General Kenneth McKenzie, head of the US Army Central Command vows to support Afghan air force going forward, and that the US air force will also retain ability to "strike into Afghanistan" against two other militant groups the Daesh and Al Qaeda.
Colombian unions, student groups and civil society members say they will continue their demonstrations, seeking social change amid intermittent talks between the government and strike organisers.
Belarusian students, factory workers and pensioners answered a call by exiled opposition figure Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to launch a nationwide strike this week — a fresh move to force Lukashenko to hold new elections after months of mass protests.
French unions protest against pensions reform affected road and rail traffic while supporters of the strikes pledge over $3.3 million in support for workers going without pay over the past month.
French President Macron will address the nation in his annual New Year's Eve address, having largely left it to his government to defend one of the most contested reforms of his term.
EasyJet, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Transavia France, and Wizz Air UK flights from and to Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Germany were cancelled on Saturday and Sunday.
Travellers in France have had their plans ruined for Christmas as a transport strike in the country enters its fourth week.
Cancellation plans come because of a planned strike by a union representing cabin crew in Germany.
The strike will disrupt scores of summer travellers as the most Spaniards take their summer breaks in August.
Trade unions are protesting limits on wage increases during times of economic growth and want better conditions for early retirement, minimum wages and better education on the job.
The employees staged a similar work stoppage in July during another sales day for the retailer.
Unions are seeking a five percent pay rise after an eight-year pay freeze under Greece's international bailout programme, which ended last month.
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