Tag: National/Public Security

Taliban Commander Who Led Attack on Afghan City Was Released From Prison Last Year, Officials Say

KABUL—The Taliban commander overseeing an assault on the key southern city of Lashkargah is one of 5,000 former prisoners released by the Afghan government last...

U.S. Expands Refugee Program for Afghans Amid Rise in Violence

The U.S. will make it easier for more Afghans to apply to come to the country as refugees, the State Department said Monday, following a...

U.S. Blames Iran for Drone Attack on Israeli-Linked Tanker

The U.S. joined the U.K. and Israel Sunday in blaming Iran for a fatal drone strike last week on an Israeli-linked tanker near the coast...

Hong Kong Cuts Ties With Teachers Union, Saying It Incited Protests

HONG KONG—Authorities in Hong Kong said they would cut ties with the city’s largest teacher’s union, in the latest attempt to change an education system...

Covid-19 Vaccine Health Pass Fuels French Protests

French protesters took to the streets for the third consecutive Saturday to protest new restrictions on people unvaccinated against Covid-19, a growing movement that threatens...

Hong Kong Protester, First to Be Sentenced Under China’s National Security Law, Gets Nine Years

HONG KONG—The first person convicted under the national-security law imposed by Beijing was sentenced to nine years in prison Friday, in a case closely watched...

U.S. Combat Role in Iraq to End This Year, Biden Says

WASHINGTON—President Biden said the U.S. combat mission in Iraq would conclude by the end of 2021, but the U.S. military would continue to work with...

U.S. Intensifies Airstrikes in Afghanistan as Taliban Offensive Nears Kandahar

The U.S. has stepped up airstrikes in southern Afghanistan amid growing apprehension over a Taliban offensive threatening Kandahar, the country’s second-largest city and spiritual capital...

Haiti’s Slain President’s Funeral Marked by Rage, Protests

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti—In front of a mourning family and foreign dignitaries, President Jovenel Moïse was laid to rest Friday in a country riven by deepening strife...

U.S., Iraq to Agree That Combat Troops Should Leave by End of 2021

Top Iraqi and U.S. officials plan to issue a statement calling for U.S. combat troops to leave Iraq by year-end, both nations’ officials said, but...

U.S. Expands Efforts to Relocate Afghans at Risk of Taliban Vengeance

WASHINGTON—The U.S. military is preparing to house as many as 35,000 Afghan interpreters and family members at two American bases, in Kuwait and in Qatar,...

Hong Kong Police Arrest Five Over Children’s Books Depicting Protesters as Sheep

Hong Kong’s national-security police arrested five people for allegedly conspiring to commit sedition through a series of picture books that portray sheep being targeted by...

Biden Administration Blames Hackers Tied to China for Microsoft Cyberattack Spree

WASHINGTON—The Biden administration Monday publicly blamed hackers affiliated with China’s main intelligence service for a far-reaching cyberattack on Microsoft Corp. email software this year, part...

South Africa President Says Rioting Following Predecessor’s Arrest Was Attempted Insurrection

JOHANNESBURG—South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Friday that the unrest that followed the arrest of his predecessor was a coordinated campaign to start an insurrection against the country’s...

Some Haiti Assassination Suspects Once Received U.S. Training, Pentagon Says

Some of the former Colombian soldiers arrested for suspected involvement in the assassination of Haiti’s president took part in a training program with the U.S....

Cannes Film Festival, Risking China’s Ire, to Screen Hong Kong Protest Documentary

The Cannes Film Festival plans to screen a controversial new documentary on Hong Kong’s 2019 pro-democracy unrest on Friday, courting another film-industry clash with Beijing...

South Africa’s Looting, Violence Reflect Inequalities Exacerbated by Covid-19 Pandemic

JOHANNESBURG—Violence and looting in parts of South Africa, triggered by the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma, are broadening to reflect more deep-seated problems in...

China Imprisons Uyghur Businessmen Once Seen as Bridges to Community

In the summer of 2018, Sadir Eli, a Uyghur businessman, was in high spirits. His real-estate firm was pulling in strong profits, and he told...

South Africa Deploys Army to Contain Unrest Over Former President Zuma’s Arrest

JOHANNESBURG—South Africa deployed its army Monday to help quell violent protests and widespread looting following the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma, as his lawyers...

Colombian Suspects in Killing of Haitian President Are Army Veterans

The majority of suspects involved in the assassination of Haiti’s president were retired officers and soldiers of Colombia’s armed forces, experienced fighters who had been...

Biden Defends Afghan Pullout, Sets Evacuation for Translators

WASHINGTON—President Biden said the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan is on track to end on Aug. 31, arguing that the U.S. had achieved the objectives...

One Night Inside Nigeria’s Kidnapping Emergency: Abducted Babies, Schoolchildren and Hospital Workers

A single night this week revealed the terrifying scope of Nigeria’s kidnapping emergency. Shortly after midnight on Monday in the northwestern state of Kaduna, gunmen...

A Generation of Afghan Professionals Flees Ahead of Taliban Advance

KABUL—Afghanistan’s professional class of men and women, part of a generation that came of age under the shield of the U.S. military, are weighing the...

Israeli Vote on Citizenship for Palestinians Tests New Government

TEL AVIV—Israel’s parliament remained deadlocked late Monday over a temporary law that bars citizenship for Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and Gaza who are...

Taliban Find New Revenues as They Seize Afghanistan’s U.S.-Built Border Gateway

KABUL—The Taliban have gained a lucrative new source of income, taking over the main trade gateway into Tajikistan, and beginning to collect customs revenues, as...