UN warns of humanitarian crisis in AfghanistanBy The Rising Nepal
The United Nations is seeking to raise more than $600m (£434m) in aid for Afghanistan, warning the country is facing a major humanitarian crisis. The organisation will hold a conference in Geneva on Monday where it will call for international support following the Taliban takeover last month.
Australia emerges as villain of COP26 climate talksBy The Rising Nepal
Australia is becoming increasingly isolated from the rest of the world with its obstinate approach to the climate crisis. Leaders like US climate envoy John Kerry and COP26 President Alok Sharma have been focused recently on the climate challenge of China -- but it's Australia that's emerging as the real pariah of the COP26 talks.
Record number of environmental activists murderedBy The Rising Nepal
A record number of activists working to protect the environment and land rights were murdered last year, according to a report by a campaign group. 227 people were killed around the world in 2020, the highest number recorded for a second consecutive year, the report from Global Witness said.
300,000 suspected of breaking travel quarantineBy BBC
Nearly a third of people arriving in England and Northern Ireland as the coronavirus Delta variant took off may have broken quarantine rules. More than 300,000 cases were passed to investigators between March and May, according to figures seen by the BBC.
North Korea says it tested long-range cruise missilesBy The Rising Nepal
North Korea says it successfully test fired what it described as newly developed long-range cruise missiles over the weekend, its first known testing activity in months, underscoring how it continues to expand its military capabilities amid a stalemate in nuclear negotiations with the United States.
Pope warns of anti-Semitism as he visits HungaryBy The Rising Nepal
Pope Francis has warned the threat of anti-Semitism is "still lurking" in Europe, during a brief trip to Hungary. He was speaking after meeting Hungary's populist and anti-immigrant PM Viktor Orban, with whom he has stark differences on the issue of refugees.
Europe's doors are closing to AmericansBy The Rising Nepal
It was too good to last. While summer saw much of Europe open up to American visitors, offering them the chance to fulfil lockdown dreams of eating gelato in Italy or touring the art museums of Paris, the season's end has brought with its new restrictions, and the doors to the continent begin to close.
Biden embraces message of unity on 9/11 anniversaryBy The Rising Nepal
From an urban memorial to a remote field to the heart of of the nation’s military might, President Joe Biden on Saturday paid tribute at three hallowed places of grief and remembrance to honor the lives lost two decades ago in the 9/11 terror attacks.
Pakistan to resume commercial flights to Afghanistan's Kabul on MondayBy The Rising Nepal
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has decided to resume commercial flights to Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, starting from Sept. 13, the airline said on Saturday.
French ex-minister investigated over Covid responseBy BBC
France's former health minister is being formally investigated over the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Prosecutors looking into government failings are investigating Agnès Buzyn for "endangering the lives of others".
Australian state Queensland could go into lockdown after fresh coronavirus clusterBy The Rising Nepal
Australia's third-most populous state said on Saturday it may order a snap lockdown after a cluster of Covid-19 cases, as the country posted a record one-day rise in daily infections. Queensland state, home to more than 5 million people, said it had detected five new infections in the past 24 hours after a family tested positive. The next few days would be critical to see if a lockdown was warranted, authorities said.
Biden marks 9/11 anniversary with tribute, call for unityBy The Rising Nepal
President Joe Biden is making an appeal for the nation to reclaim the spirit of cooperation that sprung up in the days following the 9/11 terror attacks as he commemorates those who died 20 years ago. Biden was a senator when hijackers commandeered four planes and exacted the nation’s worst terror attack in 2001. Now he marks the 9/11 anniversary for the first time as commander in chief.
US marks 20 years since 9/11, in shadow of Afghan war’s endBy The Rising Nepal
Twenty years ago, the 11th of September dawned as just a date. By midnight, it was 9/11, the staggering starting point for a new era of terror, war, politics, patriotism and tragedy. The U.S. marks the milestone anniversary Saturday under the pall of a pandemic and in the shadow of a frantic withdrawal from Afghanistan, which fell to the same militant rulers who gave safe haven to the plotters of the 2001 attacks.
Boosters not needed for all - Oxford jab creatorBy BBC
Giving booster jabs to everyone is unnecessary, says the scientist behind the Oxford vaccine, as she calls for doses to be sent to countries in need. Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert told the Daily Telegraph some vulnerable groups would need boosters but immunity was "lasting well" in the majority of cases. "We need to get vaccines to countries where few of the population have been vaccinated so far," she added.
Xi holds extensive strategic communication with BidenBy The Rising Nepal
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday morning took a phone call from his U.S. counterpart, Joseph R. Biden, and the two leaders had candid, in-depth and extensive strategic communication and exchanges on China-U.S. relations and relevant issues of mutual interest.
Sweeping new vaccine mandates for 100 million AmericansBy The Rising Nepal
In his most forceful pandemic actions and words, President Joe Biden on Thursday ordered sweeping new federal vaccine requirements for as many as 100 million Americans in an all-out effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and curb the surging delta variant.
Afghan protesters defy Taliban intimidationBy BBC
Protesters have again taken to the streets in several parts of Afghanistan, defying Taliban pressure to stay at home. Dozens of demonstrators gathered near the Pakistan embassy in Kabul and Taliban gunmen opened fire to disperse them, protesters said.
Ex-Afghan President Ghani apologises for fleeingBy BBC
Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has apologised to the people of Afghanistan after fleeing to take refuge in the United Arab Emirates. "Leaving Kabul was the most difficult decision of my life," he said, adding that he was sorry he "could not make it end differently".
N. Korea shows off civil defense units in toned-down paradeBy The Rising Nepal
Civil defence forces carrying rifles and personnel wearing gas masks and red hazmat suits paraded in North Korea’s capital in a celebration of the nation’s 73rd anniversary that was a marked departure from past militaristic displays.
Japan extends virus emergency until end of SeptemberBy The Rising Nepal
Japan announced Thursday it is extending a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and 18 other areas until the end of September as health care systems remain under severe strain, although new infections have slowed slightly.