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Can alliance influence Taliban?

WILL THE Taliban live up to promises of a more moderate regime? (Shutterstock).

What might be considered an unusual alliance could be emerging over the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan. The United States, China, Russia and Pakistan are reportedly working together to influence the new rulers of the war-torn central Asian nation.

According to the Associated Press, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday that the four nations were cooperating in an effort to get the Taliban to fulfill promises of a more moderate style of rule, including creating a representative government that includes secular institutions and a variety of ethnic and religious groups.

So far, the Taliban has seemed to regress into old patterns, including forcing women out of government jobs and girls above the age of 10 out of school.

“What’s most important … is to ensure that the promises they have proclaimed loudly to be kept. And for us, that is the top priority,” said Lavrov at a press conference at the United Nations.

Haitian migrant camp is cleared

The migrant camp on the border at Del Rio, Texas, has been cleared, Alejandro Mayaorkas, secretary of homeland security, said Friday.

United Press International is reporting that he said that of the 15,000 people – mostly Haitian – who formed a makeshift camp under a bridge – about 2,000 have been sent back to Haiti, 8,000 went to Mexico and 5,000 are in “immigration removal proceedings.”

Also in the News

  • A U.S. appeals court has temporarily blocked enforcement of a requirement that schoolteachers and staff in the New York City public schools get vaccinated.
  • The average age of people dying of COVID-19 in California is getting younger, according to the Los Angeles Times. The number has slipped from 67 to 66. While 81 percent of the state’s seniors (65 and over) have been inoculated, only 76 of young adults have received “the jab” and 63 percent of teenagers.

Sports: Can Dodgers get fat in Arizona?

If there ever was a time for the Los Angeles Dodgers (99-55) to get a sweep that would help them overtake the San Francisco Giants (100-54) in the race for the National League West pennant, it would this one against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

They defeated the D-backs 4-2 on Friday as A.J. Pollock hit a two-run home run that made the difference. The win kept the Blue Crew within one game of the Giants.

The series with Arizona will continue today (Saturday) and conclude on Sunday.

In Anaheim, the Los Angeles Angels (73-81) are playing their last stand with games today and Sunday hosting the Seattle Mariners. The Halos lost 6-5 on Friday to the M’s.

Football action this weekend for local teams will include:

  • Oregon State (2-1) at USC (2-1) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday
  • UCLA (2-1) at Stanford (2-1) at 3 p.m. Saturday
  • Tampa Bay (2-0) at Los Angeles Rams (2-0), 1:25 p.m. Sunday
  • Los Angeles Chargers (1-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-1), Sunday at 10 a.m.

Weather: Fall has fallen outside

It’s late September and autumn weather has come to West Orange County. Daytime highs will be in the mid-70s all weekend and into midweek. Sunday’s high will be 77 with an overnight low of 63. Monday and Tuesday will be slightly cooler at 75, and Wednesday slightly warmer at 76.  In the coastal areas of Huntington Beach, daytime highs will be four to five degrees cooler.

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