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German Chancellor Angela Merkel.(Reuters)

Race for Merkel’s successor too close to call: German exit polls

Agencies | , Berlin
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2021 12:14 AM IST
  • Officials from both parties said they hope to lead Germany’s next government and have their candidates succeed Merkel, who has been in power since 2005.
Taliban walks at the airport in Kabul.(AFP)
Taliban walks at the airport in Kabul.(AFP)

Taliban appeal int’l airlines to resume flights

Agencies | , Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2021 12:02 AM IST
  • A limited number of aid and passenger flights have been operating from the airport.
Taliban fighters stand guard on the backdrop of shops selling antiques and decorative merchandise at Chicken Street in Kabul on September 26, 2021. (AFP)
Taliban fighters stand guard on the backdrop of shops selling antiques and decorative merchandise at Chicken Street in Kabul on September 26, 2021. (AFP)

US, Pakistan face off again on Afghanistan threats

AP | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2021 11:48 PM IST
  • Over two decades of war, American officials accused Pakistan of playing a double game by promising to fight terrorism and cooperate with Washington while cultivating the Taliban and other extremist groups that attacked US forces in Afghanistan.
Over 80 per cent of Singapore's population has been vaccinated against Covid-19.
Over 80 per cent of Singapore's population has been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Singapore reports over 1,900 Covid-19 cases, highest since start of pandemic

Reuters | | Posted by Sharangee Dutta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2021 11:35 PM IST
  • A recent increase in Covid-19 cases following ease of some relaxations has caused Singapore to halt further reopening.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said two Palestinians were shot dead near the northern West Bank city of Jenin and three others were killed in Biddu, north of Jerusalem.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said two Palestinians were shot dead near the northern West Bank city of Jenin and three others were killed in Biddu, north of Jerusalem.

Israeli troops kill five Palestinians in West Bank gun battles

AP | | Posted by Sharangee Dutta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2021 11:17 PM IST
  • The Israeli military said it had been tracking the Hamas militants for several weeks and that the raids were launched in response to immediate threats.
Attendees react to the first exit poll for the German federal election in Berlin, Germany(Bloomberg)
Attendees react to the first exit poll for the German federal election in Berlin, Germany(Bloomberg)

German elections: Projections show polls are too close to call

Deutsche Welle | , Berlin
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2021 11:09 PM IST
  • Projections suggest German election is too close to call
At present airlines such as PIA and Kam Air are charging more than ,200 for a one-way, 40-minute flight from Kabul to Islamabad.
At present airlines such as PIA and Kam Air are charging more than ,200 for a one-way, 40-minute flight from Kabul to Islamabad.

Technical issues resolved: Taliban urge international airlines to resume flights

AFP | | Posted by Sharangee Dutta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2021 11:05 PM IST
  • Facilities at Kabul airport were badly damaged in the chaotic evacuation of more than 120,000 people that ended August 30 with the withdrawal of the last US troops.
CDU leader and Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet speaks at the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) headquarters after the estimates were broadcast on television in Berlin. (AFP)
CDU leader and Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet speaks at the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) headquarters after the estimates were broadcast on television in Berlin. (AFP)

German elections: Merkel's center-right bloc sees worst result since 1949

AP | , Berlin
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2021 10:36 PM IST
  • Officials from both parties said they hope to lead Germany's next government and have their candidates succeed Merkel, who has been in power since 2005.
Imran Khan said mujahideen leaders were considered heroes by the United States in past. (AP)
Imran Khan said mujahideen leaders were considered heroes by the United States in past. (AP)

What Pakistan PM Imran Khan said about 'mujahideen' at UNGA that he drew flak

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2021 10:28 PM IST
Imran Khan said in 1983 United States President Ronald Regan compared mujahideen leaders with the founding fathers of the US. Shehbaz Sharif said this is based on fake news.
Russian President Vladimir Putin fishes during a short vacation at an unknown location in Siberia, Russia. (Kremlin via REUTERS)
Russian President Vladimir Putin fishes during a short vacation at an unknown location in Siberia, Russia. (Kremlin via REUTERS)

In pictures: Russian president Vladimir Putin's Siberian fishing trip

Reuters | , Moscow
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2021 04:25 PM IST
A caption under one of the 20 pictures published on the Kremlin web site said the president stopped for a few days in Siberia after a working trip to Russia's Far East in early September.
A man along with children rides a bicycle in Kabul (AFP/Image used only for representative purpose)
A man along with children rides a bicycle in Kabul (AFP/Image used only for representative purpose)

Kabul residents facing price rise, medicine shortage under Taliban rule: Report

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2021 03:09 PM IST
Vegetable prices have risen by 50% while fuel prices are up by 20 to 40% in Afghanistan's capital city, the report said.
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police jawans celebrate the 75th Independence Day at the banks of Pangong lake, in Leh, Ladakh last month. The envoy was referring to the ongoing 16-month long military tension along the LAC in eastern Ladakh, which has plunged Sino-India bilateral ties to the worst chill in decades. (ANI)
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police jawans celebrate the 75th Independence Day at the banks of Pangong lake, in Leh, Ladakh last month. The envoy was referring to the ongoing 16-month long military tension along the LAC in eastern Ladakh, which has plunged Sino-India bilateral ties to the worst chill in decades. (ANI)

Avoid shifting goalposts: Indian envoy to China on border row

By Sutirtho Patranobis I Edited by Amit Chanda
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2021 02:16 PM IST
India’s ambassador to China, Vikram Misri, has urged China to separate the ongoing border tension in eastern Ladakh from the larger boundary dispute, saying the primary concern now is to restore peace and tranquility along the Line of Actual Control.
The Taliban have brought in several changes in Afghanistan since recapturing the country in August. (AP File Photo)
The Taliban have brought in several changes in Afghanistan since recapturing the country in August. (AP File Photo)

Taliban to change Afghan passports, national identity cards: Report

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2021 01:13 PM IST
The Taliban have replaced women's ministry with the “Ministries of Prayer and Guidance and the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice”, not allowed girls to return to schools and restoring punishments like amputations and executions.
In a recent move, the Taliban hang four dead bodies of kidnappers after they were killed in an armed confrontation in western Herat province.(AFP)
In a recent move, the Taliban hang four dead bodies of kidnappers after they were killed in an armed confrontation in western Herat province.(AFP)

US condemns Taliban for amputation, execution of criminals

ANI | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2021 10:47 AM IST
Price said the laws are a clear violation of human rights and they are working along with the international community to ensure human rights in Afghanistan, reported The Khaama Press News Agency.
World Environmental Health Day 2021 (Image courtesy: ifeh.org)
World Environmental Health Day 2021 (Image courtesy: ifeh.org)

World Environmental Health Day 2021: History & significance of occasion

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Karan Manral, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2021 09:23 AM IST
The day was established on September 26, 2011, by the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) and is celebrated on that date every year.
Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, speaks during the United Nations General Assembly via live stream in New York, on Saturday. (Bloomberg)
Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, speaks during the United Nations General Assembly via live stream in New York, on Saturday. (Bloomberg)

Russia in sync with US, China, Pakistan on Taliban issue

AP |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2021 07:36 AM IST
Lavrov said representatives from Russia, China, and Pakistan recently traveled to Qatar and then to Kabul to engage with both the Taliban and the “secular authorities” — former president Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, who headed the ousted government's negotiating council with the Taliban.
Amtrak train running between Seattle and Chicago derailed in Montana, according to reports, leading to multiple injuries. (Photo via social media)
Amtrak train running between Seattle and Chicago derailed in Montana, according to reports, leading to multiple injuries. (Photo via social media)

US: Amtrak train derails in Montana; at least 3 dead, several injured

AP |
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2021 08:43 AM IST
The train had about 147 passengers and 13 crew members on board, according to reports. Amtrak is working with the local authorities to transport injured passengers and safely evacuate all other passengers.
Taliban fighters stand guard along a road in Herat.(AFP)
Taliban fighters stand guard along a road in Herat.(AFP)

Taliban hang up kidnappers’ bodies in public in Herat

Agencies | , Kabul
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2021 01:13 AM IST
  • Sher Ahmad Ammar, deputy governor of Herat, said the men had kidnapped a businessman and his son and intended to take them out of the city when they were seen by patrols that set up checkpoints around the city.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan virtually addressing the 76th session of UNGA on Friday. (ANI)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan virtually addressing the 76th session of UNGA on Friday. (ANI)

Pakistan hits out at America at UN over fallout of its ‘war on terror’

Agencies | , New York
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2021 01:09 AM IST
  • Imran Khan was indignant and plaintive as he painted the United States as a country that abandoned both Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, in New York.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, in New York.(ANI)

Nations backing terror must know it’ll hurt them too: PM

By Yashwant Raj I Edited by Amit Chanda
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2021 04:25 AM IST
Indian PM Narendra Modi also warned the United Nations about its own diminishing relevance and credibility, reiterating a theme that he called a “crisis of confidence” in 2020.
People look up as a body was hung by the Taliban from a crane in the main square of Herat city in western Afghanistan.(AP)
People look up as a body was hung by the Taliban from a crane in the main square of Herat city in western Afghanistan.(AP)

Kidnappers' body hung in public view: Punishments that Taliban are bringing back

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2021 10:20 PM IST
In recent weeks, men have been packed into a truck with their hands tied and were paraded around subjecting them to humiliation. Stale bread was hung from necks of some criminals, though their crime was not known, reports said.
Taliban members inspect the site of a blast in Jalalabad.(AFP Photo)
Taliban members inspect the site of a blast in Jalalabad.(AFP Photo)

Taliban vs ISKP in Nangarhar's Jalalabad, one killed in blast

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2021 08:16 PM IST
Though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, an affiliate of Islamic State (ISKP) is believed to be behind it. The terror group has claimed the attacks on Taliban earlier too.
Lorries at an HGV parking, at Cobham services on the M25 motorway, Cobham, Britain, August 31, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra/File Photo(REUTERS)
Lorries at an HGV parking, at Cobham services on the M25 motorway, Cobham, Britain, August 31, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra/File Photo(REUTERS)

UK expected to relax visa rules, here's why

Reuters | , London
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2021 05:55 PM IST
The United Kingdom is planning to revise and relax its work visa rules to attract foreign labour as it faces an acute shortage of truck drivers.
American billionaire Bill Gates.(AFP)
American billionaire Bill Gates.(AFP)

‘Space? We have a lot to do here’: Bill Gates talks on space exploration

Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2021 05:48 PM IST
“I have become obsessed with things like Malaria and HIV and getting rid of those diseases and I would probably bore people at cocktail parties talking about diseases. Space? You know, we have a lot to do here on earth,” Bill Gates said.
Taliban fighters stand guard along a road in Herat on September 21, 2021.(AFP)
Taliban fighters stand guard along a road in Herat on September 21, 2021.(AFP)

Taliban hang body from crane in main square of Afghanistan’s Herat city: Report

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2021 05:12 PM IST
  • The report suggests that the Taliban fighters brought four bodies to the main square of Afghanistan’s third-largest city and moved three of them to other squares for displaying in public.
Imran Khan said Pashtun nationalism is very strong and the Pashtuns in Pakistan are Taliban sympathisers. 
Imran Khan said Pashtun nationalism is very strong and the Pashtuns in Pakistan are Taliban sympathisers. 

Imran Khan says Pashtuns are Taliban-sympathisers, leaders react

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2021 04:36 PM IST
Imran Khan said three million Pashtuns are still there in Pakistan as refugees. ‘They do attack Pakistan,’ Imran Khan said drawing flak for spreading ‘misinformation’ about Pashtuns. 
Iceland goes to polls as its government fights to retain majority(Unsplash)
Iceland goes to polls as its government fights to retain majority(Unsplash)

Iceland goes to polls as its government fights to retain majority

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2021 02:16 PM IST
With the political landscape more splintered than ever, Iceland votes on Saturday. The early results are expected to emerge by evening while a clear picture will emerge by Sunday.
Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou speaks to media outside the British Columbia Supreme Court following a hearing on her release in Vancouver, Canada, on Friday. (REUTERS)
Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou speaks to media outside the British Columbia Supreme Court following a hearing on her release in Vancouver, Canada, on Friday. (REUTERS)

China welcomes release of Meng Wanzhou, quiet on release of two Canadian ‘spies’

By Sutirtho Patranobis I Edited by Amit Chanda
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2021 02:15 PM IST
China on Saturday welcomed the release of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou from home detention in Canada but remained all but silent on the release of two Canadians from Chinese jails.
European Union's move is a step towards cutting down on the 11,000 metric tons of electronic waste thrown out every year by Europeans.
European Union's move is a step towards cutting down on the 11,000 metric tons of electronic waste thrown out every year by Europeans.

EU proposes universal charger for mobiles: The reason and why Apple is unhappy?

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2021 02:12 PM IST
Charging of devices was revolutionised by Universal Serial Bus (USB), which simplified computer connectivity. Initially, the USB-A took the world by storm. But in recent years, users have to choose from micro USB, mini USB, USB type-C and the lightning port used by Apple.
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