Afghanistan is now under full Taliban rule
The U.S. war in Afghanistan ended just how it began 20 years ago, with the Taliban ruling the country. The decision to pull out American troops from the war-torn region resulted in a speedy conquering by the militant group. Though the Taliban has said they would not take Afghanistan by force, the public is expecting violence and cultural brutalities, especially towards women and children. Seven people in Kabul have already been killed in the rush at the main airport as locals desperately tried to flee the country. Videos showed a group of Afghans hanging onto the plane just before takeoff and several falling through the air as the airplane rapidly gained altitude over the city. U.S. President Joseph Biden is expected to address the situation on Monday afternoon.
Disastrous earthquake in Haiti leaves long-lasting effects
The 7.2 magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti on Saturday left at least 1,297 people dead. The Haiti Civil Protection Agency said Sunday that 13,694 homes were destroyed and 13,785 were damaged by the quake. Haiti is now bracing for a tropical depression that’s expected to hit the Caribbean island nation early this week. Flash flooding and mudslides could happen in Haiti as soon as Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center. The search for survivors is underway.
FDA approves third dose of COVID-19 vaccine for the immunocompromised
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for immunocompromised people. The decision was made to boost protection against the highly contagious Delta variant that has caused another wave of infections. However, prior to the announcement, a CDC database found that more than 1 million Americans have already received a third dose of either vaccine. The recommendation applies to about 3 percent of U.S. adults who are vulnerable to disease due to organ transplants, certain cancers, or other disorders.
Dodgers star Trevor Bauer named in sexual assault case
Trevor Bauer, the star Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher under investigation on allegations of sexual assault in California, was the subject of a temporary order of protection sought by a different woman last year, according to sealed court records reviewed by the Washington Post. The allegations of physical and sexual abuse are similar to the ones made by another woman in Los Angeles over the summer when she applied for a temporary restraining order.