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Evacuation flights continue at Kabul airport as Biden defends U.S. withdrawal



US President Joe Biden “stands squarely behind” the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan as the US military secures the Afghan capital’s airport in Kabul

US President Joe Biden spoke publicly about the situation just hours ago, for the first time since the Taliban took control of Kabul.

Biden says his country’s military presence will be swift and the response will be forceful if the Taliban attacks troops as evacuations continue.

This comes as the President admits that although the collapse of Afghanistan to the Taliban was quicker than anticipated and he stands by his decision and will not repeat mistakes of past leaders.

The US has spent trillions of dollars over twenty years in Afghanistan and lost more than 2,000 military personnel, making the decision to withdraw largely popular among citizens

However, there has been growing criticism on the decision to leave as swiftly as has occurred, with many saying it has undone years of work by American forces to bring the territory back under control. 

He says that not a single further American soldier should lose their life in this battle.

The President says his position has always been one of preventing terrorism and not enforcing a particular way of life on a nation, and that is why the decision to withdraw was made.

United States military has now secured the Afghan capital’s airport in Kabul

As Biden addressed the world, the U.S Military secured Kabul airport.

This means the US can now resume all air operations at Kabul airport.

This image shows armed guards standing at a fence line protecting Americans who are leaving Kabul.

The airfield at the Kabul airport reopened for flight operations and the first C-17 loaded with Marines landed soon afterwards, according to Pentagon officials.

We’ve seen chaotic scenes at the airport over the past 24 hours as people tired to flee the country by any means possible.

Currently, 2,500 military personnel are based at Kabul’s airport, with an additional 500 troops being deployed to assist.

This deployment follows an announcement by British authorities that the nation will soon have 900 military personnel on the ground to aid evacuations.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s major television station has continued to broadcast, but there have been noticeable differences.

Female staff are no longer presenting bulletins and the programming is becoming increasingly supportive of the Taliban regime.

Image of Man Covering Up Women’s Pictures Painted on Walls in Kabul 

This comes as the United Nations Secretary-General pleads with militants to respect and uphold humanitarian law.

On Monday, the UN Security Council called for the formation of a new government in Afghanistan and an end to the violence and chaos that is engulfing the country.

Biden’s comments come as European leaders also react to the unfolding situation

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel has desribed the Taliban’s takeover as “bitter, dramatic and terrible”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a question session of the German Bundestag in Berlin, capital of Germany, on March 24, 2021. (Florian Gaertner/photothek/Handout via Xinhua)

Merkel is pushing for further international aid directed to Afghan citizens, so they can seek refuge in neighbouring countries instead of making their way to Europe.

The chancellor says “we should not repeat the mistakes of the past when we did not give enough funds to aid programs… and people left Jordan and Lebanon toward Europe”.

French President Emmanuel Macron has also made an address, saying Afghanistan must not become a “haven for terrorists again”.

Macron says: “it is a challenge for international stability and peace and we will do everything with Russia, the United States and Europe to cooperate efficiently as our interests are the same”.

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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