Top U.S. general says Afghan forces could struggle to hold off Taliban without Washington’s help

WASHINGTON — Afghan security forces will collapse without American financial support and it will be more difficult to target al Qaeda militants once U.S.-led forces withdraw from Afghanistan in September, a top U.S. general said Thursday. Speaking at a Senate hearing and later at a Pentagon news conference, the head of U.S. Central Command, Marine More...

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Hospital employee paid almost $650,000 but ‘never went to work,’ police in Italy say

He took home almost $650,000. But it is alleged that Savatore Scumace did not do a day’s work for more than 15 years. Authorities in Italy have placed six employees at the Pugliese Ciaccio hospital under investigation More...

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U.S. commanders request aircraft carrier to protect troops withdrawing from Afghanistan, officials say

WASHINGTON — U.S. commanders have asked for the deployment of an aircraft carrier to help protect U.S.-led troops as they withdraw from Afghanistan, two senior Defense officials told NBC News. With fighter More...

By admin On Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
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Indonesia continues search for submarine that may be too deep to retrieve

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s navy ships on Thursday were intensely searching for a submarine that likely fell too deep to retrieve, making survival chances for the 53 people on board slim. Authorities More...

By admin On Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
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Covid vaccine appears to be safe during pregnancy, large CDC report shows

One of the largest reports on Covid-19 vaccination in pregnancy bolsters evidence that it is safe although the authors say more comprehensive research is needed. The preliminary results are based on reports More...

By admin On Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
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Syrians devastated by environmental and health impacts of oil and war

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser. A decade of war in Syria has left oil facilities in ruins and created an environmental catastrophe. Syrians are devastated More...

By admin On Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
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Syria loses chemical weapons watchdog voting rights over chemical attacks

Member states of the global chemical weapons watchdog suspended Syria’s voting rights at the organization Wednesday, as a punishment for the repeated use of toxic gas by Damascus. The vote, which required More...

By admin On Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
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U.S.-backed Afghan peace meeting postponed as Taliban balk

KABUL, Afghanistan — An upcoming international peace conference that was meant to move Afghanistan’s warring sides to a power-sharing deal and ensure an orderly U.S. exit from the country has been postponed, More...

By admin On Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
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Chile shifts Covid vaccination drive to second doses amid concerns over protection, supply

Chile is shifting its Covid-19 vaccination strategy toward issuing second doses, while slowing administration of new shots, due to concerns over supply shortages and data showing scant protection from one dose More...

By admin On Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
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Sinn Fein leader says ‘sorry’ about assassination of Prince Philip’s uncle in 1979

LONDON — It is often said that funerals can be a time to build bridges, and Prince Philip’s is apparently no exception. A day after the Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was laid to rest, More...