KABUL. Female presenters on Afghanistan's leading television channels went on air on Saturday without covering their faces, defying a Taliban order that they conceal their appearance to comply with the group's austere brand of Islam...Previously, they had only been required to wear a headscarf ... ....
Lying is effectively a standard practice for diplomats in “real world,” Michael McFaul says ... The veteran diplomat made the revelation in a public policy forum, the semi-annual Munk Debates, earlier this month in Toronto ... Read more NATO expansion ‘not a threat’ – Biden ... “We kept saying that, over and over again.” ... .
Former US PresidentGeorge W Bush suffered an unfortunate slip of the tongue last week when he condemned "the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq" before correcting himself to say “I mean, Ukraine” ... No such weapons were ever found. The US subsequently admitted that its intelligence was wrong ... Bruce Golding. .
Pakistan’s former human rights minister was arrested on Saturday in the capital over a decades-old land grabbing allegation, her daughter and another former minister said ... She said ... Footage on local Geo TV showed female police officers detaining Mazari ... TopicsPakistanSouth and central Asianews ... .
Below the dusty plateau, home to Khribet al-Fakhiet village, on the southern edge of the occupied West Bank, sheep, goats and camels belonging to Palestinian Bedouin roam the hills. The Israeli town of Arad glitters in the distance and, across the valley to the east, the mountains of neighbouring Jordan rise up to meet the sky ... Map of area ... .
Three other former officials at the time of the demolition were also sentenced late Friday ... Three other officials were acquitted ... He has compared himself in social media postings to Joseph K., the main character of Franz Kafka's novel "The Trial" who is convicted and executed without ever learning of what he is accused.
Australia's new leader has vowed to take the country in a new direction, with a big shift in climate policy ... He is to be sworn in as PM on Monday, but it is not clear whether his party will have a majority in parliament ... However, he has so far refused calls to phase out coal use, or to block the opening of new coal mines ... Australian election ... .
Heavy rains have caused widespread flooding in parts of Bangladesh and India, leaving millions stranded and at least 57 dead, officials say. In Bangladesh, about 2 million people have been marooned by the worst floods in the country’s north-east for nearly two decades ...Photograph. Mamun Hossain/AFP/Getty Images ... ‘We live and die by it’ ... Read more ... .
The number of outpatient and emergency services at tertiary and secondary medical institutions in Shanghai in May has bounced back to 40 percent of the same time period last year as the COVID-19 epidemic wave continues to wane in the city, a health official said on Sunday ...