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Taliban declare victory as last US troops leave Afghanistan

Top of The World: The last US troops have left Afghanistan to meet the Aug. 31 withdrawal deadline, ending the longest war the United States has ever fought. And, US climate envoy and former secretary of state, John Kerry, is in Southeast Asia for climate talks. Also, Iraq’s foreign minister has reportedly said that talks between rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia are underway in Baghdad.

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Hundreds of abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria released

Top of The World: A group of 279 girls who were abducted from a boarding school in the increasingly lawless northwestern Nigeria have been released. And, Reporters Without Borders has filed a criminal complaint in a German court against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman related to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Also, the Biden administration announced sanctions against senior Russian government officials over the poisoning and imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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Report on murdered Saudi journalist to be released

Top of The World: The US is expected to release a declassified version of an intelligence brief into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Thursday. And, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has accused top military officers of an “attempted coup.” Also, US regulators announced Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine offers strong protection against severe cases of the disease.

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