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Resolute Support released a statement saying “Three U.S. service members were killed and three wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated November 27 near Ghazni city. One American contractor was also wounded”.
The wounded service members and contractor were evacuated and are receiving medical care.
In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the name of the service members killed in action are being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete.
CEO Abdullah on his visit to Geneva Switzerland, for tbe Geneva Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan had discussions with Mark Lowcock, UNUSG & the Head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on the sidelines of the Conference,
According to the Chief Executive’s social media statement, the two discussed “humanitarian & emergency support, especially for drought affected parts of the country.”
The First Lady of Afghanistan, Rula Ghani in her presence at the Geneva ministerial conference on Afghanistan which began today attended the Pathway to Progress meet, which is a session for the professional training for Afghan women.
In her address, Mrs Ghani expressed that the Afghan Government is focusing on various ways to help the families with differently abled children and that the government is also looking at creating day-care centres for them.
This was one of the many session that are going on as a part of the Geneva Ministerial Conference of 2018.
A memo was signed by IEC Commissioners which stated that presidential elections and the parliamentary elections for Ghazni will be held on April 20 as scheduled.
IEC has announced that the commissioners have decided on the schedule and District and provincial elections will be held on September 21, 2019.
Argentina’s judicial authorities have begun to probe a submission concerning the role of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in connection with alleged war crimes by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and torture by Saudi officials, Human Rights Watch said today.
The Saudi crown prince is expected to attend the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires on November 30, 2018.
On Monday, Human Rights Watch filed a submission with an Argentine federal prosecutor outlining its public findings on alleged violations of international law committed during the armed conflict in Yemen for which Mohammed bin Salman may face criminal liability as Saudi Arabia’s defense minister.
The submission also highlights his role in serious allegations of torture and other ill-treatment of Saudi citizens, including the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“Argentine prosecutorial authorities should scrutinize Mohammed bin Salman’s role in possible war crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition since 2015 in Yemen,” said Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch. “The crown prince’s attendance at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires could make the Argentine courts an avenue of redress for victims of abuses unable to seek justice in Yemen or Saudi Arabia.”
Argentina’s constitution recognizes universal jurisdiction for war crimes and torture which means that judicial authorities in the country are empowered to investigate and prosecute these crimes no matter where they were committed, and regardless of the nationality of the suspects or their victims.
On Monday, the US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo released a statement in response to Iranian President Rouhani’s anti-Israeli rhetoric.
Rouhani had earlier called for ‘destruction’ Israel as he referred to the country as ‘cancerous tumor’. In an international conference on Islamic unity, the Iranian President said that Muslims worldwide should unite against the United States.
Mike Pompeo pointed that such statements inflame tensions as they seem to call for a war.
The US Secretary of State conceded that “Iran is no friend of America or Israel” and that people of Iran are suffering from the tyranny of their government.
NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander successfully touched down on the Mars after an almost seven-month and 458-million-kilometer journey.
InSight’s two-year mission will be to study the “deep interior of Mars to learn how all celestial bodies with rocky surfaces, including Earth and the Moon, formed,” NASA’s statement reads.
InSight launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California May 5. The lander touched down Monday, Nov. 26, near Mars’ equator on the western side of a flat, smooth expanse of lava called Elysium Planitia, with a signal affirming a completed landing sequence at approximately noon PST (3 p.m. EST).
“Today, we successfully landed on Mars for the eighth time in human history,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “InSight will study the interior of Mars, and will teach us valuable science as we prepare to send astronauts to the Moon and later to Mars. This accomplishment represents the ingenuity of America and our international partners and it serves as a testament to the dedication and perseverance of our team. The best of NASA is yet to come, and it is coming soon.”
Both President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah have been confirmed to have arrived at Geneva for the Geneva Ministerial conference on Afghanistan. The conference begins today and runs for two days.
Dr Abdullah stated on social media that “In out deliberations we shall take stock of our achievements and responsibilities under our mutually agreed accountably framework.”
61 countries will be attending the conference and the conference this year specially focuses on Afghanistan to deliberate on peace, global support for fight against terrorism, private sector support, economic policies of Afghanistan, and many more themes and issues surrounding Afghanistan.