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Aukus: France’s ambassador recall is ‘tip of the iceberg’, say analysts

Aukus pact announcement ‘puts a big rift in Nato alliance’ for France, says former UK ambassador 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 …

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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 most Three 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 …

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Grief runs deep in Musa Qala as Taliban victory brings weary relief

Everyone here has tales of lost loved ones, but many want foreigners back – with aid not weapons A parade of white Taliban flags lines Musa Qala bazaar right up to the central monument where two kidnappers were hanged in a public execution earlier this year. The flags flutter from …

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France recalls ambassadors to US and Australia after Aukus pact

First time France has recalled a US ambassador in alliance dating back to American revolution France has recalled its ambassadors to the US and Australia for consultations sparked by the “exceptional seriousness” of Canberra’s surprise decision to cancel an order for French-built submarines and its security pact with Washington and …

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US admits Kabul strike killed 10 civilians and not Islamic State militants

Gen Kenneth McKenzie says ‘it was a mistake’ and that it was unlikely those who died posed a direct threat to US forces A US drone strike in Afghanistan last month killed 10 civilians – including seven children – and not an Islamic State extremist as first claimed, the Pentagon …

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Taliban ban girls from secondary education in Afghanistan

Government announces re-opening of high schools for boys but makes no mention of girls The Taliban have effectively banned girls from secondary education in Afghanistan, by ordering high schools to re-open only for boys. Girls were not mentioned in Friday’s announcement, which means boys will be back at their desks …

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US and EU pledge 30% cut in methane emissions to limit global heating

Major commitment with deadline of 2030 is big advance towards reaching 1.5C goal set out in Paris agreement The US and the EU made a joint pledge on Friday to cut global methane emissions by almost a third in the next decade, in what climate experts hailed as one of …

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Jair Bolsonaro plans to flout New York vaccine rules at UN meeting

Brazil’s president claims he has not received a Covid-19 vaccine – but his immunization records have been locked away for 100 years The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, has signaled that he will snub New York City vaccination rules when he travels to next week’s UN general assembly claiming not to …

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Taiwan welcomes support from major allies after Aukus pact riles China

Australia and US pledge stronger ties, EU calls for trade deal and Johnson refuses to rule out getting involved in a conflict involving the island Taiwan has welcomed support from major allies after a US-Australia ministerial forum pledged stronger ties with the island and the European parliament called for a …

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Faroes PM pledges dolphin hunt review amid outcry at carnage

Faroese have been killing whales since Viking times but many islanders now oppose annual slaughter In a parked car overlooking the ocean sit two of the biggest whale killers in the Faroe Islands. They look exhausted, but not from hunting. Ólavur Sjúrðaberg, 75, and Hans J Hermansen, 73, have been …

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