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U.S President defends the right decision “between escalating and leaving” Afghanistan

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US President Joe Biden has publicly addressed the world in his first speech since America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan came to an end

Biden defended his administration’s decision to withdraw from the troubled nation, saying the decision to depart was “between escalating and leaving”.

The President says he never wanted to extend this war forever, and withdrawing troops was the only option aside from surging more forces to the country.

Biden admitted that even he was caught off guard by the Taliban’s rapid and swift takeover of Afghanistan, but says the military was prepared to deal with such events.

The Taliban takeover followed years of fighting by US special forces, with around 2,000 Americans losing their lives and over $2 trillion spent on the war.

In his speech, Biden also paid tribute to all service members who helped coordinate and action the withdrawal, including the 13 individuals who died in the ISIS-K terrorist attack.

Biden says “for weeks they risked their lives to get American citizens, Afghans who helped, citizens of allies and partners, and others… on board planes and out of the country”.

The President is facing intense backlash for his decision to withdraw and for the way it was handled but believes the decision to leave was the right one.

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

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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?

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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?

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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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