Watch: Taliban uses US helicopter to dangle a person in public show

Middle East 08/30/21, 16:39

The Taliban quickly repurposed an abandoned aircraft to dangle a person in a public show of dominance on Aug. 30. The militant group used a U.S.-made helicopter to publicly hang a civilian above Kandahar, 497 kilometers (309 miles) southwest of Kabul. "Taliban using newly acquired American Blackhawk helicopters to hang people," Loud ...

Taliban shuts down Kabul Airport after nearly all NATO troops evacuate

Middle East 08/29/21, 18:13

Taliban militants closed Kabul's airport to most Afghans seeking to evacuate on Aug. 28. U.S.-led forces have nearly finished a last-minute airlift to bring soldiers home after almost two decades in Afghanistan. U.S. allies understand exiting Afghanistan means leaving behind many locals who assisted them. They pledged to cooperate with the Taliban ...

Biden administration mulls requiring COVID-19 booster shots every 5 months

News 08/28/21, 15:46

President Joe Biden said on Friday, Aug. 27, that he and his chief infectious disease advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci have discussed the requirement of a COVID-19 booster shot every five months; instead of eight months as previously expected. “The question raised is should it be shorter than eight months? Should it be ...

Pentagon says Taliban freed thousands of Islamic State prisoners

Middle East 08/27/21, 19:45

Joe Biden's administration confirmed Taliban fighters released Islamic State (ISIS-K) prisoners when they seized power in Afghanistan, on Aug. 27. The Pentagon revealed the number of inmates freed from Bagram prison could be well over 1,000. "Clearly, it is in the thousands when you consider both prisons," spokesman John Kirby said in ...

Biden asks refugee aid groups to help bring 50,000 Afghans into US

Middle East 08/25/21, 18:07

Joe Biden's administration wants nongovernment organizations to handle up to 50,000 Afghan evacuees without protection visas. The president is recruiting refugee aid organizations to help evacuate Afghan asylum seekers to the United States, even if they did not make it onto the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program list. Biden hopes to welcome ...

No-fly list person from Afghanistan made it to UK via rescue flight

Middle East 08/25/21, 01:01

One passenger was evacuated from Afghanistan even though he was banned from traveling to his destination on Aug. 24. Bureaucrats are investigating exactly how a no-fly listed man, fleeing the Taliban, was allowed to board an evacuation flight and become a British security risk. "An individual was flagged to the Home Office ...

House Democrats approve $3.5 trillion budget without GOP support

U.S. 08/25/21, 00:21

U.S. Congress approved framework for a $3.5 trillion budget bill and $1 trillion infrastructure plan with no House Republican votes on Aug. 24. In a party-line decision 220 Democrats voted for the Path Forward for Build Back Better Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, and 212 GOP House members opposed it. CNBC reported ...

Biden: Afghanistan withdrawal depends on Taliban cooperation

Middle East 08/24/21, 22:06

The president will completely withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of August. Joe Biden agreed to meet Taliban extremist demands on the condition there is a contingency plan, and the militant group cooperates. "We are currently on a pace to finish by Aug. 31. The sooner we can finish, the ...

Human smugglers sponsor Facebook ads to recruit pregnant migrants

Central America 08/24/21, 21:07

People smuggling rings resort to paid online advertising to entice pregnant women and mothers of young children to unlawfully enter the United States. Human traffickers linked to cartels in Mexico and Central America have sponsored Facebook ads, and used WhatsApp commercial accounts, to recruit new migrant customers. Vice News reported smugglers recently ...

G7 meeting: Taliban should be sanctioned says British PM Johnson

Middle East 08/24/21, 16:56

Group of Seven (G7) nations were urged to consider introducing further sanctions against a militant group on Aug. 24. The United Kingdom believes the world's seven largest developed nations should economically isolate the Taliban. The plan involves the United States, Italy, France, Germany, Japan, and Canada each introducing economic sanctions and withholding ...

Biden urges employers to step up vaccine mandate after FDA approves Pfizer vaccine

U.S. 08/24/21, 00:16

Private enterprises should require employees to be vaccinated against the deadly disease, the president said. Joe Biden seized on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) latest decision to fully approve the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. He now wants every business to force workers to be immunized. "Step up with vaccine requirements that will ...

FDA officially approves Pfizer’s CCP virus vaccine

News 08/23/21, 20:32

Pfizer's vaccine was fully endorsed to protect against the Chinese Communist Party virus (COVID-19) on Aug. 23. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed Pfizer and its partner BioNTech are the first to receive full regulatory approval in the United States. The decision effectively replaces an earlier emergency use authorization ...

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