US President Joe Biden has decided not to extend his Aug. 31 deadline for completing the US-led evacuation of Americans and Afghan allies from Afghanistan.
Over the 24 hours that ended early morning Monday, 28 US military flights evacuated more than 10,000 people from Kabul, according to a White House official.
Facing a torrent of criticism, President Joe Biden plans to speak Friday about the chaotic evacuation of Americans and allies from Afghanistan. Stream the address live here at 1 p.m. Eastern.
Vice President Kamala Harris' trip, which includes stops in Singapore and Vietnam, has taken on new importance given concerns about Afghanistan with the Taliban back in power.
Haitian officials raised the death toll from a deadly weekend earthquake by more than 500 on Tuesday after Tropical Storm Grace forced a temporary halt to search and rescue efforts, a delay that fed growing anger and frustration among thousands who were left homeless.
The Taliban declared an "amnesty" across Afghanistan and urged women to join their government Tuesday, seeking to convince a wary population that they have changed a day after deadly chaos gripped the main airport as desperate crowds tried to flee their rule.
Two decades after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, the Taliban have regained control of the country by capturing the capital, Kabul.
Thousands of people packed into the Afghan capital's airport on Monday, rushing the tarmac and pushing onto planes in desperate attempts to flee the country after the Taliban overthrew the Western-backed government. US troops fired warning shots as they struggled to manage the chaotic evacuation.
The Taliban captured a strategic provincial capital near Kabul on Thursday, the 10th the insurgents have taken in a weeklong sweep across Afghanistan.
A Canadian entrepreneur was sentenced to 11 years in prison Wednesday in a spying case linked to Beijing's effort to push his country to release an executive of tech giant Huawei.