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Gavin Newsom defeats recall attempt in California

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Good morning. The governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has prevailed in a recall election that had him battling for his political life. In a referendum on his leadership during the coronavirus pandemic, voters resoun...

Biden says wildfires highlight climate emergency

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Good morning. Joe Biden travelled to California on Monday to survey wildfire damage as the state battles a devastating fire season that is on track to outpace that of 2020, the state’s worst fire season on record. Th...

America mourns as FBI releases declassified 9/11 documents

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Good morning. The FBI has released a newly declassified 16-page document related to logistical support provided to two of the Saudi hijackers in the lead-up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The document describes contac...

Biden introduces vaccine mandate for 100 million workers

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Good morning. Two-thirds of American workers will be required to get vaccinated against Covid-19 under fresh mandates announced by Joe Biden on Thursday. The president took a stern approach to those who continued to ...

First Thing: health experts warn of rising Covid rates among US schoolchildren

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Good morning. While many parents might be relieved to be sending their children off to school this week, health experts are highlighting a troubling trend: hundreds of thousands of them are testing positive for Covid....

Taliban name all-male Afghan cabinet

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Good morning. The Taliban have announced an all-male caretaker government including an interior minister wanted by the FBI, on a day when at least two people were killed by violent policing of street protests against ...

Sweet Thing review – drama of struggling children is a low-key delight

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Here is a drama about kids trying to escape abusive environments, shot mostly in black and white, written and directed by Alexandre Rockwell, who was once going to be the next big thing after early hit In the Soup and...

DoJ vows to protect women seeking abortions in Texas

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Good morning. The federal government will take action to protect women in Texas trying to obtain an abortion in the wake of the strictest anti-abortion law in the US taking effect last week, the attorney general, Merr...

Tom Ellis: ‘The worst thing anyone’s said to me? “You are a disgrace of a man”’

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Born in Cardiff, Tom Ellis, 42, studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). He appeared in the sitcom Miranda from 2009 to 2015. Since 2016, he has played the le...

US leaves Afghanistan after 20 years

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Good morning. The last evacuation flight flew out of Kabul airport just before midnight local time in Afghanistan, marking the end of the US’s nearly 20-year occupation of the country. In total, 2,461 American servic...

Hurricane Ida batters New Orleans, killing one

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Good morning. Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday, striking on the same day that Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana and Mississippi in 2005. Just like Katrina, Ida was so strong that it reversed the flow of the Mis...

Biden vows retaliation for Kabul airport attack

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Good morning. The pace of evacuation flights out of Kabul accelerated today after a double suicide-bomb attack that killed 13 US troops and 72 Afghans – the deadliest day for US troops in more than a decade. Joe Bide...

Biden rejects calls to extend Afghanistan withdrawal deadline

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Good morning. Joe Biden is standing by his 31 August deadline to withdraw from Afghanistan, rejecting the pleas of domestic and international allies to keep troops there for evacuation efforts beyond the end of the mo...

Joe Biden approval rating slides amid Afghanistan and Covid

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Good morning. Joe Biden is facing growing pressure, both home and abroad, as the evacuations in Afghanistan and the pandemic come together in a perfect storm. The UN warned that Afghanistan could start to run out of ...

Thousands stranded in Kabul as Taliban go door-to-door

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Good morning, Joe Biden is under increasing pressure to “move heaven and earth” to speed up visas for those who helped the US during the two decades of war in Afghanistan. Hundreds of thousands of Afghans including tr...

Stephen Colbert on Afghanistan exit: ‘The right thing to do, but it’s heartbreaking’

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“Let’s rip the Band-Aid off: the Taliban have taken over Afghanistan,” said Stephen Colbert on Monday’s Late Show, as the Afghan government, the country’s armed forces and its capital, Kabul, collapsed just days after...

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