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Kosovo's President Vjosa Osmani hands the medal to U.S. Ambassador Philip Kosnett during a presidential medal ceremony for Beau Biden on Aug. 1. Photo: Armend Nimani/AFP via Getty Images

Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani awarded a presidential medal to President Biden's late son, Beau Biden, on Sunday for his work in Kosovo in the country's postwar years.

Why it matters: The medal honors Beau Biden's work helping train local prosecutors and judges in Kosovo with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe from 1998 to 1999, reports Reuters.

What they're saying: “Beau’s work in Kosovo was heartfelt; he fell in love with the country,” Biden said in a pre-recorded video message during the ceremony in Pristina, per Reuters.

  • "Beau Biden worked in Kosovo after the war to build an independent and professional judicial system and to strengthen the rule of law," Osmani said in her speech, adding that she was "honored and delighted" to recognize his contribution to Kosovo.
  • “What the United States and the American people have done for our country, for our freedom, for our right to exist, goes beyond any partnership currently witnessed in the world," Osmani said.

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The Biden administration on Friday announced that its evacuation flights from Kabul can now land throughout the Middle East and Europe as Qatar has reached capacity, resulting in temporarily halted flights.

State of play: With the U.S. military's efforts to evacuate American citizens and at-risk Afghans from the country ramping up, and Qatar's al-Udeid air base at maximum capacity, the U.S. was scrambling for more places to take evacuees.

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A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

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Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.