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    Afghan NGO women 'threatened with shooting' by Taliban for not wearing burqa

    The Taliban’s religious police have threatened to shoot women NGO workers in a northwestern province of Afghanistan if they do not wear the all-covering burqa, two staff members told AFP. The rights of Afghans -- particularly women and girls -- have been increasingly curtailed since the Taliban returned to power in August after ousting the US-backed government. Women are being squeezed from public life and largely barred from government jobs, while most secondary schools for girls are shut.

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    Al Jazeera

    Airbus cancels $6bn contract with Qatar Airways after paint fight

    In December, Airbus was taken to court by Qatar Airways in London, following a series of alleged problems with the Airbus A350 aircraft. The airline complained the paint on the recently delivered Airbus A350s was cracking and peeling, exposing copper meshing used to insulate the aircraft against lightning strike. It is seeking more than $600m in compensation after grounding the affected aircraft – 21 of its 53 A350 jets – claiming the paint issue is a safety risk.

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    Arab News

    US bombing run over Syrian dam risked tens of thousands of deaths: Report

    LONDON: A covert US task force came close to decimating a major area in Syria by bombing a dam that the Pentagon had put on a “no-strike list,” a new report claims. In 2017, the American unit bombed the Tabqa dam on the Euphrates in eastern Syria, upstream of Raqqa, where Daesh fighters were occupying the control towers. When the attack was originally reported, the US and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces claimed that limited munitions were used to seize the location, with the head of the

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    Al Jazeera

    Baby among four found dead along US-Canada border

    Four people, including an infant, have been found dead in freezing conditions along the United States-Canada border after apparently being abandoned by human smugglers, authorities said. Officials on Thursday said the bodies of two adults and a baby were discovered a day earlier by the US border and about 10km (6 miles) from the town of Emerson in Canada’s central Manitoba province. Police said a fourth person – who appeared to be a teenage boy – was found dead nearby shortly after.

  • US politics
    Al Jazeera

    What next for Iran and Russia ties after Raisi-Putin meeting?

    Tehran, Iran – Prior to his departure for Moscow this week, Ebrahim Raisi expressed hope that the visit, the first by an Iranian president in almost five years, would lead to a “turning point” in his country’s relations with Russia. In the Russian capital, both Raisi and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, supported improving bilateral ties during a three-hour meeting on Wednesday in which they also discussed regional and international issues.

  • Science
    Al Jazeera

    Tongan Olympic flagbearer finds out father unharmed after tsunami

    Tongan Olympic flagbearer Pita Taufatofua has found out that his father is unharmed after being incommunicado for days following a huge underwater volcanic eruption and tsunami. The Pacific island nation of Tonga suffered widespread destruction after the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted with a deafening explosion on January 15, triggering waves that wrecked villages and resorts and knocking out communications for the 105,000 people across its 36 inhabited islands.

  • Business
    Al Arabiya English

    Airbus cancels Qatar Airways order of 50 A321neo planes in row

    Airbus has cancelled an order of 50 A321neo aircraft from Qatar Airways, the company said Friday, in an escalating dispute over Doha grounding the plane maker’s bigger A350. We confirm that we have terminated the contract for 50 A321s with Qatar Airways, in accordance with our rights,” an Airbus spokesman told AFP following a Bloomberg report on the decision.