Here’s a roundup of the top developments from around the world today.
1. US delegation to meet Taliban in first high-level talks since recall, officials say
A US official said on Friday that US officials will hold meetings with senior Taliban officials on Saturday and Sunday aimed at easing the evacuation of foreign nationals and at-risk Afghans from Afghanistan. The official said the focus of talks in Doha, Qatar, will be to keep Taliban leaders from Afghanistan on commitments that they will allow Americans and other foreign nationals to leave Afghanistan, as well as Afghans who will never be allowed to visit the US military or government and other Afghan allies. were working, the official said. .
2. IS attacker kills 46 inside Afghan mosque, challenges Taliban
One Islamic State suicide bomber attacked a mosque At least 46 people were killed and dozens more injured in the latest security challenge for the Taliban as they transition from insurgency to regime, in northern Afghanistan filled with Shia Muslim worshipers on Friday. In its claim of responsibility, the IS ally in the region identified the attacker as a Uighur Muslim, saying the attack targeted both Shias and the Taliban because of their demand to expel Uighurs to meet China’s demands. alleged desire. This statement was given by Aamak news agency affiliated to IS.
3. As Brazil Passes 600,000 COVID-19 Deaths, Vaccines Hope Worst Is Over
Brazil 600,000 . became the second country in the world to pass COVID-19 Friday’s deaths A black milestone for the government Which has been sharply criticized for its mismanagement of the outbreak. President Jair Bolsonaro has drawn anger from health experts for his failure to implement measures to contain the pandemic. He has raised his voice against the lockdown, expressed doubts about vaccines and regularly refuses to wear masks in public.
But despite Friday’s sad mark, there are now signs that infection in Brazil The decline is finally coming, as the country ramps up vaccination after a slow start. More than 70% of Brazilians have received the first dose, compared to 65% in the United States, which surpassed 600,000 deaths in June.
4. Facebook Apologizes For Second Outage In A Week, Services Back Up
Facebook Inc. on Friday apologized to users for the two-hour disruption to its services and attributed it to another faulty configuration change. second global outage This week. The company confirmed that its social media platforms, Instagram, Messenger and Workplace were affected by the latest outage. During the outage, some users were Unable to load your Instagram feed, while others were unable to send messages on Facebook Messenger.
“Sincerely sorry to anyone who hasn’t been able to access our products in the last few hours,” the company said. “We fixed the issue, and everything should be back to normal now.”
5. Nobel Peace Prize to Independent Journalists Who Stand Up for Freedom of Expression
In an era marked by authoritarian rule, misinformation and hate speech around the world, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize On Friday, two journalists who run independent news organizations in their countries were frequently threatened with arrest and even death. maria resa Dmitry Muratov of the Philippines and of Russia received the award for “his courageous fight for freedom of expression”.