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At Least 13 Killed In Kabul Airport Blast – DETAILS

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At Least 13 Killed In Kabul Airport Blast - DETAILS

A large explosion occurred outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul where the US military has been working to evacuate American citizens and at-risk Afghans, it was reported on Thursday.

International broadcaster, Al Jazeera reported that the explosion went off outside the Kabul airport, where thousands of people have flocked as they try to flee the Taliban’s recent takeover of Afghanistan.

At least 13 people had been killed in twin suicide attacks and around 15 had been wounded.

Unconfirmed reports said some American personnel, including marines, had been wounded in the blast.

Last week, the department of international relations and cooperation (Dirco) confirmed that the South African government is in talks with other countries to give South Africans a “lift” out of Afghanistan.

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“This is common diplomatic practice particularly in situations where we’ve got very few nationals requiring assistance,” Dirco spokesperson Clayson Monyela told African News Agency.

Monyela added that citizens that have made contact, are being assisted.

“Most employers are making arrangements for their employees to leave the country,” he said.

Monyela explained that direct evacuation of South Africans from Afghanistan can be done under circumstances where lives are under threat and that such decisions would have to be taken by the National Security Council.

In a statement, Dirco said it noted the unfolding situation in Afghanistan and was urging South African nationals currently in Afghanistan and in need of assistance to make contact.

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This comes after Taliban militants took control of the capital Kabul following the withdrawal of United States troops.

Earlier this month, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, abandoning the presidential palace to Taliban fighters as the Afghanistan’s civilian government in Kabul fell to dreaded Taliban fighters.

Videos of Afghani’s clinging to the sides of a US plane on the runway have gone viral.

According to reports, some fell to their death when the plane gathered speed and took off.

Taliban militants re-captured Afghanistan’s capital, almost two decades after they were driven from Kabul by US troops.

United States President Joe Biden, said he did not regret pulling out American forces from Afghanistan.

Source: GhArticles.com/African News Agency (ANA)

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Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland

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Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland

The Russian energy giant Gazprom says it has cut off all gas deliveries to both Bulgaria and Poland after both countries refused to start paying for the supplies in roubles.

Earlier, both Polish and Bulgarian energy providers said they had received official notices from the Russian gas supplier that deliveries were due to be cut.

Gazprom’s announcement comes after some confusion earlier this morning, when data showed gas supplies into Poland through Belarus temporarily reduced to zero before resuming.

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Bulgaria’s gas network had also said the country was still receiving Russian gas as of this morning.

We are yet to see any data of gas volumes into Poland or Bulgaria since Gazprom’s announcement just now.

 

 

 

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New Omicron Variant BA.2 Is Now The Leading Version Of COVID-19 And Considered “Highly Contagious”

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JUST IN: Ghana Records Two New Cases Of Omicron COVID-19 Variant

 

BA.2, the new Omicron variant that led to a surge of new COVID-19 cases in Europe, has now overtaken the U.S. as the most dominant version of the virus throughout the country. This latest data estimate is from a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, predicted that BA.2 would quickly become dominate in the U.S

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The first case of the BA.2 was initially identified in the U.S. back in December. Meanwhile, scientists have been closely watching BA.2—which is now the third of the genetically distinct varieties of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

The rapid growth of BA.2 is due partially to its eight gene mutations that spike protein on the virus’s surface, something that is not found in the previous strain, BA.1.

Although BA.2 is more transmissible than BA.1, as of now there are no signs that it causes more severe illness and it’s shown that vaccines continue to protect against the worst outcomes.

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Many U.S. health officials said that they expect cases to rise and are firmly blaming U.S. residents for not doing enough to prevent another potential surge of COVID-19.

 

 

 

 

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JUST IN: China Eastern Plane Carrying 133 People Crashes In Guangxi, Says State Media

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A China Eastern plane carrying 133 people on board has crashed in Guangxi province, Chinese state media is reporting.

The number of casualties and reason for the crash are not yet known.

The crash of the Boeing 737 jet, in a mountainous region, led to a fire in the woods, state media is reporting.

Flight MU5735 was scheduled to leave Kunming at 13:15 local time (05:15 GMT) and was en route to Guangzhou.

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Flight tracking sites report the plane was in the air for just over an hour.

The plane went down near Teng county in Wuzhou province. Guangxi is a southern province neighbouring Guangzhou, a major city in the south-east.

Rescue crews have been deployed to the area, CCTV reported.

According to FlightRadar23 data, the last sourced information on the flight showed it ended at 14:22 local time, at an altitude of 3,225 ft.

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