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Biden promises to evacuate ‘any American who wants to come home’ from Afghanistan

President Biden pledged on Friday to use “every resource necessary” to evacuate “any American who wants to come home” from Afghanistan. But, he warned, “I cannot promise what the final outcome will be, or whether it will be without risk of loss.” In a speech from the East Room of the White House, Biden defended his administration’s halting efforts to evacuate Americans and Afghan allies following the Taliban’s swift takeover of the country in the past week. “We’ve made significant …

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Fleeing Afghanistan: Photos from a week of chaos and desperation at the Kabul airport

Scenes of chaos have emerged this week from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, where thousands of people have been attempting to flee Afghanistan following the recent Taliban takeover and the collapse of the government. U.S. officials say they are racing to evacuate as many people from the country as possible before the end of the month, when American troops are scheduled to withdraw after two decades of occupation. A baby is handed over to the U.S. Army over the …

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Afghan woman scholar who came to U.S. days before Kabul fell mourns ‘generation of change’

A young Afghan woman was trying to settle into her new life at a Massachusetts university when she heard the news that her home city of Kabul had fallen to the Taliban. She attempted to book a flight back home but soon realized there were no flights. “It all happened so quickly,” she said. She arrived in the United States on Aug. 9, days before the militant group claimed major provinces and cities — including Helmand and Kandahar — and …

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European officials dismayed by Biden’s decision to follow Trump’s lead on Afghanistan

BARCELONA — Thanks to the chaotic, U.S.-led withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan that has ushered in the swift return of the Taliban to power, many Europeans are blasting President Biden as no less misguided and clueless than they believed his predecessor to be. “In the big picture, Europeans are as angry as Americans about the tremendous loss of money and lives spent on the NATO mission in Afghanistan over the past two decades that now seems very difficult to …

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Mayweather flashes wads of cash in Rolls-Royce after $9mn, 2-minute destruction of Nasukawa (VIDEO)

Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather has been showing off some of the financial fruits of his recent labor by flashing wads of yen he presumably earned when destroying Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in their New Year’s Eve bout. The boxing great, 41, plowed through 20-year-old just 140 seconds into their exhibition bout in Saitama. Also on rt.com Easy Money: Floyd Mayweather blows away Tenshin Nasukawa with first-round TKO at Rizin 14 The fight was decried as one of the biggest mismatches in …

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‘Shameful’: Israeli Defense Ministry’s leadership memorial criticized for notable omissions

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Defense Ministry is accused of rewriting history as a memorial to former Israeli leaders contains notable absences, such as the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres’ time as president. The former home of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, and the country’s old defense headquarters was recently renovated to “remain faithful to the original look while preserving the house’s spirit.” However, eyebrows have been raised at a number of missing details and curious caption choices, Haaretz reports. …

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Clown show: Stand-up comic enters Ukrainian presidential race… and could win

Vladimir Zelenskiy plays Ukraine’s president on a TV series and may now beat Petro Poroshenko and Yulia Tymoshenko for real in March’s volatile election – as long as he can overcome doubts about his true motivations. In a rapid transformation for a man who still spends much of his time on stage singing or wearing prosthetics and wigs, 40-year-old Zelenskiy has been ranked in opinion polls for the past six months, and teased his candidacy in interviews and shows. His …

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Freedom fighter? Indian PM renames British colonial islands in memory of nationalist Bose

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has re-christened a series of islands named after British colonial figures in favor of a World War II Hindu nationalist who collaborated with the Nazis and the Imperial Japanese Army. PM Modi made the announcement to rename three of the country’s island territories in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal after radical Hindu nationalist Subhash Chandra Bose, in a speech on Sunday in the archipelago’s capital Port Blair, the Telegraph reports. …

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Canada is producing more oil than it can handle

Western Canada is producing 365,000 bpd more crude oil that current pipeline capacity can handle, a new report from the National Energy Board has revealed. According to the authority, as of September, Western Canada produced a daily average of 4.30 million barrels of crude, while pipeline capacity stood at 3.95 million barrels per day. Also on rt.com Hapless Alberta takes action as oil prices crash Alberta, the largest oil producer in Canada, has turned to oil trains to offset the …

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