Afghanistan likened to fall of Saigon as officials confirm Taliban take Kandahar

Mitch McConnell has warned that America’s retreat from Afghanistan risks a replay of the nation’s humiliating withdrawal from Saigon at the end of the Vietnam conflict in 1975. As thousands of American soldiers were ordered back to Kabul to evacuate embassy staff amid a rapid advance by the Taliban, US Senate minority leader McConnell said…

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German police arrest Briton on suspicion of spying for Russia

German police have arrested a British man who worked at the British embassy in Berlin on suspicion of spying for Russian intelligence in exchange for cash, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Germany’s highest public prosecutor said in a statement that the apartment and workplace of the man, identified only as David S, had been searched following…

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More than 200 children remain abducted in Nigeria amid ‘kidnap epidemic’

More than 200 schoolchildren remain abducted by armed “bandit” groups in northern Nigeria, among more than 1,000 students taken this year as schools in northern Nigeria have become prime targets. A startling absence of security and – according to many communities – a reluctance to meaningfully engage armed threats have rapidly turned much of northern…

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics: China one-two in diving with Tom Daley bronze, cycling and more – live!

Speaking of which… it’s routinely the humans who are the problem. Modern pentathlon: I’m loving this. Not the sport, per se. Not really being a fan of people making horses do stupid things, there’s this great (in the circumstances) wrinkle that the pentathlon riders don’t bring a horse, they get allocated a horse for the…

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics: cycling, diving, basketball and more – live!

Cycling: Jason Kenny has been talking to Eurosport following his elimination from the men’s individual sprint. “It was really tough,” he tells their pit reporter Bradley Wiggins. “I am disappointed but I’ve not got some kind of mad ego that can’t accept I’m not going to be the best in the world every single day…

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Belarus sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya leaves Tokyo on trip to Vienna

Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya has actually left Japan on a Vienna-bound aircraft after she refused to fly home previously this week. The 24-year-old, who had sought refuge at the Polish consular office in Tokyo, had been anticipated to take a flight straight to Warsaw however switched in the nick of time, an airport official informed reporters.

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Belarus exile group leader Vitaly Shishov located dead in Kyiv, cops claim

The head of a Kyiv-based charitable organisation that assists Belarusians running away mistreatment has actually been discovered dead in a park in the Ukrainian capital, cops have claimed. Vitaly Shishov, the head of Belarusian Residence in Ukraine (BDU), was reported missing out on by his companion on Monday after he did not return from a run

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Myanmar armed forces leader expands stroke of genius with pledge of political elections in 2023 825670622 173 Myanmar’s junta chief has said elections will be held and a state of emergency raised by August 2023– prolonging the timeline given when the armed forces deposed Aung San Suu Kyi six months ago.In a televised address, junta leader Minutes Aung Hlaing claimed”we will certainly achieve the arrangements of the state of emergency situation by August 2023 “.”I pledge to hold multiparty political elections without fail,”he added.The general’s statement would certainly position Myanmar in the armed force’s hold for nearly 2 as well as a half years– rather than the initial one year the junta revealed days after the coup.He said the junta was ready to deal with any kind of unique envoy called by the Organization of Southeast Oriental Nations( Asean). “Myanmar is ready to work on Asean teamwork within the Asean framework, including the discussion with the Asean special agent in Myanmar.”Asean international priests are to meet on Monday, when diplomats state they aim to settle a special agent tasked with finishing physical violence as well as promoting dialogue between the junta and also its opponents.In April, the junta consented to a five point”agreement”with Asean, which asked for an end to physical violence, political talks as well as the naming of a regional special envoy.Myanmar has actually sustained 6 months of chaos considering that the armed forces deposed Aung San Suu Kyi’s government and also finished the nation’s decade-old experiment with democracy.The junta has actually settled its placement after a lethal suppression on street protests, which have proceeded in a minimal type in spite of the violence that has actually seen practically 1,000 individuals killed.In late July the junta terminated the outcomes of 2020 polls, declaring greater than 11m circumstances of citizen fraudulence.”Myanmar’s junta has actually responded to massive preferred opposition to the stroke of genius with murders, abuse, and approximate apprehension of people who merely want in 2015’s election results to be appreciated and also a federal government that mirrors the preferred will, “claimed Brad Adams, Asia director at Civil rights Watch.”These strikes on the populace total up to criminal offenses against mankindfor which those liable ought to be offered account.”Including in the disorder in the nation, tens of countless civil slaves and also other workers have actually either been sacked for signing up with demonstrations or are still on strike on behalf of a nationwide civil disobedience campaign.A coronavirus episode has bewildered the healthcare system, with lots of healthcare facilities vacant due to a work boycott by pro-democracy clinical staff.In June, the UN general setting up passed a rareactivity condemning the stroke of genius and requiring the repair of the country’s democratic transition.With Reuters and AFP

Myanmar’s junta chief has said elections will be held and a state of emergency lifted by August 2023 – extending the timeline given when the military deposed Aung San Suu Kyi six months ago. In a televised address, junta leader Min Aung Hlaing said “we will accomplish the provisions of the state of emergency by…

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Turkish fires brushing up via tourist locations are the hottest on document

The heat strength of wildfires in Turkey on Thursday was four times greater than anything on record for the country, according to satellite information handed down to the Guardian.

A minimum of four people were killed by blazes that swept through the vacationer regions of Antalya as well as Muğla, compeling countless holidaymakers to be evacuated from …

As information spread, #PrayForTurkey was trending on Twitter with pictures of destruction and also maps showing the places of the more than two dozen fires throughout the country.Government priests speculated that the reason may be arson strikes by the Kurdish separationist motion PKK, but offered no proof. Couple of residential reports mentioned more comprehensive environment trends that are heightening the risks of fire in Turkey and also elsewhere.Climate researchers have long anticipated the Mediterranean will certainly be hit hard by increasing temperatures as well as changes in rainfall, driven by human emissions. This assists to begin fires. High temperature cautions have actually been provided in North Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria and also components of Romania and Serbia.The EU has provided its highest possible fire threat alert to locations in Italy, Portugal, Spain and also parts of north Africa. Further east, a huge fire damaged out on Thursday in Lebanon, where one individual has passed away.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics: tennis, rugby sevens, gymnastics and more – live!

Shooting:Those of us old enough to remember Malcolm Cooper won’t be surprised that GB have won a shooting bronze, courtesy of Matt Coward-Holley. Rugby sevens: What a match! What a comeback from NZ! From 21-0 down, they stormed back to win 26-21 and it’ll take a special effort to stop them seizing the gold. But…

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