Afghanistan: Who’s who in the new Taliban’s inner circle

A senior Taliban spokesman announced on Wednesday that its leaders will show themselves to the world, a step change from the shadowy world they had previously inhabited. For the first time on Tuesday, the world saw a leader who had only ever spoken to western media by phone, although they knew his name well. “Slowly, […]

Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85 – The Denver Post

LONDON — Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died. He was 85. Prowse died Saturday after a short illness, his agent Thomas Bowington said Sunday. Born in Bristol, southwest England, in 1935, Prowse was a three-time British […]

Who needs Russia? Loudest attacks on U.S. vote are from Trump

WASHINGTON — Russia didn’t have to lift a finger. In the weeks before the U.S. presidential election, federal authorities warned that Russia or other foreign countries might spread false information about the results to discredit the legitimacy of the outcome. Turns out, the loudest megaphone for that message belonged not to Russia but to President […]

Countries battle coronavirus surge as WHO warns of 'exponential' cases

PARIS (AFP) – More countries tightened anti-coronavirus measures on Saturday (Oct 24), with France extending a curfew and Belgium bringing forward its own curbs as new infections surged in many parts of the world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned of an “exponential” rise in infections threatening health systems’ ability to cope with a […]