Biden defends departure from ‘forever war,’ praises airliftBy The Rising Nepal
A defensive President Joe Biden on Tuesday called the U.S. airlift to extract more than 120,000 Americans, Afghans and other allies from Afghanistan to end a 20-year war an “extraordinary success,” though more than 100 Americans and thousands of others were left behind.
India massacre memorial's lights-and-lasers 'makeover' attracts controversyBy The Rising Nepal
The renovation of a historical monument in India's Punjab state where British troops once killed hundreds of men, women and children has sparked furious debate and concerns over the "Disneyfication" of history.
Taliban declare victory from Kabul airport, promise securityBy The Rising Nepal
Standing on the tarmac, Taliban leaders pledged to secure the country, quickly reopen the airport and grant amnesty to former opponents. In a show of control, turbaned Taliban leaders were flanked by the insurgents’ elite Badri unit as they walked across the tarmac. The commandos in camouflage uniforms proudly posed for photos.
Last troops exit Afghanistan, ending America’s longest warBy The Rising Nepal
The United States completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan late Monday, ending America’s longest war and closing a chapter in military history likely to be remembered for colossal failures, unfulfilled promises and a frantic final exit that cost the lives of more than 180 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members, some barely older than the war.
Vietnam lockdown adds to global coffee supply concernsBy BBC
Vietnam has added to concerns over global supplies of coffee as the South East Asian country's biggest city remains in lockdown.
Rockets fired at Kabul airportBy The Rising Nepal
Rockets have been fired towards Kabul international airport, and have reportedly been intercepted by a US missile defence system. The White House confirmed the attack, but said that its ongoing evacuations would "continue uninterrupted". The incident comes a day after a US drone strike thwarted what officials said was another attack on the airport.
New Zealand woman dies after receiving Pfizer vaccineBy BBC
New Zealand has reported what it believes to be its first death linked to the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.
Official: Ida knocks out power to entire city of New OrleansBy The Rising Nepal
Hurricane Ida knocked out power to the entire city of New Orleans, hours after blasting ashore as one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the U.S., New Orleans government officials said.
Another Kabul airport attack likely, Biden warnsBy BBC
Another attack on Kabul airport is highly likely, US President Joe Biden has warned, saying commanders have told him it could come as early as Sunday.
Taliban guard airport as most NATO troops leave AfghanistanBy The Rising Nepal
Taliban forces sealed off Kabul’s airport on Saturday to most Afghans hoping for evacuation, as the U.S. and its allies wound down a chaotic airlift that will end their troops’ two decades in Afghanistan.
'No proof' Osama bin Laden was involved in 9/11: TalibanBy The Rising Nepal
The Taliban have said that there was "no proof" that slain Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was involved in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Delta variant doubles Covid hospitalisation riskBy The Rising Nepal
People are twice as likely to need hospital care if they are sick with the Delta Covid variant, rather than the Alpha variant that was once prevalent in the UK, data from England suggests.
US says IS-K planner killed in Afghan drone strikeBy BBC
The US military says it believes it has killed a planner for the Afghan branch of the Islamic State group in a drone strike in the east of the country.
Striking pictures from around the world this weekBy BBC
A selection of powerful news photographs taken around the world this week.
In pictures: Deadly blasts outside Kabul airportBy The Rising Nepal
The Hamid Karzai International Airport has been the epicentre of a massive evacuation operation in the days since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan. Over the past two weeks, tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from the airport by the US military and NATO allies.
More than half of Indian adults have had first jabBy BBC
More than half of India's eligible population - some 473 million people - have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, official data says. India has been ramping up its vaccination drive as it races to stave off the third wave of infections. It has so far given more than 610 million doses of three approved vaccines - Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V.
Evacuations resume after Kabul bombings as toll now over 100By The Rising Nepal
Evacuation flights from Afghanistan resumed with new urgency on Friday, a day after two suicide bombings targeted the thousands of desperate people fleeing the Taliban takeover and killed more than 100. The U.S. says further attempted attacks are expected ahead of the Tuesday deadline for foreign troops to leave, ending America’s longest war.
Kabul airport attack kills 60 Afghans, 13 US troopsBy The Rising Nepal
Two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport Thursday, transforming a scene of desperation into one of horror in the waning days of an airlift for those fleeing the Taliban takeover. The attacks killed at least 60 Afghans and 13 U.S. troops, Afghan and U.S. officials said.
Kabul evacuations hit by threat of terrorist attackBy BBC
A number of nations say there is a high threat of a terrorist attack at Kabul airport and have warned their citizens not to travel there.
Crews struggle to stop fire bearing down on Lake TahoeBy The Rising Nepal
A Northern California fire that gutted hundreds of homes advanced toward Lake Tahoe on Wednesday as thousands of firefighters tried to box in the flames, and a thick yellow haze of the nation’s worst air enveloped tourists.