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Germany Plans To Pull Troops Out Of Afghanistan From July 4: Report
"The current thinking... is to shorten the withdrawal period. A withdrawal date of July 4 is being considered," a ministry spokesman told AFP.
Germany's defence ministry on Wednesday said it planned to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan in early July, after the United States announced plans to pull out by September 11.
"The current thinking... is to shorten the withdrawal period. A withdrawal date of July 4 is being considered," a ministry spokesman told AFP, stressing that the final decision would be made by NATO.
NATO had agreed last week to begin their troop drawdown by May 1.
The 9,600-strong NATO training and support mission, which includes the US troops and depends heavily on Washington's military assets, includes personnel from 36 NATO members and partner countries.
With 1,100 troops, Germany has the second biggest contingent of soldiers after the United States in the country.
The withdrawal comes despite a deadlock in peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.
But Secretary of State Antony Blinken defended the US decision to leave, saying the terror threat had moved elsewhere and resources had to be refocused on challenges like China and the pandemic.
WhatsApp is where real political power lies in Britain
Dominic Cummings, former chief adviser to the UK prime minister, has this week published private WhatsApp messages with Boris Johnson. The chat shows how the messaging app domin...
Ledger Hack Victims Are Receiving fake Crypto Hardware Wallets
A new hack is claiming victims following the the Ledger data breach of July 2020. The new scam involves sending convincing but fake hardware wallets to victims.
FCA Survey Reveals That Over 2 million Adults In UK Now Hold Crypto
Crypto awareness in the United Kingdom has gone up, but understanding has gone down, the FCA said in the aftermath of a new survey.
Bitcoin Mining Council to Counter ‘Misinformation’ on BTC's Environmental Impact
MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor‘s remark “We are not trying to fix bitcoin”, on Wednesday at a meeting of the new Bitcoin Mining Council (BMC) seemed to summarize of what the e...
Security Should Have Confronted Manchester Bomber
The attack, as concert-goers were leaving the show, was perpetrated by 22-year-old Salman Abedi, a Mancunian of Libyan descent.
US Supreme Court Tosses Slavery Case Against Cargill, Nestle USA
In an 8-1 ruling, the court ruled that US courts did not have the jurisdiction to decide the case, which was filed by six citizens of Mali who said they had been used as child s...
Over 10,000 Daily UK Covid Cases For First Time In 4 Months
A government report published on Thursday found that cases are "rising exponentially" across England, driven by mostly unvaccinated age groups.
Major Australian Banks, US Airlines Briefly Hit By Internet Outages
The disruption linked to technical issues at Akamai follows an outage at rival Fastly Inc.
Covid: Epidemic growing across England, says study
The Covid-19 epidemic in England is growing, scientists tracking it say - with much of it being driven by younger people who are not yet vaccinated.
Chinese Apps Could Face Subpoenas Or Bans Under Biden Order
The goal is to keep foreign adversaries like China and Russia from gaining access to large amounts of personal and proprietary business information.
Ministers apologise to rape victims and promise overhaul of system
Charities welcome apology but say plans to reform rape prosecutions in England and Wales lack urgency
Russia Ready For Further Dialogue If US Is Willing: Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin met US President Joe Biden on Wednesday.
David Guetta sells his songs for a nine-figure sum
Producer of hit single Titanium, David Guetta, has sold his songs to Warner Music for a nine-figure sum.
Kim Jong Un Says Must Prepare For "Dialogue And Confrontation" With US
Kim Jong Un outlined his strategy for relations with Washington, and the "policy tendency of the newly emerged US administration", the Korean Central News Agency said.
‘You cannot cancel history’: UK heritage charity draws flak for updating Enid Blyton plaque bio to note ‘racism’ & ‘xenophobia’
Cultural preservation charity English Heritage has courted controversy after editing popular children’s author Enid Blyton’s biography on its website to highlight her books’ all...
City analysts come out in support of Glaxo plan
Brokers say shares are undervalued compared with New GSK prospects
European Union to investigate Hungary over anti-LGBT law
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says that the EU is assessing whether the legislation is in breach of European law.
UK must apply Northern Ireland Brexit protocol, EU says after London formally requests ‘sausage ban’ suspension
The UK must stick to its commitments on Northern Ireland border arrangements after Brexit, the EU Commission has said after London sent Brussels a formal request to suspend an u...
A Striking Home in the Santa Monica Mountains
Designed by Ellis David Gelman, this three-bedroom residence is nestled in the heart of wine country.
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland 'sorry' for failing rape victims
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland has apologised to rape victims for low conviction rates in England and Wales and promised to "do a lot better".
Banana Republic Revives the Archives with BR Vintage Collection
The collection of 225 vintage pieces launches today.
About 2.3m Britons hold cryptocurrencies
FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) says the digital assets appear to have become more normalised and viewed less as a gamble.
Earth’s Core is Mysteriously Growing 'Lopsided', New Study Claims
The inner core powers the dynamic process that generates our planet’s magnetic field, which protects the Earth from many forms of harmful radiation and plays a crucial role in t...
DUP Brexiteer appointed Northern Ireland first minister amid UK-EU row over post-withdrawal protocol
Hardline Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Brexiteer Paul Givan has been appointed Northern Ireland’s new first minister amid an ongoing row between the UK and EU over the impleme...
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