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Afghan aid groups struggle to help population at risk with limited resources; foreign funds frozen
World

Afghan aid groups struggle to help population at risk with limited resources; foreign funds frozen

Attempts by Western governments and international financial institutions to deprive the Taliban-controlled government of other funding sources until its intentions are clearer has Afghan’s most vulnerable citizens hurting

Joe Biden announces Indo-Pacific alliance AUKUS with UK, Australia ahead of Quad summit
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Joe Biden announces Indo-Pacific alliance AUKUS with UK, Australia ahead of Quad summit

The new security alliance is likely to be seen as a provocative move by China, which has repeatedly lashed out at Joe Biden as he's sought to refocus US foreign policy on the Pacific

9/11 memorial: George W. Bush highlights bravery of Americans in 'the face of death'
World

9/11 memorial: George W. Bush highlights bravery of Americans in 'the face of death'

Bush, who was president during the attacks, commended the courage of the Flight 93 passengers and crew who are believed to have foiled an attack on the US Capitol by leading the plane to crash in rural Pennsylvania

Blood Brothers review: Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X's old bond in new light
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Blood Brothers review: Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X's old bond in new light

The Netflix documentary paints Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X as unhinged victims, rather than powerful narrators, of the black rage lining the periphery of America’s White Supremacist movement.

China, Pakistan and Russia still figuring out what to do with Taliban, says Joe Biden
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China, Pakistan and Russia still figuring out what to do with Taliban, says Joe Biden

The remark comes in the wake of the announcement of the formation of a new interim government in Kabul by the Taliban

‘What will happen to me?’ Afghans who fled Taliban rule face sleepless nights and uncertain future
World

‘What will happen to me?’ Afghans who fled Taliban rule face sleepless nights and uncertain future

At the processing centers, the relief of escaping Afghanistan under Taliban rule has collided with the hardships of leaving a homeland and starting life anew

Evacuation resumes with renewed urgency as desperation rises after Kabul twin bombings
World

Evacuation resumes with renewed urgency as desperation rises after Kabul twin bombings

Some US allies have said they are ending evacuation efforts, in part to give the US time to wrap up its own operations before getting 5,000 of its troops out by August 31

Fear of Taliban influence in Xinjiang casts shadow on China’s political, economic interests in Afghanistan
World

Fear of Taliban influence in Xinjiang casts shadow on China’s political, economic interests in Afghanistan

China has chased commercial ventures in Afghanistan, but the prospects of such projects reaching fruition appear no closer now than they were over the past 20 years of the US presence

Avoid travel to airport due to security threats, US mission tells Americans as clock ticks on challenging Kabul airlift
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Avoid travel to airport due to security threats, US mission tells Americans as clock ticks on challenging Kabul airlift

Meanwhile, the Chinese embassy in Afghanistan "urged Chinese nationals there to strictly abide by Islamic custom including code of dressing and dining in public", state media reported.

HBO docuseries on Barack Obama is an assiduously constructed study on former US president's clash of identities
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HBO docuseries on Barack Obama is an assiduously constructed study on former US president's clash of identities

Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union has no qualms scrutinizing former US president's cultural authenticity as a Black leader, his political idealism, and his defiant diplomacy in the face of racial inequity.

Pakistan seeks 'civilised, even-handed' relations like India-US ties with Washington: Imran Khan
India

Pakistan seeks 'civilised, even-handed' relations like India-US ties with Washington: Imran Khan

Imran also claimed that Islamabad would have had a good relationship with New Delhi 'had there been another Indian leadership' and 'we would have resolved all our differences through dialogue'

Explainer: Why G7 spotlight on Xinjiang and Hong Kong has set China on edge
World

Explainer: Why G7 spotlight on Xinjiang and Hong Kong has set China on edge

China's outburst came after the powerful grouping in a communique slammed Beijing over abuses against minorities in the Xinjiang region and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong

Watch: Sanjena Sathian reads from her debut novel Gold Diggers, about Indian-Americans' ambitions, struggles
Arts & Culture

Watch: Sanjena Sathian reads from her debut novel Gold Diggers, about Indian-Americans' ambitions, struggles

A magical realist coming-of-age story, Gold Diggers skewers the model minority myth to tell a hilarious and moving story about immigrant identity, community, and the underside of ambition.

As COVID-19 ebbs in the West, will the Roaring Twenties of the last century reappear?
Arts & Culture

As COVID-19 ebbs in the West, will the Roaring Twenties of the last century reappear?

Months of lockdown and restrictions on social life have given way to dreams of a new era of frivolity and decadence. For some, it feels like party time.

US relaxes mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, paving return to pre-pandemic life
World

US relaxes mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, paving return to pre-pandemic life

Referring to the latest CDC guidelines, President Joe Biden hailed a 'great day for America' as US officials said vaccinated people can go mask-less in most indoor and outdoor settings

The Underground Railroad: Toni Morrison to Colson Whitehead, how writers chronicled the resistance to slavery
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The Underground Railroad: Toni Morrison to Colson Whitehead, how writers chronicled the resistance to slavery

The Underground Railroad has come to epitomise the abolitionist movement in the American consciousness, as writers compel the country to confront its darkest chapter.

'America ruled India for 200 years': Fresh off 'ripped jeans' row, Uttarakhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat makes fresh faux pas
India

'America ruled India for 200 years': Fresh off 'ripped jeans' row, Uttarakhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat makes fresh faux pas

He also created another flutter when he remarked on the amount of ration distributed during the COVID-19 lockdown. He said families with two members were jealous of those having 20 members since the latter benefited most from the government ration scheme

A historic lens: How Black Americans used portraits and family photographs to defy stereotypes
World

A historic lens: How Black Americans used portraits and family photographs to defy stereotypes

Ordinary, working-class families used the camera to represent themselves in their full humanity.

How Black cartographers put racism on the map of America, illuminating injustice and reimagining cities
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How Black cartographers put racism on the map of America, illuminating injustice and reimagining cities

Cartography is a less documented aspect of the Black Panthers’ activism, but the group used maps to reimagine the cities where African Americans lived and struggled.

Rebuilding Paradise exhibits an idyllic town's resilience to rise from the aftermath of 2018 Camp wildfires
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Rebuilding Paradise exhibits an idyllic town's resilience to rise from the aftermath of 2018 Camp wildfires

Rebuilding Paradise, a documentary directed by Ron Howard, focuses on the colossal cleanup and rebuilding efforts after the 8 November, 2018, California wildfires that killed 85 people and destroyed some 18,000 buildings.