U.S. begins airlift of Afghan workers who worked with troops during mission

Some 200 Afghans were set to begin new lives in the United States on Friday as an airlift got under way for translators and others who risk Taliban retaliation because they worked for the United States during its 20-year war in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said. The operation to evacuate U.S.-affiliated Afghans and family members comes… Read More U.S. begins airlift of Afghan workers who worked with troops during mission

Six dead, thousands displaced as floods hit Rohingya camps in southeastern Bangladesh

Heavy monsoon rains triggered landslides and flash floods in refugees camps displacing thousands of Rohingya Muslims in southeastern Bangladesh this week, U.N. and other officials said on Friday, with further heavy rainfall expected. At least six Rohingya, including three children, died in landslides and flooding while 15 Bangladeshis were killed and more than 200,000 stranded… Read More Six dead, thousands displaced as floods hit Rohingya camps in southeastern Bangladesh

Seven dead as heavy rain triggers floods, landslide in northern India

At least seven people were killed in a landslide in India‚Äôs northern Himachal Pradesh state, officials said on Thursday, adding to a growing death toll from heavy monsoon rains in the country. State Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said seven bodies had been recovered during rescue operations that were still underway. “Three people are still… Read More Seven dead as heavy rain triggers floods, landslide in northern India

U.S. halts proposed arms sale to Nigeria over concerns on human rights

U.S. lawmakers have put on hold a proposal to sell almost $1 billion of weapons to Nigeria over concerns about possible human rights abuses by the government, three sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The proposed sale of 12 AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters made by Bell and related equipment worth $875 million is… Read More U.S. halts proposed arms sale to Nigeria over concerns on human rights

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani approves electoral law for first legislative election

Qatar’s emir approved laws on Thursday for the Gulf Arab state’s first legislative election in October, when Qataris will elect two-thirds of the advisory Shura Council, his office said. The election, plans for which were first approved in a 2003 constitutional referendum, is being held before the capital Doha hosting the World Cup soccer tournament… Read More Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani approves electoral law for first legislative election

At least one dead following attack on UN compound in western Afghanistan

“Anti-government elements” in Afghanistan attacked the main U.N. compound in the capital of the western province of Herat on Friday and at least one security guard was killed, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said. The attack, involving rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire, happened hours after Taliban fighters penetrated deep into Herat city, and there… Read More At least one dead following attack on UN compound in western Afghanistan

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte fully restores U.S. troop pact

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has restored a crucial pact governing the presence of U.S. troops in the Southeast Asian nation, the two countries’ defence ministers said on Friday, reversing a decision that had caused increasing concern in Washington and Manila. The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) provides rules for the rotation of thousands of U.S. troops… Read More Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte fully restores U.S. troop pact

International Space Station briefly malfunctions following misfire of Russian module

The International Space Station (ISS) was thrown briefly out of control on Thursday when jet thrusters of a newly arrived Russian research module inadvertently fired a few hours after it was docked to the orbiting outpost, NASA officials said. The seven crew members aboard – two Russian cosmonauts, three NASA astronauts, a Japanese astronaut and… Read More International Space Station briefly malfunctions following misfire of Russian module