Russia invites Taliban to Afghanistan talks on October 20

Russia will invite representatives of the Taliban to international talks on Afghanistan that it plans to host in Moscow on October 20, President Vladimir Putin’s special representative on Afghanistan said on Thursday. Zamir Kabulov, the representative, did not provide further details on the planned talks in comments carried by Russian news agencies. Moscow hosted an… Read More Russia invites Taliban to Afghanistan talks on October 20

Nigerian security forces rescue 187 people abducted in northwest Nigeria

Nigerian security agents on Thursday rescued 187 people who had been abducted by armed gangs in the northwestern state of Zamfara, police said, after authorities launched a sweeping security operation against the kidnappers. Since December last year, Zamfara has been at the centre of often violent kidnappings by heavily armed bandits who have targeted schools,… Read More Nigerian security forces rescue 187 people abducted in northwest Nigeria

Morocco’s King Mohammed names new government

Morocco’s King Mohammed named a new government on Thursday after last month’s election, keeping the foreign and interior ministers in place but appointing Nadia Fettah Alaoui as finance minister, the state news agency reported. In a monarchy where the king has final say on all major decisions, the new government’s main task will be to… Read More Morocco’s King Mohammed names new government

Several dead, injured following blast at mosque in northeastern Afghanistan

A suicide bomber attacked a mosque in Afghanistan’s northeastern Kunduz province on Friday, killing scores of worshippers in the country’s third attack this week on a religious institution. Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack that state-run Bakhtar news agency said had killed 46 people and wounded 143. Two health officials said the death toll… Read More Several dead, injured following blast at mosque in northeastern Afghanistan

U.S. charges former Taliban commander Haji Najibullah for 2008 killing of U.S. troops

A former Taliban commander already in U.S. custody has been charged with murder and terrorism-related offenses in the deaths of three U.S. troops and an Afghan interpreter and the downing of a U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan in 2008, federal prosecutors in New York said on Thursday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said Haji Najibullah… Read More U.S. charges former Taliban commander Haji Najibullah for 2008 killing of U.S. troops

Indonesian parliament passes major tax overhaul bill into law

Indonesia’s parliament approved a law on Thursday for one of the country’s most ambitious tax overhauls, including raising VAT next year, a new carbon levy and cancelling a planned corporate tax cut. The law is aimed at optimising revenue collection and improving tax compliance, after state coffers took a big hit this year and in… Read More Indonesian parliament passes major tax overhaul bill into law

Russia charges cybersecurity executive Ilya Sachkov with treason

Russia has charged the chief executive of a leading Russian cybersecurity company with treason, local news agencies cited sources as saying on Thursday. Ilya Sachkov, founder and CEO of Group-IB, was arrested last week and put in custody for two months. Law enforcement officers searched his firm’s Moscow offices. read more He has been charged… Read More Russia charges cybersecurity executive Ilya Sachkov with treason

Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah wins 2021 Nobel prize in literature

Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee,” the award-giving body said on Thursday. Based in Britain and writing in English, Gurnah, 72, joins Nigeria’s Wole Soyinka as the only two non-white writers from sub-Saharan… Read More Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah wins 2021 Nobel prize in literature