Taliban exclude Afghan teen girls from attending school

The Taliban reopened Afghan secondary schools on Saturday for only boys, effectively banning teen girls from receiving a formal education, the Wall Street Journal reports. Why it matters: The move raises new fears that the Taliban will break public promises and impose severe restrictions on women's rights similar to those implemented in the 1990s.
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Simona Halep: between marriage and vaccines

Former world number one Simona Halep married Macedonian billionaire businessman Toni Luruc. A high-level ceremony that saw the woman, one of the most acclaimed tennis players on the WTA Tour, get married. Only a few days ago the tennis player excitedly declared her feelings about this event to the local media: "It's a beautiful event and above all it's a very important step for me, I'm happy that all this is happening.
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Barry McGuire vs. Barry Sadler: When the News Hit #1

Countless songs—slotting into nearly every genre—have been written about current events, but only rarely have they found their way to the top of the pop charts. In 1965 and early 1966 two songs did, and their sentiments could not have been more different. The first, “Eve of Destruction,” written by...
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The Latest: Arizona reports more deaths, fewer virus cases

PHOENIX — Arizona reported more than 100 daily coronavirus deaths for the second time since February. The 108 confirmed deaths and 2,742 new coronavirus cases were reported Saturday. Hospitalizations dropped below 2,000 for the first time in nearly three weeks, with 1,981 COVID-19 patients occupying hospital beds on Friday. That’s...

Baptism of fire as Liz Truss heads to US amid submarine row

Liz Truss is heading for a furious diplomatic confrontation with France on her first trip abroad as foreign secretary, as anger mounts in Paris over the cancellation of a £48bn nuclear submarine contract. Truss, whose appointment was one of the biggest surprises of Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle last Wednesday, will...

Ethiopia: Fact-checking misleading images about hunger in Amhara

The spread of conflict from Ethiopia's northern Tigray region into neighbouring Amhara has displaced many thousands of people, leaving many desperately short of food. Social media images have been widely shared showing malnourished women and children. But we've found that some were taken elsewhere and at earlier times - from...

Only One Country Is on Track to Meet Its Climate Targets, Report Finds

Over 35 countries, including the world's largest carbon emitters, are falling short of their commitments to curb climate change, according to a bleak new analysis – with the exception of one lone African nation. The report found few countries are on track to cut carbon emissions and limit runaway climate change to 1.5 °C Celsius of global warming, despite pledging to do so under the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. "Even countries with strong targets are mostly not on track to meet them, while more have failed to bring forward stronger commitments for 2030," reads the report from Climate Action Tracker, a collaboration of two...
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Weekend Love Stories! Enrico Di Giuseppe #Italian-American

Love. Love. Love is a beautiful thing! Time and time again, we are reminded of this element. Stories have been written about them. Songs have been composed of them. Ancient philosophy and wisdom is rooted in our quest to discover the very meaning of love. Love is complicated. Simultaneously, there is a reason for why it is so very complicated. Love is infinite. We can doubt that we have even truly touched the surface, in our very exploration of its existence. Every generation, and through every period, we are in an ongoing quest to find the very meaning of, love!

Work-related deaths kill nearly 2 mln people a year: UN agencies

GENEVA, Sept 17 – Nearly 2 million people die from work-related causes each year, including from illnesses associated with long working hours and air pollution, an estimate from U.N. agencies showed on Friday. The study by the World Health Organization and International Labour Organization, the first assessment of its kind,...

Akufo-Addo Attends 76th Session Of UN General Assembly

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, left Ghana on Friday, 17th September 2021, as leader of Ghana’s delegation to the 76th Session of the United Nation’s General Assembly. He will also, on this trip, hold bilateral engagements with some colleague Heads of State; NATO Secretary General, MR. J. Stoltenberg; top Economist Jeffery Sachs; WTO Chief Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as well as other world figures.

Cam’ron Calls Out Unnamed Rappers: "I’m Going To Expose You Bad"

Cam’ron called out several unnamed former associates on Instagram, Friday, threatening to expose them if they continue lying about him in interviews. Cam mentioned having old iPhones with dirt on his fellow rappers locked in a safe. “Anybody I used to work with or was cool with, if I helped...
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WHO: No, we won't tell you how many of us are vaccinated

The World Health Organization, a subsidiary of the United Nations, has been trying to lead the way on global vaccination policy during the COVID pandemic. They are keen to see as many people as possible be vaccinated and they keep close track of the progress in nations across the world. They are also quick to note how many vaccinations take place and scold more economically prosperous nations for taking care of their own people before sending more doses to less developed countries. But when it comes to vaccination rates and vaccine hesitancy, how well are the people at the WHO doing themselves? How many of them and their staffers have rolled up their sleeves to set a good example for the rest of the planet? We don’t know because they are refusing to tell us. That sort of medical information is “private,” you see. (Associated Press)

The Truth About Saddam Hussein's Forbidden Blood Qur'an

In spite of his country's defeat in the 1991 Gulf War, Saddam Hussein remained president of Iraq for another 12 years. During this period he continued his iron-fisted rule as political and ideological opponents faced cruel torture and execution. Meanwhile, his so, Uday Hussein continued to engage in such acts and more for sadistic entertainment (via Los Angeles Times). Saddam's interest in his country's national character led him to initiate many expensive projects during the 1990s, from the construction of ornate mosques and monuments celebrating his 1991 "victory" over the UN coalition, to efforts to excavate and recreate the ancient City of Babylon (via Atlas Obscura).

NHS's diversity tsar is paid £35,000 more than its chief executive with her £230,000 salary enough to fund nine new nurses or 20 hip replacements

The woman in charge of diversity at NHS England earned more than its Chief Executive and half as much more than the Prime Minister, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. According to accounts for 2019-20, Prerana Issar joined NHS England as Chief People Officer in April 2019 on a salary of between £230,000 and £235,000 – equivalent to the salaries of nine newly qualified nurses or the cost of 20 hip replacement operations.

Time running out to make Cop26 climate summit a success, Boris Johnson tells world leaders on US trip

Time is running out to make the looming Cop26 climate emergency summit a success, Boris Johnson will tell world leaders on a trip to the United Nations and the White House.The prime minister will shrug off criticism of his preparations for the landmark Glasgow event – and that he has failed to offer leadership – by urging other countries to step up to the plate.He will host a UN meeting on Monday to galvanise help for developing countries to adapt to the devastating consequences of global heating – as a promised $100bn (£73bn) annual fund stands $20bn short.Later in the...

Biden's warning to China: USS Wyoming test launches Trident II nuclear missiles off Cape Canaveral after Beijing warned of nuclear war risk over AUKUS submarine pact

The US Navy successfully conducted a scheduled two-missile test launch of un-armed life-extended Trident D5LE nuclear missiles from the USS Wyoming on Friday. The USS Wyoming (SSBN-742), an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, was floating off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida when it completed the test, which was part of a Demonstration and Shakedown Operation, designated DASO-31.

Emma Watson Compared Being Transgender to Being Famous: ‘We’re Dealing with Life-and-Death Stuff’

Emma Watson has been just as passionate in her activism as she’s been with her acting career. Having been appointed as a UN Ambassador for women in 2014, the actor has continued to use her platform to push for a better society. She’s a staunch supporter of gender equality and has taken steps to ensure fair treatment of all genders. Recently, she’s been using the power of her voice to support the transgender community. And the more she’s learned about being trans, the more she’s noticed some interesting parallels to the transgender experience and her own fame. Parallels that make her support a little more personal.

UNSC expresses deep concern about the ongoing disagreement within Somali government

NEW YORK – The Members of the Security Council were briefed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the current situation in Somalia. The Members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern about the ongoing disagreement within the Somali Government and the negative impact on the electoral timetable and process. They urged all stakeholders to exercise restraint, and underlined the importance of maintaining peace, security and stability in Somalia.