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Malala Yousafzai speaks during Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 on May 16, 2020. Photo: Getty Images/Getty Images for EIF & XQ

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai told BBC on Monday that countries need to open their borders to Afghan refugees following the fall of the Afghan government to the Taliban.

Driving the news: The Taliban took control of Kabul on Sunday night and chaos erupted at the city's international airport, where the U.S. is trying to evacuate thousands of Afghans who aided the military during the 20-year war.

The big picture: Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman for advocating for girls' education in 2012, said the future of Afghan child refugees isn't lost.

  • Yousafzai said she sent a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan asking him to allow refugees, but also ensure that the refugee children and girls have access to education, safety and protection.

What she's saying: "We cannot see a country going decades and centuries back," Yousafzai said. "We have to take some bold stances for the protection of women and girls, for the protection of minority groups and for peace and stability in that region."

  • "I think every country has a role and responsibility right now. Countries need to open their borders to Afghan refugees, to the displaced people," she added. "Their futures are not lost, they can enroll in local schools. "
  • "It is important, not just for peace in Afghanistan but for peace globally."
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Sep 20, 2021 - World

Biggest evacuation flight under Taliban rule departs Kabul for Doha

A Qatar Airways aircraft taxis before taking off from Kabul's international airport on Sept. 9. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images

A flight carrying more than 230 passengers, including Afghans, Americans and other international civilians departed from Kabul's airport for Qatar's capital, Doha, Sunday, Qatari official Lolwah Al-Khater announced.

Why it matters: A Qatari official told Reuters 236 passengers were on the plane — making it the biggest evacuation flight since the full U.S. military pullout on Aug. 31. It's the fourth airlift by Qatar Airways from Afghanistan under Taliban rule.

Go deeper: Afghan refugees headed to 46 states

Biden to raise refugee admissions cap to 125,000

Afghan refugees arrive at Dulles International Airport after being evacuated from Kabul. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Biden administration will raise the refugee admissions cap to 125,000 for the next fiscal year beginning in October, the State Department confirmed in a statement Monday.

Why it matters: The move comes as the U.S. contends with resettling tens of thousands of Afghan refugees stateside, and as the world faces "unprecedented global displacement and humanitarian needs," the department wrote.

At least 3 dead after Amtrak train derails in Montana

Photo: Jacob Cordeiro/Twitter

An Amtrak train derailed near Joplin, Montana, resulting in at least three deaths and multiple injuries to passengers and crew on Saturday, per authorities and a company statement.

The big picture: 141 passengers and 16 crew members were estimated to be on the Empire Builder train, traveling from Chicago to Seattle and Portland, when eight of the 10 cars derailed about 4p.m., Amtrak said early Sunday.

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