🌏 Twin Bombings At Kabul Airport Kill More Than 170, India To Ban Single-Use Plastics And More
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Two bombing attacks rocked Kabul’s airport, leaving more than 170 people dead, including 13 Americans, and dozens more injured on Thursday Aug. 26.
Officials said the initial blast, a suicide bombing, struck the airport’s Abbey Gate, followed by an assault by gunmen. Another bomb then went off at a hotel outside the airport, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Most of the victims were civilians who had been seeking to flee the country following the Taliban’s takeover.
The Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISIS-K), an Afghan offshoot of ISIS, has taken responsibility for the attack. ISIS-K is an enemy of the Taliban and has denounced the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, saying that its interpretation of Islamic rule was “insufficiently hard line,” the New York Times reported.
Both the US and the Taliban have condemned the attack. At least 28 Taliban members had been killed in the bombings, Reuters reported.
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🌏 Thousands of people around the world have been protesting in support of Afghans since Sunday Aug. 15, when the Taliban took control of the country.
🇭🇰 Four student leaders from the University of Hong Kong were arrested for “advocating terrorism” after they mourned a man who attacked a police officer and subsequently killed himself.
🇬🇱 Instead of snow, rain fell on the peak of Greenland’s ice cap for the first time on record, causing massive melting from Aug. 14 to 16. The rain dumped 7 billion tons of water on the ice sheet, causing surface snow to melt and stream into the ocean.
In Kano, Nigeria, teenage girls are learning robotics, computing and other STEM subjects as part of a project named Kabara, an initiative created by woman engineer Hadiza Garbati.
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🇿🇦 Lehlogonolo Machaba, a model, has become the first trans woman to compete in the Miss South Africa beauty pageant.
India is banning single-use plastics by July 2022.
The country produces over 25,000 tons of plastic waste every day, according to the country’s Central Pollution Control Board.
Under the ban, which covers items such as single-use plastic cups, trays, straws and trays, selling, producing and using single use plastics will be prohibited.
Starting September 30, the thickness of plastic bags will also be increased in order to encourage reuse.
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