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She urged world leaders on Tuesday to stand up for the rights of women and girls now the Taliban had returned to power. Do not be fooled by the masks the Taliban show on the news," Alizadeh told a virtual event on the sidelines of the annual high-level U.N. General Assembly. She urged the international community not to recognize the Taliban, guarantee the rights of women and children, ensure internet access for the Afghan people, include more Afghans in decision making and keep girls in school. The Taliban stirred skepticism about their pledges on the rights of women and girls when they said last week that they would open schools for high school-aged boys but not girls. read moreReporting by Daphne Psaledakis, editing by Michelle Nichols and Richard PullinOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Sonita Alizadeh, Shannon Stapleton, Alizadeh, Michelle Bachelet, Antonio Guterres, Daphne Psaledakis, Michelle Nichols, Richard Pullin Organizations: Clinton Global Initiative, REUTERS, NATIONS, Taliban, General, Thomson Locations: New York, U.S, U.N, Afghanistan
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during the 76th Session of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York on September 21, 2021. Timothy A. Clary/Pool via REUTERSUNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed climate pledges by the United States and China at the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders on Tuesday, but warned "we still have a long way to go" to make an upcoming climate meeting in Glasgow a success. Reporting by Michelle Nichols and Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Chris ReeseOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: General Antonio Guterres, Timothy A, Antonio Guterres, Michelle Nichols, Daphne Psaledakis, Chris Reese Organizations: United Nations, UN, REUTERS UNITED NATIONS, Thomson Locations: New York, United States, China, Glasgow
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield walks into a bus to get a COVID-19 test outside U.N. Headquarters during the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 20, 2021. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield got tested on Monday and urged those attending the General Assembly to get a free test or vaccination. Attendees should do "everything possible to mitigate against getting COVID so that this event does not become a super-spreader event," Thomas-Greenfield told reporters. The first world leader to speak at the General Assembly, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, will flout the vaccination rule on Tuesday. Members of the Brazilian delegation gathered at the van on Monday to get tests, which Brazil requires for entry.
Persons: Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Eduardo Munoz, Johnson, United Nations Linda Thomas, Thomas, Joe Biden, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, Adam Shrier, Daphne Psaledakis, Mary Milliken, Cynthia Osterman Organizations: United Nations General Assembly, REUTERS, Eduardo Munoz UNITED NATIONS, General Assembly, U.S, United Nations, United, Brazilian, New York, Thomson Locations: Manhattan , New York, U.S, United States . New York City, United States, New York, New York City, Brazil
A tank damaged during the fighting between Ethiopia's National Defense Force (ENDF) and Tigray Special Forces stands on the outskirts of Humera town in Ethiopia July 1, 2021. REUTERS/StringerWASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - The United States on Friday paved the way for further sanctions to be imposed on parties to the conflict in northern Ethiopia, where thousands have been killed and millions are in need of humanitarian assistance. War broke out 10 months ago between Ethiopia's federal troops and forces loyal to the TPLF, which controls Tigray. Fighting spread in July from Tigray into the neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar, also in the country's north. But the administration of President Joe Biden held back from imposing sanctions alongside the executive order in hopes that it provides incentive to move away from the military approach, another senior U.S. administration official said.
Persons: Stringer WASHINGTON, Joe Biden, Daphne Psaledakis, Alistair Bell Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Amhara, Washington, U.S . Treasury Department, United Nations General Assembly, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, United States, Washington, U.S, Amhara, Afar, Eritrea
Blinken calls France vital partner in Indo-Pacific
  + stars: | 2021-09-16 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken listens during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington, U.S., September 14, 2021. Drew Angerer/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday that the United States welcomes European countries playing an important role in the Indo-Pacific and said France in particular is a vital partner. France has reacted angrily to the loss of the $40 billion deal, calling it a "stab in the back." read moreBlinken said the United States had been in touch with French counterparts in the last 24-48 hours to discuss the new partnership wit Australia. He said the United States places "fundamental value" in its relationship with France.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Drew Angerer, Blinken, Daphne Psaledakis, Humeyra Pamuk, Doina Chiacu, David Brunnstrom, Grant McCool Organizations: Foreign, Capitol, REUTERS, U.S, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, REUTERS WASHINGTON, United States, France, Washington, Britain, Australia
"This will include greater air cooperation through rotational deployments of all types of U.S. military aircraft to Australia," Dutton told a joint news conference in Washington. On Wednesday, the United States and Britain said they would provide Australia with the technology and capability to deploy nuclear-powered submarines. The United States, Britain and Australia were "severely damaging regional peace and stability, intensifying an arms race, and damaging international nuclear non-proliferation efforts," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said. Blinken said the United States had been in touch with French counterparts in the last 24-48 hours to discuss the new partnership with Australia. Dutton said the nuclear-powered option France had was "not superior" to that operated by Britain and the United States.
Persons: of Defense Peter Dutton, Marise Payne, Antony Blinken, Lloyd Austin, Andrew Harnik, Peter Dutton, " Dutton, We've, Defense Lloyd Austin, Zhao Lijian, Jen Psaki, Psaki, Blinken, Jean, Yves Le Drian, Joe Biden, President Trump, Philippe Etienne, Dutton, we've, Daphne Psaledakis, Humeyra Pamuk, Doina Chiacu, David Brunnstrom, Grant McCool Organizations: of Defense, Australian Foreign, U.S . Defense, State Department, REUTERS, United, U.S, Australian, sustainment, Defense, Foreign Ministry, White, Australia, French, New York Times, Capes, CNN, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, REUTERS WASHINGTON, Australia, China, Washington, United States, Britain, Taiwan, France, Pacific, Paris, U.S,
Tourists walk past the United Nations Headquarters in New York, March 24, 2008. At left is the U.N. General Assembly building and at right is the U.N. Secretariat building. REUTERS/Mike SegarWASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) - The United States will focus next week at the United Nations General Assembly meeting, along with other countries, on an agenda including tackling climate change and countering the COVID-19 pandemic, State Department spokesperson Ned Price told a briefing on Wednesday. Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis and Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Chris ReeseOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Mike Segar WASHINGTON, Ned Price, Daphne Psaledakis, Humeyra Pamuk, Chris Reese Organizations: United Nations Headquarters, General Assembly, United Nations, Assembly, State, Thomson Locations: New York, United States
Reports of continued human rights abuses and atrocities by parties to the conflict are deeply disturbing, including the reported attack on civilians in a village in the Amhara region this week, Price said. Rebellious forces from the Tigray region killed 120 civilians over two days in a village in Ethiopia's Amhara region, local officials told Reuters on Wednesday. War broke out 10 months ago between Ethiopia's federal troops and forces loyal to the TPLF, which controls the Tigray region. Fighting spread in July from the Tigray region into the neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar, also in the country's north. The United Nations said on Friday that it had completed its joint investigation with Ethiopia's state-appointed human rights commission of abuses in the Tigray conflict, with a final report due Nov 1.
Persons: Baz Ratner, TPLF, Ned Price, Price, Getachew, Yemane Gebremeskel, Daphne Psaledakis, Susan Heavey, Giulia Paravicini, Elias Biryabarema, Chris Reese, Nick Zieminski, Cynthia Osterman Organizations: REUTERS, U.S . State Department, Ethiopian, Department, Reuters, Amhara, Eritrea's, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Adigrat, Ethiopia, United States, Tigray, Amhara, Ethiopia's Amhara, Eritrea, Africa, Afar, Addis Ababa, Kampala
Blinken said all those in the meeting agreed on the need to hold the Taliban accountable before giving the new government legitimacy. "The Taliban seek international legitimacy and support. Any legitimacy, any support, will have to be earned," Blinken said. Blinken said the United States was doing everything in its power to get the flights off the ground, but the Taliban was not permitting the flights to depart. “We’ve made clear to all parties, we’ve made clear to the Taliban that these charters need to be able to depart,” Blinken said.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Olivier Douliery, Blinken, ” Blinken, Heiko Maas, “ We’ve, we’ve, Humeyra Pamuk, Daphne Psaledakis, Susan Heavey, Simon Lewis, Bill Berkrot Organizations: Ramstein Air Base, REUTERS RAMSTEIN AIR, Washington, NATO, European Union, United Nations, Planes, Sharif, State Department, Thomson Locations: Germany, U.S, Afghanistan, Kabul's, Mazar, United States
The United States Department of the Treasury is seen in Washington, D.C., U.S., August 30, 2020. The Treasury Department is not easing sanctions on the Taliban or loosening restrictions on their access to the global financial system, a spokesperson told Reuters. Shah Mehrabi, an economics professor in Maryland and long-time member of the Afghan central bank's board, a senior Russian official and humanitarian groups are among those urging the U.S. Treasury to also unfreeze the Afghan assets, saying that lives are at stake. Brian O'Toole, a former Treasury Department official now with the Atlantic Council, said a release of the Afghan assets would not solve Afghanistan's considerable problems. What it does is give the Taliban access" to billions of dollars, he said.
Persons: Andrew Kelly WASHINGTON, Biden, Joe Biden, Shah Mehrabi, Mehrabi, Adnan Mazarei, Brian O'Toole, Andrea Shalal, Daphne Psaledakis, David Lawder, Heather Timmons, Grant McCool Organizations: United States Department of, Washington , D.C, REUTERS, U.S . State Department, U.S . Treasury, White, National Security Council, United Nations, Treasury, Western Union, Treasury Department, Reuters, United, Monetary Fund, IMF, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Atlantic Council, Thomson Locations: Washington ,, United States, Afghan, Afghanistan, U.S, Maryland, Russian, Iran
Signage is seen at the United States Department of the Treasury headquarters in Washington, D.C., U.S., August 29, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Aug 31 (Reuters) - The United States last week issued a license authorizing it and its partners to continue to facilitate humanitarian aid in Afghanistan, a Treasury Department official told Reuters, after the Taliban, which is blacklisted by Washington, seized control of the country this month. The specific license, issued by the Treasury Department last Wednesday, authorizes the U.S. government and its contractors to support humanitarian assistance to people in Afghanistan, including the delivery of food and medicine, despite U.S. sanctions on the Taliban. "This is targeted humanitarian assistance designed to help the people of Afghanistan," the official said, adding the assistance is not going to Taliban authorities. The group has also encouraged aid organizations to continue their work, saying aid was welcome as long as it was not used as a means of political influence over Afghanistan.
Persons: Andrew Kelly, Joe Biden's, Ned Price, Daphne Psaledakis, Heather Timmons, Peter Cooney Organizations: United States Department of, Treasury, Washington , D.C, REUTERS, United, Treasury Department, Reuters, United Nations, Afghanistan . State Department, Thomson Locations: Washington ,, United States, Afghanistan, Washington, Iran, Venezuela, Kabul, States
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks following talks on the situation in Afghanistan, at the State Department in Washington, U.S., August 30, 2021. "A new chapter of America's engagement with Afghanistan has begun. It's one in which we will lead with our diplomacy," Blinken said and added: "We will continue our relentless efforts to help Americans, foreign nationals and Afghans, leave Afghanistan, if they choose." He said close to more than 100 Americans were still believed to remain in Afghanistan who wanted to leave but Washington was trying to determine their exact number. "We have no illusion that any of this will be easy or rapid," he said.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Jonathan Ernst, Joe Biden, Blinken, Ian McCary, Washington, Humeyra, Simon Lewis, Humeyra Pamuk, Matt Spetalnick, Daphne Psaledakis, Mohammad Zargham, Michael Martina, Sandra Maler, Chris Reese Organizations: State Department, REUTERS, Pool WASHINGTON, United, Republicans, Doha, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Washington , U.S, Pool, United States, Qatar, U.S, Washington, Western, Kabul, New York
Crowds of people show their documents to U.S. troops outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 26, 2021. REUTERS/StringerWASHINGTON, Aug 26 (Reuters) - The United States is taking steps to allow humanitarian work to continue in Afghanistan after the Taliban, blacklisted by Washington, captured Kabul earlier this month. A U.S. Treasury Department official said President Joe Biden's administration has been in touch with humanitarian partners in Afghanistan in recent days about their ability to continue humanitarian work despite U.S. sanctions on the Taliban. "We are taking steps to allow for humanitarian aid to continue in a way that benefits the Afghan people," the official said, adding that Biden discussed continuing humanitarian assistance with fellow G7 leaders on Wednesday. The Taliban have said they will respect human rights and will not allow terrorists to operate from the country.
Persons: Stringer WASHINGTON, Joe Biden's, Biden, Daphne Psaledakis, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: REUTERS, U.S . Treasury Department, al, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, United States, Washington, U.S, Iran, Venezuela
New international student enrollment in the United States dropped 43% in fall 2020 from the year prior, months after COVID sent the world into lockdown. He said Western countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as China are the top competitors for international students. Additionally, international students contribute to local economies when renting off-campus apartments and patronizing businesses. However, other western countries make it easier for international students to study there. Advocates give the Biden administration credit for trying to give international students more certainty.
Persons: Megan Jelinger WASHINGTON, Kofi Owusu, Owusu, COVID, Rachel Banks, Ravi Shankar, " Owusu, Banks, Sarah Spreitzer, Suwade, Pe, Doyinsola Oladipo, Daphne Psaledakis, Mary Milliken Organizations: The Ohio State University, REUTERS, U.S, Villanova University, New, Institute of International Education, NAFSA, Association of International Educators, U.S . State Department, State and Homeland Security, United, U.S ., International, U.S . Department of Commerce, International Services, University of Rochester, Biden, American Council, Education, Savannah College of Art, Mary Milliken Our, Thomson Locations: Columbus , Ohio, U.S, Accra, Pennsylvania, Ghana, United States, State, Canada, United Kingdom, China, Yangon, Myanmar
The United States Department of the Treasury is seen in Washington, D.C., U.S., August 30, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Aug 23 (Reuters) - The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on an Eritrean official it accused of being engaged in serious human rights abuse in the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, where thousands have been killed and over 2 million displaced. The United States has repeatedly called for Eritrean troops to withdraw from Tigray. "We urge Eritrea to immediately and permanently withdraw its forces from Ethiopia, and urge the parties to the conflict to begin ceasefire negotiations and end human rights abuses," Gacki added. But the TPLF kept fighting and at the end of June retook Mekelle and most of Tigray after government soldiers withdrew.
Persons: Andrew Kelly, Filipos, Andrea Gacki, Gacki, Yemane Gebremeskel, Daphne Psaledakis, Franklin Paul, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: United States Department of, Washington , D.C, REUTERS, U.S . Treasury Department, Eritrean Defense Forces, United, Foreign Assets Control, Mekelle, Thomson Locations: Washington ,, United States, Ethiopia's Tigray, U.S, Tigray, States, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Washington
U.S. citizens and their families are processed in the passenger terminal before boarding a flight to the United States at Ramstein Air Base, Germany August 23, 2021. Speaking at a briefing with reporters, the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there were currently eight transit hubs across six countries that were hosting more than 17,000 people. The Taliban seized power just over a week ago as the United States and its allies were withdrawing troops after a 20-year war launched in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States by al Qaeda militants in 2001. Panicked Afghans and foreigners have thronged the airport for days, clamoring to catch a flight out before the U.S.-led forces complete their pullout by the end of the month. U.S. President Joe Biden has said that the United States expects to evacuate between 50,000 and 65,000 people from Afghanistan.
Persons: Edgar Grimaldo, Joe Biden, Humeyra Pamuk, Simon Lewis, Daphne Psaledakis, David Holmes Organizations: Ramstein Air Base, . Air Force, REUTERS, Ramstein, State Department, U.S ., Thomson Locations: United States, Germany, Handout, REUTERS WASHINGTON, Kabul, Italy, Spain, al Qaeda, U.S, Washington, United, Afghanistan
WASHINGTON, Aug 19 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Thursday it was sending more consular officers to Kabul and other locations, including Qatar and Kuwait, to help with the evacuation effort from Afghanistan after the Taliban seized Kabul on Sunday. State Department spokesman Ned Price said 6,000 fully processed people were currently at the airport in Kabul and would soon be boarding planes. He added Washington would nearly double the number of consular officers in Kabul, without disclosing how many are deployed. The source, who listened to the teleconference, quoted the briefers as saying that the "biggest bottleneck" was getting evacuees through crowds mobbing Kabul airport gates. State Department spokesman Ned Price speaks on the situation in Afghanistan at the State Department in Washington, DC, U.S. August 18, 2021.
Persons: Ned Price, Andrew Harnik, Price, Humeyra Pamuk, Simon Lewis, Jonathan Landay, Daphne Psaledakis, Peter Cooney Organizations: U.S . State Department, Sunday . State Department, White, State Department, Pentagon, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Qatar, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Sunday, Washington, United States, Washington , DC, U.S
Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman speaks on the situation in Afghanistan at the State Department in Washington, DC, U.S. August 18, 2021. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON, Aug 18 (Reuters) - A top U.S. diplomat said on Wednesday the United States expects the Taliban to allow Afghans who wish to leave Afghanistan to depart safely, following reports that the group now in control of the country was blocking airport access. President Joe Biden, who has received criticism at home and abroad for the way the United States has ended its 20-year war in Afghanistan, has been forced to send U.S. troop reinforcements to help with the evacuations. "We have seen reports that the Taliban, contrary to their public statements and their commitments to our government, are blocking Afghans who wish to leave the country from reaching the airport," Sherman said. U.S. officials were engaging directly with the Taliban "to make clear that we expect them to allow all American citizens, all third-country nationals, and all Afghans who wish to leave to do so safely and without harassment," she said.
Persons: Wendy Sherman, Andrew Harnik, Joe Biden, Sherman, Simon Lewis, Daphne Psaledakis, Humeyra Pamuk, Michael Martina, Chizu Nomiyama, Peter Cooney Organizations: State Department, REUTERS, United, U.S, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Washington , DC, U.S, REUTERS WASHINGTON, United States, United, Kabul
A person in protective gear is pictured inside the Brier Oak on Sunset nursing home, which had 62 staff and 80 residents test positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to the California Department of Public Health, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., April 18, 2020. REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniWASHINGTON, Aug 18 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden's administration will require nursing home staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, the White House said on Wednesday. Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Daphne Psaledakis Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Mario Anzuoni WASHINGTON, Joe Biden's, Eric Beech, Daphne Psaledakis Organizations: California Department of Public Health, REUTERS, COVID, Thomson Locations: Sunset, Los Angeles , California, U.S
3D printed Facebook and WhatsApp logos and keyboard buttons are placed on a computer motherboard in this illustration taken January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationAug 16 (Reuters) - The Taliban's rapid takeover of Afghanistan poses a new challenge for big U.S. tech companies on handling content created by a group considered to be terrorists by some world governments. Social media giant Facebook confirmed on Monday that it designates the Taliban a terrorist group and bans it and content supporting it from its platforms. On Twitter Inc (TWTR.N), Taliban spokesmen with hundreds of thousands of followers have tweeted updates during the country's takeover. Major social media firms this year made high-profile decisions on handling sitting world leaders and groups in power.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Donald Trump, Mohammed Sinan Siyech, Elizabeth Culliford, Kanishka Singh, Daphne Psaledakis, Kenneth Li, Sam Holmes Organizations: REUTERS, Social, Facebook, Afghanis, Twitter Inc, YouTube, U.S, U.S . State, University of Edinburgh, Twitter, Washington D.C, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Myanmar, U.S ., U.S, South Asia, China, United States, London, Bengaluru, Washington
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson stans next to U.S. President Joe Biden during a plenary session at a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 14, 2021. Olivier Matthys/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON, Aug 17 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday on the situation in Afghanistan and they agreed to hold a virtual G7 leaders’ meeting next week to discuss a common strategy and approach, the White House said. The decision by U.S. President Joe Biden, a Democrat, to stick to the troop withdrawal deal struck by his Republican predecessor Donald Trump has stirred widespread criticism at home and among U.S. allies. A Downing Street spokesperson said Johnson in the call with Biden "stressed the importance of not losing the gains made in Afghanistan over the last 20 years, of protecting ourselves against any emerging threat from terrorism and of continuing to support the people of Afghanistan," a Downing Street spokesperson said. Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Eric Beech and Mark PorterOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Boris Johnson stans, Joe Biden, Olivier Matthys, Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Johnson, Biden, Daphne Psaledakis, Eric Beech, Mark Porter Organizations: Britain's, NATO, REUTERS, British, White, U.S, Democrat, Republican, Downing, Thomson Locations: U.S, Brussels, Belgium, REUTERS WASHINGTON, Afghanistan, United States, Western, Kabul
People climb a barbed wire wall to enter the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2021, in this still image taken from a video. REUTERS TV/via REUTERSWASHINGTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - U.S. forces are working with Turkish and other international troops to clear Kabul airport to allow evacuation flights to resume, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Monday. Gunmen at the airport shot at U.S. forces and U.S. troops had shot dead two armed Afghans, Kirby said. Thousands of civilians desperate to flee Afghanistan thronged Kabul airport on Monday after the Taliban seized the capital, prompting the U.S. military to suspend evacuations as the United States came under mounting criticism at home over its pullout. "The U.S. military’s focus at the moment in on safety and security at the airport and resuming air operations," he said.
Persons: John Kirby, Lloyd Austin, Kirby, Idrees Ali, David Brunnstrom, Daphne Psaledakis, Grant McCool Organizations: REUTERS, Turkish, Pentagon, Gunmen, U.S, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, REUTERS WASHINGTON, U.S, United States
U.S. focused on securing Kabul airport after chaos
  + stars: | 2021-08-16 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Five people were killed in chaos at Kabul airport on Monday, witnesses said, as people tried to flee after Taliban insurgents seized Kabul and declared the war against foreign and local forces over. read moreThe United States was focused intensively on securing the Kabul airport on Monday, U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Jon Finer told MSNBC. Additional U.S. forces will be flowing into the airport on Monday and Tuesday to provide security, Finer added. Taliban insurgents took control of the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday following a rout of the U.S.-backed Afghan army as foreign forces withdrew from Afghanistan. Of that total, 8,000 will be transported to a third country for visa processing, with the other 22,000 heading to the United States.
Persons: Jon, Biden, Idrees Ali, Daphne Psaledakis, Lisa Lambert, Humeyra Pamuk, Ted Hesson, Giles Elgood, Nick Zieminski Organizations: Deputy National, United, Reuters, U.S, MSNBC, Taliban, Pentagon, Afghan, Thomson Locations: United States, Kabul, U.S, Afghanistan, McCoy, Wisconsin, Fort Bliss, Texas
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on employment numbers at the White House in Washington, U.S. August 6, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstWASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday signed an executive order imposing new measures aimed at punishing Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko as the United States steps up pressure against his government in coordinated action with the United Kingdom and Canada. The U.S. Treasury Department will blacklist Belaruskali OAO, which the official said is one of Belarus’ largest state-owned enterprises and one of the world’s largest producers of potash, which is used in fertilizers and is Belarus' main foreign currency earner. Lukashenko said Britain would "choke" on its measures and that he was ready for talks with the West instead of a sanctions war. Canada also imposed new sanctions on Belarus to protest what it called the "gross and systematic violations of human rights" under Lukashenko.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON, Alexander Lukashenko, Lukashenko, Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, Trevor Hunnicutt, Daphne Psaledakis, Humeyra Pamuk, Chizu Nomiyama, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: White, REUTERS, Belarusian National Olympic Committee, U.S . Treasury Department, Belarusian National Olympic, Britain, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Belarus, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, U.S, Belarus ’, Poland, Britain
UN appeals for funds to fight hunger in Myanmar
  + stars: | 2021-08-06 | by ( Doyinsola Oladipo | )   time to read: +1 min
A woman cooks at a food stall with posters against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 16, 2021. "We have seen hunger spreading further and deeper in Myanmar," WFP Myanmar Country Director Stephen Anderson said in the statement. The world's largest humanitarian organization estimated that 6.3 million people in Myanmar could face food insecurity in the next six months, up from 2.8 million before the military takeover in February. "It is critically important for us to be able to access ... all those in need and receive the funding needed to provide them with humanitarian assistance," Anderson said. Reporting by Doyinsola Oladipo; Editing by Daphne PsaledakisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Stringer, Aung, Suu Kyi, Stephen Anderson, Anderson, Doyinsola Oladipo, Daphne Psaledakis Organizations: REUTERS, Food Programme, WFP, Myanmar, Thomson Locations: Yangon, Myanmar, Suu
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