The Daily Populous

Wednesday August 18th, 2021 evening edition

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These 16 Republicans voted against speeding up visas for Afghans fleeing the Taliban.

16 Republicans voted against a bill that would speed up visas for Afghanistan civilians.

Many of the 16 Republicans have continued to attack Biden over Afghanistan.

The House overwhelmingly passed a bill to make it easier for Afghans who assisted the American military to relocate to the U.S.

The ALLIES Act removes some application requirements for Afghan special immigrant visas that led to long backlogs and wait times.

It also boosts the number of visas for Afghans by an additional 8,000 to 19,000.

As reports of Afghan people fleeing the Taliban spread across social media, many of these lawmakers attacked Biden. »

Texas school district makes masks part of dress code to get around Gov. Abbott's order

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A small Texas school district has made facial coverings part of its dress code, in a bid to get around Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order banning mask mandates.

"The Board believes the dress code can be used to mitigate communicable health issues, and therefore has amended the PISD dress code to protect our students and employees," the district said.

The vote was 5-1 to alter the dress code in the district, which will welcome back students on Thursday. »

Afghanistan's All-Girls Robotics Team is Desperately Fighting to Escape the Country

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The team, also known as Afghan Dreamers, have overcome many obstacles, such as war and poverty, to pursue their dreams of engineering and AI.

The 20-member team, which is comprised of girls aged 12 to 18, had been making Afghanistan proud by representing the country in global robotics tournaments.

Subsequent reports noted that the girls robotics team had gone missing, but these reports could not be confirmed at the time of writing. »

Pope Francis urges everyone to get COVID-19 vaccines for the good of all

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"They grant us the hope of ending the pandemic, but only if they are available to all and if we work together.".

1/6 Pope Francis holds the weekly general audience at the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican, August 11, 2021.

Pope Francis was himself vaccinated in March, saying at the time that it was an ethical obligation. »

Bush accused of showing ‘no self awareness’ after breaking silence on Afghanistan withdrawal

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Former US President George Bush has been accused of lacking any “self awareness” after breaking his silence on Afghanistan and saying American troops had not died in vain after falling to the Taliban.

Mr Bush said US forces “kept America safe from further terror attacks” during the 20-year war, after removing both Al-Qaeda and the Taliban from Afghanistan.

The Republican was accused of showing no “self awareness” after Afghanistan’s government, backed by the US, collapsed on Sunday without US forces, who are withdrawing. »