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Explosion outside of the Kabul airport

Top of The World: The Pentagon has confirmed an explosion outside of Kabul airport, with an unclear number of casualties. And, operators of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant are planning to build an undersea tunnel to release treated radioactive water into the ocean. Also, a new study suggests that the threat of death and illness from malaria in children could be reduced by 70%.

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G-7 agrees on conditions to recognize and work with the Taliban

G-7 leaders agree on conditions to recognize and work with the Taliban, but fail to persuade President Joe Biden to extend the US troop withdrawal date from Afghanistan. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will meet with President Biden for talks in Washington on Thursday. And Algeria has cut diplomatic ties with Morocco.

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G-7 holds emergency summit on Afghanistan

Top of The World: The G-7 will hold an emergency virtual summit on Afghanistan on Tuesday, a week after the Taliban took over the country. And, US Vice President Kamala Harris has accused China of coercion and intimidation in the South China Sea. Also, the Paralympics have started in Tokyo — without spectators — at the National Stadium.

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Afghan soldier dies in firefight at Kabul airport

Top of The World: A firefight at Afghanistan’s Kabul airport during the chaotic evacuation effort underway led to the death of at least one Afghan soldier on Monday. And, health authorities in Taiwan have given an emergency approval for the island's domestically developed COVID-19 shot. Also, Lebanon raised the price of fuel by 66% as government leaders attempt to reduce fuel subsidies in the country grappling with multiple crises.

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Thousands desperate to be evacuated from Afghanistan

Top of The World: Tens of thousands of people remain stuck in Afghanistan, desperate to be evacuated following the Taliban’s takeover. And, Vice President Kamala Harris’ once low-risk trip to Asia has taken on new importance as she will attempt to reassure allies of American credibility. Also, health officials in Australia are warning that major cities like Sydney and Melbourne may be losing control of a COVID-19 outbreak fueled by the more contagious delta variant.

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The Taliban continue crackdown on protests

Top of The World: Demonstrators took to the streets of Kabul Wednesday in defiance of the Taliban. And, A new study by Oxford University in the UK has found that two of the most widely used COVID-19 vaccines weaken within three months. Also, a powerful blast in Pakistan has killed at least three people and wounded around 50 others.

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Taliban violently quashes small protest in Jalalabad

Top of The World: The Taliban violently broke up a protest in the eastern city of Jalalabad, where dozens of people had gathered in a rare demonstration of dissent. And, the death toll from an earthquake that struck Haiti continues to climb, with officials in the Caribbean nation increasing the number of fatalities to more than 1,900 people. Also, police in Hong Kong arrested four university students on Wednesday for allegedly advocating terrorism.

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A race to evacuate as Taliban asserts authority over Afghanistan

Top of The World: Two days after sweeping into power, the Taliban has declared general amnesty for Afghan government workers. And, US President Joe Biden defended the US pullout from Afghanistan in a statement on Monday, saying, “I stand squarely behind my decision. Also, Tropical Storm Grace has drenched Haiti with rain, just two days after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake killed at least 1,419 people in the south and injured 6,000 others.

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Chaos in Kabul as Taliban takes over Afghanistan

Top of The World: The Taliban swept into Kabul on Sunday, installing itself in the presidential palace after taking over one provincial capital after another with shocking speed. For many Afghans, the widespread uncertainty gripping Afghanistan has led to a desperate rush to escape the country. Also, a powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Haiti has left more than 1,200 people dead with thousands of homes and other buildings reduced to rubble.

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