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An Air Force Special Forces AC-130 gunship in an undated photo, which was used by the US military to attack targets around the Taliban of Kandahar (File photo) | Photo by U.S. Air Force/Getty Images via Bloomberg

US conducts several airstrikes in Afghanistan in effort to protect allies amid withdrawal

Taliban has been gaining territory and taking over customs posts at Afghan border crossings, seizing much of the govt's revenue. It now controls half of the country’s 419 districts.
File image of Dholavira in Gujarat, one of the largest cities of Indus Valley Civilisation | Commons

Meet the new additions to UNESCO’s World Heritage sites

A UNESCO panel added 13 new sites in 2020-2021, including the Harappan city of Dholavira in India.
File photo of Dawa khan Menapal, director of Afghanistan's Government Media and Information Centre (GMIC) | Twitter/@menapal1

Taliban kills head of Afghanistan govt’s media department Dawa khan Menapal

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid Taliban said that Menapal was killed in a 'special attack 'of Mujahideen and was 'punished' for his deeds.

Support ‘modest’ UNSC expansion provided it doesn’t ‘alter or expand’ veto, US says

India has been at the forefront of efforts to push for urgent long-pending UNSC reform, emphasising that it rightly deserves a place at the UN high table as a permanent member.
CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia, US | Wikimedia Commons

CNN fires 3 US employees for coming to office unvaccinated as part of ‘zero tolerance policy’

CNN President Jeff Zucker says company could make it a norm for employees to show proof of vaccination before entering CNN offices.
Travellers walk underneath a British Union Flag at Terminal 5, London Heathrow Airport Ltd. in London Photographer: Hollie Adams | Bloomberg

UK moves India from ‘red’ to ‘amber’ list, lifts institutional quarantine for travellers

The decision to exempt vaccinated travellers from mandatory hotel quarantine has come as a relief for the Indian diaspora in the UK, who had been demanding the easing of travel norms.
File photo | Afghanistan Army carries out operations against Taliban in Balkh province, July 2021| Twitter/MoDAfghanistan

Taliban seizes customs posts, draining Afghanistan govt’s key revenue source

Over the last month, the Taliban have gained control of at least eight of 14 customs posts along Afghanistan’s borders with Iran, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.
File image of a protest against attacks on journalists | Pixabay

What press freedom crackdowns from US to China to Turkey mean for investors

Restricted information flows can mask political & regulatory problems as well as corruption, raising the risks of doing business—particularly in more volatile emerging markets.

Pakistan PM Imran Khan nominates PTI lawmaker Abdul Qayyum Niazi as next PoK premier

Niazi won the recent legislative assembly election from Abbaspur-Poonch area. Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf will form a government in PoK for the first time.
Gilgamesh was a major hero in ancient Mesopotamian mythology and the protagonist of the Epic of Gilgamesh | The Print

Epic of Gilgamesh to return to Iraq 18 yrs after being looted as US gives back 17,000 artifacts

The artifacts were looted and smuggled out of Iraq after the 2003 US invasion. About 12,000 were displayed at the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC and 5,000 were held by Cornell University.