UN Donors Pledge $1.2 Billion For Afghans

The United Nations has drummed up more than $1.2 billion in emergency pledges for Afghanistan as the country faces an impending economic meltdown and humanitarian crisis.


The Taliban say Universities in Afghanistan, that were closed after the group’s takeover, will soon reopen, but with new rules. 

Catalan Separatists Rally In Barcelona

Tens of thousands of Catalans marched through Barcelona on Saturday, calling for the region's independence from Spain. The demonstrators flooded the streets of downtown Barcelona, representatives of the Catalan and central governments are due to meet soon for negotiations on a solution to the region's political crisis.The massive rally caeme ahead of upcoming talks with the Spanish government.

For several year, Catalonia's voters have been roughly equally divided over independence, with half in favor and half wanting to remain in Spain.

Taliban Announce New Rules For Women

The taliban have announced new restrictions for female students in Afghanistan. The group said women can continue to study in universities, including at the post graduate level, but classrooms will now be segregated by gender. The announcement came despite initial promises by the Taliban for a more moderate and inclusive rule than when they were last in power.

Cristiano Ronaldo Returns to Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo said he is not on "vacation" and "will be a huge thing" at Manchester United with the star forward set to make his old trafford return against Newcastle United in the English Premier League on Saturday.

US FDA Bans Thousands of E-Cigarettes

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected applications for flavored e-cigarettes and related products, mainly due to their potential appeal to underage teens. There are nearly 950 thousand brands rejected, except for one – “Juul”.

Indonesia Concerns on Afghan Women Rights

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi urged the Taliban to respect the rights of women, and to not allow Afghanistan to become a breeding and training ground for terrorist organization and activities, that could be threaten peace and stability in the region.