President Joe Biden's planned announcement on Wednesday of a complete U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 aims to close the book on America's longest war, as critics warn that peace is anything but assured after two decades of fighting.
As officials disclosed Biden's pullout plans, the U.S. intelligence community renewed deep concerns on Tuesday about the outlook for the U.S.-backed government in Kabul, which is clinging to an eroding stalemate.
New Zealand mosque shooter launches legal challenge to prison conditions, terrorist status
The mass shooter who killed 51 people in New Zealand in 2019 has launched a legal challenge seeking a review of his prison conditions and his status as a "terrorist entity".
White supremacist Brenton Tarrant was sentenced in August to jail for life without parole for the murder of 51 people and attempted murder of 40 others at two mosques in Christchurch on 15 March 2019, the worst mass shooting in the country's history.
Tarrant, an Australian national, is the only person in New Zealand to be designated the status of terrorist.
Unsettled weather continues for most of the U.S.
The return of wintry weather in the Rockies will continue on Wednesday, with more snow forecast in the mountain range. As cold air pushes south from the Northern Plains and the Midwest, it will spark storms along the Gulf Coast.
The pop-up afternoon storms will move east from Texas to the Southeast and north along the Atlantic Coast. Severe weather has caused issues in Louisiana over the last few days, with more powerful storms forecast for Wednesday.
Biden proposes summit with Putin after Russia calls U.S. 'adversary' over Ukraine
U.S. President Joe Biden called on Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to reduce tensions stirred by a Russian military build-up on Ukraine's border and proposed a summit of the estranged leaders to tackle a raft of disputes.
The White House and the Kremlin reported only the second conversation between the two since Biden took office in January, after Western officials urged Moscow to end the build-up and Russia, in words recalling the Cold War, said its "adversary" should keep U.
CDC Halts Vaccine Due to Blood Clot Concerns
U.S. pauses use of J&J COVID-19 vaccine over rare blood clots
U.S. federal health agencies on Tuesday recommended pausing the use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine for at least a few days after six women under age 50 developed rare blood clots after receiving the shot, dealing a fresh setback to efforts to tackle the pandemic.
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) said it would delay rollout of the vaccine to Europe, a week after regulators there said they were reviewing rare blood clots in four recipients of the shot in the United States.
Biden to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, officials say
President Joe Biden has decided to withdraw the remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021, 20 years to the day after al Qaeda's attacks triggered America's longest war, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are expected to brief the decision to NATO allies in Brussels on Wednesday. Biden may also publicly announce his decision, several sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity.