Fighting in the Middle East's poorest country, war-torn Yemen, steps up between the Houthi rebels and the Western-backed Saudi coalition forces, who have been criticised for commonly targeting civilians, mostly children.
The warning comes a day after a UN appeal for countries to fund emergency aid in the Arab world’s poorest nation fell a billion dollars short of what agencies need to cover essential activities from June to December.
The bomb struck a bus travelling through Kandahar province. The attack is said to the third since a brief ceasefire declared by the Taliban for a major Muslim holiday that ended last month.
The war between Houthi rebels and pro-government forces escalated in 2015 when a Saudi-led military coalition intervened against the rebels who control large parts of Yemen including the capital Sanaa.
Some 75 percent of UN programmes in Yemen have had to shut their doors or reduce operations, including cuts on food rations as well as health services in 189 out of 369 hospitals.
City and state officials deployed thousands of National Guard troops, enacted strict curfews and shut down mass transit systems to slow protest movements, but demonstrators pushed on in many cities.
Despite Italy being among the worst-hit countries by Covid-19, the director of the Venice Film Festival is defiant in the face of the disease, insisting the 77th edition of the "Mostra" will go ahead from September 2 to 12.
Skirmishes between Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces recommence after a three-day ceasefire expired in Afghanistan.
US and NATO officials said that US troop strength in Afghanistan is down to nearly 8,600, well ahead of a schedule agreed with Taliban in late February, in part because of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.
The soldier was wounded in an explosion during a road control patrol in Syria's Idlib region, Turkish ministry of defence said in a statement.
There are innumerable accounts from local sources and media as well as rights organisations that contradict the US claim.
Some 12,000 American soldiers have been deployed to train and aid the Afghan National Security Forces, costing Washington about $4 billion annually to keep Afghanistan's military in fighting form.
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