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Breaking: Colin Powell, First Black US Secretary Of State Dies From COVID-19 Complications

General Colin L. Powell, former National Security Adviser, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the first Black Secretary of State of the United States has died on Monday following COVID-19 complications.
Powell died at age 84 at the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C, despite being fully vaccinated. Powell's death was announced by his family on Facebook, saying "General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19.

COVID-19: US To Ease Restrictions On Fully Vaccinated Foreign Visitors

The United States intends to ease travel restrictions on all fully vaccinated foreign visitors beginning from November. According to the White House on Monday, the country could relax a patchwork of bans that had begun to cause anger in Europe and replacing them with more uniform requirements for inbound international air passengers. White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients announced the "new international air travel system". "This is based on individuals rather than a country-based approach, so it's a stronger system," he said.

Afghanistan: Biden Vows Revenge After Explosion In Kabul Airport

President Joe Biden has vowed to retaliate against the attack in Kabul where at least 90 people including 13 US service members were killed in a suicide bomb attack carried out by ISIS-K at the airport in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, where evacuation operation of people fleeing from the Taliban was ongoing on Thursday. “To those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm notice, we will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command,” Biden said. The attack occurred when the United States was days away from evacuating its last troops from Afghanistan in line with the August 31 deadline issued by the Taliban.

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.

COVID-19: Vaccination Mandatory For US Green Card Applicants

The United States Government has announced a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination as part of its requirements for all applicants seeking lawful permanent residence in the US. This follows the recently released guidelines by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in August. According to the new CDC guidelines, permanent residence applicants will be required to provide an official vaccination record from October 1, 2021, noting that the guideline does not apply to non-immigrant visa applicants.

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."

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.

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