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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.

Media matters: Part I

Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive into how media attention to bureaucratic failing can spur both action and resistance.