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September 9, 2021: Taliban, Biden, Trump military academy, Bataclan terror attack trial, Merkel

Reuters, 09 Sep 2021
September 9, 2021: Taliban, Biden, Trump military academy, Bataclan terror attack trial, Merkel

1. Two hundred foreigners in Afghanistan, Americans among them, are set to depart on charter flights from Kabul after the new Taliban government agreed to their evacuation, a U.S. official said.

2. President Joe Biden will outline new approaches to control the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

3. The White House said it asked 18 Trump administration appointees to resign from military academy boards, saying President Joe Biden would require such officials to be "aligned with the values of this administration.”

4. The main suspect in a jihadist rampage that killed 130 people across Paris described himself defiantly as "an Islamic State soldier” at the start of a trial into the 2015 attacks.

5. Weeks before an era-defining national election, Germans are missing Chancellor Angela Merkel already, praising her calm and stabilizing influence as they prepare with a mix of hope and trepidation for life under a new leader for the first time in 16 years.

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