Former top US diplomat: Trump is right on Afghanistan, wrong on Pakistan
By France 24
04 February 2018 | 12:00 pm
Career US diplomat Ryan Crocker served as ambassador to both Afghanistan and Pakistan. In an interview with FRANCE 24, he hailed the decision by the Trump administration to stay in Afghanistan without time limits.
Police say scores were injured when a bomb ripped through a mosque in Kunduz during Friday prayers. The attack came as an "Islamic State" affiliate claimed responsibility for several earlier bomb attacks.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump said Britain's Prince Harry was 'whipped like no person' he has ever seen. In a clip from an interview shot earlier this month with British television presenter Piers Morgan on April 11 at the Mar-a-Lago resort, Trump said he had never been a fan of Meghan Markle adding 'poor Harry is being led around by his nose.'
The former US president has been fined $10,000 per day until he complies with a New York court order to turn over documents as part of an investigation into his business practices.
After Elon Musk's $44 billion bid to buy Twitter was accepted, rumours exploded on social media, claiming that Musk had reinstated former US president Donald Trump on the platform. However, Trump's Twitter account is still suspended. Meanwhile, in the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial, Heard's legal team is getting grilled in the court of public opinion over... makeup claims. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
The Taliban have further curbed women's rights with their latest veil compulsion decree. Afghanistan's civil society faces an uphill task to challenge the group without adequate support from the international community.
The "Maghreb-Orient des livres" book festival takes place in Paris this weekend, focusing on literature from north Africa and the Middle East. One of those taking part is Jérémie Dres, the author of the graphic novel "The day I met bin Laden". It features the story of two young French men who travelled from France to Afghanistan in the spring of 2001, just months before the 9/11 terror attacks. The pair then found themselves trapped in Afghanistan and were later sent to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The author joined us for Perspective to tell us more.
Bombs and weapons used in Afghanistan by militants and US forces are making their way into India-administered Kashmir, raising fears that they could bolster an Islamist insurgency in the area.
The former human rights minister of Pakistan was arrested, prompting protests from her supporters before she was later released. She was a close aide of ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The Taliban has made face veils mandatory for all Afghan women appearing in public, including those on television. This edict was ignored by presenters on Saturday, but they relented a day later.
The burning of fossil fuels like coal and gas supercharged the heat wave that has scorched India and Pakistan in recent weeks, two separate attribution studies have found.
Since the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan last year, international aid for the country has dried up. The pandemic and the ongoing food crisis have complicated an already dire economic situation. Unicef says that as more families are pushed deeper into poverty, they are forced to make desperate choices, such as putting children to work and marrying girls off at a young age. Our France 2 colleagues report.
Imran Khan may be out as prime minister, but he still has plenty of supporters. They turned out in force on Sunday, and his party has called for more protests. This underscores how shaky political situation remains.
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