Afghanistan: Fight for control as Taliban’s rapid siege advances towards Kabul

Fighting in Afghanistan’s Kandahar region has become “extremely intense” amid the continued insurgence of the Taliban in the country. It comes after warnings the capital Kabul could fall within the next 90 days, with the hardline Islamist group now controlling around 65% of Afghanistan. In Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second largest city which is situated 480km (300 miles) south-west of Kabul, citizens

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Taliban takes control of six Afghan cities in a week as US withdraws

More On: afghanistan Taliban overtakes two cities in Afghanistan ahead of US troop withdrawal B-52s lead new US airpower onslaught to stop Taliban advances in Afghanistan US urges Americans to leave Afghanistan immediately as violence escalates Drought brings hunger crisis in Afghanistan after US troop withdrawal The Taliban has now taken control of six Afghan provincial capitals in a matter

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‘Harder to control, more infectious, spreads more quickly’: COVID mutants stretching defences

For our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, learn more here. One of Victoria’s top health officials says new infectious variants of coronavirus are proving so much more difficult to control, it may not be possible to rein in another outbreak on a similar scale to the state’s second wave. Deputy Chief Health Officer Daniel O’Brien said CCTV footage collected during investigations

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‘Trying to control the pain’: Anthony Albanese released from hospital after car crash

Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese will continue to be treated for a series of internal and external injuries suffered in a serious car accident in Sydney after he was discharged from hospital on Saturday afternoon. Labor Leader Anthony Albanese, with girlfriend Jodie Haydon and son Nathan, leaves Royal Prince Alfred Hospital after being hospitalized overnight after he was in a

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UK Chagos Islands control ‘crime against humanity’

The UK has been accused of committing “crimes against humanity” for refusing to allow people to return to their former homes on the Chagos Islands, despite a ruling earlier this year by the United Nation’s highest court. Describing Britain’s behaviour as stubborn and shameful, the prime minister of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth, told the BBC that he was exploring the possibility

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