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Biden Calls Afghanistan Evacuation a Success

In a speech about the end to the U.S. war in Afghanistan, Biden called the evacuation of Kabul an “extraordinary…

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Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia to Hold Naval Drills

The countries’ navies will participate in joint drills (Reuters) in the Caspian Sea in November, Russia’s Ministry of Defense said.

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France’s Macron Visits Mosul After Baghdad Summit

Speaking in Mosul, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to increase France’s reconstruction support (AFP) in Iraq. His visit followed a Baghdad summit…

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European Rights Court Asks Latvia, Poland to Help Migrants

A ruling from the European Court of Human Rights asked Latvia and Poland to provide emergency provisions (Politico), such as food…

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Iranian Parliament Approves Most of New President’s Cabinet Picks

Iran’s parliament approved eighteen of the nineteen people (Al Jazeera) nominated to President Ebrahim Raisi’s cabinet. Many of the new ministers worked…

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Warnings of Terrorist Threat at Kabul Airport Halts Evacuations

The United States and United Kingdom warned citizens in Kabul yesterday to stay away from the airport due to a…

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India Plans to Lease Public Infrastructure to Raise $81 Billion

New Delhi announced plans to lease out public infrastructure (Hindustan Times) to private operators over the next four years to raise around…

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Droughts Threaten Twelve Million People in Iraq, Syria

Amid droughts across Iraq and Syria, more than twelve million people are losing access (Al Jazeera) to water, food, and electricity, aid…

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Medical Aid to Afghanistan Delayed Amid Tense Airport Evacuations

Five hundred tons of medical supplies due to be delivered to Afghanistan this week have been held up (WaPo) by the Kabul…

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Israel, Qatar Reach Agreement on UN Aid for Gaza

Israel, Qatar, and the United Nations reached an agreement (Haaretz) that will allow funds for the Gaza Strip to be transferred through…

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Airlifts From Kabul Continue as Taliban Tightens Grip

More than eighteen thousand people have been evacuated (Reuters) from Afghanistan since the Taliban took over Kabul, according to a North Atlantic…

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Hezbollah Says It Helped Ship Iranian Fuel to Lebanon

Hezbollah’s top leader said the group facilitated a shipment of Iranian fuel (Al Jazeera) to Lebanon amid the country’s energy crisis and…

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IMF Blocks Aid Transfer to Afghanistan 

With U.S. support, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will block a transfer (Politico) of $450 million in funds to Afghanistan in the…

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Mob Kills Algerian Man Accused of Starting Forest Fires

Algerian police arrested sixty-one people (AFP) in several provinces on suspicion of lynching a man who was falsely accused of starting the…

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Taliban Political Leader Arrives in Afghanistan as Group Makes Public Assurances

“The key question facing Haiti—as it confronts widespread gang violence and lack of confidence in elections—is whether any new intervention…

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Nuclear Watchdog Reports Iranian Progress in Uranium Enrichment

Iran has made progress in its efforts to enrich uranium metal (Reuters), the UN nuclear watchdog reported, despite warnings from the…

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Afghan Government Collapses Amid Taliban Takeover, Chaotic U.S. Evacuation

President Ashraf Ghani fled Afghanistan (Economist) yesterday as Taliban leaders broadcast a victory message from the presidential palace in Kabul. Ghani’s departure…

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Turkish Police Arrest Dozens for Attacks on Syrians

Turkish Police Arrest Dozens for Attacks on Syrians Authorities in the capital of Ankara said they arrested seventy-six people (Euronews) in connection…

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UN Calls for End to Escalating Violence in Southern Syria

The UN special envoy for Syria called for an end (Al-Monitor) to the “near siege-like situation” in the Daraa al-Balad district, where…

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As Taliban Gains Ground, Western Countries Scramble to Assist Withdrawal

The Taliban gained control of Afghanistan’s second- and third-largest cities by early Friday, as fears mounted of a total takeover…

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