FROM Sune Engel Rasmussen
Taliban Ramps Up Offensive with Kabul Bombing This morning an explosion and gunfight in Kabul killed dozens and wounded more than 300 others during the morning rush hour. The Afghan Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted a security unit for high level government officials. The attack comes one week after the militant group announced its spring offensive, a signal that the Taliban plans to follow through on their promise to carry out large scale attacks this fighting season. Barbara Bogaev speaks with freelance reporter Sune Engel Rasmussen, who is based in Kabul and writes for the Guardian and the Economist.
Afghan Forces Fight to Retake City after Big Loss to Taliban American airpower is striking Taliban forces, which seized parts of the Northern Afghan city of Kunduz yesterday. It was the Taliban's biggest victory since it was ousted from power in 2001. Sune Engel Rasmussen is a freelance reporter in Kabul who writes for the Guardian and the Economist.
Taliban Leader Is Dead… and Has Been for Years Mullah Omar founded and led the Taliban, which ruled Afghanistan until it was toppled by the United States after September 11, 2001. Now -- after years of rumors — officials in both Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan have confirmed that Mullah Omar died in a Pakistani hospital two years ago. Sune Engel Rasmussen joins us from Kabul, where he reports for the Guardian and other news outlets.
Can Diplomatic Fanfare Translate to Long-Term Security in Afghanistan? Ashraf Ghani has completed his first visit to the United States as Afghanistan's President, cutting a very different figure from his predecessor, Hamid Karzai. But public diplomacy is one thing. Security in a corrupt home country is another. After President Obama agreed to extend the US presence in Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani addressed a joint meeting of Congress . He used words America never heard from his predecessor — despite all the dollars spent and the lives lost in his country.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.