Anti-Taliban forces take control of three districts in northern Afghanistan

Forces holding out against the Taliban in northern Afghanistan say they have taken three districts close to the Panjshir valley where remnants of government forces and other militia groups have gathered. Defence Minister General Bismillah Mohammadi, who has vowed to resist the Taliban, said in a tweet that the districts of Deh Saleh, Bano and… Read More Anti-Taliban forces take control of three districts in northern Afghanistan

Vatican takes disciplinary action against Polish archbishop over negligence in sexual abuse cases

The Vatican has disciplined the former archbishop of Wroclaw in Poland following an investigation into negligence over sex abuse allegations, banning him from taking part in any public ceremonies, both religious and secular. The move against retired Archbishop Marian Golebiewski was announced on Saturday by the Archdiocese of Wroclaw in western Poland. It said the… Read More Vatican takes disciplinary action against Polish archbishop over negligence in sexual abuse cases

At least eight dead following severe floods as Hurricane Grace hits Mexico

Hurricane Grace pummeled Mexico with torrential rain on Saturday, causing severe flooding and mudslides that killed at least eight people after becoming one of the most powerful storms in years to hit the country’s Gulf coast. Grace was blowing maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour (201 km per hour), a Category 3 hurricane… Read More At least eight dead following severe floods as Hurricane Grace hits Mexico

Myanmar arrests two journalists in post-coup media crackdown

Myanmar’s military government has arrested two more local journalists, the army-owned television reported on Saturday, in the latest in a sweeping crackdown on the media since a February 1 coup. Sithu Aung Myint, a columnist for news site Frontier Myanmar and a commentator with Voice of America radio, and Htet Htet Khine, a freelance who… Read More Myanmar arrests two journalists in post-coup media crackdown

At least sixteen dead as gunmen attack village in southwestern Niger

At least 16 people have been killed in an attack on a village in southwestern Niger where Islamist militants have repeatedly massacred civilians this year, a local official and a security source said on Saturday. The unidentified gunmen opened fire during Friday prayers in the village of Theim in Tillabery region and killed 16 people,… Read More At least sixteen dead as gunmen attack village in southwestern Niger