunday.

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  • Hours after expressing hope that the Taliban will form an "open and inclusive" Islamic government and ensure a smooth transition in Afghanistan, China has warned the Afghan militant group against the country once again becoming a "haven" for terrorists.

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  • Aprototype military transport aircraft with three people on board while performing a test flight outside Moscow on Tuesday. Two test pilots and a flight engineer were aboard the plane, and their fate is still unclear. A rescue operation is underway.

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  • Russia has said that the situation in Kabul under the Taliban is "better" than it was under the Ashraf Ghani-led Afghanistan government, according to a media report, signalling Moscow's apparent endorsement of the insurgent group and an attempt to establish ties with the outfit, still officially designated a terrorist organisation in the country.

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  • Two people who had tied themselves to the wheels of an aircraft flying from Kabul fell down. In a video shared on Twitter by Tehran Times, an aircraft could be seen flying over Kabul. Two people could be seen dropping from the aircraft as it advanced.

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  • Air India on Monday diverted its Chicago-Delhi flight toward Sharjah in the UAE to avoid Afghanistan airspace after it was declared "uncontrolled" by authorities at Kabul airport, senior officials said.

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  • A young Chinese woman has said that China is running "black sites" to detain or bring back citizens it wants from overseas, whether they are dissidents, corruption suspects or ethnic minorities like the Uyghurs.

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  • Five Indian-American women -- Jayshree Ullal, Indra Nooyi, Neerja Sethi, Neha Narkhede, Reshma Shetty -- have been featured in the Forbes list of 'America’s Richest Self-Made Women'.

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  • Russia on Thursday reported a record-high 808 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours and 21,932 new Covid-19 cases.

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  • AMi-8 helicopter with 16 people on board crashed in Russia's Far East region of Kamchatka early on Thursday, the emergency service said, and news agencies reported nine had been found alive and seven were missing.

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  • An earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck off the southeast coast of the Philippines early on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, as various agencies ruled out the risk of it triggering tsunamis.

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  • Ethiopia’s government on Tuesday summoned all capable citizens to war, urging them to join the country’s military to stop resurgent forces from the embattled Tigray region “once and for all.”

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  • A punishing, decade-long drought in Chile has gone from bad to worse due to a scorching July, a month which typically brings midwinter weather showering the capital Santiago in rain and snow.

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  • Taliban insurgents tightened their grip on captured Afghan territory on Tuesday as civilians hid in their homes, and a European Union official said the militants now control 65% of the country after a string of gains as foreign forces pull out.

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  • As the Taliban gain control over large parts of Afghanistan terrorising people and forcing several to flee, cricketer Rashid Khan has appealed for help from world leaders urging them to not leave the people in chaos.

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  • An Indian-origin woman, who worked as a travel agent in Singapore, was on Tuesday sentenced to 20 weeks in prison for misappropriating 35,000 Singapore dollars (SGD) from customers who paid her for tour packages to India and Dubai.

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  • Police, reinforced by the military, are out on the empty streets in western Sydney, making sure the hard lockdown is adhered to in some of Australia's most migrant-heavy neighbourhoods where Covid-19 infections are greatest.

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  • The US is having conversations with the Pakistani leadership about the need to shutdown the safe havens for Taliban militants along the Afghan-Pakistan border that are providing a source of more insecurity and instability inside Afghanistan

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  • A Chinese court on Tuesday rejected a Canadian drug convict's appeal of a death sentence in what appeared to be an effort to step up pressure on Canada to release a detained executive of tech giant Huawei.

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  • An eight-year-old Hindu boy, whose bail last week saw a group of Muslims attacking a temple in Pakistan's Bhong, has reportedly become the youngest person ever to be charged with blasphemy in the country.

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  • The Taliban on Monday took control of another provincial capital in Afghanistan, an official said, the insurgents pressing on with their relentless offensive as American and NATO forces finalise their pullout from the war-torn country.

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  • Nagasaki on Monday marked the 76th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the Japanese city with its mayor urging Japan, the United States and Russia to do more to eliminate nuclear weapons.

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  • A UN-appointed panel of experts is releasing a key report Monday summarizing the latest authoritative scientific information on climate change. The report will provide governments with up-to-date facts on the current impacts and future risks of global warming ahead of a UN climate summit in November in Glasgow.

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  • US-backed Afghan forces launched an offensive against Taliban militants in different locations across Afghanistan on Saturday, killing over 570 militants and injuring 309 others, Afghanistan's Ministry of Defence stated.

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  • Pakistan National Assembly on Friday unanimously passed a resolution condemning attack on a Hindu temple in Bhong city of Punjab province and assured stern action against the culprits. The resolution adopted by Pakistan National Assembly resolved to protect the places of worship of minorities.

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  • Thousands of people fled their homes on the outskirts of Athens on Friday and hundreds were evacuated by boat from the nearby island of Evia as Greece faced a fourth day of wildfires fuelled by strong winds and searing temperatures.

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  • Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif's application for visa extension has been turned down by the UK Home Office with the right to appeal, according to media reports on Friday.

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  • Taliban fighters assassinated Afghanistan government's top media and information officer Dawa Khan Minapal in the capital city of Kabul on Friday. An official in the federal interior ministry told Reuters that Dawa Khan Minapal was killed during Friday prayers.

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  • Israeli aircraft struck what its military said were rocket launch sites in south Lebanon early on Thursday in response to earlier projectile fire towards Israel from Lebanese territory. Two rockets launched from Lebanon on Wednesday struck Israel, which responded with artillery fire amid heightened regional tensions over an alleged Iranian attack on an oil tanker in the Gulf last week.

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  • The Taliban warned of more attacks targeting Afghan government leaders, a day after the defence minister escaped an assassination attempt and as the insurgents fought to take control of a string of besieged cities across the country.

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  • At least three employees of Disney World have been arrested over an underage sex sting case in Florida in which the accused had allegedly tried to engage in sexual activity with a 13-year-old.

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  • Pakistan's national security adviser said that Afghanistan's government and the Taliban must both compromise and reach a peace settlement as the insurgents make rapid gains amid a US troop withdrawal.