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breaking overnight on "world news now," the taliban takes kabul. >> afghanistan back in taliban control, striking panic in the streets. the u.s. racing to evacuate americans. what the taliban is promising will happen next. in haiti, the death toll is soaring after a catastrophic earthquake. homes and businesses are destroyed, forcing many to sleep in the streets, with little or no food, water, or electricity. our reporter is there. schools looking for bus drivers. the extreme measures and signing bonuses. and humanitarian concern in afghanistan. years ago, the taliban all but eliminated women's rights. now, the group is promising women and young girls will be safe. a target of the taliban now speaking out. it's monday, august 16th.
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>> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." we will get to all of the major headlines in afghanistan. just a moment. we want to reintroduce kalee hartung here, filling in for mona, from los angeles. the first half hour, not too bad. >> we made it. we survived. we got through the first half hour. >> you worked through the weekend. and that redeye from l.a. to new york. >> living on west coast time, working on east coast time, has me all twisted up any why. why not take the overnight shift? i'm thrilled to be here and back in new york and with you for the first time. >> thank you. thanks for joining us. we will have fun on this show, i promise. >> i believe you. first, we are going to begin with the fall of afghanistan. the scramble to escape the country and the political fallout for the biden administration. >> it's daytime in kabul. this is a video of the presidential palace, taken by the taliban.
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the islamic group promising a peaceful transfer of power hours after the afghan president fled the country. >> at kabul airport, afghans hoping to leave the nation, are trapped, as commercial flights are suspended. americans in kabul, waiting for thousands of u.s. troops sent back to the region to bring them to safety. place, after the afghan capital, and last government stronghold, fell to the taliban. this footage from al jazeera appears to show taliban fighters inside the presidential palace, declaring the islamic emirate of afghanistan. with nearly all of the country seized by the taliban in just over a week. president ashraf ghani fleeing as the presence of afghanistan winds down. >> we went to afghanistan 20 years ago, with one mission in mind. that was to deal with the people who attacked us on 9/11. that mission has been successful. >> reporter: president biden sending more troops, a total of 6,000, to help speed up the
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emergency evacuation of u.s. personnel and some afghan visa applicants. embassy staff was told to destroy sensitive equipment and documents. the american flag lowered. the ambassador and embassy operations moved to the airport for safety. president biden briefed by his team, including general mckenzie, who met with the taliban in doha on sunday. warning them not to interfere with the u.s. mission as they work to get everyone out of afghanistan. on the streets of kabul, fear and uncertainty. long lines at banks, as residents look to withdraw their life savings. desperate scenes at the border with pakistan and chaos at the airport, as thousands look to flee. women, especially the girls who have grown up with freedom and rights, are now worried that can change. joint chiefs chairman mark milley says they are reassessing the terror threat. in june, milley and lloyd austin told lawmakers and the whose there was a medium risk of
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terror groups reforming within two years. milley told senators that timeline has been reduced. last month, president biden said it was lilyhat the taliban could overrun afghanistan. today, he is facing harsh criticism, mainly from republicans, and the gop calling it a disaster. gop lawmakers are using the words failure, haphazard and chaotic. to describe the u.s. withdrawal. ben sasse compared it to the fall of saigon. he also took former president trump to task, saying that he and biden deliberately decided to lose. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz has spent a lot of time in afghanistan and has been in touch with people that have incredible stories. martha? >> andrew and kaley, one of the things we all have to think about is the women of afghanistan. the young girls in afghanistan. women and young girls under taliban rule 20 years ago and they are now going to be ruled by the taliban again.
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there was a young girl, who i spoke to, a little over a month ago when i was in kabul, who was badly injured in a bombing that killed 80 others. in her school. she was so determined to go back to school. taliban said they can go back to school. i, for one, don't believe them. the taliban has a purpose. it is shar lthat. that is something we have to keep our eye on. there is an incredible woman, who i spoke to who started a business under the taliban. secretly making dresses. that business has grown. i spoke to her over a month ago. she doesn't want to leave the country. she wants to stay and fight even though the taliban is coming in. she sent her own family out but she is determined to stay. i think all of us have to hope and i think all of us just have to hope and hope that they will continue their education in some way, and that the taliban will not prevail. right now, it is more of a
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catastrophic situation. an grew -- andrew and kaylee? >> women's rights of grave concern. >> martha, thank you. we'll look at the plight of afghan women ahead in this half hour. now, to the catastrophic earthquake in haiti, killing at least 1,300 people. crews are still searching for survivors but that death toll is expected to climb. it's just the latest disaster to hit the tiny nation still rebuilding from the 2010 earthquake. abc's matt gutman is there. >> reporter: in western haiti, the desperate search under way, after saturday morning's earthquake reduced many buildings to rubble, trapping an untold number of people beneath. the wound of an entire nation has been torn open, and hundreds more still missing. it's a race against time. saturday's 7.2 quake, was more powerful than the devastating earthquake that killed more than 250,000 people here in haiti. this quake struck in a much more rural area. the roads to get to the rural areas are nearly impassable.
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there's tangled debris on the roadways and gangs roaming the roadways, allegedly hijacking aid convoys. still, foreign rescue teams flooding in to provide aid. >> logistics getting to this area are extremely challenging and dangerous at times. we're working and hoping that safe passage for humanitarians is guaranteed. >> reporter: makeshift hospitals being formed in the open air. mark donald and his family have been using their personal van as an ambulance to help rescue residents. >> the hospital is really packed. we've been taking people from the airport, coming from port-au-prince. we can't tell you how many people we are helping. >> reporter: from the ruins, moments of hope and anguish. hours after the quake, a woman and child pulled from the rubble alive. but as night fell, this mother overtaken with grief. the body of her 7-year-old daughter, esther danielle, recovered.
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3,500 homes destroyed. many living out of makeshift tents. and the earthquake has placed further strain on the nation's strapped resources. >> we don't have electricity. we don't have water. >> reporter: phone lines are also down. this haitian community in columbus, ohio, trying to reach loved ones. >> i have my sister, my brother, my uncle. and i don't know if they're alive or what happened to them. >> reporter: haiti can't seem to catch a break. first, there was the assassination of its president last month. covid is rampant here. and now, a tropical storm is bearing down on the region. >> matt gutman on the ground in haiti. thank you. starting today, new york city becomes the first city in the nation to require proof of vaccination for indoor activities.that ilus entertainm. the enforcement of the mandate starts september 13th. the delta variant is driving a summer surge of covid
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infections. the daily average of cases is up 930% from mid-june. and the texas state supreme court has ruled that the governor can ban mask requirements after school districts and counties across the state defied the order. we're just getting started on this monday morning. coming up, wildfires in the west are triggering thousands of new evacuations. with so many kids heading back to school for in-person learning, why school districts nationwide are now facing shortages of bus drivers. and later, why the taliban takeover of afghanistan is sounding a new alarm, among the country's women and girls. you're watching "world news now."
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qualifies. or call the number on your screen. coventry direct, redefining insurance. heavy rain brought flooding to the university of texas in austin. video captured water drenching a ground floor of a gymnasium there. parts of the state capital was closed because of the flooding. a lot more rain is coming to the south in the form of tropical storm fred. that storm is heading for florida's panhandle, with gusty winds and flash flooding and possible tornadoes. a massive wildfire in utah has forced people from their homes. the fast-moving blaze erupting in a canyon east of salt lake city.
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the flames are threatening homes and businesses and power lines. there's about 100 large wildfires burning in more than a dozen states in the west. in the wake of new york governor's andrew cuomo's decision to resign, kathy hochul iski toet hse apa from the former administration's scandals. last week, cuomo agreed to step down after an investigation found that he sexually harassed 11 women. now, hochul is vowing to uphold a zero tolerance policy towards sexual misconduct. during her tenure. and calling his alleged behavior repulsive and unlawful. many districts across the country say they are struggling to hire school bus drivers. reports say many former drivers left their posts over covid safety concerns while others sought out private sector jobs. some school districts have resorted to offering incentives, like signing bonuses and paid training to attract new hires. let's go abroad. a growing chorus of visitors to the buckingham palace gardens are claiming they had a less than royal experience.
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>> the gardens were open to the public for the first time earlier this year. since then visitors have bombarded the trip web site trip adviser with unsavory reviews. claiming a tourist trap. >> there goes the five-star rating. they say overpriced food, fenced-off areas and overbears security were the complaints. i thought the security just stand there. am i wrong? >> you're not wrong. but if anyone deserves adequate security, maybe buckingham palace should be locked up tight. >> overpriced food, come on. any tourist destination, will be overpriced food. >> how much can a cucumber sandwich cost? >> apparently enough to go on trip visor and leave a bad review. >> 4 1/2 stars. that's not so bad. >> 4 1/2, that's my limit. anything under 4.5, might as well be a zero.
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coming up, an amazing find by a thrift store. and a more amazing journey leading it back to its rightful owner. the growing alarm among women and girls in afghanistan and the brave call to courage by a trail-blazing young woman who defied the taliban more than a decade ago. you're watching "world news now."
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the growing crisis in afghanistan galvanized hundreds the growing crisis in afghanistan galvanized hundreds gather in front of the white house. >> they are calling on the international community to help those fleeing the country amid the government collapsing. the president fleeing and the taliban taking over the capital kabul. >> i don't think anybody is feeling more fear in afghanistan than the country's women and girls. >> one that has raised her voice before, is raising her voice amid alarm and urgency. >> we call upon our sisters around the world, to be brave, to embrace the strength within themselves. >> reporter: malala voicing concern about the taliban taking control of afghanistan. tweeting, i am deeply worried about women, minorities and
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human rights advocates. global, regional and local powers must call for an immediate cease-fire, provide urgent humanitarian aid and provide refugees and civilians. the 24-year-old human rights activist was on a school bus when she was shot in the face by taliban gunmen in 2009. the nobel peace prize winner leading a chorus of voices, concerned about the future of these women. >> we're in a situation where there's a lot of people who fought for their future with great courage. they will be faced with the challenge of, do you speak up against men with ak-47s? >> reporter: the taliban ruled afghanistan for five years, until the 2001 u.s.-led invasion. in that time, the fundamentalist group banned education for girls and women the right to work. and refused to let them travel outside their homes without a male relative to accompany them. but this morning, women and
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malala's call to courage. >> the bullet will not silence us. >> we will not go back to the dark era. what should i be scared of? this is my homeland. my land. >> reporter: a taliban spokesperson says women and young girls will be safe. but we're already hearing reports that women are being told to stay home and not go to work. >> christine, you and your family fled iran just before the islamic revolution there. do you see similarities with what is happening now in afghanistan? >> absolutely. i was 11-year-olds old when my family and i left iran right before the islamic revolution. we left everything behind. our home, our belongings. i was fortunate that my father was american and my mother is of iranian background. we were able to find freedom.
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i'm watching all that is going on in afghanistan and it's bringing back so many nightmares. >> thank you for that personal insight. >> my pleasure. and the situation is so hard especially when you put in perspective, that women in afghanistan gained the right to vote in 1919, one year before the women in the u.s. gained that right. >> there's social strides there. and martha raddatz reported earlier, young girls were going to school as early as a week ago. now, many of them say they are not going to go. some of the taliban leaders say, we'll allow girls and women to go to school. they didn't back in 2001. and i think this has been a chief concern for our leaders here and abroad. >> everything now in jeopardy. everything in question. and you can't help but think back to the pictures we saw, from the airport. the fear, the scramble, not knowing what tomorrow will bring.
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♪ okay. let's lighten things up. time, now, for "the mix." we're starting with a hidden treasure discovered at a thrift store in north carolina. >> and in the most unexpected place. this marriage certificate, dating back 146 years to 1875, was tucked inside a picture frame by a thrift store employee. >> it was issued in new jersey for a man named william and a woman named katie. our wilmington affiliate aired a tacy pretty much all the information they had, right? our wilmington affiliate aired a story. and eagle-eyed viewers tracked down the couple's great granddaughter. >> she plans to frame the certificate and have it displayed possibly in a museum. i would keep that for myself. >> a little family history.
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maybe would go in the living room. now, let's introduce you to a woman that is not only breaking records but breaking boundaries. >> amy palmeiro winters has broken the female competition on a treadmill. 21 hours, 43 minutes and 29 seconds. here's the best part. you see it there. she did it in a prosthetic. >> i can't even. she lost her leg back in 1994, after her motorcycle collided with another vehicle. and 25 surgeries later, she is back to running marathons, stronger than ever. i'm blown away. >> she has earned her first, hopefully not last, guinness world record title. from running to something that is more my speed, and that is talking about napping, while running errands, by the way. >> audi has released the plans for its transforming all-electric, self-driving concept car. it's called the skysphere. >> it sits like a sports car
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when the driver is at the wheel, which should be at all times. when the computer takes over, it shape-shifts, expanding and folding away both the steering wheel and pedals so that the driver can take a nap. >> alas, the whole idea may be a bit more than a dream. the car would not likely pass a crash test. >> yeah. you think? i mean, we already have sort of an issue with some teslas, and the auto drive, auto pilot, whatever, people falling asleep behind the wheel. luckily, it is a concept car. >> cars are meant to be driven. and wildlife cooling off from the scorching heat. >> the wildlife park in washington caught these bears on camera, playing in a pond, and a wolf in a pool. and wolverines pawing through an ice bath. >> they will do anything to cool down, as temperatures in washington reached up to 96 degrees over the weekend. i thought it was hot in new york. >> wild animals are just like
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us, except they can kill you.
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breaking news on "america this morning." taliban take over. chaos in afghanistan as extremists take the country. the scramble to evacuate americans still on the ground. thousands of u.s. troops redeploy redeployed. the new questions this morning about what comes next. >> facing backlash. the fall out this morning for president biden as critics slam his handling of afghanistan. republicans comparing the situation in kabul saigon. the massive earthquake in haiti. more than 1,300 dead. the new fears

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