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“Real danger” of rouge ISIS terror attack on Kabul airport



As an enemy of both the Taliban and the US, ISIS-K is threatening to launch a devastating terror attack as thousands flee Kabul airport

US intelligence and military analysts say that ISIS-K is threatening to target Kabul Airport with a bomb-laden truck, suicide bombers and mortar strikes against the airfield.

With the increasing threat of a terror attack and demands by the Taliban for the US to leave by the end of August, Biden is scrambling to hasten evacuation efforts.

“Every day we’re on the ground is another day we know that ISIS-K is seeking to target the airport and attack both U.S. and allied forces and innocent civilians,” Biden said.

Biden’s national security adviser says terror threat is “acute” and “persistent”

Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan says that American officials are taking all possible steps to thwart potential attacks.

As a result, the Biden administration has struck an unlikely temporary truce with the Taliban to defend against an ISIS-K attack.

ISIS leaders have already denounced the Taliban takeover, saying that the group is too ‘progressive’.

Crowds of people wait outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, 25 August
Image:Since the Taliban took control of Kabul on 15 August crowds of people have waited outside the airport as they attempt to board evacuation flights

US, UK and allied forces exposed to terror attack

US and NATO troops remain particularly exposed to an attack, needing to rely on the Taliban to ensure a safe passage to Kabul Airport.

The US embassy in Kabul has advised US citizens to “avoid airport gates at this time unless you receive individual instructions from a US government representative to do so”.

The UK Foreign office has also updated its travel advice for UK nationals:

“The security situation in Afghanistan remains volatile. There is an ongoing and high threat of terrorist attack. Do not travel to Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport. If you are in the area of the airport, move away to a safe location and await further advice.”

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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TikTok implements stricter guidelines on weight-loss drug promotion



TikTok is tightening its regulations on influencers who promote weight-loss drugs like Ozempic.

With over 170 million users in the US, the app aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful content related to rapid weight loss.

Starting in May, TikTok will prohibit influencers from posting “before-and-after” photos and restrict minors from accessing weight-loss content deemed risky. The crackdown extends to any content promoting drastic weight loss methods, aiming to combat the promotion of unrealistic body standards.

However, some influencers, like Dave Knapp and Kim Carlos, criticise the move, arguing it discriminates against those with health conditions. Others fear losing their income as TikTok takes down their content, prompting concerns about the platform’s future amid potential US bans.

As TikTok enforces stricter guidelines, influencers may seek alternative platforms to share weight-loss content. Despite the popularity of drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, the crackdown reflects growing concerns about the impact of such promotions on user health.

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Game on with indie devs celebrated by Nintendo



Nintendo Switch fans rejoice! The recent Indie World Showcase unveiled 17 new titles coming in 2024.

Including in the rundown is the adorable “Little Kitty, Big City” and explosive platformer “Anton Blast.” In other news, “Stellar Blade” confirms an uncensored release on PlayStation 5, Fallout’s TV adaptation gears up for Season 2, and Keanu Reeves joins the cast of Sonic 3 as Shadow. New releases this week include “Tales of Kenzera: Zau” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants,” while “Fallout 4” gets a next-gen update. With “Stellar Blade” topping the list, gamers have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

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What are the major takeaways from day one of Trump’s trial?



The first day of Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial that the former president broke the law and corrupted the 2016 election, while his defence lawyer said he committed no crime.

On this episode of Ticker Today – Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial is officially underway, President Joe Biden makes cannibal claims, TikTok US ban enters the next phase and Gen Z’s are dropping degrees and picking up tools to become blue-collar workers.

Ticker’s Ahron Young and Veronica Dudo discuss.

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