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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.


Mermaid diving is making a splash in China

"I think in a past life I was a fish," said Wang Xiao Xue, a mermaid-in-training. Mermaid diving is a fast-growing trend in China, with 60 mermaid diving training centers — more than in any other country.