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Russian President Vladimir Putin says US achieved ‘zero’ in Afghanistan

Putin said Wednesday that for 20 years, the U.S. military in Afghanistan was trying ... to civilize the people who live there, to introduce their norms and standards of life in the broadest sense of the word, including the po

Google again delays return to office due to COVID surges

The highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus is driving a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, leading companies to delay or scrap return-to-office plans after nearly two years of people working fr

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Saudi Arabia: Drone attack on airport wounds 8, damages plane, say media reports

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the second such strike on Abha airport in the last 24 hours. The earlier attack caused no casualties.

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Afghanistan longest war’s cost: Thousands of lives, trillions of dollars

Ordinary Americans closely watched the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, as they did the start of the war nearly 20 years ago, in the weeks after the 9/11 attacks.

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US’ longest war in Afghanistan ends with Taliban’s return to power

The last plane carrying US forces left Afghanistan on Monday around midnight, a day ahead of schedule, ending a 20-year war that left nearly 2,500 American troops dead and spanned four presidencies.

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WHO European head backs 3rd vaccine doses for the vulnerable

Dr. Hans Kluge cited deeply worrying levels of high transmission, saying 33 countries among the 53 in the WHO Europe region have reported an increase in case counts of 10 percent or more over the past two weeks.

It's basically a way to keep the people safe - the most vulnerable, said Kluge, quickly adding that wealthy countries with excess vaccine doses need to share them with countries lacking them.

New Zealand reports 1st virus vaccine death

The board said the woman likely developed the condition because of the vaccine, although she had other medical issues which may have contributed.

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US has capacity to evacuate remaining Americans: White House

''This is the most dangerous time in an already extraordinarily dangerous mission these last couple of days,'' America's top diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, said not long before confirmation of that airstrike in

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Arctic expedition discovers island off Greenland’s coast believed to be world’s northernmost island

The scientists from the University of Copenhagen initially thought they had arrived at Oodaaq, an island discovered by a Danish survey team in 1978, to collect samples during an expedition that was conducted in July.

SpaceX launches ants, avocados, robot to space station

SpaceX founder Elon Musk continued his tradition of naming the booster-recovery vessels in tribute to the late science fiction writer Iain Banks and his Culture series.

Samples of concrete, solar cells and other materials also will be subjected to weightlessness.

COVID-19: UK prepares to vaccinate children ages 12-15

The Department of Health said it wants to be ready to hit the ground running once approval comes and be in position to deliver shots in schools when the new academic year starts in most of the country.

Britain is currently giving coronavirus vaccinations to people 16 and up, as well as those between 12 and 15 with underlying health conditions or who live with vulnerable adults.

Asian tourism sees ups, downs in 2nd year of pandemic

Across the Asia-Pacific region, international tourist arrivals were down 95% in the first five months of the year, compared to the same period before the pandemic in 2019, according to the UN World Tourism Organization.

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World stocks slip following record Wall Street charge

Chinese technology stocks had rallied earlier this week as a share buyback by games and social media giant Tencent Holding Ltd. boosted sentiment.

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Asian stocks slip following record Wall Street charge

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 fell 0.1 per cent to 27,693.42 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng gave up 1 per cent to 25,440.41.

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Study says COVID riskier for heart than Pfizer

Dr Grace Lee is an infectious disease expert at Stanford University and says the paper is the first to assess the potential risks of vaccination ''in the context of understanding the potential benefits of vaccination''.

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China accuses US of politicising COVID-19 origins research

Fu Cong, a Foreign Ministry director general, said at a briefing for foreign journalists on Wednesday that ''scapegoating China cannot whitewash the US.''

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US regulators give full approval to Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine

The move could lift public confidence in the shots and spur more companies, universities and local governments to make vaccinations mandatory.

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Lockdowns or vaccines? 3 Pacific nations try diverging paths

New Zealand doesn't have much of a Plan B. A recent report by expert advisers to the government noted the nation has comparatively few intensive care hospital beds and said an outbreak could quickly overwhelm the health syste

China allows couples third child amid demographic crisis

The shift to the two-child rule led to a temporary bump in the numbers of births but its effects soon wore off and total births continued to fall because many women continued to decide against starting families.

US says evacuated 3,000 people from Kabul via military transport aircraft on August 19

We have evacuated approximately 9,000 people since August 14. Since the end of July, we have evacuated approximately 14,000 people," it said.

Taliban said to be waiting until after August 31

The official, who is not authorised to give information to the media and thus spoke anonymously, says Taliban lead negotiator Anas Haqqani has told his ex-government interlocuters that the insurgent movement has a deal with t

China tightens control over companies’ data on users

The data protection law follows anti-monopoly and other enforcement actions against companies including e-commerce giant Alibaba and games and social media operator Tencent that caused their share prices to plunge.

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Do I need a booster if I got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

All the vaccines used in the U.S. — including the J&J vaccine — still are doing their job of preventing hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19.

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Kamala Harris’ Asia trip carries new urgency after Afghan collapse

The trip, which begins Friday and includes stops in Singapore and Vietnam, will provide a forum for Harris to assert herself more directly in foreign affairs.

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Japan imposes ’emergency’ measures against virus

The emergency, which lasts through Sept. 12, requests restaurants and bars to close at 8 p.m. and not serve alcohol, and shopping malls to limit crowd size.

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Sydney extends lockdown to fight COVID outbreak

New South Wales state reported 642 locally acquired COVID-19 infections in the latest 24-hour period, the fourth consecutive day of tallies exceeding 600.

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Police probing report of explosive device in truck near U.S. Capitol

U.S. Capitol Police said officers were "responding to a suspicious vehicle near the Library of Congress."

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