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Killings in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley as Taliban tightens power

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There are new reports that at least 20 civilians have died during fighting in the country’s Panjshir Valley, as the Taliban increase their stronghold over the region

The Panjshir Valley is known to be the home to anti-Taliban resistance fighters, with the region previously preventing takeovers from both the Taliban and Soviet forces.

Surrounded by large mountain peaks, the area is difficult to access and navigate, making it difficult for enemy forces to capture it.

However, despite all of this, the Taliban militant group took control of Panjshir, posting footage online of fighters raising the group’s white flag.

The resistance group has vowed to regain control of the territory, with the leader calling for a “national uprising” against the Taliban.

PANJSHIR, AFGHANISTAN – SEPTEMBER 6: Taliban members patrol after they took over Panjshir Valley, the only province the group had not seized during its sweep last month in Afghanistan on September 6, 2021. ( Sayed Khodaiberdi Sadat – Anadolu Agency )

Meanwhile, a Taliban spokesperson has rejected claims of violence, urging Panjshir Valley residents should live normally… saying “we are here to protect them, their lives and their families.”

But videos from the ground show once-busy areas deserted, with reports people have been trying to flee…

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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It takes a village: coordinated financial teams prove paramount to maximising wealth

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The pursuit of wealth is often faced by significant challenges including debt, lifestyle costs, and burnout – so what methods can help overcome these challenges?

Maximising financial opportunities involves a suite of tasks, from leveraging favourable loan rates, strategic tax planning, and coordinated financial advising.

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Microsoft recalls ‘Recall AI’ feature over security fears

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Microsoft has announced a postponement in the release of its new Recall AI feature, citing significant security concerns raised during internal testing.

Pope Francis took charge of discussions on the implications of artificial intelligence for global ethics and governance, Reuters reports.

The pope said AI represented an “epochal transformation” for mankind, but stressed the need for close oversight of the ever-developing technology to preserve human life and dignity.

“No machine should ever choose to take the life of a human being,” he said, adding that people should not let superpowerful algorithms decide their destiny.
“We would condemn humanity to a future without hope if we took away people’s ability to make decisions about themselves and their lives, by dooming them to depend on the choices of machines,” he warned.

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