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Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama wrote on Facebook on Sunday his country would "serve as a transit country for a certain number of Afghan political immigrants" who have the U.S. as their final destination and face the threat of violence from the Taliban as the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan.

Why it matters: The announcement comes as the Taliban launched a lightning offensive to take over Afghanistan, with nearly every major city in the country falling under their control.

  • Since the withdrawal began, Afghans who worked with the Western military forces have faced threats of retaliation from the Taliban and sought evacuation.
  • Roughly 1,200 U.S.-affiliated Afghans have already been evacuated through the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program.

The United States is set to completely withdraw from Afghanistan on Aug. 31.

What they're saying: “No doubt we shall not say no," Rama said in a Facebook post. "Not just because our great allies have asked us to, but because we are Albania."

  • Albania "does not slam the door in the face of strangers who knock for protection," he added.

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Live list: The "Facebook Papers" arrive

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Reports based on leaked whistleblower documents from Facebook, known as the Facebook Papers, appeared in a broad range of news outlets Monday, shedding light on what company knew about harms caused on its platform and how it handled that information.

Why it matters: The reports paint a detailed picture of Facebook's efforts over the years to grapple with major problems — from hate speech to inciting violence — while continuing to pursue its business objectives.

Facebook's pivotal week

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

They're battening down the hatches at Facebook headquarters this week as the company faces a trifecta of tumult: a continuing wave of negative press coverage fueled by document leaks, a critical earnings report Monday and a reported name change looming.

The big picture: All this is unfolding as Mark Zuckerberg tries to transform Facebook from a social network into the prime mover behind a new "metaverse" of VR- and AR-driven remote work and play.

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Facebook changes corporate name to Meta

Screen shot of CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company's "Connect" virtual event

CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said the social media giant is renaming its company Meta.

Why it matters: The effort is meant to shift its image from a social media platform to a “metaverse” company that focuses on building virtual work and social communities.