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Danish Siddiqui is seen covering the COVID-19 pandemic in New Delhi, India, on March 30, 2020. Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Pulitzer-prize winning Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was killed Friday in Afghanistan while covering a clash between Afghan forces and the Taliban, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: An Afghan official told Reuters that Afghan special forces had been fighting to retake a market area near a border crossing with Pakistan. Siddiqui was killed alongside a senior Afghan officer in Taliban crossfire.

  • Siddiqui had informed Reuters that earlier Friday he had been wounded in the arm.
  • He had been talking to market workers when the Taliban started attacking again.

The big picture: Siddiqui had been embedded for the past week with Afghan security forces and had been covering the fighting between them and the Taliban.

What they're saying: "We are urgently seeking more information, working with authorities in the region," Reuters president Michael Friedenberg and editor-in-chief Alessandra Galloni said in a statement.

  • "Danish was an outstanding journalist, a devoted husband and father, and a much-loved colleague. Our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time," they added.
  • "Reuters was unable to independently verify the details of the renewed fighting described by the Afghan military official, who asked not to be identified before Afghanistan’s Defence Ministry made a statement," Reuters writes.

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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.

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Brazil senators vote to recommend criminal charges for Bolsonaro

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A Brazilian Senate committee Tuesday voted to approve a report recommending President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with a raft of criminal indictments, including crimes against humanity over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, per AP.

Why it matters: Bolsonaro has become the face of a right-wing approach to the pandemic that includes repudiating vaccines and masks and resisting lockdowns and other mitigation measures. The Senate report holds him personally responsible for half of the country's 600,000 deaths.

Former Georgetown tennis coach pleads guilty to accepting admissions bribes

Gordon Ernst (left) former head tennis coach at Georgetown, outside a courthouse in Boston in 2019. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

A former Georgetown University head tennis coach has pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery charges related to facilitating the admission of prospective applicants.

Why it matters: Gordon Ernst solicited and accepted bribes from William Singer, ringleader of the cheating scheme uncovered by Operation Varsity Blues, and families in exchange for helping prospective applicants get into Georgetown as student athletes, according to the Justice Department.