Top Headlines for August 26, 2021

Headline News from the Associated Press
  • Global Surge Is Stabilizing, Albeit at a High Level, W.H.O. Says

    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.
  • Merkel Pledges to Help Afghans Beyond U.S. Withdrawal

    Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Germany would continue to support Afghans remaining in the country after the U.S. withdraws troops and ends its evacuation mission.
  • Blinken Provides Update on U.S. Rescue Mission in Afghanistan

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken gave details on the number of U.S. citizens and Afghan nationals rescued so far, as well as the number of Americans still in Afghanistan who want to leave.
  • Pelosi: 'Real Concern' Over Lawmakers' Kabul Trip

    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.
  • Afghan Robotics Team Arrives in Mexico After Evacuation

    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.
  • Watch Full Video: Blinken Gives Update on Afghanistan Evacuations

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken gave an update on evacuation efforts in Afghanistan and negotiations with the Taliban.
  • House Passes Major Voting Rights Measure

    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.
  • $3.5 Trillion Budget Blueprint Passes Divided House

    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.
  • U.N. Warns of Reports of Human Rights Abuses by the Taliban

    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.
  • Hochul Calls for Mask Mandate for New York Schools

    On her first day in office, Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York said she would order a universal mask mandate in the state's schools and push for Covid vaccine-or-test requirements for school employees.
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