The U.S. and Turkey have agreed to a plan for the Turks to continue providing security at the airport in Kabul.
The issue of airport security is critical to the American diplomatic presence in Afghanistan. A Taliban takeover of the airport could make it impossible for American and allied personnel to safely evacuate the country.
U.S. military officials also have said that without a secure airport, the U.S. Embassy complex in Kabul would have to shut down and all personnel be removed from the country.
Taliban leaders already have expressed opposition to any foreign personnel, including from Turkey, remaining in the country to provide airport security.
The maiden Indian Navy and European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) exercise began in the Gulf of Aden. A total of five warships from four navies were participating in the two-day exercise.
INS Trikand, mission deployed for anti-piracy operations, is participating in the exercise. Other warships include Italy’s ITS Carabinere, the Spanish Navy’s ESPS Navarra, and FS Tonnerre and FS Surcouf of France.
The exercise would see high tempo-naval operations at sea, including advanced air defence and anti-submarine exercises, cross-deck helicopter operations, tactical manoeuvres etc.
Fossils found in northwest China’s Gansu province indicate a new species of giant rhino that lived more than 26 million years ago.
The fossils including a skull and two vertebrae found in the reddish-brown sandstone of the Linxia basin shed light on how the ancient rhinos, some of the largest land mammals ever, evolved and moved across what is now Asia.
Giant rhinos like the newly discovered species, named Paraceratheriumlinxiaense, were hornless, long-necked herbivores, perhaps weighing 20 tonnes and likely living in open woodland.
Indian sprint legend Milkha Singh passed away in Chandigarh after a month-long battle with COVID-19. He was 91.
The legendary athlete is a four-time Asian Games gold medallist and the 1958 Commonwealth Games champion but his greatest performance remains the fourth-place finish in the 400m final of the 1960 Rome Olympics.
He also represented India in the 1956 Melbourne and 1964 Rome Olympics and was bestowed the Padma Shri in 1959.