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Relatives of victims arrive outside a hospital after a suicide attack that targeted a campaign rally for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Photo: Abdul Shahmim Tanha/AFP/Getty Images

The Taliban claimed responsibility for 2 attacks on Tuesday that killed at least 48 people and targeted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani — who was unharmed — at a campaign event, AP reports.

Why it matters: These are the deadliest attacks by the group since peace negotiations with the U.S. were abruptly called off by President Trump earlier this month. The Taliban has used attacks against the Afghan government and foreign forces to scare people from voting in the presidential elections at the end of the month, per Al-Jazeera.

  • The Taliban said they plan to target polling stations and campaign rallies, prompting some candidates to suspend their campaigns, per AP.

Details:

  • The first attack targeted Ghani's campaign rally in Chaikar, which is north of Kabul. At least 26 people died during this attack, with more than 40 wounded after a suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted the entrance of the rally, according to Al-Jazeera.
  • The second attack occurred in Kabul near the U.S. embassy. The Taliban claims they were targeting an Afghan army base and killed 22 people in the bombing, per AP.

Go deeper: Trump says he called off secret meeting with Taliban in U.S. over Kabul blast

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President Joe Biden vows to be "a president for all Americans"

Moments after taking the oath of office, President Joe Biden sought to sooth a nation riven by political divisions and a global pandemic, while warning that "we have far to go" to heal the country and defeat a "virus that silently stalks the the country."

Why it matters: From the same steps that a pro-Trump mob launched an assault on Congress two weeks earlier, the new president paid deference to the endurance of American political institutions.

Updated 31 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Inauguration Day dashboard

U.S. Capitol and stage are lit at sunrise ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden. Photo: Patrick Semansky - Pool/Getty Images

President Biden has delivered his inaugural address at the Capitol, calling for an end to the politics as total war but warning that "we have far to go" to heal the country.

What's next: Biden and Vice President Harris review readiness of military troops, a long-standing tradition to signify the peaceful transfer of power.

Updated 54 mins ago - Politics & Policy

In photos: The Biden and Harris inauguration

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were inaugurated as president and vice president respectively in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning.

Why it matters: Top Democrats and Republicans gathered for the peaceful transfer of power only two weeks after an unprecedented siege on the building by Trump supporters to disrupt certification of Biden's victory. Trump did not attend Wednesday's ceremony.