Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, said the number of coronavirus cases worldwide showed signs of flattening after increasing for nearly two months, despite continuing increases in some regions.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged lawmakers not to travel to Afghanistan against government advisement, after Representatives Seth Moulton and Peter Meijer, both veterans, secretly flew to Kabul unauthorized to witness evacuations.
Members of an all-girls Afghan robotics team landed in Mexico, part of the first group of evacuees to arrive there after the Taliban's takeover in Afghanistan. Other team members fled to Qatar and some stayed in Afghanistan, according to a statement from the team's founder.
The House voted to restore federal oversight of state election laws, a key part of Democrats' efforts to strengthen the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and combat voting restrictions in Republican-led states. It faces steep Republican opposition in the Senate.
By a narrow vote of 220-212, the House approved a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint that would allow Democrats to start drafting legislation encompassing many of the party's top priorities, including a vast expansion of the social safety net and funding to fight climate change.
Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, cited reports that the Taliban were executing civilians and noncombatant soldiers, violating the rights of women, recruiting child soldiers and repressing peaceful protests in Afghanistan.
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