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Biden defends ‘messy’ US pull-out from Afghanistan

President Joe Biden has said he stands “squarely” behind the US exit from Afghanistan as he faces withering criticism over the Taliban’s lightning conquest of the war-torn country. “How many more American lives is it worth?” asked the Democratic president. He said that despite the “messy” pull-out, “there was never a good time to withdraw […]

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Afghanistan: India evacuates diplomats amid security concerns

India has evacuated its ambassador and all other diplomats from Afghanistan, the foreign ministry said.  They were flown out in a special military flight on Tuesday to the Hindon airbase near capital Delhi.  The aircraft was carrying around 150 people, including diplomats, officials, security personnel and some stranded Indians.  India’s foreign minister, S Jaishankar called […]

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Afghanistan: What’s the impact of Taliban’s return on international order?

The Biden administration’s rush for the exit in Afghanistan has been accompanied by a similar rush to judgement among pundits and commentators who, by and large, have castigated the US president for a decision that many see as unnecessary and a betrayal, both of those who served in Afghanistan and of the Afghan people themselves.  […]

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Afghan core mission has been a success, says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has said Nato’s “core mission” in Afghanistan has “succeeded”, with the country being largely cleared of al-Qaeda terrorists. The prime minister said allied forces had also ensured better education, women’s rights and free elections. But Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer accused him of “staggering complacency” and “betraying” the Afghan people. The Taliban have […]

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Irish people have been drinking an extra litre of water a day during the pandemic, research shows

People in Ireland drank almost an extra litre of water a day as the pandemic locked them out of offices, schools, colleges and hospitality, new research shows. It also revealed that women are drinking more than men. Women are now drinking an average of 1.4 litres daily since March 2020, an increase of 900ml, compared […]

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Risks and safety failures: Parents warned about buying cheap, unbranded toys online

Parents have been warned about buying cheap, unbranded toys after an investigation found more than 40pc bought from online marketplaces failed safety tests. Consumer group Which? tested 28 toys bought from Amazon Marketplace, AliExpress, eBay and Wish and found 12 posed a safety risk after failing one or more tests. Investigators found a total of […]

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Swimmers urged to be cautious of water quality after heavy rainfall

SWIMMERS and water sports enthusiasts have been urged to be cautious of water quality off Irish beaches because of the torrential rainfall. Local authorities are now conducting daily water sampling off popular Irish strands amid concerns about water quality following the impact of a large volume of rainfall run-off from land. Sampling is being conducted […]

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Are jeans in their flop era?

Over the last couple of months, jeans around the country have been gathering dust in the back of wardrobes as the COVID-19 pandemic led the nation to a brand new look. Whether we were splashing out on stretchy leggings for our daily 5km walks in 2020 or staying comfy in warm tracksuit bottoms while continuing […]

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Council refuses to grant licence for Electric Picnic

Two members of Laois County Council are calling for the Electric Picnic music festival to be cancelled this year amid Covid-19 concerns. The event, which usually takes place in early September, is due to take place from 24 to 26 September this year. Yesterday the Managing Director of Festival Republic, which runs the Electric Picnic, […]

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