Associated Press

Not all conditions met in Afghanistan agreement

International | Base closures and prisoner releases occur while Taliban attacks escalate
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/16/20, 05:07 pm

AFGHANISTAN: The Pentagon announced on Tuesday that it has closed five military bases and reduced the size of its troops stationed in the region to 8,600 as part of an agreement reached with the Taliban in February. The Afghan government, which was not a part of the talks leading to the agreement, has begun phased release of Taliban prisoners under pressure from the Trump administration.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Andrew Harnik

A controversial U.S. shuffle

International | The new CEO for U.S.-backed international broadcast services shakes things up
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/18/20, 02:25 pm

IN-DEPTH: Michael Pack, the new CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, fired the heads of at least three U.S.-funded global news outlets: Radio Free Asia, Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, and the Middle East Broadcasting Network. Pack also removed current members of the board of each network to install his own team.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Bikas Das

Cyclone Amphan recovery begins

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/22/20, 11:37 am

The death toll from the superstorm that hit parts of India and Bangladesh rose to at least 95 people on Friday as officials and residents began cleanup operations. Cyclone Amphan pulled down trees, ripped off roofs, and overturned cars in Kolkata, India, which bore the brunt of the storm’s damage. Workers are trying to get roads and utility lines repaired in the area.

Read more