From the Capitol riot to abortion rights, here are the top political stories of 2021

From the Capitol riot to abortion rights, here are the top political stories of 2021

This post was originally published on this site As we count down to the New Year, we asked our readers what they thought were the top political stories of 2021. Here’s what they picked. (Image credit: Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

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Last Afghan refugees leave temporary housing at Marine Corps Base Quantico

Last Afghan refugees leave temporary housing at Marine Corps Base Quantico

This post was originally published on this siteThe last Afghan refugees who were temporarily housed at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia have left, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Thursday. The base is the second of eight installations that were established to…

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The Taliban have halted all evacuee flights out of Afghanistan for the past two weeks

The Taliban have halted all evacuee flights out of Afghanistan for the past two weeks

This post was originally published on this siteThe Taliban have halted all flights of Afghan evacuees for the past two weeks amid a dispute over whether the Taliban can put its own people on the flights.

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Taliban appeal to US Congress to release Afghan assets

Taliban appeal to US Congress to release Afghan assets

This post was originally published on this site The Taliban called Wednesday on US Congress members to release Afghan assets frozen after their takeover of the country, warning economic turmoil at home could lead to trouble abroad. In an open letter, Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said the biggest...

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Blinken Says Qatar To Act as US Diplomatic Representative in Afghanistan

Blinken Says Qatar To Act as US Diplomatic Representative in Afghanistan

This post was originally published on this site By Humeyra Pamuk and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters)—The United States and Qatar signed an accord on Friday for Qatar to represent U.S. diplomatic interests in Afghanistan, an important signal of possible future direct engagement between Washington and the Taliban after two decades...

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Biden administration will waive immigration application fees for thousands of evacuated Afghans

Biden administration will waive immigration application fees for thousands of evacuated Afghans

This post was originally published on this siteThe Biden administration is planning to waive immigration-related fees for up to 70,000 Afghan evacuees as they are resettled in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security said Monday.

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Zalmay Khalilzad explains what went wrong with the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

Zalmay Khalilzad explains what went wrong with the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

This post was originally published on this siteNPR’s Steve Inskeep talks to Zalmay Khalilzad, who stepped down last week as the U.S. envoy to Afghanistan. He played the lead role in negotiating a deal with the Taliban to withdraw U.S. troops.

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U.S. and Taliban hold first talks since Afghanistan withdrawal

U.S. and Taliban hold first talks since Afghanistan withdrawal

This post was originally published on this siteThe two parties will be discussing containment of extremist groups in Afghanistan and easing evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans from the country, officials from both sides said.

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Biden names ex-Delaware governor to oversee Afghan resettlement in the U.S.

Biden names ex-Delaware governor to oversee Afghan resettlement in the U.S.

This post was originally published on this siteThe White House has put former Delaware Gov. Jack Markell in charge of helping oversee efforts to resettle Afghan refugees.

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