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A demonstration in Parliament Square in London following the fall of Afghanistan. Photo: Vuk Valcic/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The G7 will hold a leaders' virtual meeting next week to discuss a "common strategy and approach" to the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan, the White House announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: Afghanistan has been mired in chaos since Kabul fell on Sunday, with thousands of Afghans fleeing their homes. The crisis has bolstered calls for countries to open their borders to Afghan refugees.

What they're saying: On Tuesday, President Biden and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke about "the need for continued close coordination among allies and democratic partners on Afghanistan policy," per the White House.

  • Providing "further humanitarian assistance and support for refugees and other vulnerable Afghans" was also discussed.

The big picture: Afghan migrants are undertaking dangerous journeys in an attempt to escape the Taliban.

  • On Monday, several died attempting to cling to a U.S. military jet as it took off.
  • Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar, the group's political leader, arrived in Afghanistan on Tuesday for the first time in more than two decades.

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WHO, UNICEF to launch polio vaccine drive in Afghanistan

Afghan boys return to their homes after attending school in Chashma Dozak area of Badghis province on Oct. 16. Photo: Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty Images

The World Health Organization and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) will launch a house-to-house vaccination campaign to inoculate children in Afghanistan against polio, the UN announced Monday.

Why it matters: The campaign, which begins Nov. 8 with the Taliban's backing, is the first such vaccine drive in over three years to reach all Afghan children, the press release noted.

Biden meeting with key House Democrats

President Biden. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Biden is hosting two separate in-person meetings with moderate and progressive House members at the White House on Tuesday as infrastructure negotiations continue, White House officials told Axios.

Why it matters: This is the latest in the president’s efforts to appease the more volatile parts of his party’s coalition as Democrats wrangle over how to cut his social spending proposal down from $3.5 trillion to closer to $2 trillion.

Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to Parkland school shooting

Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz at the defense table during jury selection at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Oct. 6, 2021. Photo: Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Nikolas Cruz on Wednesday pleaded guilty on all counts for carrying out the 2018 shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead, including 14 students and three staff members.

Driving the news: Cruz, 23, pleaded guilty at a hearing on Wednesday to 17 murder counts and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder for carrying out the deadly shooting.