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‘Disobedience’: US strikes Taliban in a show of force in Afghanistan

‘Disobedience’: US strikes Taliban in a show of force in Afghanistan

The scale and pace of the Taliban advance has provoked alarm among top US military and civilian officials in recent days.

  • by Adam Nossiter and Eric Schmitt

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It’s so hot in Dubai the government is paying scientists to make it rain

It’s so hot in Dubai the government is paying scientists to make it rain

Scientists created rainstorms in the United Arab Emirates by launching drones, which then zapped clouds with electricity to make it rain.

  • by Jonathan Edwards
Israel’s fury after Ben & Jerry’s vows to stop selling in West Bank

Israel’s fury after Ben & Jerry’s vows to stop selling in West Bank

The strong reaction reflected concerns in Israel that the ice-cream maker’s decision could lead other companies to follow suit.

  • by Josef Federman
Prime ministers, presidents and a king found on list that includes phones targeted by spyware

Prime ministers, presidents and a king found on list that includes phones targeted by spyware

Among 50,000 phone numbers, the Pegasus Project found those of hundreds of public officials, including French President Emmanuel Macron.

  • by Craig Timberg, Michael Birnbaum, Drew Harwell and Dan Sabbagh
Israeli air strikes hit suspected Iranian weapons depots in Aleppo, Syria

Israeli air strikes hit suspected Iranian weapons depots in Aleppo, Syria

In another report of violence ahead of a Muslim holiday, a suicide bomber killed dozens in a crowded market in the Sadr City neighbourhood of Baghdad.

Journalists, activists and leaders ‘targets of mass Pegasus hacks’

Journalists, activists and leaders ‘targets of mass Pegasus hacks’

Among those hacked by Israeli-based spyware were the fiancee of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and journalists from AP, Reuters, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde and The Financial Times.

  • by Frank Bajak
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Syrian president sworn in for fourth term in war-torn country

Syrian president sworn in for fourth term in war-torn country

Syrian President Bashar Assad was sworn in Saturday for a fourth seven-year term in the war-torn country, pledging to overcome the impact of Western economic sanctions and retake territory still out of his control after 10 years of fighting.

US prepares to evacuate ‘courageous’ Afghan allies, Taliban gains ground

US prepares to evacuate ‘courageous’ Afghan allies, Taliban gains ground

Former US president George Bush criticised the US withdrawal, saying he fears Afghan women will “suffer unspeakable harm”.

  • by Aamer Madhani
Anger mounts after more than 90 die in fire on Iraq COVID ward

Anger mounts after more than 90 die in fire on Iraq COVID ward

The fire began when sparks from faulty wiring spread to an oxygen tank that then exploded in the COVID-19 ward of a hospital, an investigation showed.

  • by Ahmed Rasheed and Maher al-Saih
A country running on empty: Lebanon suffers medicine, fuel shortages

A country running on empty: Lebanon suffers medicine, fuel shortages

Despite an outpouring of humanitarian aid and political assistance after the Beirut port explosion, Lebanon’s economic crisis has only intensified.

  • by Abbir Dib
Pfizer vaccine halts severe illness in Israel as Delta variant spreads

Pfizer vaccine halts severe illness in Israel as Delta variant spreads

The vaccine appears to be less effective in halting the spread of the Delta strain of the virus, although it is shielding against severe illness, according to data from Israel’s government.

  • by Alisa Odenheimer and Damian Shepherd