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US ‘deeply alarmed’ at reports of military takeover in Sudan, calls for PM’s release

US ‘deeply alarmed’ at reports of military takeover in Sudan, calls for PM’s release

iStock/MarkRubens(CAIRO) — After initially being put under house arrest by military forces Monday, Sudan’s acting Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and his wife Muna Abdalla were “kidnapped” at dawn from their Khartoum residence, according to the prime minister’s office. The move happened after the military forces arrested several top civilian officials, including cabinet ministers. Soon after,…Continue Reading

Sixteen rescued from burning container ship off coast of Canada

Sixteen rescued from burning container ship off coast of Canada

(File photo) – SHansche/iStock(VICTORIA, British Columbia) — Sixteen people have been evacuated from a container ship that caught fire off the coast of Canada, according to officials. A fire broke out in 10 containers on the MV Zim Kingston near Victoria, British Columbia, on Saturday, according to the Canadian Coast Guard. Crews mobilized to the…Continue Reading

Suspected poacher likely killed by elephant in South Africa

Suspected poacher likely killed by elephant in South Africa

Moonstone Images/iStock(LONDON) — A suspected poacher found dead in a South African national park is believed to have been killed by an elephant, park officials said. Rangers in Kruger National Park discovered the body on Thursday after following tracks in the Stolznek section of the giant game reserve, a spokesperson for the park said in…Continue Reading

Queen Elizabeth was hospitalized for ‘preliminary investigations’

Queen Elizabeth was hospitalized for ‘preliminary investigations’

iweta0077/iStock(LONDON) — Queen Elizabeth was hospitalized Wednesday night for “preliminary investigations,” a Buckingham Palace spokesman confirmed to ABC News. The queen was back at her desk at Windsor Castle by Thursday afternoon and undertaking light duties. No other details about the queen’s condition are currently available. “Following medical advice to rest for a few days,…Continue Reading

Man attempting to demolish ancient sphinx in Cairo caught

Man attempting to demolish ancient sphinx in Cairo caught

Abdallah M. Elbarawy(CAIRO) —A man attempting to demolish one of four ancient sphinxes adorning the Tahrir square in Cairo was caught by security personnel, an eyewitness reports. “I and my friends were in Tahrir when we saw someone climbing up to the head of one of the sphinxes. He was wielding a big hammer and…Continue Reading

No US injuries in attack on remote American base in Syria

No US injuries in attack on remote American base in Syria

omersukrugoksu/iStock(AL-TANF, Syria) — There were no U.S. military injuries or deaths resulting from a coordinated attack Wednesday on a small remote U.S. military base at al Tanf, Syria, according to two U.S. officials. The attack “at a minimum” involved drones and “indirect fire,” the military term for mortar or rocket fire, according to a U.S.…Continue Reading

China’s reported hypersonic weapon test raises security concerns

China’s reported hypersonic weapon test raises security concerns

Zoya RusinovaTASS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Reports that China may have tested a new hypersonic weapon have grabbed the world’s attention and divided national security experts about its strategic significance and whether the U.S. was falling behind in a new arms race. But it also raised basic questions about the new technology, what it…Continue Reading

North Korea fires possible ballistic missile, eighth test this year

North Korea fires possible ballistic missile, eighth test this year

(File photo) – Alexyz3d/iStock(SEOUL, South Korea) — North Korea fired a possible submarine-launched ballistic missile off the East Coast Tuesday morning, according to the neighboring countries South Korea and Japan, marking the eighth missile test-fire this year alone. “Our military detected a missile launch eastward from a site in the vicinity of Sinpo, South Hamgyong…Continue Reading

Biden and China’s Xi plan to meet virtually this year after aides’ ‘meaningful,’ substantive’ talks

Biden and China’s Xi plan to meet virtually this year after aides’ ‘meaningful,’ substantive’ talks

Oleksii Liskonih/iStock(WASHINGTON) — President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping will hold a virtual meeting before the end of this year, a senior U.S. administration official said Wednesday, amid high tension in the critical relationship between the world’s two largest economies, including over trade and regional challenges like Taiwan. That’s the key outcome of six…Continue Reading

Russia threatens to block YouTube as confrontation with Google escalates

Russia threatens to block YouTube as confrontation with Google escalates

v777999/iStock(MOSCOW) — Russia’s state censor has threatened to block YouTube in the country in retaliation for the Google-owned video platform deleting two German-language channels belonging to the Kremlin-funded broadcaster RT for allegedly publishing misinformation around COVID-19. The Russian censor, Roskomnadzor, sent a letter to Google warning that if it did not swiftly restore the two…Continue Reading

Prince William, Kate release job listing for a personal assistant

Prince William, Kate release job listing for a personal assistant

marcin_libera/iStock(LONDON) — Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are hiring. The Cambridges are searching for a personal assistant to add to their team, according to a new job listing. The full-time position is based at Kensington Palace, where William and Kate live with their three young children. The personal assistant role…Continue Reading

Afghanistan updates: Milley, Austin face grilling in Senate hearing

Afghanistan updates: Milley, Austin face grilling in Senate hearing

KeithBinns/iStock(NEW YORK) — It’s been nearly one month since the U.S. withdrew all U.S. troops from Afghanistan on President Joe Biden’s order, ending a chaotic evacuation operation after the Afghan government collapsed and the Taliban seized the capital Kabul. Since then, the U.S. has facilitated the departure of at least 85 U.S. citizens and 79…Continue Reading

North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile into East Sea in latest test

North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile into East Sea in latest test

omersukrugoksu/iStock(SEOUL, South Korea) — North Korea fired a short-range missile toward the East Sea early Tuesday, according to its neighboring countries, South Korea and Japan, marking the third such weapons test this month. Military officials in Seoul, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. were investigating whether the latest missile was ballistic and if it was launched from…Continue Reading

North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile into Sea of Japan in latest test

North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile into Sea of Japan in latest test

omersukrugoksu/iStock(SEOUL, South Korea) — North Korea fired a short-range missile toward the Sea of Japan early Tuesday, according to its neighboring countries, South Korea and Japan, marking the third such weapons test this month. Military officials in Seoul, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. were investigating whether the latest missile was ballistic and if it was launched…Continue Reading

Putin critic Navalny slams Google and Apple for accepting Kremlin censorship

Putin critic Navalny slams Google and Apple for accepting Kremlin censorship

zmeel/iStock(MOSCOW) — Russia’s best-known opposition figure, Alexey Navalny, has criticized Google and Apple for bending to Kremlin demands for censorship during recent parliamentary elections, accusing the tech giants of “cowardice” and of becoming “accomplices” to president Vladimir Putin’s efforts to suppress political opposition. Both companies bowed to Russian government pressure to delete content relating to…Continue Reading

China declares cryptocurrency transactions illegal as crackdown continues

China declares cryptocurrency transactions illegal as crackdown continues

Vertigo3d/iStock(BEIJING) — Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies dipped in value on Friday after China declared all transactions involving these digital currencies “illegal.” China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, issued a statement on Friday saying that use of these virtual currencies is disrupting economic order and linked to money laundering, fraud and other illicit…Continue Reading

Border Patrol suspends using agents on horseback amid outrage

Border Patrol suspends using agents on horseback amid outrage

Azaliya/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Amid outrage over images the White House said President Joe Biden found “horrible,” the U.S. Border Patrol has temporarily stopped using agents on horseback against Haitian migrants in Del Rio, Texas, Homeland Security officials said Thursday. Shortly afterward, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the decision to end the horse patrols in…Continue Reading

How threats at the United Nations General Assembly are handled: ANALYSIS

How threats at the United Nations General Assembly are handled: ANALYSIS

lucagavagna/iStock(NEW YORK) — As the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations went underway in New York City beginning Sept. 14, authorities arrested Enrique Figueroa on Sunday for allegedly posting threats on social media against Luis Abinader, the president of the Dominican Republic, according to a court document. The charges state that Figueroa “intentionally transmitted…Continue Reading

Who’s making Hispanic Latinx history right now: The ‘GMA’ Inspiration List 2021

Who’s making Hispanic Latinx history right now: The ‘GMA’ Inspiration List 2021

RyanRahman/iStock(NEW YORK) — National Hispanic Latinx Heritage Month is an annual observance of the remarkable achievements that Americans who identify as Hispanic, Latinx, Latino, and Latina have made throughout history. The celebration runs from September 15 through October 15, and encompasses the national independence days of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, Chile…Continue Reading

Pro-Putin party takes majority in Russian parliamentary election sullied by fraud

Pro-Putin party takes majority in Russian parliamentary election sullied by fraud

macky_ch/iStock(MOSCOW) — Russia’s ruling party, United Russia, which backs President Vladimir Putin, has kept its supermajority in the country’s parliament, sweeping elections that were marred with allegations of widespread ballot rigging and saw many of the Kremlin’s top opponents barred from running. With virtually all ballots counted, Russia’s election’s commission said United Russia had taken…Continue Reading

At least eight dead in shooting at Russian university, police say

At least eight dead in shooting at Russian university, police say

Rus32MOSCOW — A gunman opened fire at a university in the Russian city of Perm on Monday, killing at least six people and injuring about two dozen others, according to Russian authorities. The shooter, who police said was a student at the college, entered a campus building at Perm State University where classes were taking…Continue Reading

Prince Andrew becomes 1 target of anti-monarchy campaign in UK

Prince Andrew becomes 1 target of anti-monarchy campaign in UK

mikeinlondon/iStock(LONDON) — The anti-monarchy campaign group Republic has launched giant billboards across the U.K. with slogans questioning the British monarchy. “Secretive. Divisive. Undemocratic. Abolish the monarchy,” read some, while others have pictures of Prince Andrew, captioned: “Wanted: a democratic alternative to the monarchy,” and “No one is above the law,” referring to the lawsuit filed…Continue Reading

British court indicates it will serve lawsuit on Prince Andrew

British court indicates it will serve lawsuit on Prince Andrew

Kuzma/iStock(NEW YORK) — A British court on Wednesday indicated that it intends to formally provide notice to Prince Andrew of a sexual assault lawsuit filed against him in New York, according to a court statement and documents obtained by ABC News. The court’s decision came over the objections of the prince’s legal team, who have…Continue Reading

Afghanistan updates: Blinken faces 2nd day of grilling on Capitol Hill

Afghanistan updates: Blinken faces 2nd day of grilling on Capitol Hill

christophe_cerisier/iStock(NEW YORK) — With the U.S. military and diplomatic withdrawal now complete after 20 years in Afghanistan, the Taliban has taken over the country, including the Kabul airport, the site of an often-desperate evacuation effort in past weeks. But even as the last American troops were flown out to meet President Joe Biden’s Aug. 31…Continue Reading

Duchess Kate visits teams who assisted in Afghanistan evacuation

Duchess Kate visits teams who assisted in Afghanistan evacuation

Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) — Duchess Kate made her first public appearance in more than two months on Wednesday. The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, visited RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, England, to meet with those involved in the United Kingdom’s evacuation of thousands of people from Afghanistan. In the wake of the Taliban’s…Continue Reading

North Korea fires ballistic missiles in second test in a week

North Korea fires ballistic missiles in second test in a week

omersukrugoksu/iStock(SEOUL, South Korea) — North Korea fired two ballistic missiles toward the East Sea on Wednesday, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. The missiles were launched from central North Korea and soared nearly 500 miles before landing in the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. It’s the second time this week that…Continue Reading

US military investigating Kabul drone strike

US military investigating Kabul drone strike

dk_photos/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. military continues to review the Aug. 29 drone strike in Kabul that it said prevented a car bomb attack on U.S. troops and Afghan civilians at the airport in Kabul, but new questions continue to be raised about the strike in the wake of New York Times interviews with residents and…Continue Reading

Putin watches huge display of firepower during Zapad war games

Putin watches huge display of firepower during Zapad war games

Mikhail Svetlov/Getty ImagesMULINO FIRING RANGE, Russia — Russian President Vladimir Putin watched a huge display of firepower put on by his military Monday when he attended the finale of what is believed to be the largest Russian war games held in Europe since the Cold War. The joint exercises with Belarus — called Zapad –…Continue Reading

Chinese government cracking down on K-pop fandom

Chinese government cracking down on K-pop fandom

Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — Fourteen content providers in China including Tencent and Weibo are promising a “healthy” cyberspace environment as Chinese authorities expand control over the entertainment industry. The China Association of Performing Arts, an organization affiliated with the Chinese government, summoned representatives from content providers last Friday to discuss ways…Continue Reading

North Korea test-fires long-range missiles, officials say

North Korea test-fires long-range missiles, officials say

Oleksii Liskonih/iStock(NEW YORK) — North Korean officials announced they test-fired long-range missiles this weekend. The “long-range cruise missiles” were launched on Saturday and Sunday and allegedly hit a target 1,500 kilometers away, officials said on North Korea’s state-run media. The missiles flew for over two hours, according to the report. The officials claimed the test…Continue Reading

‘Fortress Australia’ cautiously moving away from COVID Zero, but there’s still a long path to freedom

‘Fortress Australia’ cautiously moving away from COVID Zero, but there’s still a long path to freedom

raisbeckfoto/iStock(SYDNEY) — Australia’s approach to the pandemic — strict border policies, snap lockdowns and aggressive contact tracing — saw the country, along with neighboring New Zealand, praised throughout 2020 for taking a no-tolerance approach to public health. It paid off. While other countries faced overwhelmed hospital systems and devastating death tolls, Australia enjoyed large public…Continue Reading

Afghanistan updates: Blinken faces grilling on Capitol Hill

Afghanistan updates: Blinken faces grilling on Capitol Hill

christophe_cerisier/iStock(NEW YORK) — With the U.S. military and diplomatic withdrawal now complete after 20 years in Afghanistan, the Taliban has taken over the country, including the Kabul airport, the site of an often-desperate evacuation effort in past weeks. But even as the last American troops were flown out to meet President Joe Biden’s Aug. 31…Continue Reading

Afghanistan updates: 2nd passenger flight from Kabul lands in Doha

Afghanistan updates: 2nd passenger flight from Kabul lands in Doha

christophe_cerisier/iStock(NEW YORK) — With the U.S. military and diplomatic withdrawal now complete after 20 years in Afghanistan, the Taliban has taken over the country, including the Kabul airport, the site of an often-desperate evacuation effort in past weeks. But even as the last American troops were flown out to meet President Joe Biden’s Aug. 31…Continue Reading

Prince Andrew avoiding service of lawsuit, accuser’s lawyer says

Prince Andrew avoiding service of lawsuit, accuser’s lawyer says

Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Britain’s Prince Andrew and his lawyers have refused multiple attempts to serve the beleaguered royal with notice of a sexual assault lawsuit filed against him last month in New York, according to an attorney for his accuser, Virginia Giuffre, and documents obtained by ABC News. “Process servers have shown up…Continue Reading

Afghanistan updates: 2nd passenger flight takes off from Kabul

Afghanistan updates: 2nd passenger flight takes off from Kabul

christophe_cerisier/iStock(NEW YORK) — With the U.S. military and diplomatic withdrawal now complete after 20 years in Afghanistan, the Taliban has taken over the country, including the Kabul airport, the site of an often-desperate evacuation effort in past weeks. But even as the last American troops were flown out to meet President Joe Biden’s Aug. 31…Continue Reading

Afghanistan updates: Flight carrying Americans lands in Qatar

Afghanistan updates: Flight carrying Americans lands in Qatar

christophe_cerisier/iStock(NEW YORK) — With the U.S. military and diplomatic withdrawal now complete after 20 years in Afghanistan, the Taliban has taken over the country, including the Kabul airport, the site of an often-desperate evacuation effort in past weeks. But even as the last American troops were flown out to meet President Joe Biden’s Aug. 31…Continue Reading

North Korea holds 1st military parade since Biden took office

North Korea holds 1st military parade since Biden took office

iStock/narvikk(NORTH KOREA) — North Korea hosted its 73rd anniversary parade late Wednesday going into early Thursday morning, with a display of soldiers in bright orange hazmat suits and gas masks marching in Pyongyang, according to the Korea Central News Agency, the nation’s state media. Along with top officials, a thinner Kim Jong Un appeared in…Continue Reading

Blinken meets with unaccompanied Afghan children at Ramstein Air Base

Blinken meets with unaccompanied Afghan children at Ramstein Air Base

OLIVIER DOULIERY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images(RAMSTEIN-MIESENBACH, Germany) — The 8-year old Afghan girl, housed at Ramstein Air Base without her parents, decided to share her dreams with the U.S. staffers running the “youth pod” where she was staying. She wanted to be a pilot, she told them. When word got to U.S. Air Force personnel, they…Continue Reading

Afghanistan updates: Taliban name caretaker government

Afghanistan updates: Taliban name caretaker government

christophe_cerisier/iStock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — With the U.S. military and diplomatic withdrawal now complete after 20 years in Afghanistan, the Taliban has taken over the country, including the Kabul airport, the site of an often-desperate evacuation effort the past two weeks. But even as the last American troops were flown out to meet President Joe Biden’s Aug.…Continue Reading

Top Belarus opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova sentenced to 11 years

Top Belarus opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova sentenced to 11 years

iStock/MoreISO(MOSCOW) — One of Belarus’ top opposition figures, who helped lead massive protests against authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko last year, has been sentenced to 11 years in jail by a court in Minsk. Maria Kolesnikova was one of three women who found themselves at the head of the huge peaceful protests that last summer threatened…Continue Reading

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to resign

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to resign

Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images(TOKYO) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will not seek re-election as president of the country’s Liberal Democratic Party, effectively ending his term as prime minister after just one year. Suga told reporters Friday that he would instead work on policy measures, specifically highlighting efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.…Continue Reading

Afghanistan updates: Taliban celebrates US exit with mock funeral

Afghanistan updates: Taliban celebrates US exit with mock funeral

Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — With the U.S. military and diplomatic withdrawal now complete after 20 years in Afghanistan, the Taliban has taken over the country, including the Kabul airport, the site of an often-desperate evacuation effort the past two weeks. But even as the last American troops were flown out to…Continue Reading

Afghanistan updates: All US troops have departed, Pentagon says

Afghanistan updates: All US troops have departed, Pentagon says

Major General Chris Donahue, commander of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, boards a C-17 cargo plane at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Maj. Gen. Donahue is the final American service member to depart Afghanistan, Aug. 30, 2021. – U.S. Central Command(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Chaos enveloped Kabul after Afghanistan’s…Continue Reading

Afghanistan updates: Biden to defend US military withdrawal

Afghanistan updates: Biden to defend US military withdrawal

Major General Chris Donahue, commander of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, boards a C-17 cargo plane at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Maj. Gen. Donahue is the final American service member to depart Afghanistan, Aug. 30, 2021. – U.S. Central Command(KABUL, Afghanistan) — With the U.S. military and…Continue Reading

Afghanistan updates: ‘It was time to end this war,’ Biden says

Afghanistan updates: ‘It was time to end this war,’ Biden says

Major General Chris Donahue, commander of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, boards a C-17 cargo plane at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Maj. Gen. Donahue is the final American service member to depart Afghanistan, Aug. 30, 2021. – U.S. Central Command(KABUL, Afghanistan) — With the U.S. military and…Continue Reading

Afghanistan updates: ‘Still time’ for American evacuations in final hours: Pentagon

Afghanistan updates: ‘Still time’ for American evacuations in final hours: Pentagon

Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Chaos has enveloped Kabul after Afghanistan’s government collapsed and the Taliban seized control, all but ending America’s 20-year campaign as it began: under Taliban rule. Officials said the terror group ISIS-K carried out what the Pentagon called a “complex attack” outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in…Continue Reading

Afghanistan updates: Multiple rockets fired in attack on Kabul airport

Afghanistan updates: Multiple rockets fired in attack on Kabul airport

Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Chaos has enveloped Kabul after Afghanistan’s government collapsed and the Taliban seized control, all but ending America’s 20-year campaign as it began: under Taliban rule. Officials said the terror group ISIS-K carried out what the Pentagon called a “complex attack” outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in…Continue Reading

Afghanistan updates: Bidens to attend dignified transfer of troops at Dover

Afghanistan updates: Bidens to attend dignified transfer of troops at Dover

Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Chaos has enveloped Kabul after Afghanistan’s government collapsed and the Taliban seized control, all but ending America’s 20-year campaign as it began: under Taliban rule. Two suicide bombers affiliated with ISIS-K carried out what the Pentagon called a “complex attack” outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in…Continue Reading

Amid Afghanistan chaos, refugee vetting process is sound: OPINION

Amid Afghanistan chaos, refugee vetting process is sound: OPINION

grynold/iStock(WASHINGTON) — In recent weeks, we have watched harrowing images of desperate Afghan men, women and children attempt to escape Taliban rule. For 20 years, the United States made promises: If you help us defeat al-Qaida and the Taliban, then we will ensure you and your family are safe from retribution. And if that is…Continue Reading

Special agents tasked with emergency response in Afghanistan: ANALYSIS

Special agents tasked with emergency response in Afghanistan: ANALYSIS

Khodaiberdi Sadat/Anadolu Agency/ Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — When the U.S. Embassy in Kabul closed, the last individuals to secure it were not civilians or even U.S. military, but the quiet and dynamic special agents of the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) of the State Department. These federal law enforcement officers are the professionals conducting personnel recovery…Continue Reading

Afghanistan updates: US kills ISIS-K member in unmanned airstrike

Afghanistan updates: US kills ISIS-K member in unmanned airstrike

Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Chaos has enveloped Kabul after Afghanistan’s government collapsed and the Taliban seized control, all but ending America’s 20-year campaign as it began: under Taliban rule. Two suicide bombers affiliated with ISIS-K carried out what the Pentagon called a “complex attack” outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in…Continue Reading

Afghanistan updates: US begins withdrawing troops after airstrike

Afghanistan updates: US begins withdrawing troops after airstrike

Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Chaos has enveloped Kabul after Afghanistan’s government collapsed and the Taliban seized control, all but ending America’s 20-year campaign as it began: under Taliban rule. Two suicide bombers affiliated with ISIS-K carried out what the Pentagon called a “complex attack” outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in…Continue Reading

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