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Passengers evacuated from Afghanistan disembark from a British Royal Air Force aircraft, after landing at RAF Brize Norton air base in southern England on Aug. 24. Photo: Justin TalliS/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. and allied countries are "working around the clock" to evacuate people from Afghanistan ahead of next week's full U.S. military withdrawal from the country, per the New York Times.

The big picture: President Biden said Tuesday over 70,000 people had been evacuated since the airlift began on Aug. 14 and that the U.S. and its allies were on pace to leave Afghanistan by the Aug. 31 deadline. He's suggested U.S. troops may remain beyond then to continue with evacuation efforts.

A Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A aircraft brings repatriated Australians from Afghanistan at an airport in Australia, the location of which was not disclosed by the Australian Defense Department. Photo: LAC Sam Price/Australian Department of Defense via Getty Images
Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard (L) at the Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City welcomes four members of the Afghanistan Robotic team, who sought refuge in Mexico, on Aug. 24. Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty Images
Afghan refugees are greeted by family living in the U.S. as they depart from a processing center for refugees evacuated from Afghanistan at the Dulles Expo Center on Aug. 24, 2021 in Chantilly, Va. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images
Egyptians at the Sharq Air Base in Cairo, Egypt, after being evacuated from Kabul on Aug. 24. Photo: Ayman Aref/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Refugees disembark from an evacuation flight after being airlifted from Kabul, at the Torrejon de Ardoz air base, near Madrid, Spain, on Aug. 24. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP via Getty Images
Indian and Afghan evacuees from Kabul are escorted by police to a bus bound for a quarantine center upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India, on Aug. 24. Photo: T. Narayan/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A plane takes off from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 24. Photo: Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
People who want to flee Afghanistan continue to wait around Kabul's airport on Aug. 24. Photo: Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
A satellite image of packed scenes at Kabul's airport on Aug. 23 Photo: Maxar Technologies

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway helped autonomous vehicle researchers reach a new milestone over the weekend by hosting its inaugural driverless car race.

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