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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that he and President Biden’s meeting at the NATO summit Monday will need to set the platform to pacify tensions between the two countries, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Relations between the two nations are in a fragile state over disputes concerning Turkey's purchase of Russian S-400 missiles, among other issues.

  • Erdogan has said he expects an "unconditional approach" from Biden at their June 14 meeting.

What they’re saying: "We need to put Turkey-U.S. ties on the table first-hand," Erdogan told reporters, per Reuters.

  • "There was a lot of gossip internally and externally, so we need to talk about how we can leave these troubles behind, what we can do and what we will do. Turkey is not just any country — it is an allied country."

Go deeper: What Turkey wants from Biden's meeting with Erdoğan next week

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Death toll in Turkey flash floods climbs to 70

A building is mostly collapse and severely damaged after the deadly flash floods in Bozkurt district of Kastamonu, Turkey on Aug. 15. Photo: Cihan Okur/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The death toll from last week's severe flooding and mudslides in northern Turkey has risen to at least 70, with 47 people still unaccounted for, AP reports.

The big picture: Torrential rains in the Black Sea coastal provinces of Bartin, Kastamonu, Sinop and Samsun on Wednesday caused flooding and mudslides that destroyed homes and buildings — prompting more than 2,400 people to be evacuated across the region.

Aug 13, 2021 - World

Afghans seek escape from Taliban siege as U.S. scrambles to secure refuge

Displaced Afghans sit in a tent at a makeshift camp in Kabul after escaping the Taliban takeover of their provinces. Photo: Paula Bronstein via Getty Images

As the Taliban recaptures Afghanistan, Afghans are fleeing their homes to escape in desperation and fear.

Why it matters: The Taliban has pursued a lightning offensive to take over Afghanistan since the U.S.'s withdrawal of troops. Civilian casualties in Afghanistan have hit record highs, according to the UN.

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.