August 19, Thursday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1. In Afghanistan, the Taliban appear to be speeding up efforts to establish a new government. The Taliban have stepped up their offensive and seized power as U.S. troops prepare to fully withdraw from the country this month.
2. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman says the United States and allies will continue to fight for Afghan women, using every diplomatic and economic tool to urge the Taliban to protect women’s rights.
3. The British government has announced plans to accept up to 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan. The Home Office on Wednesday disclosed the plan to relocate 5,000 people before the end of 2021 in line with a resettlement program that will prioritize women, girls and minorities most in need.