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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.


In food-insecure Haiti, street vendors play a central role in feeding the capital

Earlier in July, protests against price hikes paralyzed Port-au-Prince, but the demonstrations also forced the closing of one of the capital’s sources of affordable food: the informal street chefs known as “manje kwit.” With stands near markets and bus stops, these vendors offer meals for $1 or less, and their fare is a lifeline for many of the capital’s food-insecure residents.