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Afghans, hoping to leave Afghanistan, queue at the main entrance gate of Kabul airport in Kabul on August 28, 2021. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images

Approximately 350 U.S. citizens who wish to leave Afghanistan are still in the country, the State Department said on Saturday.

Driving the news: Of the remaining individuals, some are believed to be nearly or already out of the country, per the State Department.

  • The department has communicated with approximately 280 individuals who said they do not want to leave or do not have plans to leave the country.

The big picture: Approximately 5,400 Americans have been evacuated from Afghanistan since Aug. 14, including nearly 300 Americans in the last day.

  • State Department spokesman Ned Price said Friday that the U.S. has a "commitment" to get specific groups — including American citizens, locally employed staff and Afghans with Special Immigrant Visas — out of Afghanistan, and that commitment will continue beyond Aug. 31.
  • President Biden on Saturday said that the threat of another terrorist attack near Kabul's airport remains "highly likely in the next 24-36 hours."

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Oct 12, 2021 - World

European Commission pledges around $1 billion in Afghan aid

G20 meeting on Afghanistan via video conference. Photo: Mustafa Kamaci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

During a G20 meeting on Afghanistan on Tuesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced a roughly $1 billion aid package to Afghanistan and neighboring countries taking in refugees.

Why it matters: The aid is intended to help avert a looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan but does not indicate a legitimization of the Taliban, the European Commission underscored in the press release.

Social Security benefits to increase by almost 6% in 2022

Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Social Security benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 5.9% next year, the Social Security Administration announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: It's the largest cost-of-living adjustment in 39 years as inflation continues to tick up largely from supply chain issues, according to AP.

Rahm Emanuel questioned on murder of Laquan McDonald in confirmation hearing

Rahm Emanuel during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on Oct. 20. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke about the murder of Laquan McDonald during his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday to become the U.S. ambassador to Japan, saying that "there's not a day or a week that has gone by in the last seven years I haven't thought about this."

Catch up quick: McDonald was a Black teenager who was fatally shot 16 times by Chicago police during Emanuel's tenure as the city's mayor. The 2014 shooting triggered massive protests, both because of its nature and the fact that the officers' body-cam footage was concealed for years.