Truck driver beheaded in Afghanistan
The decapitated body of an Afghan truck driver supplying NATO forces in southern Afghanistan was found dumped at the side of a highway Wednesday, a district chief said.
The murdered man was captured with his vehicle in Zabul province about a week ago by suspected Taliban who are active in southern Afghanistan.
His body was found at the side of the Kabul-Kandahar highway with the head next to it, Shah Joy district chief Tor Jan said. The remains were taken to the district hospital, he added.
The drivers of trucks supplying foreign forces are regular targets of the extremist Taliban, which was toppled from government in 2001 by a US-led coalition.
Militants at the weekend cut off the noses and ears of three drivers supplying US military bases in the mountainous eastern province of Nuristan. Police blamed the Taliban.
The Al-Qaeda-linked movement also last week beheaded the driver of an Italian journalist captured March 4 in the southern province of Helmand.
The journalist was freed Monday in exchange for Taliban prisoners. His Afghan interpreter is still being held.
Are gay and bisexual communities more vulnerable to the new monkeypox virus? The new virus - now spreading across Europe and also reported in the United States - has already alarmed health experts. Now, the United Kingdom Health Security Agency has said recent confirmed cases are predominantly from those who are gay or bisexual or are men who have sex with men. The UKHSA is contacting potential close contacts of the infected patients.
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday said the BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – need to strengthen political trust and security cooperation and help stabilise international relations at a time of global turbulence. China has instead blamed the conflict on the aggressive policies of the US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) in eastern Europe.
The World Health Organisation on Thursday granted an emergency use authorisation for Chinese manufacturer CanSinBIO's Convidecia Covid-19 vaccine , the third Chinese vaccine to be granted such clearance. “The vaccine meets WHO standards for protection against Covid-19 and... the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh risks,” the UN health agency said in a statement. It was found to have 64% efficacy against symptomatic disease and 92% against severe Covid-19, the statement said.
Beijing on Thursday criticised the meeting of a senior American diplomat and the 14th Dalai Lama, calling it a violation of Washington's commitment to the position that Tibet is a part of China. Explicitly referring to the Dalai Lama as a “separatist”, the Chinese foreign ministry said the US also interfered in its “internal affairs” by appointing a special official for Tibetan affairs.
'I acknowledge my blame… I ask you to forgive me' - the words of a 21-year-old Russian soldier on trial for war crimes in Ukraine, specifically the killing of an unarmed 62-year-old civilian in the northeast Ukrainian village of Chupakhivka on February 28. A tank commander, Vadim Shishimarin, is the first Russian soldier to stand trial for war crimes in Ukraine and pleaded guilty Wednesday.