August 23, Monday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1. A candidate supported by Japan’s main opposition party won the mayoral election in Yokohama on Sunday, dealing a blow to the main ruling Liberal Democratic Party. A record eight candidates vied to become the mayor of Yokohama City, which is located near Tokyo. 2. U.S. President Joe Biden says evacuation operations in Afghanistan are moving forward, but that discussions are underway about extending the August 31st deadline to withdraw U.S. troops from the country.
3. Forces in northern Afghanistan have been holding out against the Taliban, making it unclear whether the insurgent group will be able to rule the entire country.