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Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty Images

The Taliban on Saturday raised their flag over the Afghan presidential palace, the Associated Press reports.

The big picture: The milestone coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States and comes less than one month after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan.

Driving the news: Acting Prime Minister Mohammad Hasan Akhund raised the flag in a ceremony to mark the official start of the Taliban's caretaker government, per AP.

  • The Taliban also painted their banner on the entrance to the U.S. Embassy building.
A member of the Taliban Fateh, a "special forces" unit, stands guard outside the site of the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan, which now displays a Taliban flag in the outer concrete wall in Kabul on Sept. 8. Photo: Aamir QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images

Go deeper: Taliban announce formation of caretaker Afghan government

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Oct 19, 2021 - World

WHO, UNICEF to launch polio vaccine drive in Afghanistan

Afghan boys return to their homes after attending school in Chashma Dozak area of Badghis province on Oct. 16. Photo: Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty Images

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.

Anti-abortion activists' Supreme Court dreams are coming true

Photo illustration: Annelise Capossela. Photos: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

This is the moment the conservative legal movement has been building toward for decades: The solidly conservative Supreme Court is about to hear two major abortion cases within a month of each other.

Why it matters: All of this is likely to end with significant new restrictions on abortion and a clear path for Republican-led states to win the next big abortion cases, too — the culmination of a long and bitter fight for control of the judiciary.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
5 hours ago - Economy & Business

Trump's volatile return to the stock market

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Donald Trump this week became both a meme stock and a social-media entrepreneur at the same time, by announcing that a new company called Trump Media & Technology Group was going to merge with an existing company listed on the stock market.

Why it matters: The medium-term promise of Trump's media company is that it will replace Twitter for anybody wanting to keep track of Trump's messages. The short-term promise is that it can be a hot new speculative vehicle for people wanting to get rich quick in the stock market.

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