Afghanistan war: 16 years, thousands dead, no end in sight

Afghanistan war: 16 years, thousands dead, no end in sight

US President Donald Trump was due to make an announcement Monday evening about his plans for the future of America’s commitment in Afghanistan. Analysts believe that whatever he decides, there will be no swift end to the conflict. How did we get here? The United States first invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Bush administration accused the country’s then Taliban government of sheltering al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, who had masterminded the previous month’s September 11 terrorist attacks. The Taliban offered to…

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Official: US ship lost control before collision

Official: US ship lost control before collision

The official said it was unclear why the crew couldn’t utilize the ship’s backup steering systems to maintain control of ship. Earlier, another US Navy official had told CNN that early indications were the destroyer experienced a loss of steering right before the collision, but that steering had been eventually regained after the collision. US Navy 7th Fleet said Tuesday morning that the search for 10 sailors assigned to the ship was ongoing. “Aircraft from the amphibious assault ship USS America will continue search efforts today for 10 missing sailors…

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Hobart Council opts to fly the flag for same-sex marriage

Hobart Council opts to fly the flag for same-sex marriage

By Erin Cooper Posted August 22, 2017 10:24:38 Hobart City Council has unanimously decided to fly the rainbow pride flag on the HCC building until same-sex marriage is legalised. The decision was made at a council meeting last night, with the move designed to fit the council’s social inclusion strategy, which has been in place since 2014. The flag, which represents the LGBTI community, will fly on the HCC building on the corner of Elizabeth and Davey streets from today. Lord Mayor Sue Hickey said the council had always prioritised…

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Body found as Danish submarine inventor says missing journalist died on board

Body found as Danish submarine inventor says missing journalist died on board

Updated August 22, 2017 07:16:02 Photo: Police have not yet identified the body but are working to determine if it belongs to journalist Kim Wall. (IWMF/Wikimedia Commons) A headless female torso was found on Monday in the water’s edge in Copenhagen, hours after a Danish inventor charged with killing a journalist in his homemade submarine told a court she died onboard, police say. Peter Madsen told the court Swedish journalist Kim Wall had died in an accident and he had buried her at sea, changing his earlier statement that he…

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The day the sun disappeared

The day the sun disappeared

There is no way you can stop today’s total solar eclipse from happening. It is celestial, and we have no control over it. The only way to stop it would be to extinguish the sun or knock the moon or Earth out of orbit. Science geeks have been counting down to the millisecond for today’s eclipse. Eighties music lovers have been humming “Total Eclipse of the Heart” for weeks. Scientists are making last-minute preparations for experiments they have been planning for years, even decades. Professional photographers and amateur astronomers have…

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