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August 21, 2021

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Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan President, fled to the United Arab Emirates when Kabul, the Afghan capital, from the insurgents of the Taliban. This was followed by a chaotic evacuation of Western workers and some of their Afghan workers from Kabul Airport, where at least seven people died in the tumult. President Joe Biden defended the decision to withdraw the American security forces from the country and accused the Afghan government of “lacking the will to fight”.

Muhyiddin Yassin, Malaysia embattled prime minister who resigned after months of political instability and the loss of his parliamentary majority. He remains in office while Malaysia’s king elects his successor after consulting MPs. Sultan Abdullah said it was dangerous to hold new elections during the pandemic.

Tropical Storm Grace soaked Haiti, slows down efforts to rescue 7.2 survivors earthquake that hit on August 14th. The death toll rose to more than 2,000, a number that is expected to continue to rise. The quake was stronger than the quake that was estimated to have killed more than 200,000 people in 2010.

Peru Secretary of State Héctor Béjar resigned after videos surfaced of him alleging that the CIA, American intelligence, was supporting the Shining Path, a communist uprising. Critics say Mr Béjar was one of several radical, inexperienced ministers elected by left-wing President Pedro Castillo, who narrowly won the elections in June. Mr Castillo will have to elect a new foreign minister by the end of the month when Congress will vote on the adoption of his cabinet.

The government of Cuba Enact laws that tighten control over social media. The far-reaching decree prohibits the distribution of content that attacks “the constitutional, social and economic” rules of the state or encourages demonstrations that threaten “public order”. It also provides a sample form for the public to report offenders.

Canada Politicians campaigned after Justin Trudeau announced that the country would hold early elections on September 20. The prime minister is cutting his minority government, which has only been in office for two years, as he hopes voters will reward his government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. His Liberal Party hopes to win more than the 170 seats required for an absolute majority in the country’s parliament.

France became the last European country to suffer from dangerous diseases Forest firesbecause a large area near the south coast had to be evacuated. Greece, Portugal, Spain and Turkey are also all severely affected by fires.

Israeli firefighters fought against one of the greatest Forest fires in the history of the country. The fire burned thousands of acres of forest and sent a cloud of black smoke over Jerusalem, although no serious injuries were reported. Authorities aren’t sure if it was caused by arson or negligence. The fire has now been contained.

Attackers on motorcycles killed 37 people in the west Nigerannounced the Home Office. It was not clear who carried out the attack, but armed groups affiliated with Islamic State and al-Qaeda, two militant groups, are terrorizing the region. Hundreds of civilians were killed by Islamist rebels in western Niger that year.

the World Health Organization said a second case of Ebola may have been discovered in Ivory Coast, raising concerns that the virus has spread in the country’s economic hub, the city of Abidjan. The first case concerned a woman traveling by bus from Guinea to Abidjan, where an Ebola outbreak earlier this year claimed 12 lives.

Israeli border police killed four Palestinians during a raid in the occupied West Bank. Accordingly Israel, Police came under fire after entering Jenin refugee camp to arrest a member of Hamas, a militant Islamist group. It was one of the deadliest battles in the area in months.

A gas tank explosion killed 27 people and injured dozens more in Lebanonwhich led protesters to attack the home of Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati. Fuel is scarce in Lebanon, which is in an economic crisis. The explosion occurred when the army was distributing confiscated gasoline from black marketeers.

the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations nuclear watchdog, reported that Iran continues to produce enriched uranium that can be used in an atomic bomb. The report hampers efforts to revive the international agreement that has constrained Iran’s nuclear program. America asked Iran to stop its “nuclear escalations”. Iran continues to insist that it only pursue peaceful goals.

China The crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong continued. Officials arrested four students at the Hong Kong University for “advocating terrorism” after paying tribute to a man who stabbed a police officer and then killed himself. The four students were among 30 attendees at a student union meeting last month that was streamed live online and approved a “Appreciation for the Victim” resolution. The HKU has since broken ties with the union.

Coronavirus briefs

The director of America The National Institutes of Health labeled people who were not vaccinated as “sedentary ducks,” warning that the number of daily cases in America could soon reach 200,000. Greg Abbott, the governor of Texaswho refused to introduce mask and vaccination regulations tested positive for Covid-19.

The authorities in Iran said the country is experiencing a fifth wave of infections. Travel restrictions have been imposed and shops, restaurants and cinemas have been closed.

A controversial vaccination record system in France, which led to mass protests, has expanded to around 120 department stores and shopping malls.

New Zealand after a single case was discovered, it was banned. The government has been criticized for its strict “zero covid” approach to the pandemic.

This article appeared in the section Die Welt this week of the print edition under the heading “Politics this week”.

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