Taliban calls for major gathering of scholars which could address school ban for girls

A major gathering of Afghan tribal elders and religious scholars which begins today could discuss the Taliban’s decision to bar girls above the age of 12 from going to school. Afghan commentators are describing the meeting to be held at the Kabul Polytechnic University campus beginning as a loya jirgaor grand assembly, such as the … Read more

Candidate for Barilaro’s NY role had offer retracted after ‘government decision’, inquiry told | John Barilaro

Businesswoman Jenny West was given a “verbal offer” for a New York-based trade commissioner job, but the head of Investment New South Wales, Amy Brown, was told to “unwind” the process after an instruction from the office of the then deputy premier John Barilaro. In an explosive hearing of an upper house inquiry investigating how … Read more

Rappler: Philippine SEC orders news site to shut down, founder Maria Ressa says

Ressa, CEO and founder of Rappler, released a statement during the East-West Center’s International Media Conference in Honolulu saying the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (PSEC) has upheld its earlier ruling to revoke the news site’s operating license. Former CNN bureau chief and TIME Person of the Year, Ressa said the team will appeal this … Read more

US opens criminal probe after 51 people die in Texas truck | Human Trafficking News

Authorities in the United States have opened a criminal investigation into the deaths of at least 51 people who had been trapped inside a sweltering tractor-trailer found abandoned in the city of San Antonio in southern Texas. The incident was one of the deadliest human trafficking tragedies along the US-Mexico border in recent history. The … Read more

Chris Pratt Denies Involvement With Controversial Hillsong Church

Hillsong was founded by Brian Houston and his wife, bobbie houstonin 1983. In past years, it has faced a number of scandals, including the termination of pastor Carl Lentz for what the church deemed as “moral failures” and Brian Houston’s controversial blog post stating that Hillsong “welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles.” … Read more

Texas migrant deaths: Truck driver among 3 arrested as investigators work to ID dozens of victims

Desperate families of migrants from Mexico and Central America frantically sought the word of their loved ones as authorities began the grim task Tuesday of identifying 51 people who died after being abandoned in a tractor-trailer without air conditioning in the sweltering Texas heat. The driver of the truck and two other people were arrested, … Read more

US Monkeypox Vaccine Campaign Ramped Up, 56,000 Doses Released

Monkeypox is a viral illness endemic in West and Central African countries. (Representational) Washington: US health authorities said on Tuesday they were immediately releasing 56,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine — five times the number distributed so far — to areas of high transmission as part of a major escalation of the country’s immunization strategy. Until … Read more