Fear stalks Kunduz as Taliban lay siege

Fear stalks Kunduz as Taliban lay siege

KUNDUZ: Fear stalked Kunduz on Thursday as residents prepared for a lengthy siege, with Afghan forces patrolling the streets and Taliban surrounding the northern city. The Taliban have held the city twice in recent years — both times briefly — but have now captured the surrounding districts and the main border crossing with Tajikistan. “The […]

Crucial medical supplies lost as Afghan hospital burns after militant attack

Crucial medical supplies lost as Afghan hospital burns after militant attack

Suspected Taliban fighters fired a rocket into a hospital in Afghanistan on Wednesday, sparking a blaze that caused extensive damage and destroyed Covid-19 vaccines though there were no reports of casualties, government officials said. In northern Afghanistan, the Taliban captured the town of Shir Khan Bandar, a dry port on the border with Tajikistan, sending […]

Six killed as army, militia clash in Myanmar

Six killed as army, militia clash in Myanmar

YANGON: Four protesters and at least two officers were killed as Myanmar soldiers battled an anti-junta civilian militia with small arms and grenades in the country’s second city on Tuesday, authorities and military sources said. Fighting has flared across Myanmar since the February coup as people form “defence forces” to battle a brutal military crackdown […]

Indonesia hits 2m cases as Covid spirals out of control

Indonesia hits 2m cases as Covid spirals out of control

JAKARTA: Indonesia passed two million coronavirus cases on Monday as infection rates soar and hospitals are flooded with new patients, prompting warnings that the Southeast Asian nation’s health crisis could spiral out of control. The unwanted milestone came after daily case rates more than doubled in recent weeks and authorities identified the presence of highly […]

Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah to visit White House on 25th

Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah to visit White House on 25th

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden looks forward to welcoming Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Dr Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, to the White House on June 25, the White House announced on Sunday. “The visit will highlight the enduring partnership between the United States and Afghanistan as the military drawdown […]

Covid infections in Afghanistan getting out of control

Covid infections in Afghanistan getting out of control

KABUL: The Covid-19 pandemic is spiralling out of control in Afghanistan, with cases rising 2,400 percent in the past month, hospitals filling up and medical resources quickly running out, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said on Thursday. More than a third of tests last week came back positive, the IFRC […]

Britain considers vaccine passports to restart international travel

Britain considers vaccine passports to restart international travel

Britain is looking at easing travel restrictions, including allowing those who are double vaccinated against Covid-19 to enjoy a foreign holiday without intrusive red tape, a step that indicates vaccine passports are firmly back on the agenda. Countries in the European Union (EU) last week agreed to an easing of travel restrictions over summer that will allow […]

Erdogan offers to help US stabilise Afghanistan

Erdogan offers to help US stabilise Afghanistan

ISTANBUL: Just a day before his first face-to-face meeting with US President Joe Biden, Turkish Presi­dent Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey will be the ‘only reliable’ country left to stabilise Afghanistan after the United States pulls out its troops from the landlocked country, indicating Washington can rely on its Nato ally. Erdogan also said […]

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