The Afghan government agreed on Sunday to release 400 “hard-core” Taliban prisoners, paving the way for peace talks aimed at ending almost two decades of war.The insurgent group welcomed the move and said it was ready to begin talks within 10 days of the release.Under election-year pressure from US President Donald Trump for a deal allowing him to bring home American troops, the country’s grand assembly, or Loya Jirga, on Sunday approved the release.The Taliban militant had demanded the release
BEIRUT — World leaders and international organizations pledged nearly $300 million in emergency humanitarian aid to Beirut in the wake of the devastating explosion, but they warned on Sunday that no money for rebuilding the Lebanese capital will be made available until the country’s authorities commit themselves to the political and economic reforms demanded by the people.
World leaders on Sunday pledged almost US$300 million for disaster-struck Lebanon, conference host France said, with the emergency aid to be delivered “directly” to a population reeling from the deadly port blast in Beirut.Fifteen government leaders including US President Donald Trump took part in the virtual conference hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and the UN, pledging solidarity with the Lebanese people and promising to muster “major resources” in the coming days and weeks.A…
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Tensions were high in Belarus as the country held a presidential election Sunday, with police setting up checkpoints outside the capital to quash potential protests and detaining at least eight opposition campaign workers. One leading opposition…
MINSK, Belarus — He bungled the coronavirus pandemic, alienated his long-standing foreign ally and last week faced the biggest anti-government protests in decades, but on Sunday, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko was on course to win his sixth term in office after an election his critics dismissed as rigged.
Belarusian police and protesters clashed Sunday in the capital Minsk and other cities, with law enforcement officers using stun grenades after a presidential vote that the opposition says was rigged, witnesses and media reports said.Witnesses described chaotic scenes across the capital, with protesters shouting, cars honking and sirens wailing.A live video feed provided by US-funded Radio Liberty showed hundreds of riot police facing off with protesters in central Minsk and firing stun grenades
The explosion in Beirut was both bigger and closer to densely populated areas.
Chinese government-linked hackers have been targeting US election infrastructure ahead of the 2020 presidential election, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said on Sunday, indicating a more active level of alleged Chinese interference.O’Brien’s comments appeared to go beyond a statement released on Friday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that said China “has been expanding its influence efforts,” and that Russia was already trying to undercut Democratic…
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Even before polling stations in Belarus had fully closed, the head of the country's election commission declared Sunday that fragmentary results showed authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko far ahead in his bid for a sixth consecutive term.
The leading opposition candidate in Belarus’s presidential election went into hiding ahead of Sunday’s vote, as long-term leader President Alexander Lukashenko prepared to extend his 26-year-long hold on power.
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the main opposition candidate in Belarus' Sunday presidential election, has gone into hiding -- the night before challenging longtime leader Alexander Lukashenko, who is seeking his sixth term.
Hundreds of tons of highly explosive material were stored in a waterfront hangar, and the blast sent a shock wave that killed at least 160 people, wounded nearly 6,000.
Some caterpillars fend off attackers by emitting toxic chemicals or smells. One species stacks its molted heads atop each other to act as false targets for predators.
Yemen’s Houthi rebels say floods have swept through rebel-held parts of the country since mid-July amid heavy seasonal rains, leaving more than 130 dead and damaging over 260 homes