Afghan security forces battle Taliban in threatened Ghazni city

Afghan security forces backed by US advisers and air strikes fought on Monday to drive Taliban fighters out of the embattled city of Ghazni, where hundreds of people have been killed or wounded during four days of fighting.

Western filmmakers demand Russia liberate hunger-striking director Sentsov

French film director Jacques Audiard, alongside Ken Loach and David Cronenberg and over a hundred others from the film world, called Monday for the release of Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, who is on hunger strike in a Russian jail.

Illegal fishing and deforestation companies use tax havens, study finds

Companies involved in unlawful resource extraction, including illegal fishing and deforestation in the Amazon, are overwhelmingly using tax havens, according to a major study released Monday.

Trump hits back after ex-aide releases secret recording

Donald Trump on Monday plunged himself into a made-for-TV spat with his former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman – a mud-slinging match that has fuelled fears of chaos in his White House and cast doubt on his pledge to hire “only the best people.”

Up to 30,000 Islamic State group fighters left in Iraq and Syria, says UN

Between 20,000 and 30,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Iraq and Syria despite the jihadist group’s defeat and a halt in the flow of foreigners joining its ranks, according to a UN report released Monday.