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What did 20 years of western intervention in Afghanistan achieve? Ruination | Simon Jenkins
Britain’s justifications for invading were having influence and deterring terror. They are just neo-imperialist platitudes The longest, most pointless and unsuccessful war that Britain has fought in the past 70 years – its intervention in Afghanistan – is to end in September . I doubt anyone will notice. Nations celebrate victories, not defeats. Twenty years ago the United States decided to relie
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Epstein non-prosecution deal ruled not to protect Maxwell Judge agrees Maxwell can be prosecuted separately for perjury A judge on Friday rejected Ghislaine Maxwell’s arguments to toss charges that she recruited three teenaged girls from 1994 to 1997 for her then boyfriend, Jeffrey Epstein, to sexually abuse. A US judge in Manhattan denied claims that a non-prosecution agreement Epstein reached w
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Indianapolis shooting: authorities investigate motive after eight killed
Suspect identified on Friday as 19-year-old Indiana man Victims include four members of city’s Sikh community The FBI and local authorities are continuing to search for a motive after a gunman killed eight people and injured several at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis, in the latest of a string of mass shootings to rock the US. Authorities identified the gunman as 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole
Hundreds protest in Chicago over police shooting of Adam Toledo
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Tamir Rice’s family asks justice department to reopen case into his death
Federal prosecutors said in late 2020 they would not bring charges against the two police officers involved The family of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed by Cleveland police in 2014, asked the justice department (DoJ) on Friday to reopen the case into his death after it was closed in the waning weeks of the Trump administration. In late 2020, federal prosecutors said they would no
California fast-food workers rally behind labor bill with major protests
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Biden to host Japanese PM at White House in president’s first visit from foreign leader – live
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Chicago mayor urges calm as police release footage of Adam Toledo's killing – video
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