The United States is pulling out all US personnel from its embassy in Kabul over the next 72 hours, including top officials, two sources familiar with the situation told CNN on Sunday.
The withdrawal of embassy personnel marks a rapid acceleration of the process that had only been announced on Thursday, and is a situation that many State Department security officials expected would have to happen given the speed with which the Taliban has gained territory in Afghanistan in recent days.
Most of the American diplomats will go to the airport in Kabul, the capital, and then fly back to the US. A small number of core personnel, including the top US diplomat in the country, will remain at the Kabul airport for now, the sources said. This means that the US Embassy in Kabul will be shuttered — at least for the time being — by Tuesday.
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President Donald Trump’s campaign fired several pollsters after internal polling numbers that showed the President lagging behind Democratic presidential candidates in key states were made public, according to multiple sources. CNN’s Kaitlan Collins reports. #CNN #News
Caroline Flack, the 40-year-old former host of the hit UK reality show “Love Island,” died by suicide at her northeast London apartment as she awaited trial for an alleged assault of her boyfriend. #CNN #News
Former Republican Senator and Defense Secretary William Cohen criticized members of his own party who are signing on to President Donald Trump’s election challenge, comparing them to circus animals under Trump’s control.
The Senate held two votes for opposing plans to end the longest government shutdown in history, with few members breaking ranks as the shutdown stretched into day 34.
The Republican bill would have reopened government, funded President Donald Trump’s border wall, offered temporary deportation protections and provided disaster aid. It received 50 votes, short of the 60 required to move forward.
The Democratic bill would have reopened the federal government through early February and included $12.1 billion in disaster aid. It received 52 votes, failing to move forward as well.
Neither measure was expected to succeed.
Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/24/politics/how-senators-voted-shutdown-wall-vote/index.html
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks to CNN’s Jake Tapper about the need for more coronavirus testing and the “containment zone” imposed on a cluster of cases in New Rochelle, New York. #CNN #News
Beto O’Rourke is ending his 2020 presidential bid, saying his campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully. #CNN #News
Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang broke down in tears when answering an audience member’s questions at a gun safety forum in Des Moines, Iowa. CNN’s Arlette Saenz reports. #CNN #News
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson reimposed a lockdown in England as a more transmissible variant of Covid-19 fuels a surge in infections and hospitalizations in the country.
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The Lead’s panel gets heated during a discussion about two new Democratic Congresswomen’s outspoken positions regarding Israel and US-Israeli relations. #CNN #News