ISIS leader dies in US raid
President Biden announced that the leader of ISIS, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, has die in an attack in Syria by about two dozen US commandos. Rescue workers said women and children were among at least 13 people killed in the raid in Atmeh, a town near the border with Turkey in rebel-held Idlib province.
Witnesses described the raid to The Times. One bystander said US forces made a loudspeaker surrender request of a woman who appeared to be in a home with children and he thought rockets were subsequently fired at the house. amidst the sound of gunfire.
However, US officials say al-Qurayshi died by detonating a bomb. Little is known about the ISIS leader, who died spending most of his life: off the net in the jihadist underworld.
Text definition: The strike came days after a battle on a Syrian prison that holds IS fighters, the largest US fight with the Islamic State since the end of the war three years ago.
A Russian attempt to set the stage for invasion
Officials in the US say Russia has intend to use a fake video shows an attack by Ukrainians on Russian territory or against Russian-speaking people in eastern Ukraine, designed to disguise an invasion of the country.
American officials would not release any direct evidence of the Russian plan or specify how they learned of it, saying doing so would compromise their sources and methods. But a recent Russian disinformation campaign has given the intelligence community confidence.
The Kremlin said yesterday that the United States plans to send 3,000 more troops to Eastern Europe because of concerns about Ukraine. to “stir up tension”. ” Its spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, described the US deployment to Poland and Romania as an act of intimidation “in the vicinity of our borders.”
Learn to ‘live with the virus’ in Australia
The Australian government says it is ready to “live with the virus” after nearly 95% of adults there have been vaccinated. But many people don’t feel ready to seesaw from an 18-month approach from eliminating all cases to one where the flooding is expanding.
When a state announced that it was ending intensive contact tracing, people started doing their own thing through a Facebook group. After the Australian prime minister declared lockdowns a thing of the past, so many residents of Melbourne and Sydney stayed home as Omicron cases spiked so much that it was labeled a “shadow lock”. And despite the reopening of borders, the tourist-loving nation has mostly stayed put.
Asia-Pacific nations are not eager to imitate what Australia has done, with Japan, South Korea and Thailand pausing or delaying reopening. New Zealand is taking a more cautious approachgradually reopening to tourists from abroad over the next nine months.
The numbers: The Omicron tide peaked at 150,000 new daily cases on January 13. Before this wave, Australia had never reached 3,000 in a single day. And last Friday, the country experienced its deadliest day of the pandemic, with 98 deaths.
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The story of Britain’s Pakistani diaspora, the country’s largest Muslim community, begins in 1947. After the war, Pakistanis in Britain played a vital role in saving the cannibal economy. of the country. More recently, Pakistani doctors have helped solve a staffing crisis in the National Health Service.
But the aftermath of September 11 opened a Pandora’s box for British Muslims, including Pakistanis in the UK, with an increase in Islamist attacks. Through a series of essays and photographs, The Times asks the question: Who are British Pakistanis today? And what does it mean to split the hyphen between “UK” and “Pakistan”?
Jean-Jacques Beineix, French film director often credited with starting the genre of films known as cinéma du look, died last month at age 75.
Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Year
70 years ago on this Sunday, a front page story in The Times marked the end of one era and the beginning of another: 25-year-old Princess Elizabeth became queen on February 6, 1952, after her father, King George VI, died aged 56. “For the first time in 115 years, a woman is crowned the most noble and stable in the world,” The Times reported.
At 95, Queen Elizabeth II is the world’s longest-reigning monarch and the only British monarch to have ever celebrated platinum. Her 70-year reign has included profound changes, including the shrinking of the country’s empire, with many historians considering the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to be its last.
Throughout it all, Elizabeth remained a follower of the British Royal tradition, never giving up the formality and solemnity of the role. However, the actions of her descendants opened a new chapter for the royal family, often characterized by more time in the spotlight – and a sometimes difficult relationship with the media.
Many people will remember pictures of the queen grieving alone last year at a physically distant funeral for Prince Philip, her 73-year-old husband. But in her Christmas speech, Elizabeth expressed hope that her platinum year would “be an opportunity for people everywhere to enjoy a sense of togetherness.” Celebrations are planned around the world.
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