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Taliban militants find $6.5 million, 18 gold bricks at former Afghan VP’s home

Taliban militants have claimed they found $6.5 million (₹47 crore) and 18 gold bricks during a raid on former Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh’s residence. A video shared by Taliban leader Ahmadullah Muttaqi shows Taliban militants sitting around two suitcases stuffed with cash and gold bricks. Earlier, Taliban executed Amrullah Saleh’s brother Rohullah reportedly during fighting in Panjshir.

Gunmen release 75 abducted students in Nigeria amid army crackdown

Gunmen have released 75 children who were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria’s north-western Zamfara state. The gunmen had released the children in exchange for safe passage out of the forest as the army had surrounded their camp, according to security and local sources. This comes amid a crackdown by the army in the region.

1st foreign commercial flight lands in Kabul since Taliban takeover

An international commercial flight with around 10 passengers aboard arrived in Kabul from Pakistan, the first since the Taliban takeover last month. The Pakistan International Airlines jet returned to the Pakistani capital Islamabad with about 70 people, AFP reported. The Kabul airport had resumed operations recently after shutting down for a few days following the US troop withdrawal

North Korea tests new long-range cruise missile capable of hitting Japan

North Korea carried out successful tests of a new long-range cruise missile, the state media said, calling the missile “a strategic weapon of great significance”. As per reports, the missile which flew 1,500 km before hitting its target, is capable of striking much of neighbouring Japan. The US said the tests posed ‘threats to North Korea’s neighbours and beyond’.

Taliban breaking promises, excluding women from public sphere: UN

Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have contradicted public promises on rights, including by ordering women to stay at home, barring teenage girls from school and carrying out house-to-house searches for former foes, a UN official said. “Over the past three weeks, [Afghan] women have…been progressively excluded from the public sphere,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet added.

World’s largest container ship ‘Ever Ace’ arrives in the UK, set to cross Suez Canal

Container ship ‘Ever Ace’, which is said to be the largest in the world, docked in the UK’s Felixstowe. The 400-metre-long ship, which has a capacity of 23,992 containers, is due to leave for Rotterdam on Wednesday before it crosses the Suez Canal. Ever Ace’s sister ship ‘Ever Given’ blocked the Suez Canal in March 2021.

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