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Afghanistan: Will it become haven for terror with the Taliban in power?

In remote, pine-clad valleys of Afghanistan's Kunar province and in online jihadist chat forums there is jubilation at what al-Qaeda supporters see as "a historic victory" by the Taliban. The humiliating departure of the very forces that temporarily expelled both the Taliban and al-Qaeda 20 years ago has come as...
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Why is the Taliban's Kabul victory being compared to the fall of Saigon?

As the US continues its withdrawal from the Afghan capital, social media has been flooded with pictures of a helicopter evacuating people from the American embassy in Kabul. It's a familiar image to some. Back in 1975, photographer Hubert van Es snapped a now-iconic picture of people scrambling into a...
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Zambia election: Hakainde Hichilema beats President Edgar Lungu

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has been declared the winner of last week's bitterly contested presidential election. Mr Hichilema defeated the incumbent, President Edgar Lungu, by a landslide - more than a million votes. It was Mr Hichilema's sixth attempt at winning the presidency. His supporters have been celebrating on...
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Will the Taliban take Afghanistan back to the past?

"Thanks to God you are come," shouted an old man as my colleagues and I marched into Kabul on 14 November 2001, battling our way through the joyful crowds. The anti-Taliban forces of Afghanistan's Northern Alliance, which had the backing of the US and other Western countries, had halted on the city outskirts, and the Taliban had simply run for it.
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The Latest: France Evacuates Dozens From Kabul Overnight

PARIS — France has evacuated several dozen people from Kabul in a military plane after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan. The flight early Tuesday brought the evacuees to a military air base in Abu Dhabi, and several of the passengers were then sent back to France. The French military...
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New Zealand Thrown Into Lockdown Over Single Suspected Delta Case

WELLINGTON (Reuters) -Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern put New Zealand under strict lockdown on Tuesday after the country's first coronavirus case in six months was reported in the largest city of Auckland. Ardern's "go hard, go early" strategy has helped curb COVID-19 but her announcement left people struggling to stack up...

World leaders blame Biden, express disappointment with Afghanistan

World leaders are speaking out about their disappointment with the security situation in Afghanistan, with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson going so far as to pin the blame on President Joe Biden and the United States. Johnson said it was "fair to say the U.S. decision to pull out has...
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U.S. Adversaries Seize Upon Afghanistan Collapse

America's chief adversaries veritably crowed Monday morning following the collapse of the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan and subsequent chaos there as the Taliban assumed power. Russia saw an apparent opportunity to settle deep-seated Cold War scores with the U.S. and with NATO. China seized on what it considers the greatest...
FOREIGN POLICY
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Billions Spent on Afghan Army Ultimately Benefited Taliban

WASHINGTON (AP) — Built and trained at a two-decade cost of $83 billion, Afghan security forces collapsed so quickly and completely — in some cases without a shot fired — that the ultimate beneficiary of the American investment turned out to be the Taliban. They grabbed not only political power but also U.S.-supplied firepower — guns, ammunition, helicopters and more.
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World leaders react as the Taliban take Kabul

LONDON — World leaders expressed dismay and concern at the chaotic scenes in the Afghan capital Kabul, with the Taliban now effectively taking control of the country. Since the U.S. began winding down its Afghan operation, the Taliban — which seeks to enforce an austere version of Islamic law — has been seizing new territory on an almost daily basis. It captured Kabul on Sunday and took over the presidential palace, a move that marked the end of nearly 20 years of American military presence on the ground.
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Prototype Military Plane Crashes Outside Moscow, Kills 3

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian prototype military transport plane crashed while performing a test flight outside Moscow on Tuesday, killing all three crew members on board, Russia's United Aircraft Corporation said. The new light military transport plane, Il-112V, crashed in a forested area as it was coming in for a...
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Taliban's Afghanistan Takeover Presents Fresh Challenge for Social Media Companies

(Reuters) - The Taliban's rapid takeover of Afghanistan poses a new challenge for big U.S. tech companies on handling content created by a group considered to be terrorists by some world governments. Social media giant Facebook confirmed on Monday that it designates the Taliban a terrorist group and bans it...
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Taiwan Would Not Collapse Like Afghanistan, Premier Says

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan would not collapse like Afghanistan in the event of an attack, Premier Su Tseng-chang said on Tuesday, offering an indirect warning to powerful neighbour China not to be "deluded" into thinking it could take the island. China, which claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory,...
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