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

1. The United States and more than 90 countries and organizations say they have received assurances from the Taliban on the safe departure of those who want to leave Afghanistan. The White House released a joint international statement on Sunday with Japan, Britain, the European Union and many other countries and organizations.
2. U.S. media say rockets were fired toward the Kabul airport on Monday. They report with no immediate reports of damage or casualties and no group yet claiming responsibility. The U.S. and allies are working to evacuate as many people as possible before Tuesday’s withdrawal deadline. 3. Foreign substances have been found in another lot of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine. They were spotted at a large vaccination center in the southern prefecture of Okinawa on Saturday.