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
Scientists created rainstorms in the United Arab Emirates by launching drones, which then zapped clouds with electricity to make it rain.
- by Jonathan Edwards
The strong reaction reflected concerns in Israel that the ice-cream maker’s decision could lead other companies to follow suit.
- by Josef Federman
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
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.
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
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.
Former US president George Bush criticised the US withdrawal, saying he fears Afghan women will “suffer unspeakable harm”.
- by Aamer Madhani
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
Despite an outpouring of humanitarian aid and political assistance after the Beirut port explosion, Lebanon’s economic crisis has only intensified.
- by Abbir Dib
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