China respects Afghanistan’s ‘sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity’ after formation of Taliban govt – spokesman

A spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that Beijing respects Afghanistan’s “sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity” in the wake of the formation of the Taliban’s new government. … Read More >China respects Afghanistan’s ‘sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity’ after formation of Taliban govt – spokesman

Merkel warns Germans against voting for left-wing government in last speech to parliament as election nears

German Chancellor Angela Merkel used her last speech in the Bundestag before stepping down to warn against the rise of a broad left-wing coalition government, as her center-right CDU/CSU bloc falls in the polls. … Read More >Merkel warns Germans against voting for left-wing government in last speech to parliament as election nears

Taliban announces formation of new government, including some ministers sanctioned and WANTED by US

The Taliban has begun to fill government positions following its successful conquest of Afghanistan. Among the names are people still on the UN Security Council sanction list and a minister with a $5-million US bounty on his head. … Read More >Taliban announces formation of new government, including some ministers sanctioned and WANTED by US

UK govt’s plans for death of the Queen leaked, upsetting some Brits who protest Politico’s ‘bad taste’

The UK government’s secret plan for when Queen Elizabeth II dies was leaked by Politico on Friday – angering some Brits, but fascinating others who were amused by the intricate details. … Read More >UK govt’s plans for death of the Queen leaked, upsetting some Brits who protest Politico’s ‘bad taste’

Indigenous health bodies SLAM Australian govt’s ‘joke’ response to Covid outbreak in remote communities despite 18 months’ notice

The Australian government has drawn flak over a “disappointing” vaccine rollout in remote Indigenous communities in New South Wales (NSW) – despite being warned more than a year ago about the need for “urgent and drastic action.” … Read More >Indigenous health bodies SLAM Australian govt’s ‘joke’ response to Covid outbreak in remote communities despite 18 months’ notice

Chinese govt sees threat of addiction among nation’s teen gamers, sets out new restrictions on when under-18s can play online

The Chinese government has announced tighter restrictions on how long people under 18 years of age can spend each week playing online video games, in an effort to tackle addictions to gaming among the country’s youth. … Read More >Chinese govt sees threat of addiction among nation’s teen gamers, sets out new restrictions on when under-18s can play online

Brother of ex-Afghan president Ghani says Taliban can restore order, wants politicians from previous govt ‘sidelined’

The brother of ousted Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has apparently warmed to the idea of Taliban rule, a week after his sibling fled Kabul, claiming that the militant group could help stabilize war-torn Afghanistan. … Read More >Brother of ex-Afghan president Ghani says Taliban can restore order, wants politicians from previous govt ‘sidelined’