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Blinken and Austin visit Gulf to ease post-war tension
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senior US security officials will see how the failed war in Afghanistan could transform US relations in the Middle East when they meet key allies in the Persian Gulf and Europe this week. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will travel separately to the Gulf on Sunday. You will speak to leaders who are central to US efforts to prevent the resurgence of extremist threats in Afghanistan, some of whom have been partners in the 20 year war against the Taliban. Together, the trips from Austin and Blinken are intended to reassure the Gulf allies of President Joe Biden’s decision to end the United States
9/11: Over the decades, the act of remembering evolves
SHANKSVILLE, Pennsylvania (AP) – Across the vast field where the plane fell from the sky so many years ago, everything is quiet. The hills around Shanksville seem to swallow noises. The plateau that Americans climb by the millions to visit the National Memorial from Flight 93 to remember the dead in this vast expanse of southwest Pennsylvania lies directly above much of the landscape and creates a quiet zone right there where peace and quiet have to be. It is a place that makes you remember. Twenty years have passed since United Flight 93 made its final descent, and chaos unfolded on board as buildings burned 300 miles east.
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 .
Accident victim remembers terror after road collapse in Mississippi
LUCEDALE, miss. (AP) – A teenage girl said she could hear the terrible noises of other vehicles crashing around – and on top – of the pickup truck that she and her mother were trapped in after the truck crashed into a dark, muddy pit after a car The Mississippi freeway collapsed during the torrential rain of Hurricane Ida. “I saw a black hole, then I passed out and I woke up and my mother was bent over. She was choking on her blood and couldn’t breathe or anything, “16-year-old Emily Williams of Wiggins, Mississippi, told WLOX-TV on a video call from her hospital room.
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
The latest: Pope calls on countries to take in Afghan refugees
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 told the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China last month that they were being investigated for work for foreign interests, an allegation the group rejected. “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.
Police clash with opponents of the Serbian Church in Montenegro
CETINJE, Montenegro (AP) – The riot police used tear gas against demonstrators who fired shots in the air and hurled bottles and stones in Montenegro before and during an inauguration of the country’s new head of the Serbian Orthodox Church. According to police and media reports, at least seven police officers and several demonstrators were injured and at least 14 people were arrested in the clashes. Sunday’s ceremony in Cetinje, a former capital of the small Balkan state, angered opponents of the Serbian Church in Montenegro, which declared its independence from neighboring Serbia in 2006. On Saturday, hundreds of protesters confronted police in Cetinje around a monastery where Metropolitan Joanikije’s inauguration was taking place after he and Serbian Patriarch Porfirie arrived by helicopter, state-run RTCG reported.
The United Arab Emirates is implementing a plan to invest in the economy and liberalize the laws
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – The United Arab Emirates on Sunday announced a grand plan to boost its economy and liberalize tough residency rules for expatriates as the country seeks to overhaul its finances and attract foreign residents and capital. The nation’s plan to attract foreign talent over the next several decades reflects an emerging contrast with the other sheikdoms in the Persian Gulf who are becoming increasingly protectionist as they seek to diversify their oil-linked economies. The UAE is now celebrating its 50th anniversary and trying to accelerate its economic and social reforms to reshape itself for a post-pandemic future. The government portrayed the country as an open-minded, bustling commercial and financial center, promising to invest $ 13.6 billion in the economy next year and $ 150 billion by 2030.
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.