September 20, Monday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

1.The presidents of the United States and France will speak over the phone in the coming days. It will be the first talk since a diplomatic row erupted over Australia’s decision to cancel its submarine deal with France. Australia decided to scrap its plan to develop submarines with France and instead opted for U.S. and U.K. technological support to acquire its first nuclear-powered submarines.
2.An exhibition of more than 600,000 white flags honoring Americans who have died of COVID-19 opened Friday at Washington’s National Mall in the United States. Artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg created the installation. One flag represents one person in the U.S. who had died from the disease. The flags cover 80,000 square meters of green fields.
3. A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying the first all-civilian crew launched into orbit has safely returned to Earth. The capsule carrying Isaacman and three others blasted off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida on Wednesday and orbited the Earth for about three days. While in space, the crew gazed at the Earth through the capsule’s observation window and chatted with patients of the children’s hospital.