Won’t allow any country, including Pak, to interfere in Afghanistan: Taliban
Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said that the group won’t allow any country, including Pakistan, to interfere in Afghanistan’s affairs. Earlier, Pakistani media reported that officials led by Pakistan’s ISI Chief were in Kabul at the invitation of the Taliban. The Taliban said the ISI Chief was in Afghanistan to improve bilateral relations.
Libya frees son of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi after 7 years
Libyan authorities have released a son of late dictator Muammar Gaddafi after more than seven years of detention in the capital Tripoli. Al-Saadi Gaddafi immediately departed on a plane to Turkey, an official source and a local report said. He had fled to Niger in 2011 during the NATO-backed uprising but was extradited to Libya in 2014.
37% of world’s sharks & rays now threatened with extinction: IUCN
The IUCN Red List update has revealed that 37% of the world’s sharks and rays are now threatened with extinction primarily due to overfishing, compounded by loss and degradation of habitat and climate change. Besides this, the Komodo dragon has moved from Vulnerable to Endangered. The IUCN list now includes 1.38 lakh species of which 38,543 are threatened with extinction.
Sri Lanka passes laws to contain prices amid economic emergency
The emergency regulations issued by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on August 31 to control the prices of essential commodities and stop hoarding have been passed by the Sri Lankan Parliament on Monday. President Rajapaksa declared an economic emergency last week to contain rising inflation after a sharp fall in the value of the country’s currency caused a spike in food prices.
China’s nuclear arsenal is rapidly expanding: NATO
Speaking at NATO’s annual arms control conference, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, “China’s nuclear arsenal is rapidly expanding, with more warheads and more sophisticated delivery systems.” He urged China to join international efforts to limit the spread of nuclear weapons. “As a global power, China has global responsibilities in arms control,” he added.
Howard University renames fine arts college after late Chadwick Boseman
Howard University has renamed its College of Fine Arts after late alumnus Chadwick Boseman. The actor, who passed away last year aged 43 while battling colon cancer, graduated from Howard in 2000 with a bachelors in directing. Boseman was instrumental in reviving the college which was under consideration for being absorbed into College of Arts & Sciences, the university said.