Taliban capture three more provincial capitals in Afghanistan

Taliban capture three more provincial capitals in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have captured another three provincial capitals in southern Afghanistan, including in Helmand, the scene of some of the heaviest fighting in the past two decades, as the insurgents press a lightning offensive that is gradually encircling the capital, Kabul. The loss of Helmand’s provincial capital comes after years of … Read more

Russian bus explosion kills one, injures at least 15

Russian bus explosion kills one, injures at least 15

MOSCOW, Aug 12 – One person died and 15 people were injured after a blast in a bus in the city of Voronezh in central Russia on Thursday evening, the RIA news agency reported, citing regional health department. According to Russian authorities, only one person was killed when the bus exploded at the bus stop.REUTERS Representatives of Russia’s FSB security service have arrived at the scene to investigate the bus, it said. … Read more

Wildfires devastate Montana and California towns

A wildland firefighter walks back to his crew fighting the Bedrock Fire in Lenore, Idaho.

LAME DEER, Mont. — Wildfires in Montana threatened rural towns and ranchland and victims of a California blaze returned to their incinerated town even as the region faced another round of dangerous weather. Firefighters and residents scrambled to save hundreds of homes as flames continued to advance on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in southeastern … Read more

US officials talk with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani as Taliban advances

US officials talk with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani as Taliban advances

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin sought to reassure Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani Thursday as the Taliban captured the second and third-largest cities in the country and President Joe Biden ordered thousands of troops to help evacuate US embassy staff from the capital, Kabul. The State Department said Austin and … Read more

Third COVID vax shot approved by FDA for at-risk patients

Third COVID vax shot approved by FDA for at-risk patients

The Food and Drug Administration has approved an additional booster vaccination dose for those with weak immune systems or who have received organ transplants, it announced on Thursday. The FDA said that a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine may increase protection in those that are “immunocompromised” or have undergone a solid-organ transplant.  … Read more