US, UK, Australia warn citizens and Afghans of ‘high terror threat’ at Kabul airport

The US, UK and Australia have warned their citizens and Afghans against going to the Kabul airport, citing a ‘high threat’ of a ‘terrorist’ attack. The warnings came late on Wednesday, August 25 and on Thursday, August 26 even as Western troops hurry to evacuate as many foreign nationals and Afghans as possible before a… Continue reading US, UK, Australia warn citizens and Afghans of ‘high terror threat’ at Kabul airport

Taliban pledged safe passage of civilians to Kabul airport, White House says

Newly empowered Taliban militants have informed the U.S. that they are prepared to provide safe passage for civilians attempting to flee Afghanistan through an airport in Kabul, the White House said Tuesday. “We intend to hold them to that commitment,” national security advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters amid a barrage of questions about the Biden… Continue reading Taliban pledged safe passage of civilians to Kabul airport, White House says

‘This is what really scares me:’ Surging Covid cases in kids drove U.S. teachers union decision to back vaccine mandates

A recent surge of Covid cases in kids across the U.S. led the nation’s second-largest teachers union to back vaccine mandates for educators as schools prepare for in-person learning this fall, said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. “This is what really scares me: in the last three weeks, we’ve gone from… Continue reading ‘This is what really scares me:’ Surging Covid cases in kids drove U.S. teachers union decision to back vaccine mandates

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Family of imprisoned American journalist in Myanmar ‘very very concerned’ for his health as Covid levels surge

The family of Danny Fenster, a U.S. journalist who has been detained in Myanmar since May, is raising concerns about his health, as Covid-19 levels surge across the country. Bryan Fenster, Fenster’s older brother, told CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” that Fenster was displaying Covid symptoms earlier last week, when his parents spoke with… Continue reading Family of imprisoned American journalist in Myanmar ‘very very concerned’ for his health as Covid levels surge

U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will end by August 31, Biden says

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden said the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will end by August 31, and he called on the country’s leaders to “come together” to prevent civil war. “We did not go to Afghanistan to nation build,” Biden said Thursday in remarks at the White House. After 20 years of war, he… Continue reading U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will end by August 31, Biden says

US recovers most of ransom paid after Colonial Pipeline hack

United States investigators have recovered millions of dollars of cryptocurrency paid to Russian ransomware hackers in the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, the Justice Department said in a statement on Monday June 7. “Earlier today, the Department of Justice has found and recaptured the majority of ransom Colonial paid to the DarkSide network in the wake of… Continue reading US recovers most of ransom paid after Colonial Pipeline hack

Mum said she heard voices telling her to kill her kids before her son and daughter were found dead

A mum told police she was “hearing voices telling her to kill her kids” hours before two young children were found dead in Tempe, Arizona, US. Yui Inoue, 40, stopped an Arizona cop as he was heading out for patrol at 7am on Saturday, May 15. The mum, who seemed frantic, flagged him down and… Continue reading Mum said she heard voices telling her to kill her kids before her son and daughter were found dead

Supply Scarce Abroad, Demand Down At Home: Vaccine Access Is Starkly Unequal

Vaccine demand is beginning to slide in the U.S., but in other parts of the world, the pandemic is devastating countries where vaccines are more scarce. India is one of those countries. There only 2% of the population is fully immunized. There’s an argument that waiving intellectual property rights could boost global vaccine production, and… Continue reading Supply Scarce Abroad, Demand Down At Home: Vaccine Access Is Starkly Unequal

Face mask requirement for planes, buses and trains extended through mid-September in U.S.

Traveling this summer? Don’t forget your mask. The Transportation Security Administration on Friday extended a federal requirement that travelers on buses, trains, commercial flights and at airports wear face masks. The requirement was set to expire on May 11 and will now be in effect through Sept. 13. The agency started requiring people wear masks… Continue reading Face mask requirement for planes, buses and trains extended through mid-September in U.S.

Spotify launches podcast subscriptions, and creators could make more money than they would through Apple

Spotify on Tuesday launched its podcast subscription service in the U.S., giving creators more range in how they choose to make money. The move comes just one week after streaming rival Apple announced its own subscription podcast offering. Podcast monetization has been tricky for streaming companies to realize, since it’s been difficult to measure the… Continue reading Spotify launches podcast subscriptions, and creators could make more money than they would through Apple