White supremacism: Taliban success in Afghanistan is a model for Americans who believe in civil war in the US

White supremacism: Taliban success in Afghanistan is a model for Americans who believe in civil war in the US

As the United States-backed government in Afghanistan fell to the Taliban and US troops raced to leave the country, White supremacist and anti-government extremists have expressed admiration for what the Taliban accomplished, a worrying development for US officials who have been grappling with the threat of domestic violent extremism. That...

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It’s hurray and gunfire celebration for Taliban Islamists as last American soldiers leave Afghanistan

It’s hurray and gunfire celebration for Taliban Islamists as last American soldiers leave Afghanistan

Celebratory gunfire resounded across the Afghan capital on Tuesday as the Taliban took control of the airport following the withdrawal of the last US troops, marking the end of a 20-year war that left the Islamist group stronger than it was in 2001. Shaky video footage distributed by the Taliban...

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US gun violence: Counselling ties high suicide incidence to easy firearm access in homes

US gun violence: Counselling ties high suicide incidence to easy firearm access in homes

The risk of death by suicide in the United States is higher when guns are easily accessible in a home, research finds. However, keeping firearms unloaded and locked away in homes resulted in a decreased suicide and homicide incidence in the past five years, according to the findings. This was...

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Biden’s defence: We gave Afghans a chance to shape their future, but they lacked the will to fight for it

Biden’s defence: We gave Afghans a chance to shape their future, but they lacked the will to fight for it

US President Joe Biden said he stands “squarely behind” his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan in remarks prompted by the rapid takeover of the country by Taliban forces in recent days. Speaking to reporters assembled in the East Room at the White House, Biden set out the strategic...

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How overmedication may lead to 150,000 premature deaths, 4.6m inpatients and cost US taxpayer $62 billion

How overmedication may lead to 150,000 premature deaths, 4.6m inpatients and cost US taxpayer $62 billion

When the risk of the medications outweighs their potential benefits, patients are in danger of significant health consequences. Every day, 750 older adults are hospitalised due to serious side-effects from their medications, including falls, allergic reactions and internal bleeding. With each additional medication prescribed, the risk of an adverse reaction...

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US records more firearm-related deaths than any other wealthy nation, 2020 was deadliest in 20 years

US records more firearm-related deaths than any other wealthy nation, 2020 was deadliest in 20 years

Maeve Wallace has studied maternal health in the United States for more than a decade, and a grim statistic haunts her. Five years ago, she published a study showing that being pregnant or recently having had a baby nearly doubles a woman’s risk of being killed.  More than half of...

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Against the wall: Judge allows Democrats to peek into Donald Trump’s tax records for two years

Against the wall: Judge allows Democrats to peek into Donald Trump’s tax records for two years

A federal judge has granted House Democrats access to two years of former President Donald Trump’s tax records. The Democratic lawmakers investigating Trump will be able to see his personal financial records from 2017 and 2018, US District Court Judge Amit Mehta of Washington ruled on Wednesday. House Democrats will...

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Fate: Three brothers killed by different trains, on different days in one week

Fate: Three brothers killed by different trains, on different days in one week

Two brothers were killed after being hit by a train as they mourned their other brother, who died in the same spot. Pablo Tiquiram Us, 29, and Jose Chilambalam Tiquiram Us, 20, died in Charlotte, North Carolina, after the light rail train struck them on Tuesday. In a sad irony,...

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Biden terms social media public enemies that kill people, subvert democracy and invade privacy

Biden terms social media public enemies that kill people, subvert democracy and invade privacy

The federal government’s campaign to reform internet platforms dramatically escalated this week. The Surgeon General cited disinformation as a public health menace. The White House press secretary called on Facebook to remove 12 accounts that may be responsible for as much as 65 per cent of the Covid disinformation on...

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Years-old dirt in US spy agency resurfaces as investigation into Capitol insurrection starts

Years-old dirt in US spy agency resurfaces as investigation into Capitol insurrection starts

A long-percolating conflict between two prominent alumni of the CIA’s secretive internal watchdog office has burst into public view, creating a headache for the House’s investigation of the January 6 Capitol riot. David Buckley is now the top Democratic staffer on the select committee investigating the insurrection. But 11 years...

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