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Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Three major news organizations on Monday urged the White House to help evacuate more than 200 journalists and staff members in Afghanistan after the country's government collapsed.

Driving the news: The publishers of the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times asked President Biden to have journalists moved to the safer military side of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul as they prepare to board flights.

Why it matters: The Biden administration has faced intense criticism over its handling of the U.S. military's withdrawal from Afghanistan.

  • Thousands of Afghans have attempted to flee Kabul as the Taliban claims victory after taking over Kabul.

What they're saying: “As employers, we are looking for support for our colleagues and as journalists we’re looking for an unequivocal signal that the government will stand behind the free press. In that light, we ask the American government to move urgently and take three concrete steps necessary to protect their safety,” the publishers said in a statement.

The news outlets are asking for:

  • “Facilitated and protected access to the US-controlled airport”
  • “Safe passage through a protected access gate to the airport”
  • “Facilitated air movement out of the country”

The latest: Chaos erupted at Kabul's airport early Monday as the U.S. military continued evacuation flights.

  • Several people were killed after thousands of Afghans rushed the tarmac and attempted to board departing planes, AP reported.
  • The U.S. temporarily suspended flights to clear the runway.

Go deeper: Axios' full Afghanistan coverage

Editors note: This post has been updated with new details throughout.

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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.

Updated Oct 14, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Judge accepts guilty plea of Marine who criticized Afghanistan withdrawal

A C-17 Globemaster takes off from Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 29, 2021. Photo: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty

A U.S. military judge on Thursday accepted the guilty plea of a Marine who publicly criticized the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The latest: Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller faces the possibility of a letter of reprimand and forfeiture of two-thirds of one month’s pay for a year, according to The Washington Post.

Updated 3 hours ago - World

North Korea claims latest missile test new weapon launched from submarine

North Korean state media claims the country's military fired this missile on Tuesday. Photo: Korean Central News Agency

North Korean state media announced that a detected ballistic missile launch off its east coast on Tuesday was a newly developed weapon test-fired from a submarine.

Why it matters: Pyongyang's latest in a series of recent missile launches into the sea happened hours after U.S. officials emphasized their commitment to restart negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which have stalled since talks broke down during the Trump administration, AP notes.

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