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Haji Najibullah, charged in relation to 2008 attack on US troops in Afghanistan, says accusations are ‘incorrect’.The lawyer for an ex-Taliban commander charged with killing American troops in Afghanistan in 2008 has said it is “preposterous” to charge his client in deaths that occurred in a war the United States started. Haji Najibullah, 45, pleaded…
Prime Minister Andrej Babis, a populist billionaire, says he will hand over to a new coalition and move to the opposition.Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis is prepared to hand power to a bloc of opposition parties that won a combined majority in the lower house of Parliament in an election last weekend, news agency CTK…
Health officials are now recommending Americans get booster jabs of the Pfizer, Moderna and J&J coronavirus vaccines.An advisory panel of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has endorsed booster jabs of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine amid concerns the J&J single-dose jab is less effective than previously thought. The FDA’s influential 19-member advisory panel…
Giuseppe Sotgiu found guilty of violating international laws that forbid the forced return of people to countries where they are at risk.A ship’s captain who handed 101 migrants over to the Libyan coastguard after rescuing them in the Mediterranean Sea has been given a one-year jail term, in the first such case heard by Italy’s…
Armed groups control large swaths of territory, and about one-quarter of the nearly 5 million population has been displaced.Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera has declared a unilateral cessation of fighting against armed groups, saying he hoped it would lead to peaceful dialogue. The country has seen recurrent rounds of rebel violence since former President…
Yemen’s economy is collapsing, its humanitarian crisis is worsening, and the conflict in the Arab world’s poorest nation is growing more violent, the United Nations’ deputy humanitarian chief has said. The grim remarks by Assistant Secretary-General Ramesh Rajasingham came during a briefing to the UN Security Council on Thursday. More than 20 million Yemenis –…
The trial in absentia of four Egyptian officers halted as judge rules they may not have been formally made aware of charges over the abduction, torture and killing in Cairo of an Italian doctoral student.An Italian judge has suspended the trial over the murder of student Giulio Regeni in Cairo due to concerns that the…
Donald Trump’s former political adviser Steve Bannon refuses to comply with a subpoena to testify about Capitol riot.A United States congressional committee investigating the deadly January 6 Capitol insurrection will meet next week to advance contempt charges against Steve Bannon, a former top political adviser to ex-President Donald Trump. Bannon, who helped Trump win the…
Biden administration says US will ‘vigorously oppose’ the Council’s ‘disproportionate attention’ on Israel.The United States has been elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the first time since the Trump administration quit the international body in 2018, citing what it called “chronic bias” against Israel. The Department of State announced on Tuesday that…
Queen Elizabeth experienced a hot mic of sorts at the opening of Welsh parliament in Cardiff on Thursday. The queen was seen and heard conversing with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Welsh politician Elin Jones about the upcoming United Nations climate change conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, where world leaders will gather to talk about…