France Recalls Ambassadors From US, Australia Over Submarines Row

<!– –> France accused Australia of back-stabbing and US of Trump-era behaviour Paris: France has recalled its ambassadors to the US and Australia for consultation, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced Friday, after Canberra ditched a deal to buy French submarines in favour of US vessels. Le Drian said in a statement that the decision was made to immediately recall the two French ambassadors due to “the exceptional seriousness of the announcements made on September 15 by Australia and the United States”. US President Joe Biden announced the new Australia-US-Britain…

“Tragic Mistake”: US Admits Drone Strike In Kabul Killed 10 Civilians

<!– –> “The strike was a tragic mistake,” a US top general said after an investigation. Washington: A top general admitted the United States had made a “mistake” when it launched a drone strike against suspected Islamic State militants in the Afghan capital Kabul on August 29, confirming that it killed 10 civilians instead. US Central Command commander General Kenneth McKenzie said that the strike was meant to target a suspected IS operation that US intelligence had “reasonable certainty” aimed to attack the Kabul airport. “The strike was a tragic…

Taliban Say Afghan Boys’ School To Reopen, No Mention Of Girls

<!– –> “All teachers and male students should attend school,” the statement said. Afghan schools will open for boys from Saturday, the new Taliban ministry of education said in a statement that gave no indication of when girls might be able to go back to their classes. More than a month after the movement seized the capital Kabul, most educational institutions have remained closed as the Taliban have struggled to reopen the economy and restore normal life in the cities. At some of the schools that have managed to operate,…

Vladimir Putin Votes Online From Isolation After Covid Contact

<!– –> Russian President Vladimir Putin voted online in a parliamentary election. (File) Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin voted online in a parliamentary election, a state-television broadcast showed Friday, after he announced this week he was self-isolating due to a coronavirus outbreak at the Kremlin. “As you can see … I have fulfilled my civic duty online,” Putin said in a broadcast, in which he also urged Russians to “make your choice”. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a…

Vladimir Putin Says Moscow, Beijing-Led Alliance Should Influence Taliban

<!– –> Moscow and Beijing-led alliance should influence Taliban, said Russian President Vladimir Putin (File) Dushanbe: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that a security bloc led by Moscow and Beijing should take the lead in ensuring the Taliban kept its promises on preventing terrorism and drug trafficking. The Kremlin chief said the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) should “use its potential” to “stimulate the new Afghan authorities” in fulfilling their promises on normalising life and bringing security in Afghanistan. He was speaking via video link at a summit of the…

India Was Informed About Australia-UK-US Defence Pact, Says Envoy

<!– –> China had stated that the newly formed AUKUS pact provokes an arms race. (File) New Delhi: Australian High Commissioner Barry O’Farrell on Friday said that decision to form AUKUS (Australia-UK-US) defence partnership was taken after deep consideration and Canberra informed their Indian counterparts about the decision. “The Australian Prime Minister, our ministers for Foreign Affairs and Defence have spoken to their Indian counterparts to inform them about the decision. The decision has been taken after deep consideration,” said the Australian envoy to India on AUKUS agreement to equip…

Vladimir Putin Says Russia Needs To Work With Taliban

<!– –> Russia needs to work with the Taliban government in Afghanistan, President Vladimir Putin said (File) Moscow: Russia needs to work with the Taliban government in Afghanistan, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday at a meeting of a China- and Russia-led security bloc, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). Speaking via video link at the conference held in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, Putin said Russia supported a United Nations conference on Afghanistan and that world powers should consider unfreezing Afghanistan’s assets. (This story has not been edited by NDTV…

Joe Biden Convenes World Leaders To Discuss Climate Change

<!– –> Joe Biden is hoping to rally big emitters to help make COP26 a success. (File) Washington: President Joe Biden convenes world leaders on Friday for a discussion about intensifying efforts to tackle climate change, seeking to build momentum ahead of an international summit on global warming later this year. Biden will hold a virtual meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) from the White House in a follow-up to an Earth Day meeting he hosted in April to unveil new U.S. greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and press…

Afghanistan Can’t Be “Controlled From Outside”: Pak PM At SCO Summit

<!– –> Imran Khan said the Taliban must fulfil the promises they have made. (File) Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said Afghanistan could not be “controlled from the outsideā€ and that Islamabad will continue to support the war-torn neighbouring country even as he urged the Taliban to fulfil the promises they have made. Addressing the 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Council of Heads of State (SCO-CHS) Summit in Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, Khan highlighted the need to mobilise international support for an immediate humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan which is…

Google, Apple Comply With Russian Law Over Kremlin Critic App

<!– –> Moscow: The Kremlin said Friday Google and Apple conformed with “the letter and spirit” of Russian law by removing Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s app instructing voters to weaken the ruling party during polls. “This app has been outlawed in our country,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, acknowledging that Google and Apple had removed the apps in accordance with the “letter and spirit” of Russian law. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)