News from the world today: 5 overnight developments from around the world

Here is a roundup of the main developments in the world today.

1. Afghan collapse rooted in Doha deal with Taliban, says US general

Senior Pentagon officials said on Wednesday that the collapse of the Afghan government and its security forces in August could be attributed to a 2020 U.S. deal with the Taliban that promised a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops.

“The signing of the Doha deal had a really pernicious effect on the Afghan government and its military – psychological more than anything else, but we set a specific date for when we were going to leave and when they could go. “wait until all aid is sent. end,” said General Frank McKenzie, head of the central command.

2. Chinese Belt and Road projects run out of steam as opposition and debt rise: study

China’s vast Belt and Road (BRI) initiative may lose momentum as opposition in targeted countries grows and debts rise, paving the way for rival plans to oust Beijing, showed Wednesday a new study.

Chinese President Xi Jinping. (File photo)

Xi Jinping’s “project of the century” now faces major challenges and backlash overseas, according to a study by AidData, a research lab at the College of William and Mary in the United States.

3. Canada ordered compensation for Indigenous foster children for discrimination

A human rights tribunal ruling ordering the Canadian government to compensate Indigenous children and families in foster care for discrimination should stand, a federal court ruled on Wednesday. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled in 2016 that the federal government allocated less funding for child and family services to Indigenous peoples compared to non-Indigenous people, pushing more Indigenous children into families reception.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (To file)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government appealed the 2019 court ruling, which ordered the government to pay C $ 40,000 to each affected child ($ 31,496), the maximum allowed under the Canada Act. human rights. The court’s decision is expected to cost the federal government billions of dollars.

4. Britney Spears’ father suspended as curator

Jamie Spears and Britney Spears are seen in this combo photo. (AP Photos / File)

A judge suspended Britney Spears’ father from guardianship which controlled the singer’s life and money for 13 years. Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny has accepted a petition from Spears and his attorney, Mathew Rosengart, that James Spears must step down from his role as curator. The move is a major victory for the singer, who pleaded in dramatic hearings in June and July that her father should be absent.

5. Ecuador says prison gang clashes kill more than 100

The Ecuadorian prison system said on Wednesday that the death toll in a prison riot that took place on Tuesday had risen to at least 100 and that authorities were still working to determine the total number. The South American nation on Tuesday night reported clashes at the Penitenciaria del Litoral in Guayas province, which has been the scene of bloody gang fights for prison control in recent months.

An ambulance leaves Litoral Penitentiary after a riot in Ecuador on September 28, 2021. (AP)

“For now, we can confirm that there are more than 100 prisoners dead and 52 injured in the incidents that took place on Tuesday, September 28,” Ecuador’s SNAI Prison Service wrote on Twitter, adding that police and prosecutors were still investigating.