Khashoggi widow urges US to hold Saudis accountable 3 years later

Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi’s widow on Friday questioned US President Joe Biden’s commitment to hold the kingdom accountable three years after the writer’s brutal murder. Marking the anniversary, Hatice Cengiz traveled to Washington for a demonstration outside the Saudi embassy and an evening vigil near the US Capitol where she unveiled a portrait of Khashoggi […]

Haitian refugees are fleeing a crisis created in part by the US — and we owe them an enormous debt

President Joe Biden promised during his first joint address to the United States Congress earlier in the year to tackle systemic racism. America and the world was listening, including Haitians. Some might have thought that beyond the need of the United States to eradicate the scourge of racism evident in many areas of society within […]

US trade official called India’s Mastercard ban ‘draconian’: emails

By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A senior U.S. trade official privately criticised India’s July decision to ban Mastercard Inc from issuing new cards, calling it a “draconian” move that caused “panic”, according to U.S. government emails seen by Reuters. The documents show frustration within the U.S. government after India’s central bank banned https://www.reuters.com/article/india-banking-american-express-idUSL4N2MG3I6 […]

Pope blasts US bishops over attacks against Biden: ‘Don’t go condemning’

Pope Francis is offered up strong criticism against America’s conservative bishops for their attacks against President Joe Biden, a devout Catholic, over his stance on abortion. The Roman Catholic Church opposes abortion, among many other acts, but U.S. bishops have singled out Biden’s pro-choice policy and are moving to refuse him the holy sacraments, such […]

The real reason Afghanistan’s military fell apart so quickly revealed by investigative reporter

CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday interviewed Washington Post reporter Craig Whitlock, who helped uncover an explosive of documents in which American officials for years acknowledged they were losing in Afghanistan even while making rosy claims about the war in public. While discussing the rapid collapse of the Afghan military in recent weeks, Whitlock said that […]

Black Hawk helicopter flies circles over Kandahar as Taliban parade shows off plundered US hardware

A Black Hawk helicopter flew circles over the Taliban’s spiritual heartland in southern Afghanistan Wednesday while below fighters stood aboard captured Humvees as the Islamists paraded their plundered US military hardware. The Taliban’s victory lap, celebrating the final withdrawal of US troops, follows the group’s astonishing two-week takeover that capped a simmering 20-year insurgency. On […]

US officials ‘unsure’ of whereabouts of GOP congressman who went rogue to rescue people in Afghanistan: report

On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) has gone rogue to travel to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan on a rescue mission, in the face of multiple warnings not to do so from the Pentagon and State Department — and that nobody knows where he is. “Mullin told the [Tajik] embassy that he planned […]

US had a ‘secret gate’ where the Taliban agreed to escort Americans safely at the Kabul airport: report

The United States reportedly had a secret deal with the Taliban to escort Americans to the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, CNN.com reported Tuesday. An official revealed the U.S. special operations forces had a “secret gate” at the airport and established “call centers” to help Americans get through the process. None of the information was previously […]

J&J’s HIV vaccine fails in sub-Saharan Africa trial

Johnson & Johnson’s highly anticipated HIV vaccine failed to demonstrate adequate protection in a clinical trial involving more than 2,600 young women in sub-Saharan Africa, the company and US health authorities said Tuesday. Though the vaccine was found to be safe, with no serious side effects, its efficacy in preventing HIV infection was just over […]

The Taliban reportedly have control of US biometric devices – a lesson in life-and-death consequences of data privacy

In the wake of the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul and the ouster of the Afghan national government, alarming reports indicate that the insurgents could potentially access biometric data collected by the U.S. to track Afghans, including people who worked for U.S. and coalition forces. Afghans who once supported the U.S. have been attempting to hide […]

US climate envoy Kerry visits Japan, China for talks on emissions

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. climate envoy John Kerry arrived in Tokyo for talks on Tuesday with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on cooperation on carbon emissions and cutting support for fossil fuels, especially coal, before heading to China tonight. Talks in the two Asian economic powerhouses will be “to engage with international counterparts on efforts […]

American military announces US has left Afghanistan after 20 years of war

The war in Afghanistan ended on Monday after 2,461 U.S. service members were killed and over 20,000 injured. “I’m here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan and the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens, third country nationals, and vulnerable Afghans,” Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said on Monday. “The last C-17 […]

The Taliban reportedly have control of US biometric devices – a stunning lesson in life-and-death consequences of data privacy

In the wake of the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul and the ouster of the Afghan national government, alarming reports indicate that the insurgents could potentially access biometric data collected by the U.S. to track Afghans, including people who worked for U.S. and coalition forces. Afghans who once supported the U.S. have been attempting to hide […]

Americans in Kabul ‘should leave the airport area immediately’: US embassy in Afghanistan

The United States embassy in Kabul is urging Americans to immediately leave the area around the airport in Kabul. “Due to a specific, credible threat, all U.S. citizens in the vicinity of Kabul airport (HKIA), including the South (Airport Circle) gate, the new Ministry of the Interior, and the gate near the Panjshir Petrol station […]

‘Extremely dangerous’: Biden warns another Kubal airport bombing is ‘likely’

The United States took aim at the Islamic State group in Afghanistan on Saturday, killing two high-level targets in a drone strike over the devastating suicide bombing at Kabul airport, as President Joe Biden warned another attack on the frantic airlift was “highly likely”. A series of urgent terror warnings have rattled evacuation efforts overseen […]

US launches ‘over-the-horizon’ airstrike in Afghanistan — ISIS-K planner reportedly killed: Pentagon

The United States launched an airstrike against an ISIS-K planner in Afghanistan, US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced Friday evening. “U.S. military forces conducted an over-the-horizon counterterrorism operation today against an ISIS-K planner,” CENTCOM announced. “The unmanned airstrike occurred in the Nangahar Province of Afghanistan. Initial indications are that we killed the target. We know of […]

Tropical Storm Ida strengthens as it heads toward US

Tropical storm Ida was churning through the Caribbean toward the US Gulf Coast Friday and could hit the southern United States as a major hurricane, forecasters said. As of Friday morning, Ida was steaming northwest with maximum winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph) through the Caribbean, where the National Hurricane Center said “life-threatening […]

Children, US soldiers among casualties in explosions outside Kabul airport

This is a developing news story… Check back for possible updates… Children, adult civilians, and U.S. military personnel were among those reportedly killed or wounded Thursday in a pair of explosions near Kabul’s international airport, the site of a chaotic evacuation effort that the Biden administration is aiming to complete by early next week. It’s […]

A second explosion reported in Afghanistan — and there are US casualties: report

Politico’s Pentagon reporter, Lara Seligman tweeted that another explosion has been reported at the Afghanistan airport where Americans and refugees are attempting to flee the country. While there is no official confirmation from officials, she said that three sources have confirmed that there are American casualties and that the U.S. forces returned fire. The Pentagon […]