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First Evacuation Flight Brings 200 Afghans to New Home in US

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First Evacuation Flight Brings 200 Afghans to New Home in US

The first flight evacuating Afghans who worked alongside Americans in Afghanistan brought more than 200 people to their resettlement in the United States on Friday, and President Joe Biden said he was proud to welcome them home.

The evacuation flights are bringing out former interpreters and others who fear retaliation from Afghanistan’s Taliban for having worked with American service personnel and civilians.

The commercial airliner was carrying 221 Afghans in the special visa program, including 57 children and 15 babies, according to an internal US government document.

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Biden in a statement said, ‘‘the flight is an important milestone as we continue to fulfil our promise to the thousands of Afghan nationals who served shoulder-to-shoulder with American troops and diplomats over the last 20 years in Afghanistan”.

He said he wanted to honour the military veterans, diplomats and others in the US who had advocated for the Afghans.
The Biden administration calls the effort Operation Allies Refuge. The newly arrived Afghans will join 70,000 others who have resettled in the United States since 2008 under the special visa program.

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UK’s PM Boris Johnson Reshuffles Cabinet

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UK's PM Boris Johnson Reshuffles Cabinet

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson began reshuffling his cabinet on Wednesday, moving some of his under-fire colleagues including Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who was demoted to Justice Minister after being criticised for his handling of the fall of Kabul.

After months of criticism of several of his top team for missteps and gaffes, Johnson finally started a process some say he wanted to do many weeks earlier, to make the changes he feels he needs to press on with his “levelling up” agenda to boost the economies of the North and Midlands in England.

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Gavin Williamson was the first to be sacked, as education secretary, after a widespread perception of incompetence in his handling of schools during the pandemic.

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland was next while Robert Jenrick, U. K’s housing secretary was sacked over his role in a development proposed by a Conservative Party donor.

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Haiti PM Sacks Prosecutor who Accused him of Links to President’s Murder

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Haiti PM Sacks Prosecutor who Accused him of Links to President’s Murder

The investigation into the assassination of Haitian president Jovenel Moise witnessed a major shocker, as the Caribbean island’s prime minister has sacked a prosecutor who had accused him of links to the killing.

The decision by Prime Minister Ariel Henry to fire prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude exposed the squabbling at the highest levels of what is left of Haiti’s government, more than two months after Moise was slain in his home by gunmen.

Henry’s move came hours after Claude asked the judge investigating Moise’s murder to charge the prime minister with involvement in the case.

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Claude had begun pointing the finger at Henry, based on alleged phone conversations that the prime minister had with one of the main suspects in the hours after the killing.

In a second letter, Claude also requested Henry be banned from leaving the island nation “for serious presumptions of assassination of the President of the Republic.”

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Afghan Universities will be Segregated by Gender – Taliban

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Afghan Universities will be Segregated by Gender - Taliban

Afghan universities will be segregated by gender, and a new Islamic dress code will be introduced, the Taliban has said.

Higher Education Minister Abdul Baqi Haqqani indicated women would be allowed to study, but not alongside men.

He also announced a review of subjects taught in schools.

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The Taliban have said they will not prevent women from being educated or having jobs. But since they seized control on 15 August, they have asked all women, except those in the public health sector, to stay away from work, until the security situation improves.

Sunday’s announcement of the higher education policy comes a day after the Taliban raised their flag over the presidential palace, signalling the beginning of their administration.

The policy marks a significant change from the accepted practice before the Taliban takeover. Universities were co-educational, with men and women studying side by side, and female students did not have to abide by a dress code.

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