The leader of Islamic State's branch in Afghanistan and Pakistan was killed in a U.S. drone strike on July 26, a Pentagon spokesman said on Friday after the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan announced the news to Reuters. The death of Hafiz Saeed Khan is a blow to efforts by Islamic State - also known as ISIS or Daesh - to expand from its heartlands in Syria and Iraq into Afghanistan and Pakistan, already crowded with jihadist movements including the Taliban and al Qaeda. It is the second U.S. killing of a prominent militant in the region in months. In May, a U.S. drone killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a strike in Pakistan. Despite that, Afghanistan's 15-year-old war grinds on with no clear victory in sight. Taliban fighters have been threatening at least two provincial capitals this summer, in Helmand and Kunduz, and a U.S. government report said Afghan forces have lost 5 percent of territory this year. In terms of its own territory, Islamic State has been largely … [Read more...] about U.S. drone kills Islamic State leader for Afghanistan, Pakistan: officials
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's attempt to elicit Russian military cooperation in the fight against Islamic State in Syria suffered two potentially crippling blows on Thursday. First, the Syrian army said it had cut off all supply routes into the eastern part of the city of Aleppo - Syria's most important opposition stronghold - and President Bashar al-Assad's government asked residents to leave the city. That move, U.S. officials speaking on condition of anonymity said on Thursday, appeared to be an effort to pre-empt a U.S. demand that Russia and Syria reopen a major road into the divided northern city before talks could begin on creating a joint intelligence center to coordinate air attacks against Islamic State. Then al Qaeda's Syrian branch announced on Thursday it was terminating its relationship with the global network created by Osama bin Laden and changing its name to remove what it called a pretext by the United States and other countries to attack Syrians. Although one … [Read more...] about Attempt at U.S.-Russia cooperation in Syria suffers major setbacks
Applicants encouraged to book interviews for U.S. visas Tran Thu By Tran Thu - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Applicants for non-immigrant visas for traveling, working and studying as well as entering the United States as spouses of American citizens are encouraged to schedule their interview appointments instead of depending on the U.S. agencies’ arrangements. David R. McCawley, chief of the consular section at the U.S. consulate general in HCMC, gave this notification to reporters in HCMC on Monday when he talked about the appointment service. The service has been provided by the U.S. embassy in Hanoi and the U.S. consulate general in HCMC since February this year at www.ustraveldocs.com/vn/ or dialing 1900 6444 for domestic calls and (703) 665-7350 for the calls from the U.S. from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Applicants have to go to the website to fill in information and print out the payment form. They are required to make payments either at domestic post offices or branches of HSBC … [Read more...] about Applicants encouraged to book interviews for U.S. visas
The historic emissions deal between China and the U.S. removes a key barrier in United Nations-led efforts to craft a global climate pact. Now President Barack Obama has to find a way to make it happen at home. An international agreement to curb greenhouse gases would go nowhere without participation from China and the U.S., the two biggest producers of carbon emissions, and until yesterday they were far apart on numerous issues. With Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping now in accord that the world's two largest economies bear a certain responsibility to take the lead in fighting climate change, other nations may be more willing to follow suit when envoys meet in Lima next month for the next round of UN-organized negotiations. "This could be a first critical step to unlocking the logjam in the climate-change negotiations," said Yvo de Boer, who oversaw the UN effort on global warming from 2006 to 2010, in a telephone interview from Seoul. "It becomes much easier for other pieces of … [Read more...] about World cheers U.S., China carbon deal as Republicans jeer
Vietnam-Born bidder wins billion-dollar contract in U.S. Reported by Pham Le California Waste Solutions (CWS) has won a decisive campaign against its rival, Waste Management Inc., the largest waste treatment company in the U.S. The prize is a package worth US$2.7 billion, which allows CWS to manage waste collection and disposal for the Californian city of Oakland for 20 years. The Saigon Times interviewed CWS General Director David Duong on his winning of this package as well as implementation of projects in Vietnam. Q: Could you elaborate on this US$2.7-billion package? How long did it take for you to win it? A: We’re very glad that seven out of eight members of the Oakland City Council voted for CWS as the entity undertaking waste collection and disposal for the city, where we are just the minority, much smaller than our rival, Waste Management, a company with branches in all 50 states of the U.S. as well as many countries around the world. CWS was chosen in part because we … [Read more...] about Vietnam-Born bidder wins billion-dollar contract in U.S.