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Aug 21 2021 - 03:16 PM
Daily News From Around the World: 8/21/21

Good afternoon and once again here are few of today’s headlines brought to us by Newseum’s “Today’s Front Pages” exhibit which we have summarized for you:

The Washington Post, Published in Washington, DC

Biden Vows to Evacuate All Americans

President Biden vowed to bring all Americans and Afghan citizens who aided US forces home and stated the evacuation process at the airport in Kabul had made significant progress in spite of chaos on the ground. The President remarked that “There will be plenty of time to criticize and second-guess when this operation is over. But now—now—I’m focused on getting this job done.”

A picture of Kabul airport, taken during relatively more stable times

The Guardian, Published in London, UK

‘We Should All Hang Our Heads in Shame’

Thousands have gathered outside the gates of Kabul airport in a desperate bid to escape the new Taliban regime. At least 12 people have died so far as a result of gunshots and stampedes. Video footage shows scenes reminiscent of the fall of Saigon in 1975, with one Afghani offering his infant child to American soldiers posted along the airport walls in hopes of securing the child’s safety. 

The New York Times, Published in New York, NY

Benefit Cutoffs Failing to Ease Labor Shortfall

Data released by the Labor Department shows that the 26 states who have prematurely ended the expanded unemployment benefits program put in place during the pandemic have had roughly equivalent job growth rates to the other 24 states where the benefits remain in place, suggesting the cutoffs have done very little to remedy the nationwide shortage of labor.

The Japan Times, Published in Tokyo, Japan

Inflation Wave Unlikely to Strike Japan

The global rise in consumer prices looks to have had little impact on Japan’s chronically sluggish economy. As has been the case for nearly a decade now, inflation rates have failed to hit the Bank of Japan’s target rate; when excluding food and energy prices, the inflation rate in Japan fell by 0.6% from a year earlier. The Japanese government has faced tremendous difficulties in rolling out vaccinations and as such Japan has not yet experienced the kind of economic bounce back witnessed in Western nations.

The Wall Street Journal, Published in New York, NY

Crackdown Sinks China Shares

Chinese stock prices have faced a tumultuous week as China continues its policy of tougher regulations on its tech industry. State media organs have suggested that the wave of regulations will spread to other industries, creating concern and uncertainty among international investors.

Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the government would take greater steps to curb the nation’s immense disparity in income and wealth inequality, causing concern among international investors


Kabul Airport, courtesy of Wikimedia

Xi Jinping, courtesy of UN Geneva at Flickr

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