The Afghan Army kills seven “Taliban” who were preparing a car bomb

Afghan Army servicemen deployed in formation at an Afghan barracks

Afghan Army servicemen deployed in formation at an Afghan barracks

The Afghan Defense Ministry has reported this Thursday that at least seven suspected Taliban were killed on Wednesday by the security forces when were preparing to commit a car bomb attack in Faryab province, in the north of the country.

“The Afghan National Army has prevented a car bombing in the Qaisar district, Faryab province. Seven suicide bombers who were in a car loaded with explosives died as a result of the operation, “the Ministry of Defense has detailed in its official Twitter account.

The Defense portfolio has also reported the release of thirteen civilians and one policeman, who were being held by the Taliban in the Washir district, located in Helmand province, in southern Afghanistan, a region in which a week ago at least 50 insurgents, including a senior rebel commander, were killed during an operation military.

A day earlier, the Army, according to the Defense portfolio, killed another 19 alleged Taliban and another five were injured as a result of a confrontation with the Afghan military in the district of Gizab, in the central province of Uruzgan.

Since the February agreement, the country has once again plunged into a spiral of violence, with the resumption of Taliban attacks on Afghan security forces and civilians, while insurgents accuse the Afghan Army of continuing to attack their positions.

Despite the peace agreement signed with the United States and talks with the Afghan government, the Taliban have continued their campaign of attacks against government forces and have refused to accept a ceasefire to facilitate the peace process.


The ‘brexit’ countdown is now reduced to seven working days

The negotiating teams of the United Kingdom and the European Union have not complied with the ultimatum of the European Parliament to reach an agreement on the future relationship this Sunday. The negotiation continues with growing pessimism about its success in the coming days. Voices from both parliaments, in London and Brussels, warn that they will reject a ratification in one day.

The focus of attention now turns to the disorders in January. Britons traveling to member countries of the Union will have to purchase insurance for health coverage or a green card for their vehicle. Spaniards will be able to enter the United Kingdom with their DNI at least until October 21, 2021, but they will also need health insurance and also a green card for their vehicle. Both will have to pay attention to the rules in relation to the pandemic.

With the traveler mood reduced by the covid disorders, the focus is on commerce, exempt from some requirements, such as confinement after landing, but with its employees forced to present the localization form in the country, which apply to tourists or passengers on non-essential trips. In the absence of seven business days for changes, there are unanswered questions. What will be the regulation of the movement of data, for example.

The UK has to put into operation seven coordinated IT systems at its commercial borders, some new such as the registration of trucks to circulate through the border region of Kent. A committee of the House of Commons recognized last Saturday the extraordinary complexity of the administration’s work so that everything is ready on January 1, but also expressed doubts about the ability of companies to operate with the new formats, for the short term they have had. And they still don’t know which systems will be necessary and which will not.

The committee welcomed the publication by the European Commission, ten days ago, of a contingency plan so that road transport or aviation, among other areas, can operate, prolonging the current rules for at least six months. He asked his Government to copy them entirely. But the EU has not altered its commitment to operate full border controls, which the UK will relax for at least six months.

Macron, culpable

The atmosphere is pessimistic because Downing Street has hardened the conviction that French President Emmanuel Macron is comfortable with the no-deal march, convinced, according to the group around Boris Johnson, that the damage to the economy and British politics will be so deep that Britain would return to the negotiating table in the spring.

British and Irish media describe tension between Ursula von der Leyen, president of the Commission, who is credited with greater flexibility to reach the agreement, and her chief negotiator, Michel Barnier,

Meanwhile, the decision of the French Government to close for 48 hours the access of vehicles and freight transport on trains and ferries, as a result of the alarm created by the new variant of the decade virus in England, aggravates an already complicated situation around the border posts in the English Channel.


At least seven dead and seven wounded in a knife attack in China

File image of a police cordon in China.

File image of a police cordon in China.

At least seven people have been killed and seven injured in a knife attack which has occurred in northeast China.

According to the CGTN television network, the author has been arrested by local authorities.

One of the injured was one of the Police officers involved in the arrest who has been referred to the hospital.

The events took place specifically in the city of Kaiyuan in the Chinese province of Liaoning and the motives of the alleged perpetrator of the murders are unknown.


A car with seven young people collided with a truck: three dead – News

The crash involved a Mercedes Benz truck and a Chevrolet Tracker, in which seven people were traveling, three of whom were killed.

The fatal victims were identified as Magalí Montenegro Ruiz Diaz, 19, Milton Sequeira (21) and Fernando Figuerero (19), reported the police report.

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The rest of the occupants of the smaller vehicle suffered serious injuries and they were transferred to the local hospital, while a two-year-old girl was referred to the Juan Pablo II Pediatric Hospital in the provincial capital with “a delicate diagnosis,” the official information said.

The Tracker was driven by a 47-year-old man from Virasoro like the rest of the companions.

Meanwhile, the driver of the truck that transported wood, 30 years old and from Misiones, is delayed.

Deputy Commissioner Marcelo Fabián Romero, head of the Second Commissioner of Virasoro, indicated that the Chevrolet “would have hit the rear of the truck, causing the vehicle to overturn.”

“Both vehicles were traveling towards the city of Virasoro,” the officer said in statements to Radio Two and added that the strong impact of the Chevrolet Tracker against the truck “caused it to get confused, to go out into the opposite lane and off the road and a rollover that resulted in fatal consequences.”

Romero explained that “there are several hypotheses about what would have happened; the experts are analyzing it and the investigation is continuing.”

The bodies of the deceased were transferred by an AMIV unit (Virasoro Medical Assistance) and examined by the Police doctor who determined as causes of the deaths, serious multiple injuries, head trauma and cardiorespiratory arrest.

On the other hand, it transpired that the three young people who lost their lives were friends and classmates from the last year of high school.

For reasons of jurisdiction, the Second District Commissioner of Virasoro, carries out the summary action of the case.


Brazil exceeds seven million cases due to the new coronavirus

Brazil exceeds seven million cases due to the new coronavirus

Brazil exceeds seven million cases due to the new coronavirus

Brazil, one of the three countries in the world most affected by the new coronavirus pandemic, surpassed seven million confirmed cases on Wednesday and is close to 184,000 deaths related to covid-19, according to the Government.

As disclosed by the Ministry of Health in its most recent epidemiological bulletin, in the last 24 hours there were 936 deaths and 70,574 new cases, figures that confirm an upward trend registered in recent days and that slowed down a slowdown that occurred in the greater part of the country.

However, the data does not include the update of the state of Sao Paulo, the epicenter of the pandemic in the country and that according to the regional health authorities it had a technical problem in compiling the statistics between Tuesday and Wednesday, which would raise the national daily report even more.

Since the first contagion, on February 26, and the first death, on March 12, both in Sao Paulo, the country now has 7,040,608 confirmed cases and totals 183,735 deaths.

According to the official report, in the nation of just over 210 million inhabitants, 6,132,683 patients from the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have been recovered, representing 87.1% of the total infected.

Another 724,190 patients are under medical supervision in hospitals or in their residences after having tested positive in clinical tests.

So, until Wednesday, the country registers a mortality rate of 87.4 deaths and an incidence of 3,350.3 infected persons per 100,000 inhabitants.

The state of Sao Paulo, the most populated state in the country with 46 million inhabitants and located in the Southeast region, continues to be the region with the most confirmed cases (1,341,428) and deaths (44,282), according to its latest count, carried out on Tuesday.

National vaccination plan

The Brazilian Government presented this Wednesday the guidelines of your future vaccination plan against covid-19, which plans to immunize the 210 million inhabitants in about 16 months, but has not yet set a date for the start of the process.

According to the Ministry of Health, to establish the day on which the first of the five planned vaccination phases will begin, one must wait for an antidote to be approved and registered by the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), which could occur for next February.

However, that state agency has not yet received complete data from any of the laboratories that could offer the vaccines.

The Ministry of Health also confirmed that, in the event that Anvisa authorizes the emergency use of a vaccine, even without the entire registration process having been completed, the people who decide to apply it must sign a document in which they will assume the risks. that may imply.


Russia scores almost the same infections in seven days as in all of September

In the last seven days, according to the authorities, Russia has registered a total of 179,987 new infections. The number of infected reached in September, according to the TASS agency, was 180,967. This illustrative comparison indicates that the pace of the second wave of coronavirus in the Slavic country is accelerating.

In the week that has just ended, all records have been broken in the number of daily positives, on Friday with 27,543, and in the number of deaths, 524 on Thursday. Since yesterday, Saturday, 26,683 new cases of Covid-19 and 459 deaths have been detected in Russia.

Moscow continues to be the epicenter of the disease with 6,798 infections in the last 24 hours, followed by Saint Petersburg, which scores 3,701 positives in one day, and the region around Moscow in third place with 1,069 infected.

Russia, in this way, adds 2,269,316 cases since the pandemic began, thus occupying the fourth place in the list of affected worldwide, behind the United States, India and Brazil, and a total of 39,527 deaths. This week for Russia has also been the most lethal, since it has accumulated 3,348 deaths from coronavirus, more than in the entire month of August, when 3,213 were recorded.

The result of this deterioration is that in large cities and in some regions of the country, hospitals are beginning to fail. However, the Russian government refuses to adopt radical restrictions, such as the closure of territories or generalized home confinement, waiting for the mass vaccination of the population to begin in a matter of weeks.

According to the data provided by the Russian Government, there are six regions (the republics of Komi and Mordovia, Crimea, Ivanov, Orlov and Saint Petersburg) where hospital occupancy already exceeds 90%. In Moscow, the Kommunarka clinic, according to its director, Denís Protsenko, has run out of places to receive coronavirus patients.

Each territory has the power to apply the measures it deems appropriate, so the restrictions in each case vary. For example, in Moscow, its mayor, Sergey Sobianin, ordered, for the period between November 13 and January 15, 2021, the confinement of those over 65 years of age, distance education for schools and universities, reduction of 25% capacity for theaters, cinemas and concert halls and total closure of museums. At night, restaurants, discos and leisure establishments in general must also remain closed.


The aftermath of the covid: the stories of seven athletes who stopped playing due to the pandemic

One of the first to announce that it was impossible to continue playing football that way was Pablo Acebal, a Sporting youth squad who, aged 33, decided that his work at the Gijón Port Authority was more important than rushing his last kicks to the ball in the Gijón Industrial. “It’s not just because of the job. Also to protect the family, my parents and grandparents ”, argues Acebal. He made the decision in preseason and, he adds, “unfortunately time has proved me right”, in reference to the high number of teams that were quarantined for covid positives.

Adrián, from Avilés Stadium

“Soccer in Third is being a real drain for everyone,” adds Pablo Acebal in reference to the players and also to the clubs that cannot have an audience on the fields. He assures that at work they always gave him facilities to reconcile his obligations with football since his time at Langreo, and that nothing has changed: “It is not a matter of fear of the virus, but of responsibility.” He understands that other colleagues do not follow his example “because they cannot do without football money.”

This is not the case of Richard, another Asturian football classic with more than twenty seasons between Third and Second B, who after leaving Mosconia training for a few weeks returned to play on Saturday for a handful of reasons: “We are few in the team , the coach spoke to me to tell me that the criteria for quarantines had changed. And, above all, because I really want to continue playing football ”.

Richard, of Mosconia

Before Richard, 40, had seen the ears of the wolf after a positive in his team: “They confined us at home for five days and I couldn’t allow it to happen again because I work in a supermarket warehouse and I’m not fixed.” He assures that there was no warning from his company, “but I understand that this cannot happen again.” He believes, in this sense, that the antigen tests that pass every Thursday can help other players with doubts to return to the fields.

For now, a possibility ruled out by Jairo Casal, who a few weeks ago decided to stop playing with Colunga, with compelling arguments: “For those of us who do not live off football, it is a difficult time. We risk the health of our family and also our work ”. Casal considers that “the risk of being unsubscribed is high, even taking precautionary measures. I work in a van rental company and we don’t have a very large staff, so I decided to leave the team ”

Pablo Acebal, from Gijón Industrial

But there are more reasons: “You are living with twenty colleagues and no one is immune. My mother is in a risk group. If I am infected and am asymptomatic, I can take the problem home. There are many things because there are still silent doubts about the disease ”. Jairo Casal defines football as a “hobby”, which could be resumed next season: “It is being an atypical year. You don’t think about having a good time, but about the problems caused by the pandemic. The club behaved very well with me and I know that my doors are open ”.

Navarro also left them to Luis Alberto Cabeza, Roscales in football, in which he has been since he was three years old. Now, at 34, much to his regret he had to leave the team a month ago “because they gave me a touch in the company”, after spending ten days serving quarantine at home for a positive in the Navarro squad. Roscales, an employee of an Arcelor assistant, is passionate about football, “but I am very clear that what feeds me is work.”

At the beginning, Roscales went to Tabiella to watch his team’s matches, but he is thinking of not going back “because I had a very bad time. Since they started doing the antigen tests, I thought about rejoining because now they only isolate the player who tests positive, but I prefer to wait. They told me at the club that if things improved I could come back. I will wait until January because, in addition, I am asthmatic and I do not play with my health. I always go with hydroalcoholic gel, with the mask on and another just in case ”. It is clear that if this is prolonged “I will give my file so that Navarro can use it.”

Together with Tuilla (Álvaro Pozo and Dani Hevia, who did not want to talk about their case), the Third team most affected is Avilés Stadium, which has lost two players. After Mario, who runs a physiotherapy clinic, it was Adrián who decided to step aside. After a long career, which led him to teams like Mosconia, Langreo, L’Entregu, Avilés, Quirinal and Roces, Adrián Sánchez Ávila entered the history of the Stadium by scoring the first goal in Third. Then came the stoppage and the quarantines that some cannot afford.

“There will be players from two or three Third Teams who make a living from this, but most of it depends on their work,” says Adrián, who is a welding inspector and works shifts. “They didn’t comment on anything at the company, I did it for consistency,” says the defender, who has more arguments: “I don’t see it logical to take risks by kicking the ball four times. I was also ashamed to continue playing while I saw how other sectors are doing, such as the hospitality industry ”.

Adrián is clear why Third Party football does not stop: “The clubs cannot stop training and playing because the Asturian and Spanish federations would lose a lot of money.” At the Stadium they respected his decision, which clarifies: “It bothers me more, but this is still entertainment.” He does not rule out returning this season, but it will depend on the health situation: “I commented in the club that I will not return until the infection rate drops. We shouldn’t have played in Grado when in Asturias we were almost a thousand. If the rate goes down and the vaccine works, I will have no problems getting back on track ”.

“People who have jobs are scared. Some have already been given the touch in the company “, emphasizes Adrián, who regrets everything that the health crisis carries with it:” Having to change in the stands and not being able to shower on the field throws you back. During the preseason I discussed it with my partner Mario and we did not understand that the start of the competition was being forced ”.

One of the sports that is suffering the most cases of covid-19 is handball. It occurs in the elite, with several affected Asobal league matches, and in categories such as the First National, where five Asturian teams play. One of them, Unión Financiera Base Oviedo, lost very early this season one of its homegrown players, Carlos Alberto Sánchez Norniella, Charly. “I renewed for the Base and started the preseason, but I became afraid of putting the virus at work,” explains the pivot from Oviedo. “I am an operating room nurse and since the beginning of the year I have been in an ICU ward of the Jove hospital, in Gijón. It is a question of responsibility. In the team we are 18 guys training together, without a mask ”.

Roscales, from Navarro

Charly not only applied that sense of responsibility to sports: “Since all this began, I have been quite a bubble and I hardly even see my parents.” It was not necessary for the hospital to warn him of the danger: “It was my thing. If necessary, I would not feel good if something happened because of a contagion because of me. I am in contact with very delicate people. In the hospital I am protected, with all the necessary security measures. So staying with the team was a risk he shouldn’t take ”.

That does not mean that I do not miss handball: “When schools started I had an attempt to return. I went for a couple of days to train. But we played a friendly in Zarauz and in the rival team there was a positive, so I decided to leave it ”. And adds: “Hopefully it will be a parenthesis, but this season I give it up for lost. I try to maintain myself physically and next season, if the club agrees, I would like to play again ”.

He believes that this will be the case: “I’m from the quarry and I have a great relationship with the president, Pepe Rionda, and with Caco. They perfectly understood my decision, which I had more or less hinted at earlier in the season. The coach also felt that I was very responsible on my part. Furthermore, I am still linked to the club as coordinator of the covid-19 ”.

Another handball player, IMQ Group goalkeeper Adrián Díaz Cabo, left the team after three days: “It was when things started to get ugly. I discussed it at home and made the decision. More than for work, I do it for the health of my parents ”. Adrián, a physiotherapist, has been playing handball for fifteen years and does not rule out returning this season if the contagion curve continues to drop and the effectiveness of the vaccine is confirmed. The Gijon goalkeeper was not even convinced by the measures that became common in handball. “I used to wear a mask in training, but I didn’t get to play with it. Now many of my teammates wear it to play, but I preferred to minimize risks ”, concludes


This is how the Comanches slaughtered dozens of Spaniards in the Far West of the Hispanic Monarchy

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With the permission of García Márquez, the sad events that made the Spaniards of the Mission of Santa Cruz de San Sabá (located in Texas) back in 1758 were the chronicle of an announced death. He already said it Father President in command before the gates of hell were thrown open: “All hell together is confederate to prevent this enterprise”. He left this world knowing he was right, although it was the only satisfaction he took to the grave when thousands of comanchesDressed in their war paintings, they fiercely entered the hacienda and put to the knife the religious, civilians and soldiers that inhabited it.

It happened


Hamilton enters through the front door of Schumacher’s palace

Lewis Hamilton did not need to win the Turkish GP to become world champion for the seventh time. After what happened on the chaotic Saturday, in fact, I hardly had a chance to do it, given how complicated it was going to be to finish the race without problems. Shaking the foundations of the, until now, indisputable law that Michael Schumacher was the greatest, had to be with an epic battle. Hamilton achieved his tenth victory of the year in a race in which he started in a very unusual position for him: far from the first position. But he knew better than anyone to read the appointment in Istanbul Park, where the rain marked the future of the test from the same formation lap in which two drivers, Antonio Giovinazzi and George Russell, had two accidents.

Talking about Hamilton’s victory implies talking about the disastrous management that Lance Stroll made. The Canadian driver showed that not even with everything in the face is capable of taking a race that anyone would have signed. He dominated two thirds of the test with an unthinkable authority, even with a cushion of ten seconds ahead of his rivals, commanded by his teammate Sergio Pérez.

Racing Point’s lack of habit of being up there took its toll. Stroll pitted for a second stop too late, when almost everyone had done it, and incomprehensibly lost his rhythm. Problems getting into the line, difficulties in setting fast times … The poor performance of the man who started from the pole made that at times it seemed that he was not even going to finish in the top ten. Finishing ninth is a very sad result for a Stroll, to whom everything was put so expensive that it will take days to understand what happened.

For not having, he did not even have the ‘bogeyman’ Max Verstappen as an enemy. The Dutchman was stuck at the start, he was forced to climb up to the upper zone and when he was fighting Sergio Pérez for second position, he spun out of excess optimism. Even so, he tried to sneak in among the fastest, although that mistake and two others sent him very far from the positions he would have deserved.

So much so that the unexpected Ferrari, in need of a good result like a burning ointment, found themselves fighting for podium positions. While Hamilton escaped to the front with tires that generated more doubts than certainties (he even asked on the radio if there was a danger of blowout, as in Silverstone), from behind Sergio Pérez imitated his strategy with two objectives: to hold second place, to show him to his own team the blunder that is to leave him without a contract for 2021 and to resist the push of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel, come up by the circumstances of the test.

Vettel and Leclerc do not owe each other anything, neither homage nor respect, so they pulled their teeth in the last lap to try to get the Mexican out of second place. The pique between the two played in favor of Racing Point, and in the end it was Leclerc who was greatly affected by being left out of the positions of honor. In a kind of poetic justice, Vettel climbed into the drawer in a third position that tastes like gold and is probably the last to defend the Ferrari colors.

Hamilton, through tears, took the possibly most special podium this year, accompanied by Sergio Pérez, who vindicated himself in order to get a seat next year, and Vettel, who made us smile, for the first time in many races, to his fans.

Sainz’s epic comeback

If it was a race to remember, it was not only because of what happened above, but also behind. Carlos Sainz started fifteenth, a disastrous position for his options, but as he has shown in so many other difficult events for him, it is in the mud where he knows how to make the most of it. A great start allowed him to climb to the points positions already in the first laps, and little by little he managed the race to reach the maximum he could.

There were several key moments, but possibly how he knew how to cook the overtaking of Daniel Ricciardo was key. There, with Verstappen himself hugging him, he saw that his career could be closer to the podium than further back. Fifth place tastes like gold, especially in the fight for the World Cup. And it is that, with three appointments remaining, the Madrilenian is seventh with 75 points, only one more than his teammate Lando Norris and five more than Alex Albon. It is not fighting for a World Championship, but it sure tastes great if you can say goodbye to McLaren with this small success in your pocket.

Hamilton and his future: “I want to stay”

Still with emotion running high, Lewis Hamilton dodged as best he could the insistent questions asked by both Mark Webber and Martin Brundle, two former F1 drivers today turned commentators, about the great unknown on the table: will the seven-time champion fight for proclaiming himself eighth champion? The British Mercedes driver has not signed anything with the German team, and the response from both parties still does not resolve the question. In his obsession with transcending sports, Hamilton advised the little ones “to pursue their dreams.” «I dreamed of this when I was little. We saw the big prizes and this is beyond my dreams. It is important for children who are watching this. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Dream of the impossible, pursue it, work for it, never doubt yourself, “he said.

But the clearest message, at least as far as his future is concerned, was clear: the ball is in the team’s court. «I hope that next year is better. I want to stay and I feel like there is still a lot of work to do. We are just beginning to be aware. As a sport we cannot ignore human rights. We want to reach those countries, F1 and Mercedes on that journey, and we want to be more sustainable as a sport. We have to be. Let’s see if I can be part of it at least in the initial part a little longer, “said the Briton, who if he continues in 2021 will again be the great candidate for the title.


les «Seven early songs» d’Alban Berg

“During the confinement last spring, I listened a lot to this cycle of Seven Youth Lieder written by Alban Berg (between 1905 and 1908). Their contained but intense lyricism and the way in which the composer puts a lid on suffering touched me enormously and responded to the crisis we are going through. I also saw in it correspondences with the art of Claude Debussy which has inhabited me a lot (1) lately.

My reference version is that of the soprano Renée Fleming (2) whose generous timbre and sensitivity strike the perfect balance between the faithful interpretation of the score and the expression of a singular personality: we hear both the singer and the singer. composer, and this way of making music his own inspires and uplifts me …

With my little boy

In the spring, confined to my family with my husband and my two children, my listening was at first very personal, alone, with headphones on. Then I shared these songs with my 4-year-old boy, with whom I now listen to them regularly. Trying to answer his questions about the meaning of words, the mystery of the music, the way Berg makes the sounds of the forest heard… I further deepened my own relationship to the work.

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As a listener, I like to seek the secrets of creation, to analyze what makes it unique beauty. And if, as a performer, I also work in this detailed way to prepare a record or a concert, as soon as I am in the song, all this must be erased in favor of a free, direct “gesture”.

What is certain is that the troubled times we are living are pushing me to step out of my comfort zone, as a music lover and as an artist. “