Centre-left narrowly wins against Merkel’s party

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats have narrowly beaten the party of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel in federal elections, according to preliminary results. SPD leader Olaf Scholz says he has a clear mandate to form a government, but his conservative rival, Armin Laschet, is determined to fight on. The two parties have governed together for years but … Continue reading Centre-left narrowly wins against Merkel’s party

Taliban declares Afghanistan ‘free nation’ as US exits

The Taliban says Afghanistan is a “free and sovereign” nation as it hails the exit of US troops after 20 years of occupation, describing their departure as a “historic moment”. Taliban fighters on Tuesday took charge of Kabul’s airport as the last US soldiers flew out of the country. Celebratory gunfire and fireworks lit up … Continue reading Taliban declares Afghanistan ‘free nation’ as US exits

US, allies scramble to evacuate thousands from Afghanistan

The US and its Western allies are stepping up evacuation efforts after US President Joe Biden stuck to the August 31 deadline to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. More than 70,000 people, foreigners and Afghans, have been airlifted out of Kabul since August 14, the day before the Taliban swept into the Afghan capital. “The sooner … Continue reading US, allies scramble to evacuate thousands from Afghanistan