The prospects of “sliding” the situation in Afghanistan into a protracted civil war are real, according to Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzia. He is quoted by RIA Novosti.
According to him, the only way to end the conflict is through peaceful negotiations. This is the most important task at the moment, the Russian representative stressed.
The meeting of the expanded troika on Afghanistan (Russia, the United States, China, Pakistan) is scheduled for August 11, it will be held in Doha.
The forces of the radical Taliban movement (banned in the Russian Federation) have become more active after the start of the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan. They began to seize vast territories and claimed control over most of the state borders. President Ashraf Ghani accused Washington of aggravating the situation on the Afghan territory. According to some reports, the Taliban control 90 percent of the state’s borders.
On August 6, Taliban terrorists captured the capital of the first of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan — we are talking about the city of Zaranj, the capital of Nimruz.
The German government will form a package of assistance to the flood-affected regions, which will amount to 10 billion euros. This is reported by Der Spiegel, citing sources.
According to the publication, half of the required amount will be allocated from the federal budget, the second half — from regional budgets. In the future, the amount of funds may be increased. Most of the money will be used to restore the infrastructure.
Earlier it became known that the German government will pay 400 million euros as immediate assistance to victims of the disaster. 200 million of them will be allocated by the national budget, another 200 million will be allocated to the land administration. If necessary, Berlin promised to apply for financial support to the EU Solidarity Fund.
On July 12, heavy rains in the western part of Germany led to large-scale flooding. As a result, 180 people were killed, more than 750 were injured (as of July 28). More than a thousand people are missing. Roads, bridges, houses and streets were destroyed.
The governor of the state of New York, Andrew Cuomo, was threatened with court: an assistant who had previously accused him of harassment filed a criminal case against him. This is reported by The New York Post, citing a statement by Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.
The identity of the governor’s victim is not disclosed — in the report of the New York Attorney General, she is designated as an “executive assistant”. If her words are confirmed, Cuomo may be detained.
In early August, the state Attorney General’s office confirmed that the governor of New York had harassed assistants. The document contains various episodes of the politician’s harassment of women, attempts to hug or kiss them, intimate offers. A woman who filed a criminal complaint claimed that Cuomo grabbed her by the chest.
In addition, one of the colleagues of the politician reported that the entire office of the governor put pressure on her after she filed a complaint of sexual harassment. Cuomo fired another employee after accusations of harassment and announced that the woman “belittled colleagues and shouted at them.”
Lindsay Boylan, a former assistant to the governor, one of the first to report on the harassment of Cuomo, accused President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris of silence. According to Boylan, the country’s top officials were aware of the behavior of the head of state, but preferred not to interfere in the situation. At the same time, Cuomo denied and continues to deny absolutely all the testimony of the victims of his harassment, saying that they are lying.
Since 2020, seven women have told about the harassment by the governor. His resignation was demanded by the mayor of New York, as well as a number of senators and congressmen of the United States and the state of New York-both Republicans and Democrats. The New York parliament planned to introduce a resolution on the impeachment of Cuomo.
The United States has transferred several dozen militants of the “Islamic State” (IS, banned in Russia) from prisons to its base in Syria. This is reported by the Syrian agency SANA, citing sources.
As it became known, in total, the military transported 40 terrorists to the base in the city of Al-Shaddadi. Among them is one of the leaders of a terrorist organization and a specialist in the manufacture of explosive devices. The agency emphasizes that this was done “in order to implement Washington’s plans in the region.”
In July, it was reported that the forces of the international anti-terrorist coalition, led by the United States, detained two leaders of the IG. Representatives of the coalition surrounded the house where the militants ‘ shelter was located. After unsuccessful negotiations, several bombs were dropped on the building, as a result of which three people were killed. It is assumed that they were also members of the IG.