The US has started withdrawing troops from Afghanistan as part of a deal with the Taliban aimed at bringing peace to the country. The US agreed to reduce its troops from about 12,000 to 8,600 within 135 days of signing the agreement. Drawing back troops was a condition of the historic peace deal signed by the US and the Taliban on 29 February.
Italy will be placed on lockdown amid the ongoing spread of coronavirus, the country’s prime minister said. That’s a massive expansion of yesterday’s lockdown order for Lombardy, a large region in northern Italy that includes Venice and Milan. People are no longer allowed to assemble in public; movie theaters, gyms, and pubs will be closed; and sporting events, funerals, and weddings will be canceled.
Countless thousands of women and girls across Mexico have joined a historic strike to protest against the country’s startling rates of gender-based violence – and the government’s failure to respond to the crisis in which more than ten women are murdered every day. From factories along the Río Grande to businesses in the capital and offices in cities near the Guatemalan border, women and girls joined the unprecedented protest, billed as a Day Without Women.
An armed group of between seven and 10 men stole €1 million ($1.2 million) and $14 million in cash from an armored truck at Santiago International Airport in Chile, police said. The robbers, armed with rifles and pistols, arrived in the airport’s cargo area in two vehicles and ambushed the truck, threatening the two security guards inside, according to police. The guards were injured in the heist.
Pixar’s Onward has been celebrated for becoming the first film in the studio’s history to feature an openly gay character, voiced by openly lesbian actress Lena Waithe, but according to Deadline the film is now facing a ban in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudia Arabia because of the film’s LGBTQ representation. Waithe’s character, a lesbian cop, is the first openly gay character in Pixar history.