National Newswatch

U.S. marks 20 years since 9/11, in shadow of Afghan war’s end

Sep 11 2021 — — The 9/11 anniversary commemoration at ground zero began Saturday with a tolling bell and a moment of silence, exactly 20 years after the start of the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil. President Joe Biden, former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton joined a crowd of victims’ relatives and first responders at the Sept. 11 […]

Sakkari ousts Andreescu in 3 1/2-hour match to advance to quarters

Sep 7 2021 — — Maria Sakkari has eliminated 2019 champion Bianca Andreescu in the latest-finishing women’s match in tournament history to reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals for the first time. Sakkari came back to win 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6), 6-3 as Andreescu had trouble with a left leg that was taped by a trainer during a medical timeout in […]

Michael K. Williams, who starred as Omar on The Wire, dead at 54

Sep 6 2021 — — U.S. actor Michael K. Williams, who as the rogue robber of drug dealers Omar Little on The Wire created one of the most popular characters in television in recent decades, died Monday. Williams was found dead in his Brooklyn penthouse apartment on Monday afternoon, New York City police said. He was 54.

Taliban say they took Panjshir, last holdout Afghan province

Sep 6 2021 — — The Taliban said on Monday they have taken control of Panjshir province north of Kabul, the last holdout of anti-Taliban forces in the country and the only province the Taliban had not seized during their blitz across Afghanistan last month. Thousands of Taliban fighters overran eight districts of Panjshir overnight, according to witnesses from the […]

Taliban declare victory from Kabul airport, promise security

Aug 31 2021 — — The Taliban triumphantly marched into Kabul’s international airport on Tuesday, hours after the final U.S. troop withdrawal that ended America’s longest war. Standing on the tarmac, Taliban leaders pledged to secure the country, quickly reopen the airport and grant amnesty to former opponents. In a show of control, turbaned Taliban leaders were flanked by the […]

EU set to recommend reinstating restrictions on US travelers

Aug 30 2021 — — The European Union plans to recommend that its member states reinstate restrictions on tourists from the U.S. because of rising coronavirus infection levels in the country, EU diplomats said Monday. A decision to remove the U.S. from a safe list of countries for nonessential travel would reverse advice from June, when the 27-nation bloc recommended […]

TV acting icon Ed Asner has died at 91

Aug 29 2021 — — Ed Asner, the burly and prolific character actor who became a star in middle age as the gruff but lovable newsman Lou Grant, first in the hit comedy “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and later in the drama “Lou Grant,” died Sunday. He was 91. Asner’s representative confirmed the actor’s death in an email to […]

Jacques Rogge, IOC president for 12 years, dies at 79

Aug 29 2021 — — Jacques Rogge, who oversaw an era of political and financial stability in the Olympic movement after its worst ethics scandal and pursued a hard line against doping during his 12 years as IOC president, has died, the Olympic organization said Sunday. He was 79. The International Olympic Committee announced his death without giving details. Rogge’s […]

U.S. airstrike hits suicide bombers targeting Kabul airport

Aug 29 2021 — — A U.S. drone strike Sunday struck a vehicle carrying “multiple suicide bombers” from Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate before they could target the ongoing military evacuation at Kabul’s international airport, American officials said. There were few initial details about the incident, as well as a rocket that struck a neighborhood just northwest of the airport, killing […]

As troops return, UK under pressure over Afghans left behind

Aug 29 2021 — — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday praised the “colossal” effort to airlift civilians from Kabul, as U.K. troops and diplomats flew home after the two-week mission, ending 20 years of British military involvement in Afghanistan. In a video message, Johnson praised the “colossal exertions” of British troops engaged in “a mission unlike anything we’ve […]