1. ROCKET BLAST AT US EMBASSY IN KABUL ON 9/11 ANNIVERSARY
A rocket exploded at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan just minutes into Wednesday, the anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States.
Fortunately, no injuries reported during the blast.
It was the first major attack in the Afghan capital since President Donald Trump abruptly called off U.S.-Taliban talks over the weekend, on the brink of an apparent deal to end America’s longest war.
It is not clear whether the U.S.-Taliban talks will resume.
2. CHARITY SHIP TAKES ON 34 MIGRANTS OFF LIBYA, REJECTS PORT
A group of 34 migrants that included a pregnant woman and a small child safely moved during a thunderstorm from a charity-operated sailboat in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya.
22 men, six women and a 1-year-old boy were transferred late Monday in international waters about 120 kilometers off the Libyan coast, near the Bouri offshore oil field.
After the sailboat declared a state of emergency, the passengers were relocated in pouring rain to the Ocean Viking, a much bigger aid ship jointly run by Doctors Without Borders or sometimes rendered in French as Médecins Sans Frontières and SOS Mediterranee.
The rescue team said in a statement, they know this all too well, to witness how people are trapped in inhumane conditions and vulnerable to abuse, as they often caught in the crossfire of ongoing conflict.
3. JACK MA BIDS ALIBABA FAREWELL WITH ROCK STAR SHOW
Donning a guitar and a rock star wig at an event for thousands of employees of the e-commerce giant he founded 20 years ago in a small shared apartment in Hangzhou city in eastern China, a tearful Jack Ma formally left Alibaba on Tuesday.
During a four hour celebration in an 80,000-capacity stadium, Alibaba’s billionaire executive chairman delivered on his promise of a year ago to hand over to CEO Daniel Zhang.
Ma’s exit comes as Alibaba has grown to become Asia’s most valuable listed company, with a market capitalization of $460 billion. It employs over 100,000 people, and has expanded into financial services, cloud computing and artificial intelligence.