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Ex-US intelligence officers accused of hacking for UAE

Top of The World: Court documents have revealed that three former US intelligence and military officials were working for the United Arab Emirates to carry out hacking operations. And, Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry has ordered the firing of the Port-au-Prince chief prosecutor who was investigating the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. Also, Afghanistan’s women’s soccer team have left the country and arrived in Pakistan following the Taliban’s takeover

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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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Taliban takes over half of Afghanistan’s provincial capitals

The Taliban has taken over half of Afghanistan's provincial capitals, as it continues to make gains across the country. Also, the Venezuelan government and opposition are meeting for talks in Mexico. And, President Joe Biden is sending his special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, to push for stability in Ethiopia.