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France starts COVID-19 booster shot campaign for the elderly

Sep 1 2021 — AP — PARIS (AP) — France on Wednesday started administering booster shots of COVID-19 vaccine to people over 65 and those with underlying health conditions to shore up their vaccine protection, as the highly contagious delta variant is spreading in the country. People can get the shot on condition a minimum six-month period has passed since they […]

Israel promotes military handler of agent who spied on U.S.

Sep 1 2021 — AP — JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is granting a promotion to the handler of an agent who spied on the United States, more than 30 years after the episode strained U.S.-Israel ties and less than a year after the handler was pardoned by former President Donald Trump. Ex-air force officer Aviem Sella, who handled former spy Jonathan […]

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 […]

Study finds vaccine booster shots effective as WHO Europe head says they’re ‘not a luxury’

Aug 31 2021 — Booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are highly effective against both coronavirus infection and severe covid-19, Israeli scientists reported in a new paper that supports the idea of administering a third dose as protection against the virus wanes. Researchers at a variety of Israeli institutions looked at data from the nation’s Health Ministry for 1.1 […]

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 […]

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 […]

US ‘carries out military strike in Kabul’

Aug 29 2021 — — The US has reportedly carried out a military strike in the Afghan capital Kabul today. The strike targeted members of the Afghan branch of the Islamic State group, IS-K, Reuters news agency reports, citing US officials.

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 […]