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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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Judge sides with Trump in Mar-a-Lago investigation

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A United States Federal Judge has sided with former President Donald Trump amid the ongoing Mar-a-Lago investigation

In a move that will likely come as a relief to Donald Trump, a federal judge has ruled that the former president does not have to provide a sworn declaration regarding claims the FBI “planted” evidence in his Mar-a-Lago resort.

Previously, Trump had been required to provide the declaration as part of the review process for the investigation.

But Judge Aileen Cannon, who is overseeing the Mar-a-Lago investigation, has now pushed back several key deadlines, extending the final date of completion from November to December.

“There shall be no separate requirement on Plaintiff at this stage, prior to the review of any of the Seized Materials, to lodge ex ante final objections to the accuracy of Defendant’s Inventory, its descriptions, or its contents.”

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This means that Trump will not have to confirm, under oath, his recent claims the FBI manufactured evidence against him

These are assertions which could be used against him if he is charged with any crimes.

Trump’s lawyers had argued that the president should not be required to provide a declaration, and it seems Judge Cannon has sided with them.

For now, Trump will not have to put his claims on the record.

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Ian carves path of utter destruction

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After devastating Florida, Hurricane Ian is headed for Carolinas, Georgia

A grim picture of Hurricane Ian’s horrific wreckage emerged Thursday, as millions of people in Florida faced destroyed homes, completely flooded streets and power outages.

The storm’s power turned out to be worse than many had predicted.

Unfortunately, families who did not evacuate have been left stranded as rising water tore through their homes.

So far, hundreds have been rescued from floodwaters, and emergency crews are still struggling to reach some of the most devastated areas.

According to the National Hurricane Center, a storm surge of 12-18 feet hit as destructive waves struck the coast.

Officials say the hurricane knocked out power to more than 2.6 million customers, mainly in southwest and central Florida.

Meanwhile, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) says that the next 72 hours will certainly be the most critical when it comes to rescue missions.

President Biden said there were ‘early reports of what may be substantial loss of life’ saying, that the numbers are still unclear but there are early reports of fatalities.

The President added, “water rescue is critical—Coast Guard deployed 16 rescue helicopter, six fixed wing aircraft and 18-rescue boats and crews. That’s just one element of the many federal search and rescue teams that were pre-staged in Florida.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis detailed the state’s “monumental effort” to help aid recovery and eventually rebuild.

“Those were really difficult images to see but we’re committed to restoring the infrastructure as needed. That is not going to be an overnight task. That is going to require a lot of love and care—it’s going to require a lot of resources, but we’re going to do it because we understand how important it is.”

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Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm

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Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm as it continues north towards South Carolina

U.S. President Joe Biden says Hurricane Ian could be the deadliest storm in the region’s history, with early reports suggesting substantial loss of life.

Biden spoke at an afternoon briefing at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema).

Ian made landfall on Wednesday local time near the city of Fort Myers. It has led to severe flooding, high winds and storm surges.

Several areas remain submerged, and more than 2.5 million homes are without power.

Many residents are trapped in their homes and unable to escape. Search and rescue teams are working around the clock to provide assistance where they can.

5,000 Florida National Guard troops and 2,000 Guardsman from surrounding states have been deployed.

Eight teams with 800 members are carrying out search and rescue operations.

More than 200 public shelters have now been opened, housing around 34,000 people.

The National Hurricane Centre has downgraded Ian to a tropical storm for now but warns it will likely become a hurricane again later.

The entire coast of South Carolina is just the latest region to be placed on high alert as the storm continues north on its path of destruction.

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