Biden warns another terror attack highly likely at Kabul airport in 24-36 hours
US President Joe Biden has warned that another terror attack at Kabul airport is “highly likely in the next 24-36 hours”. He said, “The situation on the ground continues to be extremely dangerous.” The US Embassy in Kabul issued a security alert asking US citizens near Kabul airport to leave the airport area immediately due to a “specific, credible threat”.
French troops to stay in Iraq even if US forces withdraw: President Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said that France will continue to deploy troops in Iraq to battle terrorism even if the US were to withdraw its forces. “We have the operational capacity to ensure this presence,” he added. Macron also said, “We all know that we must not lower our guard because Daesh (Islamic State) remains a threat.”
Rocket fired from Iraq lands in Kuwaiti border region: Kuwait
Kuwait’s Armed Forces on Saturday confirmed that a rocket fired from Iraq had landed in the Kuwaiti border region. There were no human or material losses, it added. This comes after reports on some Iraqi news outlets and social media claimed that missiles had been launched from Iraq targeting US forces in Kuwait.
Thousands protest against COVID-19 curbs in Germany’s Berlin
Thousands of people protested in Germany’s capital Berlin against the measures imposed by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 despite a ban on gatherings. More than 2,000 police officers were stationed around Berlin to respond to those who showed up despite the bans. The protest comes amid debates in the country about COVID-19 restrictions for unvaccinated people.
Germany to offer Africa up to 70 mn COVID-19 vaccine doses: Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the country will make up to 70 million COVID-19 vaccine doses available to African countries this year, more than doubling a previous pledge to donate 30 million. Merkel made the announcement after a summit with African leaders on the G20’s Compact with Africa initiative. Reportedly, Africa has vaccinated only 2% of its 1.3 billion population.
Russia reports highest number of COVID-19 deaths in July at 50,421
Russia recorded 50,421 COVID-19-related deaths in July, the highest monthly death toll since the pandemic began, state statistic service Rosstat said. Russian authorities blamed the spread of Delta variant and low vaccination rate for COVID-19 surge in July. Russia recorded around 3,65,000 COVID-19-related deaths between April 2020-July.