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October 18, 2021

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E.U. Pledges $1.15 Billion in Afghan Aid as U.S. Talks to Taliban

New York Times
WASHINGTON — World leaders met virtually on Tuesday to discuss ways of preventing an economic and humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan, but the Biden administration maintained a cautious stance toward providing more support to the Taliban-ruled country. The European Union pledged $1 billion euros, or $1.15 billion, in aid to Afghanistan......

Afghan minister wants good relations, needs more time on girls’ education

Reuters
A person holds a flag of Afghanistan while taking part in a Solidarity With Afghan Women rally outside the United Nations headquarters, during the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly, in New York, U.S., September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon DOHA, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s foreign minister appealed to......

N.Korea’s Kim calls for improving people’s lives amid ‘grim’ economy

Reuters
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a policy speech at the second-day sitting of the 5th Session of the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this undated photo released on September 30,......

Airstrikes against Tigrayan forces intensify in Ethiopia’s Amhara region -TPLF spokesman

Reuters
Members of the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) prepare to head to mission in Sanja, Amhara region, near a border with Tigray, Ethiopia November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri NAIROBI, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Airstrikes against Tigrayan forces in Ethiopia’s northern region of Amhara have intensified, a spokesman for the Tigrayan......

Maxine Waters ready to battle over potential cuts to housing aid

Politico
Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here “It’s going to be rough,” Waters said. The emerging fight over how to trim housing aid is likely just one of several brewing conflicts between Democrats as they consider ways to appease moderates insisting on a smaller spending plan. It......

Fewer workers file for jobless aid — first drop in three weeks

CBS News
CBS News – For more and to sign up click here The number of workers applying for first-time jobless aid is falling for the first time in a month, indicating the U.S. job market is resuming its steady recovery. Some 326,000 people filed first-time unemployment claims last week, the Labor......

Venezuela says IMF has not delivered COVID-19 funds, blames U.S. ‘veto’

Reuters
Venezuela’s Vice President Delcy Rodriguez addresses the media at the Miraflores Palace, in Caracas, Venezuela September 22, 2021. REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria/File Photo CARACAS, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said on Wednesday that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has not yet delivered funds under a program to......

Rand Paul bedevils fellow Republicans again with Israel aid holdup

Politico
Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here “If he won’t lift his hold, we need to just use the legislative process. There’s probably 90-plus votes for this,” a frustrated Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said. Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee, said......

U.N. chief takes on Ethiopia over expelled staff: show me proof

Reuters
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 6 (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hit back at Ethiopia on Wednesday over the government’s expulsion of seven U.N. staff, demanding proof of accusations against them raised by Ethiopia’s U.N. ambassador during a Security Council meeting. “It is my duty to defend the honor of the......

REUTERS IMPACT Flagging EM clean energy investment poses concern -fund CEO

Reuters
A wind farm shares space with corn fields the day before the Iowa caucuses, where agriculture and clean energy are key issues, in Latimer, Iowa, U.S. February 2, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Oct 5 (Reuters) – Investments into clean energy projects in emerging markets have faltered in the aftermath of the......

Teens organize free virtual tutoring programs to aid kids with remote learning amid pandemic

CBS News
CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Teens organize free virtual tutoring programs to aid kids with remote learning amid pandemic – CBS News Watch CBSN Live Many children have spent more than a year attending school virtually, raising significant concerns about a growing inequality gap.......

Taliban government behaviour ‘not encouraging’, says EU foreign policy chief

Reuters
RIYADH, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The European Union foreign policy chief said on Sunday the Taliban government’s behaviour up to now was “not very encouraging”, and any economic collapse in Afghanistan would raise the risk of terrorism and other threats. Josep Borrell, speaking at a joint news conference with his......

Qatar flight with more than 230 evacuees leaves Kabul, official says

Reuters
DUBAI, Oct 3 (Reuters) – A fifth chartered flight carrying civilians from Afghanistan to Qatar since U.S. forces withdrew in August left Kabul on Sunday with 235 passengers, most of them Afghan citizens, a senior Qatari government official said. Citizens from several other states were also on the flight, the......

Ethiopia Plans to Expel U.N. Officials Leading Aid Response in Tigray

New York Times
New York Times – For more and to sign up click here NAIROBI, Kenya — Ethiopia ordered the expulsion of seven senior United Nations officials on Thursday, two days after the U.N.’s aid chief warned that northern Ethiopia is sliding into famine because the government is blocking aid deliveries to......

Ethiopia expels seven U.N. officials, accusing them of “meddling”

Reuters
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/Stringer/File Photo ADDIS ABABA, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Ethiopia is expelling seven senior U.N. officials, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on......

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