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Rescue groups: US balance sheet missing hundreds in Afghanistan

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Veteran-led rescue groups say the Biden government’s estimate that no more than 200 US citizens have been left in Afghanistan is underestimated, and also overlooks hundreds of other people they believe are equally American: permanently legal Residents with green cards. Some groups say they continue to be contacted by American citizens in Afghanistan who did not register with the U.S. embassy before it closed and loved ones by others who were not included in previous censuses for raising concerns Leaving people behind. Green card holders have lived in the United States for years, paid taxes, become part of their communities, and often have children who are American

Over 24 hours in Kabul, brutality, trauma, moments of grace

Tired as a bone, like everyone else in Kabul, Taliban fighters spent the last moments of the 20-year war in Afghanistan gazing at the night sky for the torches that would signal the disappearance of the United States. From a distance, US generals watched video screens with the same anticipation. Relief flooded the winners and losers of the war as the last US plane took off. Those in between and left behind – possibly the majority of Afghans allied seeking US clearance – have become fearful of what comes next, given the history of ruthlessness and oppression of women by the Taliban . And for thousands of US

Florida is grappling with the deadliest phase of COVID-19 to date

MIAMI (AP) – Funeral director Wayne Bright has seen grief after grief during the recent COVID-19 surge. One woman died from the virus, and when her family was planning the funeral, her mother was also dejected. An aunt took over the preparations for the double funeral, only to die of COVID-19 herself two weeks later. “It was one of the most devastating things ever,” said Bright, who also arranged the funeral of one of his closest friends last week. Florida has the deadliest wave of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, a disaster fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant.

Outside of New Orleans, an even longer road to recovery for Ida

HOUMA, La. (AP) – The coronavirus pandemic demanded Kendall Duthu’s job as a cook at a Jambalaya restaurant. Then Hurricane Ida captured his home. The 26-year-old resident of Dulac, Louisiana, is now living out of his car with his girlfriend after Ida yelled ashore a week ago on Sunday and shattered houses in his path. Now he doesn’t know what’s next. On Saturday, Duthu picked up a container of red beans and rice from volunteers in nearby Houma, who were distributing ice, water and meals to survivors of the storm. He stopped to eat in his Infiniti, the windshield of which was splintered. “Next stop, I don’t really know …” he said and fell silent.

Taliban special forces abruptly end women’s protest

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Taliban special forces in camouflage fired their weapons into the air on Saturday, ending the recent protest march by Afghan women in the capital, who are demanding equal rights from the new rulers, abruptly and frighteningly. Also on Saturday, the head of the powerful Pakistani secret service, which has an overwhelming influence on the Taliban, paid a surprise visit to Kabul. Taliban fighters quickly captured most of Afghanistan last month and celebrated the withdrawal of the last US forces after 20 years of war. The insurgent group now has to rule a war-ravaged country that is heavily dependent on international aid.

Corporations: Settling $ 26 billion in opioid lawsuits to move forward

Four pharmaceutical companies said Saturday that enough states had agreed to settle opioid-related lawsuits to advance the $ 26 billion deal. An announcement from the three largest US drug distributors and confirmation from drug maker Johnson & Johnson, which previously announced it would continue, came on Saturday. That was the deadline for the companies to determine if they had enough buy-in to continue the settlement plan. The distributors – AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson – said 42 states had agreed to join. Johnson & Johnson didn’t immediately say how many states agreed to its end of the settlement.

Group behind Hong Kong’s Tiananmen Square vigil deny foreign relations

HONG KONG (AP) – The group behind the annual Tiananmen Square vigil in Hong Kong said Sunday it will not cooperate with the police who are conducting a national security investigation into the group’s activities, calling it an abuse of power. Police briefed the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of China’s Patriotic Democratic Movements, which are under investigation for work for foreign interests, last month, an allegation they have denied. “This is a really bad precedent for abuse of power by national security (police) arbitrarily designating any civilian organization as a foreign agent,” said Chow Han Tung, vice chairwoman of the alliance, at a press conference convened to help the police To address investigations.

Do we need people for this job? Automation boom after COVID

Ask for a roast beef sandwich at an Arby’s drive-thru east of Los Angeles and you might speak to Tori – an artificially intelligent voice assistant who takes your order and sends it to the chefs. “It doesn’t make you sick,” says Amir Siddiqi, whose family installed the AI ​​voice in their Arby franchise in Ontario, California this year. “It doesn’t get a corona. And the reliability is great. ”The pandemic not only threatened the health of Americans when it struck the US in 2020 – it could also pose a long-term threat to many of their jobs. Faced with labor shortages and higher labor costs, companies are starting to automate jobs in the service sector that economists once considered safe, on the assumption that machines couldn’t simply make the human contact they believed customers would want .

USA: Afghan evacuees who failed the initial examination in Kosovo

A passionate US ally, Kosovo, has agreed to accept Afghan evacuees who fail the initial rounds of checks and admit them for up to a year, a US official said on Saturday to address one of the security concerns of the hectic US evacuation from the airport Kabul. The US plan is likely to meet objections from refugee attorneys who are already complaining about the lack of disclosure and uncertain legal jurisdiction in the Biden government’s use of foreign screening sites. These quickly established overseas transit locations are still working at near or full speed to validate eligibility and check for security issues in thousands of Afghans and a smaller number of Americans who lived between Aug.

Kashmiri leader’s family charged under Indian counterterrorism law

SRINAGAR, India (AP) – Police in India-controlled Kashmir charged family members of the late resistance leader Syed Ali Geelani under harsh anti-terrorism law for using anti-Indian slogans and wrapping his body in the Pakistani flag, officials said On Sunday. Geelani, who died on Wednesday at the age of 91, symbolized Kashmir’s defiance against New Delhi and had been under house arrest for years. His son Naseem said Indian authorities buried Geelani’s body in a local cemetery without family members present after police removed his body from the house. The police denied this, calling it “baseless rumors” of “some legitimate interests”. A video widely shared on social media allegedly showed Geelani’s relatives, mostly women, desperately trying to prevent armed police from entering the room where his body, wrapped in a Pakistani flag, was being held.

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