Afghan troops launch push against Taliban

An Afghan National Army (ANA) tank is parked at an outpost in Kunduz province, Afghanistan, in this April 18, 2016 photo. (Reuters)
Updated 30 April 2016
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Afghan troops launch push against Taliban

KABUL: Government forces have launched operations against the Taliban in 18 provinces of Afghanistan as fighting has intensified since the start of the insurgents’ spring offensive this month, the Ministry of Defense said on Saturday.
The operations, backed by air power and artillery have been concentrated in areas where the Taliban insurgents have been aggressively challenging government forces seeking to reassert control over key districts.
Eighty anti-government fighters, including nine from Daesh have been killed over the past 24 hours in the east, while six soldiers have been killed, a ministry statement said..
The Taliban, which has ruled out joining peace talks while foreign troops remain in Afghanistan, announced the start of its spring offensive on April 12, pledging large-scale attacks against government strongholds as well as suicide bombings and targeted assassinations.
Army chief of staff Qadam Shah Shaheem told reporters the Taliban was conducting “psychological warfare” designed to weaken morale and undermine confidence in the government but that it would not succeed.


Interpol meets to select new president after China’s arrest

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Interpol meets to select new president after China’s arrest

  • Meng Hongwei was also China's vice president of public security
  • Interpol’s annual general assembly began on Sunday and runs until Wednesday

DUBAI: Interpol member-states are gathering in Dubai to select a new president after the agency’s former leader was detained in China.
Meng Hongwei— who was China’s vice minister of public security while also leading Interpol — went missing while on a trip to China in September. It later emerged that the long-time Communist Party insider with decades of experience in China’s security apparatus was detained as part of a wider anti-corruption sweep.
Interpol’s annual general assembly began on Sunday and runs until Wednesday, when member-states will vote on a new president for the coming year.
Interpol member-states will also be deciding whether to accept Kosovo as a full member, which would allow officials there to file red notices of arrest for Serbian officials that Kosovo considers war criminals.