Editor’s note: This listicle is part of a series from The Ball State Daily News that brings together five stories from around the world. All summaries are based on stories published by The Associated Press.
The Taliban storm the Afghan capital after the government collapse, the death toll from the Haiti earthquake rises to 1,297, a former Khmer Rouge official Appeals genocide verdict in Cambodia, Trudeau triggers Canadian elections, and lava flows from Mount Merapi in New eruption in Indonesia are this week’s five international stories.
The Taliban invaded the Afghan capital on Sunday after the government collapsed and the embattled president had joined an exodus of his fellow citizens and foreigners, signaling the end of a costly two-decade US campaign to reshape the country. Heavily armed Taliban fighters spread across the capital, and several broke into the abandoned presidential palace in Kabul. Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman and negotiator, told The Associated Press that the militants would hold talks in the coming days to form an « open, inclusive Islamic government. » Earlier, a Taliban official said the group would announce the restoration of the Islamic emirate of Afghanistan from the palace.
The death toll in a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti rose to 1,297 on Sunday, one day after the violent one The quake had reduced thousands of buildings to rubble and sparked desperate rescue efforts from a possible deluge from an approaching storm. At least 5,700 people were injured in the Caribbean country in the earthquake on Saturday and thousands more were displaced from their destroyed or damaged homes. Survivors in some areas had to wait outside for help from overcrowded hospitals in the stifling heat.
The last living leader from the inner circle of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia will appear in court on Monday to present his conviction on genocide charges repealed by a longstanding international tribunal. Khieu Samphan, 90, was the former head of state of the Khmer Rouge, the radical communist regime that ruled Cambodia with an iron fist from 1975 to 1979 and was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people. His defense team is trying to overturn a 2018 ruling convicting genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, questioning the evidence and alleging procedural errors.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sparked elections on Sunday to take advantage of the fact that Canada is one of the best vaccinated countries in the world. Trudeau announced the election on September 20 after visiting the Governor General, who holds a mainly ceremonial position and represents Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. Trudeau is aiming for a majority of seats in parliament. His Liberal Party narrowly missed that two years ago and has to rely on the opposition to pass laws. The election comes as Canada experiences a new wave of COVID-19 cases fueled by the Delta variant of the coronavirus. Trudeau called it « the fourth wave among unvaccinated people. » poured down its slopes onto the densely populated island of Java. The rumbling sound was heard several kilometers away as Mount Merapi erupted and hurled hot ash 600 meters (nearly 2,000 feet) into the sky. Ash covered nearby towns, but evacuation orders have long been in place near the volcano and no casualties have been reported. It was Merapi’s largest lava flow since authorities raised the danger level last November, said Hanik Humaida, director of the Yogyakarta Center for Volcanology and Geological Security.
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