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Danish official warns against going to Kabul. to fly

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (dpa) – Denmark’s Defense Minister warns: “It is no longer safe to fly in or out of Kabul.” That is what Trine Bramsen, who spoke to the Danish broadcaster TV2 on Wednesday, said. Bramsen said about 90 people on the last plane – plus the last Danish soldiers and diplomats sent to evacuate – were in the Afghan capital. THIS IS A LATEST UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. LONDON (AP) – The British government says that many people who want to leave Afghanistan stay outside of Kabul airport despite warnings about the risk of a suicide bombing.

The US says 1,500 Americans may still be waiting for Kabul to be evacuated

WASHINGTON (AP) – Secretary of State Antony Blinken said up to 1,500 Americans may be waiting to be evacuated from Afghanistan, a number suggesting that the US is its top priority for the Kabul Airlift – rescuing US citizens President Joe Biden’s deadline on Tuesday could reach it despite growing concerns about terrorist threats targeting the airport. However, countless thousands of vulnerable Afghans were still struggling to get to Kabul airport, while many thousands of other Afghans had flown to safety around the clock in just 12 days. On Wednesday, several Americans who were working phones and pulling strings to bring out former Afghan colleagues, women’s advocates, journalists and other vulnerable Afghans said they had seen little concrete US sight

“Was it worth it?” A fallen marine and the devastating end of a war

SPRINGVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – She was folding a red sweater when she heard a car door slam, walked to the window, and found that a moment she’d always imagined killing her was about to come true: three marines and a Navy chaplain were walking towards her door, and that could only mean one thing. She put her hand on the blue stars she had taped next to the front door, a symbol that her son Marine Lance Cpl. should protect. Alec Catherwood, who had left for the battlefields of Afghanistan three weeks earlier. And then, when she remembered it, she went mad.

Japan suspends 1.63 million doses of Moderna due to contamination

TOKYO (AP) – Japan suspended the use of approximately 1.63 million doses of the Moderna vaccine Thursday after contamination was found in unused vials, raising concerns about a lack of supplies as the country attempts to stop vaccinations amid a Accelerate the COVID-19 surge. The Ministry of Health announced that contamination had been reported by several vaccination centers. Some doses may have been given, but no negative health effects have been reported so far, officials said. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., a Japanese drug maker responsible for selling and distributing the vaccine in Japan, said it has decided to suspend the use of cans made on the same production line for safety reasons.

Cruise ships require vaccinations and tests amid the virus surge

MIAMI (dpa) – Joel Steckler was excited about his first cruise in more than a year and a half and chose the ship that was the first to take passengers again only two months ago after a long pandemic shutdown. Steckler was fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which was enough to resume the cruise under the initial guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now, the 63-year-old from Long Island, New York, is postponing the trip planned for Saturday amid new, stricter guidelines triggered by the surge in cases and breakthrough infections from the Delta variant. “You just have to make a personal decision,” says Steckler, who takes drugs that suppress his immune system and changes his plans after consulting his doctor.

Migrant children spend weeks in US shelters as more arrive

Five months after the Biden government declared a state of emergency and tried to build shelters to house a record number of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border alone, children continue to languish at the sites as more are added, child welfare lawyers say . More than 700 children spent three weeks or more in government unlicensed locations in mid-July, according to a federal court overseeing detention conditions for juvenile immigrants. Proponents say children should be released quickly to their relatives in the United States or sent to a licensed facility. In one of the files, a 16-year-old boy from Salvador said that children were served raw meat.

The threat of forest fires in California can spread south

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Wildfire that burned down several homes near Los Angeles could signal the area is facing the same dangers that scorched Northern California. The San Bernardino County fire broke out Wednesday afternoon, quickly burned several hundred acres and damaged or destroyed at least a dozen homes and outbuildings in the northeast LA foothills, firefighters said. The crews used shovels and bulldozers and launched an air strike to keep the South Fire out of the tiny communities of Lytle Creek and Scotland near Cajon Pass. Around 600 homes and other buildings were threatened along with power lines, and 1,000 residents had to be evacuated.

What is a COVID-19 vaccine passport and do I need one?

What is a COVID-19 vaccine passport and do I need one? “Vaccine Passports” are digital or paper documents that show that you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and that can help you get to more and more places. What they look like and why you want one depends on where you live, but more private places, workplaces, and governments require proof of vaccination in public institutions. Europe and US states like California and New York have created official digital credentials that you can use to review your COVID-19 vaccination record and convert it into a scannable QR code that you can access on your mobile phone.

Palestinian twins open a café in a converted jet in the West Bank

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – Few Palestinians in the occupied West Bank get on a plane these days. The area does not have a civil airport and those who can afford a plane ticket have to catch their flights in neighboring Jordan. But just outside the northern city of Nablus, a pair of twins offers people the next best thing. Khamis al-Sairafi and brother Ata have converted an old Boeing 707 into a café and restaurant where customers can board. “Ninety-nine percent of the Palestinians have never used an airplane. Only our ambassadors, diplomats, ministers and mayors use them. Now they see a plane and it’s something for them, ”said Khamis al-Sairafi.

Nirvana sued by a man who was a naked baby on the cover of Nevermind

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A 30-year-old man who appeared naked on the cover of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album when he was 4 months old is suing the band and others, claiming the image is child pornography that they benefited from . The lawsuit, which Spencer Elden filed in federal court in California Tuesday, alleges that Nirvana and the record companies behind “Nevermind” intentionally commercialized Spencer’s child pornography and used the shocking nature of his image to get their own money To advertise music ”. . ”The lawsuit states that Elden suffered“ lifelong damage ”from the ubiquitous image of him swimming naked underwater for a dollar bill on a fish hook.

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