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UN chief warns of 'humanitarian catastrophe' in Afghanistan

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres warned on Tuesday (August 31) of a looming "humanitarian catastrophe" in Afghanistan as he urged countries to provide emergency funding following the departure of US forces.


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Taliban celebrate defeating the United States

The Taliban joyously fired guns into the air and offered words of reconciliation on Tuesday (August 31), as they celebrated defeating the United States and returning to power after two decades of war that devastated Afghanistan.


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Last US troops leave Afghanistan ending 20-year war: Pentagon

The US military announced the departure of the last US troops from Afghanistan Monday (August 30), concluding a 20-year conflict that ended with the Taliban seizing control of the country.


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World passes threshold of 4.5 mn Covid deaths

The world has passed the grim threshold of 4.5 million Covid-19 deaths, according to an AFP tally on Monday (August 30), as the virulent Delta variant wreaks havoc globally.


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Teachers should be priority group for Covid jabs: WHO

Teachers and school staff should be among the groups prioritized for Covid-19 vaccinations so that schools in Europe and Central Asia can stay open, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef said on Monday (August 30).


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Macron calls for Kabul 'safe zone'

France and Britain will on Monday (August 30) urge the United Nations to work for the creation of a "safe zone" in the Afghan capital Kabul to protect humanitarian operations, French President Emmanuel Macron said.


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Pentagon says drone strike killed two 'high profile' ISIS targets in Afghanistan

A US air strike in Afghanistan killed two high-profile ISIS targets and left another wounded, the Pentagon said Saturday (August 28).


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Iran's Khamenei says Biden has same demands as Trump on nuclear issue

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday accused US President Joe Biden of making the same demands as his predecessor Donald Trump in talks to revive a nuclear deal.


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Up to 20 dead in Kabul airport blasts as airlift deadline looms

Two powerful explosions outside Kabul airport killed as many as 20 people Thursday (August 26), just hours after Western nations warned of an imminent terror threat and thousands of people gathered hoping for a flight out of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.


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16,000 evacuated from Kabul airport in past 24 hours: Pentagon

Around 16,000 people were evacuated over the past 24 hours from Afghanistan through the Kabul airport, the Pentagon said Monday (August 23), as the US works toward completing its airlift by an August 31 deadline.


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Poland to build Belarus border fence against migrants

Poland on Monday (August 23) announced plans for a barbed-wire fence along its border with Belarus following an influx of migrants which countries in the region called a "hybrid attack" on the EU.


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Taliban warn of 'consequences' if US extends evacuation

The Taliban warned on Monday (August 23) there would be "consequences" if the United States and its allies extend their presence in Afghanistan beyond next week, as chaos continued to overwhelm Kabul airport with tens of thousands of people still desperate to flee.


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Turkey can't bear Afghan refugee burden for EU: Erdogan

Turkey cannot bail out the EU by taking in Afghans who worked for Western countries in Afghanistan as the Taliban take power there, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday (August 22).


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Iran talks 'complicated' by nuclear enrichment: European powers

Iran is making talks on reviving the nuclear deal with world powers "more complicated" by accelerating its atomic programme, Germany, France and the United Kingdom said on Thursday (August 19).


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'Complete stop': New Turkish wall confronts fleeing Afghans

Underwear, an empty bottle and fresh footprints betray signs of migrants sneaking around a new wall along the Turkey-Iran border and stirring worries in Europe following the Taliban's rise in Afghanistan.


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WHO says Afghanistan aid must continue

The World Health Organization on Wednesday (August 18) warned against interrupting humanitarian aid to Afghanistan which is now under Taliban control, saying the country's fragile health system was vulnerable.


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Belarusian guards cross into Lithuania with migrants

Border guards from Belarus entered Lithuania as they pushed dozens of migrants across the countries' shared frontier, Vilnius' interior minister said Tuesday (August 17).


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European countries halt development aid for Afghanistan

Several European countries announced on Tuesday (August 16) that they would stop sending development aid to Afghanistan for now, after the Taliban swept back into power in the country.


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Biden defends US pullout from Afghanistan despite panic in Kabul

President Joe Biden on Monday (August 16) defended the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan after the Taliban's stunning military takeover that triggered panic in Kabul with thousands mobbing the airport in a desperate attempt to flee.


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Greece facing 'ecological disaster' from raging wildfires

Hundreds of firefighters battled Thursday (August 12) to contain new flare-ups in wildfire-ravaged areas of Greece, where summer infernos have caused what the prime minister described as the country's "greatest ecological disaster in decades".


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