Taliban fighters reach heart of Helmand as foreign forces withdraw – BBC News


The Taliban has intensified its nationwide offensive across Afghanistan, threatening to seize three major cities, including the provincial capital of Helmand Province, where British forces had for several years provided security.Afghan Government troops have been struggling to contain the militants, after the announcement that most of the US-led foreign forces in the country will be leaving next month.The Taliban is on the verge of overrunning the city of Lashkar Gah in the south, and there's fierce fighting in Kandahar and Herat in the west.Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Lyse Doucet in the Afghan capital Kabul.Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog#BBCNews

UK set to remove all countries from travel ‘red list’ Videos

The UK is set to remove all seven remaining countries on the travel “red list” as the Covid-19 threat from abroad eases, according to reports.Ministers are expected to meet later on Thursday to consider reducing the list to zero, removing the need to quarantine in a hotel when arriving from overseas.The seven red list countries are Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.Continue reading: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/uk-travel-latest-updates-red-list-quarantine-b962976.htmlSubscribe to the Evening Standard on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7RQon_YwCnp_LbPtEwW65w?sub_confirmation=1

Biden delays Europe departure to meet with Democratic caucus Videos

President Joe Biden is delaying his trip to Europe by a few hours in an effort to convince progressive Democrats to vote for his infrastructure bill amid reports that paid family and medical leave are now likely to be left out of his spending package. CNN’s Don Lemon speaks with Jessica Dean and Arlette Saenz.#CNN #News

Who is Julian Assange and why does the US want to extradite him? – BBC News Videos

Julian Assange, the man behind Wikileaks, says he’s the victim of a US conspiracy to punish him for exposing alleged US war crimes.Assange set up Wikileaks in 2006 to expose secrets that he, and others, thought should be exposed, including alleged US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the US says the leaks broke the law and endangered lives.Assange had sought asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid deportation. He remained there for nearly 7 years until he was ejected and arrested.A UK district judge blocked his extradition after his lawyer told the court that the risk of suicide would be "imminent the moment extradition becomes likely". An appeal is now going to the British High Court where they will decide if he should face extradition to the USA.Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog#BBCNews