Deteriorating conditions in Afghanistan have dominated the agenda this week as a terrorist attack around Kabul airport resulted in the deaths of more than 90 people, including 13 US troops.
With thousands attempting to flee the country via the airport, governments were warned that a “highly lethal” terrorist incident was “imminent”, with the Foreign Office issuing guidance that said anyone near the airport should “move away to a safe location and await further advice”.
Twin blasts rocked the airport at 6pm local time on Thursday, killing scores of people and injuring hundreds more. IS-K, the local affiliate branch of Islamic State, claimed responsibility for the attacks in the aftermath. Joe Biden quickly moved to pledge revenge against the masterminds behind the attack, vowing to “hunt down” the group responsible in a televised address to the nation.
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In the UK, children are preparing to go back to school next week – but lessons could be delayed by at “by at least a week” as millions of pupils are tested for Covid on-site before classes can officially begin.
And tributes were paid to the Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who died this week aged 80. The Telegraph described Watts as “the Stone who never rolled”, adding that he was the “linchpin” of the band and by far “the most respected by musicians and popular with the fans”.
Need a reminder of some of the other headlines over the past seven days?
- Harry Kane is to stay on at Tottenham Hotspur, despite interest from Manchester City. The England captain had been heavily linked with a move to City ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline, but in a post on social media, he confirmed that he will remain in north London.
- The Communist Party of China has launched an investigation into the most senior party official in Hangzhou over corruption allegations. He is “the first official in Hangzhou to leave his job since China began economic reforms in the 1980s”, The Times said.
- In Germany, the Social Democrats have pulled ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union for the first time in 15 years, according to an opinion poll published just a month before the country’s federal election.
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