Afghanistan. NGOs call for unfreezing assets to end ‘near-universal poverty’ | Afghanistan

Afghanistan.  NGOs call for unfreezing assets to end ‘near-universal poverty’ |  Afghanistan

A year after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, a group of 32 Afghan and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are urging the international community not to abandon the people of the country, but rather to address the root causes of the economic crisis, to stand up for human rights and to increase humanitarian aid. Echoing … Read more

South Korea offers North ‘bold’ economic benefits for denuclearization

South Korea offers North ‘bold’ economic benefits for denuclearization

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday offered “bold” economic aid to North Korea if it scraps its nuclear weapons program while avoiding harsh criticism from the North days after threatening of “deadly” retaliation against the COVID-19 epidemic he blames the South. In a speech celebrating the end of Japanese … Read more

Al-Qaeda ‘has not reconstituted its presence in Afghanistan’, says new US intelligence assessment

Al-Qaeda ‘has not reconstituted its presence in Afghanistan’, says new US intelligence assessment

A summary of the intelligence assessment obtained by CNN indicates that the consensus view of the intelligence community is that while fewer than a dozen “core members” of al-Qaeda remain in Afghanistan – and were there probably before Kabul fell to the Taliban last year – Zawahiri was the only key figure who tried to … Read more

Freya the walrus euthanized after Oslo Fjord crowd refuses to stay away | Norway

Freya the walrus euthanized after Oslo Fjord crowd refuses to stay away |  Norway

A walrus nicknamed Freya that drew crowds while basking in the sun in the Oslo Fjord has been euthanized. “The decision to euthanize was made based on an overall assessment of the continuing threat to human security,” Norwegian Fisheries Chief Frank Bakke-Jensen said in a statement. “We have carefully considered all possible solutions. We concluded … Read more

House Republicans release scathing report criticizing Biden’s Afghanistan pullout

House Republicans release scathing report criticizing Biden’s Afghanistan pullout

The figure – which meant there was “approximately one consular officer for every 3,444 evacuees” – is one of many previously undisclosed details outlined in the highly critical report examining the chaotic US withdrawal last August. The House Foreign Affairs Committee Republicans report, which comes about a year after the nation’s capital fell to the … Read more

Syrian soldiers killed in Israeli missile attacks: Official media | News from the war in Syria

Syrian soldiers killed in Israeli missile attacks: Official media |  News from the war in Syria

Syrian state media say the latest Israeli attacks have targeted sites near Damascus and the coastal province of Tartous. At least three Syrian soldiers have been killed and three others injured in “multiple” Israeli missile attacks against Syria, according to state media. The SANA news agency said on Sunday that the missile attacks took place … Read more

Putin says Russia and North Korea will expand bilateral ties, KCNA reports

Putin says Russia and North Korea will expand bilateral ties, KCNA reports

FILE PHOTO – Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Kirov Region Acting Governor Alexander Sokolov via video link at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia August 9, 2022. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SEOUL, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin told North Korean leader … Read more