Mawlawi Mohammad Shebani is officially in charge of policing morals throughout Kandahar, the Taliban heartland of southern Afghanistan... He described a network fully integrated into the Taliban police force, with ties to mosques and madrassas, and formal rules of operation, which have been made public ... Photograph. Emma Graham-Harrison/the Observer ... .
It has eight restaurants, seven basketball courts, three playgrounds, a football pitch, special rooms for vulnerable people, and is purportedly eco-friendly ... Its message is clear. if Europe-bound asylum seekers reach the country, they are going to be strictly controlled ... But critics have likened the reception centres to prisons ... It is a disgrace.” ... .
The short-term leasing of nuclear-powered submarines from the UK or the US is being considered by the Morrison government but the Coalition insists nuclear weapons won’t be based in Australia ... “The short answer is yes,” Dutton said when asked on Sky News about leasing vessels ...Sign up to receive the top stories from GuardianAustralia every morning ... .
Del Rio, United States -The United States said Saturday it would ramp up deportation flights for thousands of migrants who flooded into the Texas border city of Del Rio, as authorities scramble to alleviate a burgeoning crisis for PresidentJoe Biden’s administration ... Texas Republicans seized on the crisis to lash out at Biden ... .
A few hundred protesters gathered around the US Capitol on Saturday, for a rally in support of the pro-Trump rioters who ransacked the building on 6 January. But the group were easily outnumbered by the police and journalists present. Ahead of the event, police said they had detected "threats of violence" and security was tightened in Washington... .
Israel's army says it has recaptured the final two of a six man Palestinian group who tunnelled out of a high-security jail almost two weeks ago. The pair - both members of militant group Islamic Jihad - were arrested after being surrounded by security forces in the West Bank city of Jenin, Israel's Defense Forces said ... .
Russian PresidentVladimir Putin's party was set Sunday to retain a majority in parliament on the last day of three-day elections in which most Kremlin critics were barred from the ballot ...AFP ... "These essentially aren't elections ... The elections were also marred by claims of censorship and rampant ballot stuffing ... .
Four space tourists safely ended their trailblazing trip to orbit Saturday with a splashdown in the Atlantic off the Florida coast. Their SpaceX capsule parachuted into the ocean just before sunset, not far from where their chartered flight began three days earlier ...Within a few minutes, a pair of SpaceX boats pulled up alongside the bobbing capsule.
YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar anti-junta dissidents have carried out a bomb attack on security forces near Yangon, with several killed in an ensuing firefight, the military and media said ... "Some terrorists were (killed), one of them was wounded.". Local media reported at least two dissidents were killed and one arrested ... More on this topic. � ....
Russian opposition activists have stepped up complaints they are being silenced on digital platforms, on the final day of parliamentary elections. There have also been numerous reports of irregularities, including ballot stuffing and forced voting ...Russia's marathon election is nearing the end ... The authorities dismiss accusations of widespread fraud ... .