Taliban capture Afghan provincial capital of Helmand

The Taliban have captured Afghanistan’s Lashkar Gah, capital of the southern province of Helmand, after two weeks of heavy fighting, a police official said on Friday. Government and senior armed forces officials flew by helicopter out of the government’s last stronghold in the town at about midnight on Thursday, said the official, who declined to… Read More Taliban capture Afghan provincial capital of Helmand

Israel, Morocco to strengthen diplomatic ties

Israel and Morocco plan to upgrade their restored diplomatic relations and open embassies within two months, Israel’s foreign minister said during a visit to the North African kingdom on Thursday. Morocco was one of four Arab countries – along with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan – to move towards normalising relations with Israel… Read More Israel, Morocco to strengthen diplomatic ties

Six dead following mass shooting in English city of Plymouth

Six people, including a child, were killed in a mass shooting in the city of Plymouth in southwest England on Thursday evening, in an incident described by the British Home Secretary as “shocking”. Two females and three males, including the suspect, died from gunshot wounds at the scene of the incident, the Devon and Cornwall… Read More Six dead following mass shooting in English city of Plymouth

Taliban capture Afghanistan city of Kandahar

The Taliban have captured Afghanistan’s second biggest city of Kandahar, officials said on Friday, the biggest setback for the U.S.-backed government since the insurgents launched a new offensive as U.S. forces withdraw. The Taliban also said they had captured the third-largest city of Herat in the west, Lashkar Gah in the south and Qala-e-Naw in… Read More Taliban capture Afghanistan city of Kandahar