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August 16, 2022

First Line News Articles for Tuesday, August 16 2022


UN Fires Senior Official for Condemning Gaza Rocket Fire

A senior United Nations official lost her job after condemning the Palestinian Islamic Jihad for “indiscriminate rocket fire” against Israel in the recent flareup between Israel and the Gaza-based terrorist group.

US: Drone attack targets US base in Syria, no casualties

The U.S. military says an attack with drones hit a compound run by American troops and U.S.-backed Syrian opposition fighters in eastern Syria

‘Humanitarian Tragedy’: One Year After the Taliban Captured Kabul

Today marks one year since the Taliban captured Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, effectively handing the country to the terrorist organization and washing away 20 years of any progress in the region.

‘Militant Unity’: Putin, Kim Jong-un Pledge to Expand Bilateral Cooperation

Vladimir Putin sent a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pledging to expand bilateral relations on Monday, marking the latest promise of cooperation as the two leaders turn their diplomatic focus away from the West.

Israel strikes Iranian targets near Russian bases in Syria: Reports

Israeli fighter jets hit pro-Iranian targets in Syria on Sunday, with some of the targets located near Russia’s main military bases in the country.

UK first to OK Moderna dual-strain vaccine as US eyes fall for new shots

The United Kingdom has become the first country to approve Moderna’s dual-strain vaccine that targets both the original COVID-19 virus from 2020 and the first omicron strain known as BA.1.

Egypt church fire: Officials say smoke, stampede killed most of the dead

Egyptian authorities said on Monday that most of the deaths from a fire at a Coptic Christian church in Cairo were due to smoke inhalation the stampede of people rushing to get out.

Afghanistan faces hunger, economic collapse, other crises one year after Taliban’s return

The Taliban on Monday celebrated the one-year anniversary of their return to power in Afghanistan after U.S. forces ended a 20-year campaign, but experts say the country is dealing with multiple crises, including a spiraling economy and deterioration of women’s rights.

Russians, Ukrainians Again Trade Blame for New Shelling Near Nuclear Power Plant

Ukrainian and Russian-installed officials reported shelling near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine on Monday, with both sides blaming each other days after the world nuclear watchdog warned of disaster if the fighting does not stop.

Kenya’s Ruto declared president after last-minute chaos

In a chaotic announcement that could foreshadow a court challenge, Kenya’s electoral commission chairman on Monday declared Deputy President William Ruto the winner of the country’s close presidential race over five-time contender Raila Odinga.


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