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Germany Plans To Pull Troops Out Of Afghanistan From July 4: Report
"The current thinking... is to shorten the withdrawal period. A withdrawal date of July 4 is being considered," a ministry spokesman told AFP.
Germany's defence ministry on Wednesday said it planned to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan in early July, after the United States announced plans to pull out by September 11.
"The current thinking... is to shorten the withdrawal period. A withdrawal date of July 4 is being considered," a ministry spokesman told AFP, stressing that the final decision would be made by NATO.
NATO had agreed last week to begin their troop drawdown by May 1.
The 9,600-strong NATO training and support mission, which includes the US troops and depends heavily on Washington's military assets, includes personnel from 36 NATO members and partner countries.
With 1,100 troops, Germany has the second biggest contingent of soldiers after the United States in the country.
The withdrawal comes despite a deadlock in peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.
But Secretary of State Antony Blinken defended the US decision to leave, saying the terror threat had moved elsewhere and resources had to be refocused on challenges like China and the pandemic.
W&SD employee reportedly dies of heart attack
At around 12:20 am this morning, Sunday, May 16, 2021, a retired employee, now back on the job as a temporary worker at Water and Sewage Department (W&SD) has reportedly died wh...
Boaters urged not to discharge ballast water near shore
The boating and yachting community is urged to do its part to help fight against the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) that is currently affecting the coral reefs in the V...
Governor & UK staff in VI run/walk for mental health
Governor John J. Rankin, CMG, along with United Kingdom staff of the Governor’s Office in the Virgin Islands joined staff from more than 230 British Embassies, High Commissions,...
Collision @ Cox Heath
Two vehicles sustained damages after colliding on a turn at CoX Heath on the main island of Tortola today, May 16, 2021.
Sports Minister hails World #1 U16 athlete Adaejah Hodge
Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), while acknowledging the accomplishments ...
Four Takeaways From the New UK Cybersecurity Strategy
Two weeks ago, with much fanfare, the United Kingdom released a new strategy that sets out UK government’s approach to improving the country’s cybersecurity over the next five y...
HLSCC to Host Frederick Pickering Memorial Lecure Series
The HLSCC Virgin Islands Studies Institute is inviting the public to attend its annual Frederick Pickering Memorial Lecture Series. The focus of this year’s series is The Virgin...
Reminders on rise as WhatsApp update deadline looms
Users yet to accept new terms and conditions for the messaging platform WhatsApp will start to get "persistent" reminders after the 15 May deadline.
“Resilient and strong, let’s carry on for BVI Festival 2021”; Official Announcement of 2021 Virgin Islands Festival theme & Slogan
The Virgin Islands Festivals & Fairs Committee has officially announced the selection of the official 2021 VI Festival Theme and Slogan.
'Huge shortage' in digital skills says Apprentice winner
"Right now, I have 14 roles immediately available and over the last month we've had one application."
Foreign, commonwealth and development office charity marathon spans the globe in 24 hours.
UK government staff in BVI and around the world are set to complete a unique 24-hour global marathon relay today (May 15) to help mental health charities across the world.
IBM says chip shortage could last two years
The boss of the US tech giant IBM has said a computer chip shortage could last another two years.
39 students receive solar energy technician certification
The HLSCC’s Workforce Training Division, Centre for Professional Development and Community Education (CPDCE) in conjunction with Power52 Caribbean Energy Institute (CEI) awarded...
Victim of 'Elon Musk' Bitcoin scam loses home deposit
A victim of online scammers, who was conned into giving away her savings, has warned others not to make the same mistake.
Griff Is Pop’s Next Powerhouse-And She Makes Her Own Clothes, Too
The breakout star on winning the Brits Rising Star Award, her unique eye for style, and her upcoming EP, One Foot In Front of the Other.
Is Bitcoin bad for the environment?
The BBC's Ros Atkins looks into Bitcoin's affect on the environment after Tesla suspended vehicle purchases using Bitcoin due to climate change concerns.
Facebook moderator: ‘Every day was a nightmare’
A Facebook moderator has for the first time given evidence revealing the mental toll of the job, to a parliamentary committee.
All that glisters: flood of fake ancient jewellery dupes buyers
The 3D printer is enabling ever more sophisticated forgeries to be sold as Greek or Roman collectibles
COVID-19: Eerily quiet Portugal looks ahead to influx of UK flights tomorrow morning
The tourist hotspot is looking quiet for this time of year - but that's all about to change as Britons head for sunnier climes.
Warnings on social media as 'manipulated' photos and videos about Israel-Gaza conflict go viral
Misleading videos shared by a spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been viewed over 300,000 times.
Boeing Must Inspect Older 737 Jets After Indonesia Crash: US Aviation Regulator
All Boeing 737-300, -400 and -500 planes will need to be examined, a total of 143 aircraft, according to a document from the Federal Aviation Administration seen by AFP.
A Modular Beach Home in Australia Allows One Family to Keep an Eye on the Surf
An L-shaped prefab in New South Wales draws in light from the north and captures views of the surf.
Tel Aviv: Iron Dome filmed intercepting barrage of rockets over Israel
Israel's Iron Dome intercepted a barrage of rocket fire over Tel Aviv launched from the Gaza Strip.
Ireland’s Health Services hit with $20 million ransomware demand
Ireland's health service, the HSE, says they are refusing to pay a $20 million ransom demand to the Conti ransomware gang after the hackers encrypted computers and disrupted hea...
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