US defence secretary advises Afghan forces to slow down Taliban’s momentum before retaking territories

US defence secretary advises Afghan forces to slow down Taliban's momentum before retaking territories

KABUL: Amid escalated fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban, US defence secretary Lloyd Austin on Saturday said, the Afghan security forces’ primary job is to make sure they could slow the Taliban‘s momentum before attempting to retake territory. “They are consolidating their forces around the key population centres,” Austin told reporters during a visit … Read more

NSO Group | The spy who came in for the phone

NSO Group | The merchant of faceless agents

The Israeli company that sells military-grade surveillance tools to governments is in the eye of a global storm after reports alleged that its product Pegasus was used to spy on journalists, dissidents and activists. On October 1, 2018, a day before Jamal Khashoggi was murdered and dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Citizen Lab, … Read more

China, Pakistan outline ‘joint action’ to align Afghanistan strategies

Australians arriving home from India face old mining-camp quarantine

China and Pakistan on Saturday said they would more closely cooperate and work together in Afghanistan amid the changing situation in the country, as their Foreign Ministers proposed building the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) into “a hub of regional connectivity”. Meeting in the Chinese city of Chengdu at the third strategic dialogue, China’s Foreign … Read more

French President Macron calls Israeli PM Bennett on allegations of snooping

French President Macron calls Israeli PM Bennett on allegations of snooping

French President Emmanuel Macron has spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on reports that Morocco’s security forces may have used the Pegasus spyware to snoop on his cellphones, according to a media report. A global media consortium last week reported that 50,000 cellphone numbers were being spied on using the Pegasus malware, which has … Read more

In a shift, US CDC says those at risk may need booster

Sensex surges over 200 points on global cues

WASHINGTON: Biden administration health officials increasingly think that vulnerable populations will need booster shots even as research continues into how long the Covid vaccines remain effective. Senior officials now say they expect that people who are 65 and older or who have compromised immune systems will most likely need a third shot from Pfizer-BioNTech or … Read more

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