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U.S. Agreement With Taliban Before Troops’ Withdrawal – Biden

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President Joe Biden has disclosed an agreement the United States had with the Taliban before the withdrawal of U.S. and allies’ troops from Afghanistan.

Biden also said that they were considering “every opportunity” to get “folks to the airport”.

Addressing the press on Friday, the US president repeated that they’ve been in “constant contact with the Taliban leadership” – in Doha and Kabul.

Biden said that the Taliban “are letting people through with American passports”.

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According to him, “We have an agreement that they will let us pass through the checkpoints – that the Taliban control – let Americans through.”

The Taliban in Afghanistan finally took over Kabul after 20 years of armed struggle and will henceforth form the government as the president has already fled to the United Arab Emirates.

 

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Trump Breaks His Silence After Assassination Attempt

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Former US president and the presidential candidate of the Republican Party, in the forthcoming November 5 general elections, Donald Trump, has stated that the shooter at his Butler, Pennsylvania rally yesterday has been killed by the Secret Service.

Trump who revealed that the bullet went through his ears, stated this in a statement made available on Sunday morning.

While the 45th president of the United States, sustained a minor injury, the incident however, left one person dead and another seriously injured.

Trump who extended his condolences to the family of the victim, thanked Americans for their support and urged them to remain resolute towards the election.

He said: “I want to thank The United States Secret Service, and all of Law Enforcement, for their rapid response on the shooting that just took place in Butler, Pennsylvania.

“Most importantly, I want to extend my condolences to the family of the person at the Rally who was killed, and also to the family of another person that was badly injured.”

The former president went further to provide details of his injury stating, “I was shot with a bullet that pierced the upper part of my right ear. I knew immediately that something was wrong in that I heard a whizzing sound, shots, and immediately felt the bullet ripping through the skin. Much bleeding took place, so I realized then what was happening.”

His statement also revealed that the shooter is now dead, though he added, “Nothing is known at this time about the shooter.”

Meanwhile, Trump’s predecessor and successor, Barack Obama and Joe Biden respectively, have both condemned the assassination attempt on Trump, with both leaders maintaining that there was no reason for such violence.

Obama, while condemning the shooting, said “There is absolutely no place for political violence in our democracy.”

On his part, Biden who urged the people to remain united despite their political differences, said “There’s no place for this kind of violence in America. We must unite as one nation to condemn it,” he added.

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BREAKING: Donald Trump Survives Assassination Attempt

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Donald Trump, the Republican Presidential candidate in the forthcoming November election in US, has been rushed off stage by Secret Service agents after loud noises rang out at a rally in Pennsylvania.

Footage showed Donald Trump, ducking as sharp cracks – apparently shots – broke out.

The former president who was quickly taken off stage to a waiting vehicle, appeared to raise a fist as he was led off stage, with blood stain on his cheek.

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Cyril Ramaphosa Re-elected South African President 

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Cyril Ramaphosa  has been  re-elected as South African president following a landmark coalition deal between the governing African National Congress (ANC) and opposition parties.

The new government of national unity combines Mr Ramaphosa’s ANC, the centre-right Democratic Alliance (DA) and smaller parties.

In his victory speech, Ramaphosa hailed the new coalition, and said voters expected the leaders to “to act and to work together for the good of everyone in our country”.

The agreement was hashed out on a day of high political drama, which saw the National Assembly sitting late into the evening for votes to confirm who would hold power in the new administration.

It got 40% of the vote, while the DA came second with 22%.

ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula called the coalition deal a “remarkable step”.

It meant Ramaphosa – who replaced Jacob Zuma as both president and ANC leader following a bitter power struggle in 2018 – was able to retain power.

The next step is for Ramaphosa to allocate cabinet positions, which will include members of the DA.

The multi-party deal does not involve two ANC breakaway parties, and they will probably benefit if it fails to deliver economic improvements demanding by voters.

But opinion polls suggest many South Africans want this unprecedented grand coalition to succeed.

The ANC had always polled above 50% since the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, which saw Nelson Mandela become president.

However, support for the party has been dropping significantly because of anger over high levels of corruption, unemployment and crime.

Addressing South Africa’s parliament after his confirmation, Ramaphosa called back to his party’s first presidential victory 30 years ago.

“We have been here before, we were here in 1994, when we sought to unite our country and to effect reconciliation – and we are here now,” he said.

An alliance between the centre-right DA and the ANC is unprecedented as the two parties have been rivals for decades.

Under Nelson Mandela, the ANC led the campaign against the racist system of apartheid and won the country’s first democratic elections.

The DA’s critics have accused it of trying to protect the economic privileges the country’s white minority built up during apartheid – a charge the party denies.

Addressing lawmakers late on Friday in Cape Town, John Steenhuisen, the leader of the DA, said: “Today is a historic day for our country, and I think it is the start of a new chapter.”

The National Assembly also swore in a speaker from the ANC, while the post of deputy speaker went to the DA.

Among the party leaders speaking after the agreement was reached on Friday was Julius Malema, head of the Economic Freedom Fighters – the party he founded after leaving the ANC in 2013.

He said while his party accepted “the results and the voice of the people of South Africa”, he criticised the agreement, saying: “We do not agree to this marriage of convenience, to consolidate the white monopoly power over the economy and the means of production in South Africa.”

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