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Aukus: France's ambassador recall is 'tip of the iceberg', say analysts
French foreign minister makes no attempt to hide anger as former UK ambassador says announcement 'puts a big rift in Nato alliance'France's historic decision to recall its ambassadors
to the US and Australia is far more than a diplomatic spat, analysts have warned.The move, in protest at Canberra's surprise decision to cancel an order for French-built submarines and its security pact with Washington and London, will affect France and Europe's role in Nato and already strained relations with the UK. Continue reading...
Mark Milley, US general who stood up to Trump, founders over Kabul strike
Civilian deaths in US drone strike deal blow to credibility of chairman of the joint chiefs of staff when he needs it mostThree days after a US drone obliterated a car in a Kabul street, General Mark Milley, shrugged off reports of civilian casualties, insisting it was a "righteous strike".On Friday that word came back to haunt America's top general when the Pentagon was forced to admit
that all 10 dead had been civilians, seven of them children. The drone had hit the wrong white Toyota Corolla. Continue reading...
Three killed in explosions in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan
Initial reports suggest a Taliban convoy may have been targeted in the ISKP's stronghold regionAt least three people have been killed and more than 18 people injured in three explosions in Jalalabad in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province.It is reported that the intended target may have been a passing convoy of the Taliban in the provincial capital. It is the first attack in the province since the Taliban came into power in mid-August. Continue reading...
Will she run for president? Duterte's daughter keeps the Philippines guessing
Sara Duterte ahead in the polls despite refusing to commit to presidential raceIt was a decade ago, before her father had become Philippine president, that Sara Duterte attracted national attention. A local sheriff had ignored orders issued by her, the mayor of Davao City, to delay the demolition of a shantytown. She arrived at the scene furious and punched him, not once, but four times in the head
, in front of reporters.Duterte, 43, a motorbike lover and tough talker, has a combative image that echoes that of her 76-year-old father, the populist president Rodrigo Duterte. It is widely believed that, as he nears the end of his six-year term limit, she will follow in his footsteps to Manila's Malacañang Palace. Continue reading...
Islamic State affiliate leader killed in raid, says Indonesian military
Central Sulawesi province's military chief says Ali Kalora of East Indonesia Mujahideen shot during gun battle with security forcesIndonesia's most wanted militant with ties to the Islamic State (IS) group has been killed in a gun battle with security forces, the military said, in a victory for the counter-terrorism campaign against extremists in the jungles of Sulawesi island.Ali Kalora was one of two militants killed in the shootout, according to Central Sulawesi province's military chief, Brig Gen Farid Makruf. He identified the other suspected extremist as Jaka Ramadan. Continue reading...
|Opinion: Extreme weather keeps knocking out America's power. Here's what we must do
The image of a collapsed electrical tower and power lines that Hurricane Ida tossed into the Mississippi River illustrated a fundamental challenge facing the nation: Our power systems weren't built to withstand extreme weather events. Without major investments to reinforce, modernize and clean our grid, the question will not be whether it fails, but when.
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