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Joe Biden Defends US “Messy” Pullout From Afghanistan

United States President Joe Biden broke days of silence concerning what is has been referred to as “messy” military pullout from Afghanistan, defending his decision as he fired scorching criticism at the country’s former Western-backed leadership for failing to resist the Taliban. In a televised address from the White House on Monday, after returning from the Camp David presidential retreat, Mr Biden during his first public remarks on Afghanistan in nearly a week said “I stand squarely behind my decision. After 20 years, I’ve learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw US forces,” "How many more American lives is it worth?" asked the Democratic president. He said that despite the "messy" pullout, "there was never a good time to withdraw US forces". "If anything, the developments of the past week reinforce that ending US military involvement in Afghanistan now was the right decision."

Haiti Earthquake Kills More Than 1000 People, Destroy Thousands Of Homes

Officials in Haiti have confirmed at least 1,297 people are dead after a powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the Caribbean nation on Saturday. It destroyed completely more than 13,000 buildings and damaged more than 13,700, trapping hundreds under rubble and leaving more than 5,700 people injured, the country’s civil protection agency said in an update. Homes, churches and schools were among buildings flattened in the quake. Some hospitals were left overwhelmed and in dire need of medical supplies. More than 1.5 million Haitans were rendered homeless in that disaster, which also destroyed 60 percent of Haiti’s healthcare system, leaving authorities and the international humanitarian community with a colossal challenge. Prime Minister Ariel Henry was quoted saying “when it comes to medical needs, this is our biggest urgency. We have started to send medications and medical personnel to the facilities that are affected.” “For the people who need urgent special care, we have evacuated a certain number of them, and we will evacuate some more today and tomorrow.” Henry urged Haitans to band together in solidarity.

Haiti: Former Bodyguard, 26 Colombians Involved In Moise Assassination

A former bodyguard at the Canadian Embassy in Port au Prince, James Solages, another Haitian American, Joseph Vincent and 26 Colombians have been arrested in connection with the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise. Moise, 53, was fatally shot early on Wednesday at his home by what officials said was a group of foreign, trained killers, pitching the poorest country in the Americas deeper into turmoil amid political divisions, hunger and widespread gang violence.

George Floyd: Derek Chauvin Sentenced To Twenty Two & Half Years In Prison

Former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin have been sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison after been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. The sentencing follows the emotional testimony from Floyd’s family and Chauvin’s mother, along with brief condolences from Chauvin himself, Judge Peter Cahill said the sentence was not based on emotion, sympathy or public opinion.

Biden Demands The Resignation Of New York Governor

US President Joe Biden has called on fellow Democrat and Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo to resign after an investigation indicted over the sexual harassment of 11 women. When asked if the governor should be impeached, Biden said, “I think he should resign". This is not the first time Biden had advised the governor to resign. In March, Biden said Cuomo should resign if the New York investigation confirmed the sexual misconduct allegations made against him. “I think he’ll probably end up being prosecuted, too,” Biden told ABC News.

President Of Haiti Jovenel Moise Assassinated

The President of Haiti Jovenel Moise has been assassinated in his hometown at Pelerin 5 district of Pentionvilee on Tuesday night as revealed by the country's interim prime minister. The 53-year-old president's wife, Martine Moise, was also shot in the attack that took place around 1 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) and was receiving medical treatment, Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said in a statement.

MIAMI BUILDING COLLAPSE: Rescuers Work Round The clock In Search Of Missing 99

A large-scale rescue operation was continuing at the site of a collapsed condominium block in Miami, where authorities said at least one person was killed, 10 injured, 99 still missing. At least 102 people have now been accounted for, but it is uncertain how many were in the building when it came down. Dozens of survivors have been pulled out of the rubble. As families desperately waiting for news, search teams have been working around the clock and have reported hearing people banging beneath the debris. What caused the 40-year-old building to collapse early on Thursday morning remains unclear, however, an estimated 55 of the 130 apartments were affected. Police have launched a homicide inquiry, according to Sally Heyman, a county commissioner who represents Surfside. Early on Friday, President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration in the state of Florida and ordered federal assistance to bolster the state and local response efforts. The White House said the move authorized the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.

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