Category: <span>International</span>

Grief runs deep in Musa Qala as Taliban victory brings weary relief
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Grief runs deep in Musa Qala as Taliban victory brings weary relief

Aparade of white Taliban flags lines Musa Qala bazaar right up to the central monument where two kidnappers were hanged in a public execution earlier this year. The flags flutter from almost every shop in celebration, some rough and handmade, others printed and lined with tinsel. The dusty town, an opium trading centre reached most of the...

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Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: TPLF says 150 have died of starvation

About 150 people died of starvation in Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray region in August, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has said. These are the first hunger-related deaths that the TPLF has reported since its fighters recaptured most of the region from federal forces in June. There is no independent confirmation of its statement. The UN...

Taliban close Kabul airport road to Afghans to block their evacuation
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Taliban close Kabul airport road to Afghans to block their evacuation

The Taliban have moved to prevent Afghans from leaving the country by joining the US-led airlift, declaring the route to Kabul airport only open to foreigners. The Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said: “The road that ends at Kabul airport has been blocked. Foreigners can go through it but Afghans are not allowed to take the road.” The...

China recalls Lithuania ambassador in Taiwan diplomatic office row
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China recalls Lithuania ambassador in Taiwan diplomatic office row

Beijing has recalled its ambassador from Lithuania and asked Vilnius to do the same, over plans by the European country and Taiwan to establish reciprocal diplomatic offices. In a statement on Tuesday, the Chinese ministry of foreign affairs accused Lithuania of disregarding “China’s repeated representations and articulation of potential consequences” in agreeing to such a move with Taiwan....

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UN criticises UK for failure to redress colonial-era landgrab in Kenya

The British government has been criticised by the UN for a lack of resolution over colonial-era crimes committed in Kenya. Six UN special rapporteurs have written to the government expressing concern over its failure to provide “effective remedies and reparations” to the Kipsigis and Talai peoples. The Kipsigis and Talai clans of Kericho county, Kenya were brutally...

China ‘propped the doors open’ for criminals in Microsoft hack, Australian spy agency boss says
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China ‘propped the doors open’ for criminals in Microsoft hack, Australian spy agency boss says

Australia’s top cyber spy says China’s actions in the hack of Microsoft Exchange email server software were akin to propping open the doors of thousands of homes and leaving them ajar for criminals to get inside. Rachel Noble, the director general of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), drew the analogy as she said the Chinese government’s actions...

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Wildfires in several states are burning with worrying ferocity across a tinder-dry landscape As fires propagate throughout the US west on the heels of record heatwaves, experts are warning that the region is caught in a vicious feedback cycle of extreme heat, drought and fire, all amplified by the climate crisis. Firefighters are battling blazes from Arizona...

New Covid assistance package for Sydney businesses and residents
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New Covid assistance package for Sydney businesses and residents

A new commonwealth financial support package for locked-down greater Sydney is to be announced after the federal government signed off on a cash boost for affected businesses and households. The new Covid assistance package, which was approved by the federal government’s expenditure review committee on Monday, was finalised by the federal and New South Wales Treasuries before...

Tibet monks jailed with no apparent evidence of wrongdoing, says HRW
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Tibet monks jailed with no apparent evidence of wrongdoing, says HRW

Four Tibetan monks were sentenced to up to 20 years jail in secret trials with no apparent evidence of criminal wrongdoing after a violent raid on a monastery in 2019, according to a report from Human Rights Watch, which calls for their release. The raid, details of which the rights organisation says have come to light...