Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney said 'off the record' that Biden is not running for re-election in 2024: report
"Off the record, he's not running again," Rep. Maloney said during a New York Times interview. "On the record? No, he should not run again."President Joe Biden has been clear that he plans to run for a second term in 2024.
© Petros Giannakouris/AP A Taliban fighter secures the area as people queue to receive cash at a money distribution site organized by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. Petros Giannakouris/AP
- The Taliban's hopes of getting ahold of the $7 billion in frozen funds have for now been dashed.
- The Biden administration has ruled out releasing any of the frozen assets, the WSJ reported Monday.
- The administration stopped talks with the Taliban after the head of al Qaeda was found in Kabul.
The Taliban's hopes of getting its hands on $7 billion in reserves in Afghanistan's central bank have for now been dashed as the Biden administration rules out releasing the frozen assets that have been held by the US for the last year, according to a new report.
Column: Kabul's fall was a debacle, but long-term impact hasn't been as catastrophic as feared
A year later, U.S. influence in the world has not suffered tangibly from the messy end of the Afghan war.It was Biden’s worst foreign policy failure, and prompted warnings that more catastrophes would follow: not only the tragedy of Taliban rule over 38 million Afghans, but a resurgence of international terrorism and a collapse of U.S. influence around the world.
The Biden administration will not release any of the funds, and it has suspended talks with the Taliban on the matter after the US found and killed Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike late last month in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, US officials told The Wall Street Journal in a report published on Monday.
Here's how the US handled its first-ever monkeypox outbreak that infected dozens of people across several states
- Monkeypox is a rare disease that's usually found in Central and West Africa.
- It was detected across Europe and North America this summer, prompting the WHO to declare it a global health emergency.
- The US suffered its first monkeypox outbreak in 2003.
Monkeypox is a rare disease that's usually found in Central and West Africa and is detected among those who have traveled there.
'Don't forget about us,' Afghan women say, 1 year after Taliban's return to power
One year after the fall of Kabul, life for Afghanistan's women continues to worsen amid rising violence and regression of human rights. "Don’t forget about us," one Afghan woman, who asked us to call her Atefeh, told ABC News.
But at least a dozen cases were detected across Europe and in North America this summer, leaving experts scrambling to investigate the spread in non-endemic countries.
By late July, the monkeypox outbreak had spread to over 70 countries, and the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global health emergency. In August, the US declared the outbreak a public health emergency, allowing the White House to utilize emergency funds to fast-track testing and treatments.
Here's how the United States dealt with its first-ever monkeypox outbreak in 2003.
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The first monkeypox outbreak in the US happened in 2003.
In July 2003, there were 71 cases of monkeypox reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The cases came from several states: Wisconsin had 39 cases; Indiana, 16; Illinois, 12; Missouri, 2; Kansas, 1; and Ohio, 1.
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"The majority of patients were exposed to prairie dogs. Some patients were exposed in premises where prairie dogs were kept, and others were exposed to persons with monkeypox," the archived CDC website said.
CDC blamed a 'rapid and widespread' distribution of infected animals.
Following investigations, the CDC blamed the outbreak on monkeypox-positive animals that were intermingling with other animals and humans in different settings.
"In this outbreak, the rapid and widespread distribution of monkeypox-infected and potentially infected imported wild animals to distributors and potential buyers in several settings (e.g., pet stores, swap meets, and wild animal trade centers) in the United States and to other countries enabled epizootic spread through multiple states before effective interventions could be implemented," the CDC said.
Those who contracted monkeypox — as the Kautzer family did — were ordered to quarantine.
The smallpox vaccine was used to prevent monkeypox transmission.
Doctors used the smallpox vaccine to prevent the transmission of monkeypox. Smallpox is more severe than monkeypox, but both have similar symptoms.
Afghanistan marks 1 year since Taliban seizure as woes mount
KABUL (AP) — The Taliban on Monday marked a year since they seized the Afghan capital of Kabul, a rapid takeover that triggered a hasty escape of the nation's Western-backed leaders, sent the economy into a tailspin and fundamentally transformed the country. Bearded Taliban fighters, some hoisting rifles or the white banners of their movement, staged small victory parades on foot, bicycles and motor cycles in the streets of the capital. One small group marched past the former U.S. Embassy, chanting “Long live Islam” and “Death to America.
By June 2003, at least 30 people received the smallpox vaccine, including 28 adults and two children, the archived CDC site said.
The vaccine was given pre-exposure to some and postexposure to others.
"No serious adverse events were reported following smallpox vaccination," the CDC site said.
"We do not see recapitalization of the Afghan central bank as a near-term option," US Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West told the Journal in a statement.
White House defends Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal from 'advocates for endless war'
In a new memo, the White House is defending President Joe Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal last year, claiming it strengthened national security by freeing up military and intelligence resources that the United States can deploy in other areas. The White House also argued an imperfect deal negotiated by predecessors rendered inevitable a chaotic exit from the two-decade war.The memo comes as Republicans in Congress accuse Biden in a 100-page report of failing to prepare for the U.S. drawdown and knowingly misleading the country as it was underway. The investigation led by Rep.
"We do not have confidence that that institution has the safeguards and monitoring in place to manage assets responsibly," West added.
West also said that the Taliban's harboring of al-Zawahiri — who was heavily involved in planning the horrific 9/11 terror attacks and who has been leading Al Qaeda since Osama bin Laden's death in 2011 — heightened US concerns about releasing the funds.
"Needless to say, the Taliban's sheltering of al Qa'ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri reinforces deep concerns we have regarding diversion of funds to terrorist groups," West told the Journal.
Shortly after the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in August 2021 following the swift defeat of the Afghan army and stunning collapse of the Afghan government, the US and its international partners froze most of the country's central bank's nearly $10 billion in assets.
While the US is holding $7 billion in New York, another roughly $2 billion in frozen funds are being held by other countries.
Until recently, the US and the Taliban had been negotiating the release of $3.5 billion in Afghanistan's reserves, it was previously reported.
Last week, more than 70 economists and experts sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, urging the administration to release the $7 billion in frozen reserve funds.
The economists argued that Afghanistan's central bank needs the funds to help the struggling country combat severe economic and humanitarian woes, such as high inflation and a populace on the brink of starvation, among other concerns.
"The Taliban government has done horrific things, including but not limited to its appalling treatment of women and girls, and ethnic minorities," they wrote. "However, it is both morally condemnable and politically and economically reckless to impose collective punishment on an entire people for the actions of a government they did not choose."
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Republicans ramp up criticism of Biden over Afghanistan .
Republicans are amplifying their demands three months before November's midterm elections for President Joe Biden and his administration to be transparent over the deadly Afghanistan withdrawal one year after the Taliban toppled the U.S.-supported government following two decades of war. Republican criticism seeks, in part, to harden public opinion against Biden's handling of the withdrawal, which has become a defining moment of his presidency and precipitated a drop in his job approval, before this election cycle.