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Picture taken near the Bab al-Hawa border crossing, along the motorway linking it to the city of Idlib in northwestern Syria. Photo: OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP via Getty Images

The United Nations Security Council voted on Friday to reauthorize the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrians via the Bab al-Hawa border crossing, the only one available, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Driving the news: The vote will allow for the border to remain open for a minimum of 12 months. Russia agreed to a last-minute compromise with the United States despite its initial opposition, which officials say signals that it is possible for the two countries to continue cooperating, CNN notes.

  • The council's mandate for the aid operation was set to expire Saturday, but on Friday morning, Vassily Nebenzia, Russia's ambassador to the UN, proposed its renewal following discussions with U.S. counterpart, Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
  • The 15-member council then unanimously adopted the compromise, per Al Jazeera.

The big picture: President Biden had raised the importance of the aid-crossing operation when he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in June, Al Jazeera reports. The Biden administration warned that Russia could stop expecting cooperation from the U.S. on Syria if the deliveries stopped.

  • When Biden spoke with Putin on Friday, they "commended the joint work of their respective teams," according to a White House statement.

What they're saying: "I certainly see it as an important moment in [the U.S.-Russia] relationship," Thomas-Greenfield said, per CNN.

  • "And it shows what we can do with the Russians if we work with them diplomatically on common goals," she added.
  • She said she was looking forward to more "opportunities to work with the Russians on issues of common interest to our two governments."

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that the vote will allow for the border to remain open for a minimum of 12 months, per a U.S. Mission to the United Nations spokesperson.

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U.S. elected to rejoin UN Human Rights Council after exit under Trump

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. has been elected to rejoin on the UN Human Rights Council, the State Department announced Thursday, three years after former President Trump walked out on the panel citing bias against Israel.

Flashback: The Biden administration announced in February it planned to rejoin the council, acknowledging what it called an "unacceptable bias against Israel," but arguing that being a member would help the U.S. advance its own interests.

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Reports: Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and planned to travel to another destination afterward when the gang abducted them in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.

Melbourne, "world's most locked-down city," to lift stay-at-home orders

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews during a news conference in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Melbourne's stay-at-home orders will end five days earlier than planned, officials in Australia's second-biggest city announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The capital of the state of Victoria has had six lockdowns totaling 262 days since March last year. That means Melbourne's spent longer under lockdowns than "any other city in the world" during the pandemic, Reuters notes.

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