8 September 2021 News

Afghanistan, Conflict, United States, Diplomacy, Russia were the most important topics in the news of the Wednesday 8 September 2021, but also: China, Attacks, Police, Mexico, France.

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Haitian government unveils — and plugs — draft of new constitution

Haiti's government published a draft new constitution Wednesday and again plugged the idea of such a reform as the country remains mired in crisis...

Mix of curiosity, concern, as El Salvador adopts bitcoin currency

Salvadorans queued Wednesday at some of the dozens of bitcoin teller machines erected around the country that has made history by adopting a...

Bitcoin in El Salvador : How will it work?

El Salvador on Tuesday became the first country to use bitcoin as legal tender, alongside the US dollar. But how will it work?

Theranos founder’s fraud trial opens in Silicon Valley

Fallen biotech star Elizabeth Holmes's fraud trial opened Wednesday in California, with prosecutors claiming she told grandiose lies to cheat...

Ukrainian extradited to US for ‘trafficking’ computer passwords

A Ukrainian national has been extradited to the United States, where he is accused of hacking and "trafficking in computer passwords," the US...

New 9/11 trial judge wants ‘action’ in hearings

The new military judge presiding over the September 11 attacks trial in Guantanamo Bay said Wednesday he would not force it toward an end --...

Bolsonaro looks isolated despite huge rallies : analysts

President Jair Bolsonaro flexed his muscle on Brazilian Independence Day with huge rallies, but despite his attacks on the establishment and...

Major Mexico earthquake causes damage, one death

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake that struck near Mexico's Pacific resort city of Acapulco left at least one person dead and damaged hospitals, homes,...

New 9/11 trial judge wants ‘action’ in hearings

The new military judge presiding over the September 11 attacks trial in Guantanamo Bay said Wednesday he would not force it toward an end --...

NKorea appears to have held late-night military parade : Yonhap

North Korea appears to have staged a military parade in Pyongyang in the early hours of Thursday, the South's Yonhap news agency reported, citing...

Cyprus withdraws schoolbook over Ataturk praise

Schools in the Greek Cypriot-run Republic of Cyprus were instructed Wednesday to remove a textbook from the curriculum because of its praise...

Bomb victim’s Afghan library trashed under Taliban

Video footage shows books pulled from the shelves, door locks smashed and pictures defaced. Four years after a Taliban suicide bombing ended...

Macron stirs German campaign with pre-poll invites

By hosting two contenders to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor this week, President Emmanuel Macron has shown how anxiously France is eyeing...

Russian minister dies trying to save filmmaker in Arctic drills

Russia's emergencies minister has died trying to save a filmmaker who slipped from a cliff during training exercises in the Arctic, officials...

Paris mayor to announce presidential run Sunday

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo will announce a bid to become France's first woman president on Sunday, joining a growing list of challengers to incumbent...

Activists outraged at Austria trial of corruption ‘informer’

A private detective who helped orchestrate a scandal that brought down the Austrian government went on trial on Wednesday, in a drug trafficking...

No milk or water : Shoppers face shortages at UK grocery stores

The supply chain troubles caused by Brexit and the pandemic have been so bad for Satyan Patel that the shelves at his convenience store in central...

Inside the storming of the Bataclan concert hall

The head of France's BRI commando police unit remembers every detail of the warm evening of November 13, 2015, before his life and those of his...

Anti-Taliban force vows resistance to ‘pariah’ govt

Afghanistan's last resistance group denounced on Wednesday the Taliban's new interim government as "illegitimate" and destined for "pariah" status,...

The Haqqani network : Afghanistan’s most feared militants

The Taliban's interim government in Afghanistan includes two representatives from one of their most feared factions -- the Haqqani network.

Japan drops 2021 Club World Cup : report

Japan will not host the FIFA Club World Cup later this year because of virus restrictions that could cap spectator numbers, a report said Wednesday.

China welcomes ‘end of anarchy’ with new Afghan govt

Beijing said Wednesday it welcomed the end of "three weeks of anarchy" in Afghanistan with the establishment of a new interim government in Kabul,...

Hawkish Takaichi joins race to be Japan’s next PM

Sanae Takaichi, one of Japan's few prominent female politicians, announced Wednesday she will run for head of the ruling party as it seeks new...

Hong Kong police arrest Tiananmen vigil organisers

Hong Kong police on Wednesday arrested four members of the group behind the city's Tiananmen Square vigils, a day after they refused to cooperate...

India restricts religious festivals over new Covid surge fears

Indian authorities are restricting major religious festivals that start this week and attract huge crowds, warning that a new Covid-19 wave had...

China’s state media tries to reassure investors over crackdown

China's recent clampdowns on a range of industries including tech firms and the education sector will not detract from its goal of opening up...

Death of an Afghan icon : The assassination of Ahmad Shah Massoud

Two days before 9/11, an Al-Qaeda suicide squad posing as journalists sat down for an interview with Ahmad Shah Massoud, the last major commander...

Myanmar cell towers attacked after shadow government ‘war’ call

Protesters have destroyed around a dozen military-owned communications towers in Myanmar, witnesses and reports said Wednesday, after the country's...

Qatar says Taliban show ‘pragmatism’, should be judged by actions

Qatar said the Taliban have demonstrated "pragmatism" and should be judged on their actions as the undisputed rulers of Afghanistan, but stopped...

Blinken says Taliban legitimacy will have to be ‘earned’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Wednesday that the Taliban would have to earn legitimacy from the world, after talks with allies...

Major earthquake shakes Mexico, leaving one dead

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday near the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, leaving at least one person dead and shaking buildings...

New Taliban government begins work as protests grow

A new Taliban interim government drawn exclusively from loyalist ranks formally began work Wednesday, with established hardliners in all key...

When a nuclear icebreaker stops at the North Pole

Smoking a pipe and looking out over the vast, icy Arctic, captain Dmitry Lobusov sounds his ship's horn to signal to passengers they are near...

Breaking barriers : Russian woman leads the way on Arctic ship

Peering through her binoculars at icebergs ahead, Diana Kidzhi shouts at the helmsman of a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker approaching the...

On thin ice : Near North Pole, a warning on climate change

A massive icebreaker cuts its way through the frozen waters of the Arctic Ocean, clearing a path to the North Pole, all white as far as the eye...

7.1-magnitude earthquake shakes Mexico : seismologists

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday near the Pacific coast, the National Seismological Service said, shaking buildings in the...

Fire at overcrowded Indonesian prison kills 41

A fire tore through an overcrowded Indonesian prison in the early hours of Wednesday when most inmates were asleep, killing 41 people and injuring...

Samoa PM issues climate warning ahead of crunch UN talks

The world must take urgent action on climate change at upcoming UN talks in Glasgow or low-lying Pacific nations will face a "dire" future, Samoa's...

Mass Covid testing launched in Bangkok’s biggest slum

For families struggling to survive on $150 a month in Bangkok's biggest slum, coronavirus swab tests are a luxury that few can afford.

Islamists thrashed in Morocco election

Parties seen as close to Morocco's king have dealt a crushing blow to the long-ruling Islamists in parliamentary elections, preliminary results...

Gaza rulers Hamas wage perilous campaign of harassing Israel

As night falls on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian protesters approach the border fence with Israel, carrying homemade stun grenades and Molotov cocktails...

Hong Kong police arrest Tiananmen vigil organisers

Hong Kong police on Wednesday arrested four members of the group behind the city's Tiananmen Square vigils, a day after they refused to cooperate...

Paris attacker in court as historic Bataclan trial begins

The last surviving assailant of the November 2015 attacks on Paris appeared in court on Wednesday at the start of a historic trial over the night...

Covid has ‘devastating’ impact on fight against HIV, TB, malaria : Global Fund

The Covid-19 pandemic had a "devastating" impact on the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in 2020, according to a report released by...