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Top Pentagon leaders testify on Afghanistan withdrawal and aftermath

Top Pentagon leaders, including Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, testified publicly before lawmakers for the first time since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. CBS News' Natalie Brand reports on their testimony, and then Mark Jacobson, former deputy NATO senior civilian representative for Afghanistan, joined CBSN to discuss the fallout.
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Spanish ISIS ring quashed by anti-terror op
Spanish authorities shut down a suspected ISIS terror cell on the resort island of Mallorca with a series of raids across Europe.
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Germany: Erdogan guards not welcome after DC brawl
Germany has warned Turkey that members of President Erdogan's security detail who were involved in a brawl in Washington "are not welcome in Germany."
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6 injured as car hits crowd celebrating Eid in the UK
An incident in which a car hit six pedestrians following an Eid al-Fitr event in Newcastle, England, is not thought to be linked to terrorism, police said Sunday.
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Grenfell Tower: Manslaughter charges possible
London's Metropolitan Police Service says it is considering manslaughter charges among possible criminal offenses in relation to the Grenfell Tower fire.
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Theresa May's Brexit plan criticized
British PM Theresa May's plan to secure the rights of EU nationals after Brexit has been labeled "not sufficient," by the head of the European Commission.
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Violent homophobia festers in Erdogan's shadow
Although homosexuality in Turkey is legal, the country has a troubling problem with human rights violations against LGBTI+ people -- and it may be getting worse.
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Brexit: Prime Minister May offers deal to allow EU citizens to stay in UK
In a Brexit divorce deal offering, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday said European Union citizens will be given the opportunity to stay in the United Kingdom after it leaves the EU.
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Ana Roš: The female chef putting Slovenia on the map
Five years ago, few people would have put trying Slovenian food on their bucket list.
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London fire: 600 other high-rises being tested
The UK is carrying out tests on 600 high-rise buildings across England which are covered in cladding in response to the fire at Grenfall Tower in London..
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British schoolboys don skirts to protest shorts ban
As a record-breaking heat wave grips Britain, some teenage boys are protesting their school's "no shorts" policy by donning skirts instead.
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Finsbury Park terror attack victim dies
A 51-year-old man who suffered "multiple injuries" during the Finsbury Park terror attack in London earlier this week has died, British police said on Thursday.
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Prince Philip discharged from hospital
Prince Philip, the 96-year-old husband of Britain's Queen, was discharged from hospital on Thursday, two days after being admitted as a "precautionary measure."
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Cumulative extremism: Why terror is like a 'perverted comic book'
When one man was killed and 10 people were injured in north London after a van plowed into Muslim worshipers early Monday morning, the majority of the world mourned. Stories of heroes surfaced. And calls for solidarity rang from communities of all stripes.
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Queen's hat has striking similarity to the EU flag; theories fly on Twitter
Queen Elizabeth II showed up to her speech at Parliament on Wednesday wearing a hat with striking similarities to the EU flag.
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Explosive TATP used in Brussels Central Station attack, initial exam shows
The powerful explosive TATP was used in the failed Brussels train station attack, according to an initial assessment of the remains of the device, a senior Belgian counter-terrorism official told CNN Wednesday. The official also said investigators believe the TATP failed to detonate because of the poor preparation of the explosive, which Belgium's federal prosecutor's office believes was made at the suspect's home.
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Queen's Speech renews doubt over Trump visit
US President Donald Trump's planned state visit to the UK wasn't mentioned in the Queen's Speech, prompting new doubts over whether the trip will happen at all.
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Peter Scolari’s life in photos
Peter Scolari, the well-acclaimed actor who made a name for himself with Tom Hanks on "Bosom Buddies," is highlighted in photos shining a light on his amazing career.
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Where Have All the Workers Gone?
The U.S. economy right now is a little bit like Dune.Not Frank Herbert’s magisterial sci-fi epic novel, or Denis Villeneuve’s new and reportedly sumptuous film adaptation. I mean David Lynch’s infamously bewildering 1984 movie version, which is remembered mostly for being a semi-glorious mess. Like that space oddity, today’s economy is too strange to neatly categorize as “clearly great” or “obviously terrible.” You keep waiting for it to just be normal. But it stays weird—big economic indicators point in conflicting directions—so you have to accept that nothing is going to make sense for a while, and maybe it’ll be okay.Americans are buying more stuff than ever before. That’s good. But because of supply constraints, it can feel like there’s a painful shortage of just about everything. That’s bad. Economic growth is booming, but the president’s approval rating on the economy is falling, which is a historically odd juxtaposition. Businesses everywhere are struggling to fill jobs, which sounds bad, but employer pain is workers’ gain, and wages are rising, which is wonderful. But because prices are rising too, inflation-adjusted hourly-wage growth actually declined in September, which is not wonderful.The strange October economy is a chapter within a broader saga of strangeness. Last year, COVID-19 put our economy in a time warp by forcing tens of millions of Americans to stay home, destroying millions of jobs, and accelerating the digitization of at-home shopping and entertainment. The pandemic thrust many people back into the homestead economy of the 1830s, while also re-creating the Depression-era economy of the 1930s and advancing into the virtual economy of the 2030s. Like the dreams of the Dune boy-hero Paul Atreides, the U.S. economy is experiencing the disorienting superposition of multiple timelines.The great mystery of this moment is the labor shortage. America’s GDP is larger than it was in February 2020. But the total economy is down about 7 million workers. That’s akin to the entire labor force of Pennsylvania sitting on the sidelines. In September, the number of people working or actively looking for work mysteriously declined, which is not what you would expect to see in a rapidly growing economy with simmering inflation. Wages are rising. Job openings are everywhere. But we’re running out of people who seem to want a job right now.[Derek Thompson: America is running out of everything]So what’s going on? Where are all the workers?That might sound like a stupid question, on account of this is a pandemic. More than 10,000 Americans are still dying of COVID-19 every week. Tens of thousands more are sick from recent infections or lingering symptoms. Millions more might be scared of throwing their body in front of the coronavirus by going back to work among rude customers who might refuse vaccines, masks, or any sense of human decency. Finally, more than 700,000 people have died from COVID-19, and although it’s ghoulish to treat these deaths predominantly as a loss for the labor force, that the virus has killed many American workers is nonetheless undeniable.But when you look closely, the direct effects of COVID-19 don’t explain very much. Most pandemic deaths have been among elderly people, not Americans of prime working age. And COVID fears have lessened over the past few months. Even so, the number of Americans under 65 looking for work is still shrinking.“What’s most puzzling to me is that the labor shortage is everywhere,” Jason Furman, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Barack Obama, told me. “It’s everywhere, and it’s every industry. Every small-business person I talk to has a story. And this is coinciding with large increases in nominal wages. So what are people doing? How are they getting by?”The most complete explanation is that the massive fiscal-policy response to the pandemic reduced the urgency of looking for work. The United States has spent trillions of dollars to help families get through the economic deep freeze, via stimulus checks, expanded unemployment benefits, and the moratorium on student-loan interest payments. National eviction bans have taken pressure off renters. Then there’s the record-high surge in savings among families who haven’t gone on vacation or splurged on experiences in more than a year. Add to that the fact that job openings have hit record highs—which means people know that if they wait a month or three, there will still be jobs aplenty to apply to. Seeing this whole picture, more Americans clearly feel like they can take a more leisurely approach to going back to work.Surveys bear this out. A monthly questionnaire by the hiring company Indeed found that the most common reasons given for not looking for work right now are “having an employed spouse” and having a “financial cushion,” followed by “care responsibilities” and then “COVID fear.” These might seem like distinct reasons, but we can knit them all together into one meta-explanation: People can afford to prioritize family care and avoid COVID-19, for now, because of savings and working partners.The labor shortage fits into a broader picture of workplace turmoil. Widespread media reports assert that strikes are “sweeping the labor market,” although it’s a bit unclear whether the frequency of strikes or the volume of the media coverage is what’s increasing. What’s more certain is that Americans are quitting their jobs at record numbers, especially in the leisure and hospitality sector. The “Great Resignation” seems to be accelerating, alongside a remote-work revolution in the knowledge economy.This raises a bigger question: Is this a new normal? For now, much of the labor force seems to be participating in a kind of distributed protest against the status quo of work in America. As more people reject the office, spend more time with their family, or avoid returning to work entirely, this may be a pivotal turning point in the relationship between labor and capital.Or maybe not! Perhaps we are suspended in an air bubble in history, and perhaps it will pop in the next year. Eventually, Americans will go back to work, where bosses will still boss them around, employers can still fire them, unions are still rare, and real wage growth is still slow. President Joe Biden is stumping for a social-infrastructure bill that would include paid family leave, expanded child tax credits, and subsidized child care. But the fate of that bill is highly uncertain.[Derek Thompson: The Great Resignation is accelerating]Whether or not today’s worker revolt becomes tomorrow’s worker revolution, what’s abundantly clear is that America needs more workers. America’s prime-age population stopped growing more than a decade ago, and because of declining fertility rates, it’s unlikely to recover through natural growth alone. If the U.S. needs more workers, the arithmetic is straightforward: We need more immigrants.Welcoming immigrants is more complicated than putting up a Help Wanted sign at the border. Democrats are looking for ways to expand legal immigration—a matter of moral and long-term economic urgency—while avoiding a xenophobic backlash from the right. One great way to do this would be to “recapture” surplus permanent-residency visas, or green cards, that went unclaimed in previous years. Since 1992, hundreds of thousands of green cards authorized by Congress have not been issued because of administrative hiccups; last year, unused green cards reached a record high. As a result, the U.S. could extend permanent-residency visas to more than 100,000 immigrants—essentially liberalizing immigration law without technically increasing the total number of visas already authorized by Congress. This would be a clever first step in allowing more legal immigration without spooking Americans who are, for a variety of reasons, resistant to dramatic changes in the number of people the U.S. admits.Eventually, Americans will spend down their savings and millions of people will come back from the sidelines and start working again. When they do, America will still need more workers to build houses, staff restaurants, run hotels, and care for the elderly—fields that are now experiencing serious worker shortages and that, in the past, have provided many immigrants with their first foothold in the U.S. economy. More immigration would fill more vacancies, stimulate more demand, and lead to more new ideas, new companies, and new technologies. What stands in the way of this abundance agenda is little more than an irrational fear of new Americans’ contributions. In economic policy, as in interstellar psychological warfare, fear is the mind killer.
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What Israelis and Palestinians expect from Trump's visit
From a checkpoint in Bethlehem to a bus station in Haifa, Palestinians and Israelis tell CNN what they hope Donald Trump will achieve during his visit.
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Israelis on edge before Trump visit
Only days before President Donald Trump visits Jerusalem, Israeli politicians describe an atmosphere of "nervousness" and "confusion."
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Saudis are welcoming Trump's visit with open arms
A south Asian merchant sits on a blanket covered with neatly arranged twigs. He is surrounded by men eager to get their hands on his product. To an outsider, the scene is puzzling. But the twigs are tooth cleaners known as miswak, and they harken back to the time of Islam's Prophet Mohammed.
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Rouhani takes strong lead in Iran's presidential election
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is course to win a second term as preliminary results on Saturday put the incumbent ahead of his conservative rival by a wide margin.
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Syria: ISIS militants kill dozens near Salamiyah
At least 47 people, many of them civilians, were killed by ISIS militants Thursday near the government-held city of al-Salamiyah in central Syria, a senior member of the pro-government National Defense Force told CNN.
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Rouhani, the ultimate insider, pledges change
He may be the ultimate insider, but Hassan Rouhani is running like the anti-establishment candidate.
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Beirut gay pride event a first for Lebanon
The first ever gay pride event is taking place this week in Lebanon, a country where homosexual acts are still considered a crime.
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Latest al Qaeda propaganda highlights bin Laden's son
A new propaganda message featuring the son of Osama bin Laden could be evidence that the militant group is trying to rejuvenate its global appeal by using a new generation of the bin Laden family.
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A 'day of reckoning' in Iraq's battle against ISIS
Flies buzz around the drying rivulets of blood seeping from the heads of two corpses draped over the hood of a Humvee.
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Trump to dive into Mideast conflict on first presidential trip
Donald Trump is set to meet Palestinian and Israeli leaders almost back-to-back on his first foreign trip as US President.
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Mosul victory in sight -- at a cost
Iraqis' final push on Mosul sends civilians fleeing, but commanders see a tough victory ahead.
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US-backed rebels say they wrested key Syrian city from ISIS
US-backed rebels said they "liberated" the strategic Syrian city of Tabqa and a nearby dam from ISIS.
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Turkey seeks reversal of US plan to arm Kurds
Turkey lashed out at Washington's plan to send arms to Kurdish rebels fighting ISIS in Syria, calling for an end to a strategy that has long rattled Ankara.
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UN gender equality report gives insight into Arab male identity
Across Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, 10,000 men and women were asked about gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa.
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Netanyahu's criminal investigation drags on
A months-long criminal investigation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hangs over the Israeli leader as he prepares to host President Donald Trump later this month.
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Turkey, Israel clash over Jerusalem
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday lashed out at Israel and urged more Muslims to visit the Temple Mount, or Noble Sanctuary, site in Jerusalem.
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ISIS leader in Afghanistan was killed, US confirms
The ISIS leader in Afghanistan, Sheikh Abdul Hasib, was killed in an April 27 raid conducted by Afghan special security forces and US troops, Afghan and US authorities said Sunday.
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Taliban take district in Kunduz province
The Taliban have captured a district in northern Afghanistan, police tell CNN, reportedly forcing thousands of people to flee.
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Ismail Haniya elected new Hamas leader
A longtime senior Hamas official was elected Saturday to replace the Palestinian militant group's outgoing head, Khaled Meshaal, an official in Meshaal's office told CNN.
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Syria ceasefire in four zones to start Saturday
A ceasefire in four zones outlined in a new Syria peace plan by Russia, Turkey and Iran is scheduled to go into effect Saturday, Russian state media reported.
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Syria safe zones agreed upon at ceasefire talks
Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed Thursday to create four de-escalation zones in Syria, Russian and Turkish state media reported, in the latest effort to resolve that country's six-year conflict.
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Dozens killed in Iran coal mine explosion
A gas explosion left 35 coal miners dead Wednesday in northeastern Iran, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency.
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Hamas presents new policy document
The Palestinian militant group Hamas unveiled a new policy document Monday that sees the group accepting for the first time the idea of a Palestinian state that would fall within the borders that existed in 1967, before Israel took control of the West Bank, Gaza and all of Jerusalem.
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Hamas leader issues direct plea to Trump to seize 'historic opportunity'
The leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas has told CNN that US President Donald Trump has an "historic opportunity" to find an "equitable solution" for the Palestinian people.
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Moscow not laughing (this time) about Trump's troubles
There was a time, not so long ago, when Russian officials seemed to be openly reveling in the political chaos engulfing their geopolitical rival.
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Austria set for snap election
Austria will hold a snap parliamentary election on October 15 after the country's coalition government collapsed.
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Putin warns against 'intimidating' North Korea
Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned North Korea's latest missile launch as "dangerous" but warned against "intimidating" Pyongyang.
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Macron names Edouard Philippe Prime Minister
French President Emmanuel Macron has named Edouard Philippe, the 46-year-old Mayor of Le Havre, as his Prime Minister.
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101-year-old skydiver sets new record
Verdun Hayes, a 101-year-old man from southwest England has become the world's oldest tandem skydiver. Hayes completed the record-breaking dive from 15,000 feet Sunday along with eight members of his family.
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Putin performs unexpected piano recital in Beijing
Vladimir Putin, Russia's leading Renaissance man, has just shown off yet another hidden talent: He's a trained pianist.
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