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“Credible” Islamic State terror plot threatens Kabul Airport amid evacuations

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The United States and allies urged people to move away from Kabul airport amid a serious threat of a terror attack by Islamic State

The terror plot threat by Islamic State (IS) militants have forced Western troops hurry their efforts to evacuate as many people as possible before the August 31 deadline to leave Afghanistan.

That pressure to complete the evacuations of thousands of foreigners and Afghans who helped Western nations such as America during that 20-year war against the Taliban has now officially intensified.

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All U.S. and allied troops are due to leave the airport next week

In an alert issued on Wednesday evening, the U.S. embassy in Kabul advised citizens to avoid travelling to the International Kabul airport, stating that those already at the gates should leave immediately due to unspecified “security threats”.

The UK has also sent the same stark warning – requesting people in the airport area to move away. British armed forces minister, James Heappey stated that intelligence of a possible suicide bomb attack by IS militants had become “much firmer”.

“I can’t stress the desperation of the situation enough. The threat is credible, it is imminent, it is lethal. We wouldn’t be saying this if we weren’t genuinely concerned about offering Islamic State a target that is just unimaginable,”

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Australia issues urgent warning

Australia has now also issued a warning for people to stay away from the airport while Belgium ended its evacuation operations because of the danger of attack.

The Dutch government issued a warning, stating that it expected to carry out its last evacuation flight on Thursday Рhowever, leaving behind some who are eligible to travel to the Netherlands.

But despite the warnings, a Western diplomat in Kabul told local media that areas outside the airport gates were “incredibly crowded”

The Taliban, whose fighters are guarding the perimeter outside the airport, are enemies of the Afghan affiliate of Islamic State, known as Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K), after an old name for the region.

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely

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Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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Franchising vs. Independent: key differences to choosing the right SMB model

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With latest Australian Federal budget, many SMB’s are weighing their options when selecting a suitable business model.

Franchising provides brand recognition, operational support, and economies of scale but involves ongoing fees.

Independent businesses offer full control and profit retention but face higher costs and regulatory challenges.

For risk and reward, the franchising model reduces risk through established practices and support but involves ongoing fees and profit-sharing with the franchisor.

On the alternative, independent businesses retain full control of profits but face higher risks and responsibilities in managing the business.

Sonia Shwabsky, CEO at Kwik Kopy Australia, joins to share her key insights on SMB’s. #featured

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Boeing face delivery delays following guilty criminal charge plea

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Boeing’s deliveries are down after months of controversy, is it because they can’t make the planes, or because airlines right now don’t want them?

Boeing has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States in connection with the investigation into two fatal crashes involving its 737 MAX aircraft.

Boeing reported a significant 27% decrease in deliveries for June compared to the same month last year, possibly attributing the decrease to the companies ongoing controversies.

Aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas joins to discuss. #featured

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