Rescuers continued a desperate hunt for survivors in ruined Beirut

Rescuers continued a desperate hunt for survivors in ruined Beirut on Tuesday as it emerged the Lebanese capital was hit by the equivalent of a nuclear blast. A state of emergency was in place as the death toll from Tuesday’s explosion hit 135 with more than 5,000 injured and 300,000 homeless. However, something is different about those arriving on Lampedusa. Rather than the queues of young males, as in 2011 during the Arab Spring, it is middle-class families with their children and pets packing into the vans. “I lost my job as a hairdresser. I have no money and came … Continue reading Rescuers continued a desperate hunt for survivors in ruined Beirut

Several military trucks carrying troops in tan uniforms and helmets were seen entering White House grounds

Several military trucks carrying troops in tan uniforms and helmets were seen entering White House grounds shortly after 5 p.m. on the East Coast on Monday, as the nation’s capital prepares for a fourth consecutive evening of protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. “At 5:05 pm, I counted 9 two and a half ton military trucks carrying troops in tan uniforms and helmets pull off 17th Street into the White House grounds,” Time magazine reporter Brian Bennett tweeted. Today Dr Michael Baden, one of the doctors who performed the autopsy as the … Continue reading Several military trucks carrying troops in tan uniforms and helmets were seen entering White House grounds

The US has said it will cut its aid to Afghanistan by $1bn

The US has said it will cut its aid to Afghanistan by $1bn, blaming the failure of President Ashraf Ghani and his main political rival, Abdullah Abdullah, to agree on a unity government for talks with the Taliban. A further $1bn could be cut in 2021, the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said after a surprise visit to Kabul on Monday failed to persuade the two men to make a deal. Pompeo suggested the aid could be restored if they changed their minds. “When I’ve made suggestions he’s taken them. He’s never countered or overridden me — the idea … Continue reading The US has said it will cut its aid to Afghanistan by $1bn