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US troop pullout will leave behind an uncertain Afghanistan

The Biden administration’s surprise announcement of an unconditional troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 appears to strip the Taliban and the Afghan government of considerable leverage and could ramp up pressure on them to reach a peace deal.

Salameh urges plan to ration subsidies 

Central Bank governor Riad Salameh on Wednesday reminded Caretaker Finance Minister that BDL cannot continue to subsidize products in the same patter, urging the government to come up with a new plan to ration subsidies and end waste.

Salameh urges plan to ration subsidies 

Central Bank governor Riad Salameh on Wednesday reminded Caretaker Finance Minister that BDL cannot continue to subsidize products in the same patter, urging the government to come up with a new plan to ration subsidies and end waste.

Japan hails 'bright news' of Matsuyama's Masters win

Japan sucked in its breath as Hideki Matsuyama almost blew his chance to win the Masters but the golfer's one-shot victory at Augusta National sparked a joyous reaction back home as the country celebrated another sporting triumph in testing times.

Italian piano maker sees craft threatened

The 58-year-old fears his ancient trade could disappear entirely in Italy, the country that invented the pianoforte at the end of the 17th century, largely due to the pandemic.

BAFTAs pushes diversity at film awards

American recession drama "Nomadland" and British coming-of-age story "Rocks" lead nominations at this weekend's BAFTA awards with seven nods each, but the race remains open with a list of contenders that shines the spotlight on diversity.