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    • Blinken defends US withdrawal from Afghanistan in a heated debate with lawmakers

      Blinken defends US withdrawal from Afghanistan in a heated debate with lawmakers

      US Secretary of State Antony Blinken beat back criticism of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan at a contentious congressional hearing as irate lawmakers accused the White House of presiding over a historic disaster, news wires reported. In five hours of often testy exchanges with lawmakers, he defended President Joe Biden's decision to pull out of Afghanistan and pushed back on accusations that the State Department should have done more to help Americans and at-risk Afghans to be evacuated, blaming the previous administration for lacking a plan.

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    • UN seeks $600m to avert humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

      UN seeks $600m to avert humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

      The United Nations is convening an aid conference in Geneva on Monday in an effort to raise more than $600 million for Afghanistan, warning of a humanitarian crisis there following the Taliban takeover, Reuters reported. Even before the Taliban's seizure of Kabul last month, half the population - or 18 million people - was dependent on aid. That figure looks set to increase due to drought and shortages of cash and food, UN officials and aid groups warn.

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    • India's daily Covid-19 cases surge to 300,000

      India's daily Covid-19 cases surge to 300,000

      India reported a new record of new Covid-19 cases with daily numbers surging for a twelfth day in a row to 300,000. Official data put total number of cases since the beginning of pandemic to over 20m. Death-toll also spiked to at least 3,417 new victims, Reuters reported. However, the numbers in reality are believed to be much higher as the country lacks the potential for exact counting and statistics. Medical experts reckon real numbers are 10 to 15 times higher. With pandemic crippling the health and social systems, thousands of infected are left outside of the official data.

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    • India breaks yet another black Covid record

      India breaks yet another black Covid record

      India’s coronavirus cases climbed again on Friday, prompting the army to open up its hospitals in a desperate bid to control a massive humanitarian crisis created by an acute shortage of beds, medicines and oxygen, AP reported. At the same time people are flooding social media and messaging apps with heartbreaking pleas for oxygen, medicines and room in intensive care units.

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