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From Lebanon’s power outage to Taliban’s non-cooperation with the US: 5 overnight developments from around the world

Here’s a roundup of the top developments from around the world today.

Taiwan will not be forced to bow down to China: President

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday that her country will continue to strengthen its defense capabilities to ensure it is not forced to follow the path set by China, which seeks neither freedom nor democracy. offers. Tsai reiterated that Taiwan would not “rush”, although there should be no illusion that the Taiwanese people would succumb to the pressure.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen. (Reuters)

It comes as China continues to claim the country as its own territory and exert its military and political influence, including repeated Chinese Air Force missions in Taiwan’s air defense identification area, of international concern. subject to. Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed on Saturday to have a “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan and did not directly mention the use of force.

The Taliban on Saturday denied cooperation with the US to stop extremist groups in Afghanistan, ahead of the first direct talks between the former foes since the US withdrew from the country in August.

Taliban’s political spokesman Suhail Shaheen told The Associated Press There would be no cooperation with Washington since it was affiliated with the Islamic State group increasingly active in Afghanistan. IS has claimed responsibility for several attacks, including a suicide bombing that killed 46 minority Shia Muslims and injured dozens when they offered prayers at a mosque.

Senior Taliban officials and US representatives are due to meet on Saturday and Sunday in Doha, the capital of the Persian Gulf state of Qatar.

At least 20 killed in gunfire in Nigeria

In another fatal incident, at least 20 people were killed in Nigeria’s Sokoto state after gunmen attacked a market and set cars on fire. This comes as armed gangs are wreaking havoc in the north-western part of the country.

Northwest Nigeria has seen a wave of kidnappings of schoolchildren and villagers by bandits since last December, disrupting the daily lives of millions of civilians.

Idris Gobir, Special Adviser to the Sokoto Police Affairs Minister, said armed robbers rode on motorcycles and fired sporadically, killing several people. “A large number of bandits killed at least 20 people we saw and counted and set fire to nine vehicles,” he told Reuters.

Lebanon was left without electricity, the state power company said on Saturday, plunging the country into darkness as its two main power plants were forced to close.

Lebanon’s capital Beirut remains in the dark during a power outage at sunset. (AP Photo/Hasan Ammar, FILE)

A government official told Reuters the power grid “stopped working completely this afternoon” and was unlikely to restart for several days.

The outage comes as the country is already grappling with a severe energy crisis that has been made worse by reliance on fuel imports. Irregular power supply has put hospitals and essential services in a state of crisis. The blackout which used to last for three to six hours, now the entire region cannot have state power for more than two hours in a day.

Fazlur Rahman, head of the Islamic political party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Twitter/Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman)

Powerful Islamic groups in Pakistani politics have started putting pressure on them. Imran Khan The government will officially recognize the Taliban government in Afghanistan. Fazlur Rehman, the head of the Islamic political party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI), recently demanded that Islamabad officially recognize the religious Taliban government in Afghanistan.

Although the Taliban are attracting governments around the world for their international recognition of their “Islamic Emirate” in Afghanistan, no country officially recognizes their rule.

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