Afghanistan

More than 20 Afghan police killed as Taliban attack checkpoints

More than 20 Afghan police killed as Taliban attack checkpoints

Published 14/11/2017

A series of Taliban attacks over six hours on more than a dozen Afghan checkpoints killed 22 police and wounded 15 in the southern province of Kandahar, police said on Tuesday. [more…]

Opioid abuse crisis takes heavy toll on U.S. veterans

Opioid abuse crisis takes heavy toll on U.S. veterans

Published 10/11/2017

Opioid drug abuse has killed more Americans than the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars combined, and U.S. veterans and advocates this Veteran's Day are focusing on how to help victims of the crisis. [more…]

BBC name change stirs language row in Afghanistan

BBC name change stirs language row in Afghanistan

Published 05/11/2017

The BBC is facing an angry reaction in Afghanistan after it changed the name of one of its local language Facebook pages to BBC Dari, the official name of the Afghan version of Persian or Farsi but one rejected by many local Persian speakers. [more…]

As militant threats shift, U.S. Senate revives war authorization debate

As militant threats shift, U.S. Senate revives war authorization debate

Published 30/10/2017

U.S. lawmakers will grill top Trump administration officials on Monday about a new authorization for the use of military force for the campaign against Islamic State and other militant groups, Congress' most significant step in years toward taking back control of its constitutional right to authorize war. [more…]

PNG says Australia responsible for hundreds of asylum seekers when detention camp closes

PNG says Australia responsible for hundreds of asylum seekers when detention camp closes

Published 30/10/2017

Australia will not be allowed to walk away from legal, financial and moral responsibility for nearly 800 men when it closes its asylum seeker detention center in Papua New Guinea (PNG) on Tuesday, PNG's immigration minister said. [more…]

Philippine president declares Marawi liberated as battle goes on

Philippine president declares Marawi liberated as battle goes on

Published 17/10/2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the southern city of Marawi liberated from pro-Islamic State militants on Tuesday, although the military said 20-30 rebels were holding about 20 hostages and still fighting it out. [more…]

Adobe warns that hackers are exploiting its Flash software

Adobe warns that hackers are exploiting its Flash software

Published 16/10/2017

Adobe Systems Inc (ADBE.O) warned on Monday that hackers are exploiting vulnerabilities in its Flash multimedia software platform in web browsers, and the company urged users to quickly patch their systems to prevent such attacks. [more…]

Tourniquets, once out of favor, helped save lives in Vegas shootings

Tourniquets, once out of favor, helped save lives in Vegas shootings

Published 13/10/2017

When the sniper’s bullet shattered Paola Bautista’s arm, her sister and a stranger in the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival got her to cover. Then they focused on the bleeding. [more…]

International Red Cross to `drastically` cut Afghan presence after attacks

International Red Cross to `drastically` cut Afghan presence after attacks

Published 09/10/2017

The International Committee of the Red Cross will "drastically" cut back its operations in Afghanistan following attacks that have killed seven of its staff this year, the aid group said on Monday. [more…]

Explosion hits Afghan capital Kabul: interior ministry spokesman

Explosion hits Afghan capital Kabul: interior ministry spokesman

Published 29/09/2017

A explosion was reported on Friday in the Afghan capital of Kabul, a spokesman for the interior ministry said. [more…]