Taliban seal off large parts of Kabul airport as airlift winds down, country stares at economic crisis

Kabul: The Taliban deployed extra forces around Kabul’s airport on Saturday (August 28) to prevent large crowds from gathering after a devastating suicide attack two days earlier, as the massive US-led airlift wound down ahead of an August 31 deadline. New layers of checkpoints sprang up on roads leading to the airport, some manned by […]

Taliban can take over Afghanistan capital Kabul in less than three months: US intelligence

Kabul (Afghanistan): Taliban fighters could isolate Afghanistan’s capital in 30 days and possibly take it over in 90, a U.S. defence official told Reuters on Wednesday (August 11), citing U.S. intelligence, as militants took control of an eighth provincial Afghan capital. The Taliban now control 65% of Afghanistan and have taken or threaten to take […]

Derek Chauvin gets 22.5 years in prison for George Floyd’s murder

Washington: Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer convicted for murdering George Floyd last year, has been sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. According to CNN, prosecutors had asked for a 30-year sentence, and Chauvin`s attorney asked for probation and time served. However, Chauvin has no prior criminal record. The judge was given the discretion […]

Washington state allows free marijuana joints for adults who get COVID-19 vaccine

New Delhi: In order to increase its COVID-19 vaccination drive, Washington State has initiated a ‘Joints for Jabs’ promotion for adults.  Any adult 21 or older can now claim a free marijuana joint after getting the jab, the New York Times reported.  The state’s liquor and cannabis board announced on Monday that this promotion was […]

If you are unvaccinated, you are at risk of getting seriously ill: White House COVID-19 response coordinator

Washington: White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients in a press briefing on Thursday (local time) said that unvaccinated people are at risk of getting seriously ill or spreading the disease to others. “Here`s the bottom line: The bottom line is that if you are unvaccinated, you are still at risk of getting seriously ill […]

New York to send ventilators, oximeters and other COVID-19 medical supplies to India, says Mayor

New York: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday (local time) announced that the city will send essential medical supplies to India as it battles a deadly second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a statement, de Blasio said that New York will tap into its stockpile to send COVID-19 test kits, swabs, […]

Afghanistan: At least 30 killed in car bomb blast in eastern Logar province

Kabul: A huge car bomb blast killed at least 30 people and injured dozens more in Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province on Friday evening, with highschool students among the casualties, officials said. The car packed with explosives detonated in Logar`s capital of Pul-e Alam near the house of the former head of the provincial council, Didar […]

Americans able to ‘breathe easier, sleep better’ under Joe Biden administration, says Vice President Kamala Harris

Washington: US Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday (April 19) said that Americans are able to breathe easier and sleep better under the Joe Biden-led administration. “Help is here. And hope is here. And things are looking up. Schools are reopening. Businesses are reopening. Grandparents are seeing their grandchildren in person,” The Hill quoted Harris […]