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Burn them? Afghan women’s football team urging players to delete their social media

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As mass evacuations continue from Kabul’s major international airport, the US State Department has declared that it cannot guarantee safe passage for those wanting to flee

The former captain of the Afghan women’s football team has urged players to delete their social media accounts and burn their kits in order to remain safe.

The captain made calls to the team to remove any trace of themselves for their safety

US President Joe Biden has just appeared on an exclusive interview with ABC, pressed by George Stephanopoulos on whether America’s exit could have been better executed.

Cheddar’s Political Director Megan Pratz says Biden is standing firm on his decision, but this isn’t a good look for his Presidency or his legacy.

Now, this all follows two press conferences that have also recently taken place in the US – one by the State Department and the other by the Pentagon.

This admission completely contradicts the advice and opinions of the Pentagon, with Pentagon officials saying the Taliban is continuing to allow “safe passage”.

In a security alert, the US Embassy in Kabul said:

“THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT CANNOT ENSURE SAFE PASSAGE TO THE HAMID KARZAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT”

The State Department has since confirmed that it is liaising with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar… whilst military personnel are “engaging directly with the Taliban to make clear that the U-S expects all American citizens, all third-country nationals and all Afghans who wish to leave to do so safely and without harassment.” 

Meanwhile, during the State Department’s press briefing, the Pentagon assured the public that the Taliban is not in any way interfering with evacuation efforts

This comes as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff admits that the collapse of Afghanistan in just 11 days completely blindsided authorities.

In this same briefing, Defence Secretary Lllyod Austin outlined his three main concerns regarding the situation on the ground when it comes to bringing U-S residents and their allies home.

Firstly, it’s the safety and security of Americans and “the people officials are trying to evacuate”.

Austin says there are currently 4,500 troops on the ground who are ready and equipped “to defend themselves and their operations”.

Secondly, US troops are working tirelessly to ensure Kabul’s main airport remains open for secure and safe passage.

Finally, the Department wants to ramp up evacuation efforts over the coming days “increasing the flow of aircraft and people out of Kabul”.

Around 5,000 people have already been evacuated from Afghanistan since the evacuation efforts began… with the U-S military planning to “increase” this number significantly.

Defence Secretary Austin says the US has an obligation to help those who helped his country.

At the same press briefing, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley saying that American troops are engaged in a risky operation… and they need to remain the nation’s priority.

Whilst security at Kabul’s airport is currently stable… Milley says there are still real threats and personnel are continuing to monitor these…

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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300,000 lbs of e-waste collected in Alaska

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Backhaul Alaska is making significant strides in managing harmful waste in rural and indigenous communities across Alaska.

By collecting and recycling e-waste, Backhaul Alaska has successfully removed over 300,000 lbs. of lead acid batteries from The Last Frontier.

Their efforts ensure that this waste is responsibly recycled and returned to the World’s Circular Economy.

Backhaul Alaska is also hoping to expand its services to include waste management for agencies, businesses, and development projects in Alaska.

Reilly Kosinski, the Statewide Coordinator with the Backhaul Alaska Program joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #IN AMERICA TODAY #trending #ewaste #pollution #environment #sustainability

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Atari acquisition ends the longest running console war

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Atari, the iconic gaming company, has revealed its acquisition of the Intellivision brand.

‘Uniting Atari and Intellivision after 45 years ends the longest running console war in history,” said Mike Mika, Studio Head at Digital Eclipse, an Atari-owned game studio.

This move is seen as a strategic step by Atari to expand its portfolio and tap into the nostalgia-driven market.

Emily Leaney from TeamRetro joins to discuss. #featured

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Tim Cook eyes a worthy successor to the Apple empire

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As Apple CEO Tim Cook’s tenure at the company enters its later years, speculation swirls regarding who will succeed the tech giant’s iconic leader.

On this episode of Ahron & Mike Live – Canva makes a break for Broadway, AI has been likened to a ‘demigod’, astronomers develop new tech to counter asteroids and has Apple found its next successor? #featured

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