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



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 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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Ukraine prepares for a summer of violence



Is support for the war waning after the conflict has surpassed 1-year and millions of dollars?

After a Russian air assault on Kyiv in which one civilian was killed, residential buildings in wealthy districts of Moscow were hit by multiple drone strikes injuring two people.

The Kremlin is claiming that most of the drone strikes which happened during broad daylight—were intercepted.

A Russian politician said the attack on the capital was the most dangerous since World War II.

Russia says Ukraine launched the attack and has vowed to bolster their air defenses.

Meanwhile, Ukraine is denying direct involvement, having just recently suffered three air attacks within a 24-hour time span.

Last month, leaked Department of Defense documents revealed possible weak links in Ukraine’s military campaign against Russian forces.

Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine with tens of thousands of troops more than a year ago and there appears to be no end in sight.

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“I think there is a great risk”: will AI steal our jobs?



Artificial Intelligence has become an increasingly powerful and pervasive force in our modern world.

Artificial intelligence is not a new concept. However, the growing advancements have the potential to revolutionise industries, improve efficiency, and enhance the quality of life.

Along with its promising advancements, artificial intelligence also brings certain risks and challenges that must be acknowledged and addressed.

It has become the focus of lawmakers, who are working towards greater regulation of the sector.

U.S. and European Union officials recently met in Sweden to weigh up the benefits and challenges of artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies.

“The AI process is creeping up on us,” said Dr Keith Suter, who is a global futurist.

“You’ve got competition between companies.”

It’s almost like some of us can see this raft that’s heading towards the rapids and a disappearance towards the waterfall, and we’re giving a warning but it’s not being heeded because everybody’s in this race to get down to the river,” Dr Suter said.

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Should there be more resources available to American Veterans?



Millions of Americans have served the country, but is there enough support for veterans?

Over the course of the nation’s history, the United States has declared war and fought in conflicts around the world with more than 41-million Americans having fought for freedom.

There are millions of Veterans in the United States who proudly served their country. But, are there enough services to help and support veterans– especially those who suffered atrocities during conflicts?

U.S. Army Veteran Ricoh Danielson joins us to discuss. #uspolitics #Ricoh Danielson #veterans #military #supportveterans #veronicadudo #freedom

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