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China removes green dome, minarets from 14th century mosque in Qinghai

A big green dome and minarets have been removed from a 14th century mosque situated in Xining city in Qinghai province of China, transforming the structure into a regular building.

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Time :   9/14/2021 9:43:58 AM News Code : 48242

Top US diplomat justifies America’s defeat in Afghanistan
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is defending US “legacy” in Afghanistan after American forces’ defeat in the country and the swift takeover of the Taliban.

The US top diplomat appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to justify the Biden administration’s chaotic handling of withdrawal from the war-ravaged country.

“We will continue to help Americans – and Afghans to whom we have a special commitment – depart Afghanistan if they choose,” Blinken told the Democratic-controlled House. “There is no deadline to this mission.”

The Democratic administration of President Joe Biden is being grilled by the fellow liberals as well as minority Republicans as the US struggles to justify its defeat in Afghanistan after two decades of war, which failed in the face of Taliban’s return to power.

Blinken will also be on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to face lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, trying to distance themselves from the defeat and highlight the Biden administration’s role in the US embarrassment thousands of miles away.

“My working hypothesis was that most of the dysfunction we saw was the result of State Department leadership — or lack thereof — rather than the Pentagon. But I don’t think that means the Pentagon gets a pass on investigation from Congress,” said GOP Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin.

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