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Can the mission to save the Afghanistan girl’s national team succeed?



The plight of the Afghanistan national girl’s football team stuck in the Taliban controlled country shows not everyone will be lucky enough to make it out

Currently there is an international effort underway to rescue the Girls, aged 12-14, their families, and football federation staff.

With the end of the US evacuation, and Australia cancelling repatriation flights in the wake of the attack on Kabul Airport, the chances of the team making it out of the country are low.

The women’s national team was evacuated to Australia last week, before the terrorist attack at Kabul Airport.

Complicating the rescue effort is the large size of the group, which includes 136 people.

The team is currently moving from place to place in an attempt to evade the Taliban, according to a report by AP News.

Robert McCreary, a former White house official under George Bush and special forces soldier who worked in Afghanistan, told AP News if the Taliban eased the exit for the girls it would create international goodwill.

“Here they’re in a very bad situation for doing nothing more than playing soccer,” he said.

“We need to do everything that we can to protect them, to get them to a safe situation.”

Australia, France and Qatar have expressed support for the mission – called Operation Soccer Balls -to bring the team to the United States.

Farkhunda Muhtaj, captain of the Afghanistan women’s national team, said the girls were “footsteps from freedom”.

“They are devastated. They’re hopeless, considering the situation they’re in,” she said.

There has been 5 failed attempts to rescue the girls in recent times, and they were close to freedom before the Kabul Airport bombing.

The United States completed its evacuation minutes before the deadline agreed with the Taliban, and Australia has cancelled any further flights for citizens and refugees after the deadly Kabul Airport bombing.

The window to complete the mission is shrinking, and each day makes it less likely. After 5 failed attempts, it will take a massive international effort to get the girls to safety.

By Parker McKenzie

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?



The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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How a ransomware attack would disrupt the food supply chain



Massive financial gains continue to be one of the top motivating factors behind cyberattacks.

The Information Technology – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC) has been tracking ransomware incidents and trends since 2021.

Despite government and law enforcement efforts to take down malicious infrastructure, new ransomware strains continue to emerge.

The company just released its analysis of the 2023 ransomware landscape report and insights for 2024.

Jonathan Braley, Director of the Food and Ag-ISAC joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #IN AMERICA TODAY #featured #ransomware #ransomwareattacks #foodsupplychain

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Curious times for AI & investing as stark reality becomes clear



Both private funding for startups and corporate mergers and acquisitions within the sector have decreased, reflecting a shift in investor sentiment.

While some AI ventures continue to attract significant investments, experts attribute the overall downturn to challenges in scaling AI technologies and a more cautious investment climate.

Generative AI stands out as a bright spot, experiencing exponential growth in funding despite lingering skepticism among corporate executives.

Amidst this market correction, some view the shift as necessary for a more sustainable investment landscape, predicting stable growth in the coming years.

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