The Taliban seized control of Kabul on Sunday after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and its Western-trained security forces collapsed, in a stunningly swift overthrow of the Afghan government.
Taliban fighters were seen gathered around a conference table inside the presidential palace after sweeping into Kabul.
On Monday chaotic scenes unfolded at Kabul’s airport as thousands of Afghans rushed the tarmac in a desperate attempt to flee the country — and U.S. troops struggled to manage the evacuations of Americans and Afghans fearful of Taliban rule. At least seven people died at the airport during the chaos, the Associated Press reported.
Liberty Steel has restarted production at a British plant, running overnight when energy costs are cheaper, the group owned by commodities tycoon Sanjeev Gupta said on Thursday. A lobby group for Britain's steel industry warned this month that plants could be forced to shut if they did not receive help to cope with soaring energy prices. Liberty, part of Gupta's family-owned conglomerate GFG Alliance, said in a statement that an electric arc furnace plant at Rotherham in Yorkshire in northern England aimed to soon reach 50,000 tonnes of output per month.
Thirty youth climate activists “occupied” London’s Science Museum on Tuesday night in protest at its sponsorship deals with fossil fuel companies. Members of the London branch of the UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN London) held a candlelight vigil at the famous landmark for “the victims of the Museum’s fossil fuel sponsors: Shell BP, Equinor and Adani”.
LONDON (Reuters) -British finance minister Rishi Sunak overhauled business rates on Wednesday, cutting the rate for the pandemic-hit retail and hospitality sector, halting a planned annual increase and incentivising green property investments. Setting out his budget to parliament, Sunak said he could not abolish a tax that raises 25 billion pounds ($34 billion) a year but he would try to ease the burden on businesses such as pubs, shops, restaurants, gyms, cinemas and leisure centres. Business rates are charged on commercial premises based on the value of the property, a system that business owners have long blamed for giving an unfair cost advantage to online retailers such as Amazon.
LONDON (Reuters) -Britain is fully in compliance with the rules of its post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union, and wants further talks with French and EU officials over why a UK trawler has been detained by France, a government spokesman said on Thursday. Earlier on Thursday Britain condemned France's seizure of a British fishing boat in French waters as "disproportionate" in a dispute over post-Brexit fishing rights that risks spinning out of control. A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said London's ambassador to France was in touch with Paris's Europe minister over the matter and Britain's Environment, Food and Rural Affairs minister was working with the EU commissioners.
Europol announced on October 26 that police around the world had arrested 150 suspects -- including several high-profile targets -- involved in buying or selling illegal goods online in one of the largest-ever stings targeting the dark web. Operation Dark HunTOR also recovered millions of euros in cash and bitcoin, as well as drugs and guns. On Tuesday the FBI released images of the bust, which stems from a German-led police sting earlier this year taking down the "world's largest" darknet marketplace.
A bus driver stopped their vehicle to get up and save a passenger who was choking on some food in central China. Video filmed in the city of Zhengzhou in Henan Province on October 27 shows a man eating a bag of dried and salted plums on a bus suddenly choking. The driver stopped the bus on the roadside and then performed the Heimlich manoeuvre on him. Finally, the man spat out the core of the plum. The video was provided by local media with permission.
Don’t be fooled by Rishi Sunak’s conjuring trick . The autumn budget makes life harder for many on universal credit, say Robin Spencer and Carolyn Sutton, while Bernie Evans hopes it will provide ammunition for Labour, and Sebastian Monblat is baffled by the idea of cheaper booze
KHARTOUM (Reuters) -The World Bank halted disbursements for operations in Sudan on Wednesday in response to the military's seizure of power from a transitional government, while state oil company workers, doctors and pilots joined civilian groups opposing the takeover. Thousands of people have taken to the streets since Monday's coup led by armed forces chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and several have been killed in clashes with security forces. Burhan has dismissed the joint civilian-military council set up to steer the country to democratic elections following the overthrow of autocrat Omar al-Bashir in a popular uprising in April 2019.