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World News Today: 5 Overnight Events from Around the World

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

1. FacebookInstagram, WhatsApp reconnecting after nearly six hours of outage

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp at least partially rejoined the global internet late Monday. In nearly six hours of disruption paralyzing social media platforms. Facebook and its WhatsApp and Instagram apps went dark at around 1600 GMT, after website monitoring group DownDetector said it was the biggest failure ever.

Security experts said the disruption could be the result of an internal fault, although sabotage by an insider would be theoretically possible. “Facebook basically locked your keys in your car,” tweeted Jonathan Zittren, director of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.

2. Taliban Says Forces Destroy Islamic State Cell Hours After Kabul Blast

Taliban government force Islamic State cell destroyed Officials and local residents said a prolonged attack north of Kabul late on Sunday broke the peace in a normally quiet area of ​​the capital with hours of explosions and gunfire. The Taliban operation follows a bomb attack near a mosque in Kabul on Sunday, which was later claimed by Islamic State. Several civilians were killed and wounded in what appeared to be the worst attack on the Afghan capital since the withdrawal of US forces in late August.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said a special Taliban unit launched an operation against ISIS elements in Kabul’s 17th district, north of the city, destroying their base and killing all those involved. Local residents said that Taliban forces laid siege to the area before launching their attack at around 7.30 pm, before shelling that lasted several hours, interrupted by at least two blasts as suspected ISIS fighters detonated explosives. Did it A local resident said the last blast occurred around 11.30 pm when a car loaded with explosives detonated, apparently killing all ISIS fighters in the building where they were hiding. He said sporadic gunshots could be heard near the campus late at night and early morning.

3. ‘Pandora Letter‘ Bring fresh call for tax haven investigation

There are growing calls to end financial secrecy and mask companies that have allowed many of the world’s richest and most powerful people to hide their wealth from tax collectors. The outrage came after a report published on Sunday described the way world leaders, billionaires and others have used offshore accounts over the past quarter to hold trillions of dollars out of state coffers, to help the poor or tackle climate change. resources have been limited. The report is being dubbed the “Pandora Papers”. Many tax evasions are legal, and analysts say one solution is to ban shell companies that help investors avoid paying taxes. Mentioned world leaders include King Abdullah of JordanTony Blair, former British Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin of Russia and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan.

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4. Malaysia opposes the presence of Chinese ships in its waters

Chinese President Xi Jinping. (ap/file)

Malaysia summoned the Chinese ambassador in Kuala Lumpur on Monday to express its protest against the “encroachment” in its waters by Beijing’s ships, the foreign ministry said. The ministry said in a statement on Monday that the protest was over the “presence and activities” of Chinese vessels, including a survey vessel, in Malaysia’s exclusive economic zone. It did not say when the ships were found in Malaysian waters.

5. There were 3,000 child abusers in the Catholic Church in France, says investigation

An independent commission investigating sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church in France believes 3,000 child abusers, two-thirds of them priests, has worked in the church over the past 70 years.

The chairman of the independent commission said that 22 cases have been sent to prosecutors for alleged offenses that are yet to be pursued.. (Representational image)

This estimate was given by the commission’s chairman, Jean-Marc Sauv, in an interview published on Sunday in the newspaper Journal du Dimanche. The commission has been investigating for two and a half years. Its full findings are due to be released on Tuesday.

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