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Pentagon says deadly Kabul airstrike killed only civilians, not ISIS extremists
News/World: The U.S. Pentagon retreated from its defence of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing Friday that an internal review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first stated.
More climate pledges needed to avoid 'catastrophic' path, UN says
News/Science: A new report shows the world is on a "catastrophic pathway" toward a hotter future unless governments make more ambitious pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the head of the United Nations said Friday.
Plane departs Kabul for Doha carrying 170 foreigners and Afghans
News/World: The third chartered flight bringing civilians from Afghanistan to Qatar since U.S. forces withdrew last month took off on Friday with around 170 passengers on board, including U.S. and European citizens as well as Afghans, a Qatari official said.
With little chance of winning, Russia's hobbled opposition using election to highlight abuses
News/World: As Russians cast their ballots this weekend in a parliamentary election, numerous opposition members have been banned from running for office and more than a dozen have left the country amid a widespread political crackdown that's paved the way for the re-election of the ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin.
FDA panel is first key test for Biden COVID-19 booster plan
News/World: The Biden administration's plan to dispense COVID-19 booster shots to most Americans faced its first major hurdle Friday as a government advisory panel met to decide whether to endorse extra doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
Thousands of migrants converge near Texas bridge in latest U.S. border challenge
News/World: Thousands of migrants have converged under the bridge that connects Del Rio, Texas, and Mexico's Ciudad Acuña, creating a makeshift camp with few basic services in intense heat in the latest border emergency facing U.S. President Joe Biden.
Faroe Islands will review regulations after record dolphin slaughter
News/Science: The government of the Faroe Islands says it will review regulations governing its centuries-old tradition of hunting dolphins after graphic footage of the slaughter of a record catch of hundreds prompted an outcry.
Hundreds of migrating songbirds crash into New York City skyscrapers
News/Science: Hundreds of birds migrating through New York City this week died after crashing into the city's glass towers, a mass casualty event spotlighted by a New York City Audubon volunteer's tweets showing the World Trade Center littered with bird carcasses.
Opposition app pulled from online stores as Russians go to polls
News/World: An app created by allies of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny disappeared from Apple and Google stores on Friday as polls opened across Russia for three days of voting in a parliamentary election.
Firefighters wrap world's largest tree to protect it from California fire
News/World: Firefighters wrapped the base of the world's largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket as they tried to save a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias from wildfires burning in California's rugged Sierra Nevada.
Florida surpasses 50,000 COVID-19 deaths after especially deadly summer fuelled by delta variant
News/World: Florida surpassed 50,000 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began, health officials reported Thursday, with more than one-fourth of those succumbing this summer as the state battled a fierce surge in infections fuelled by the delta variant.
Father files $1M lawsuit after daughter's hair cut by Michigan teacher
News/World: The father of a seven-year-old Michigan girl whose hair was cut by a teacher without her parents' permission has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the school district, a librarian and a teacher's assistant.
Philippine President Duterte would rather die than face International Criminal Court, spokesperson says
News/World: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte would rather "die first" before facing an international tribunal, his spokesperson said Thursday, the day after the International Criminal Court announced it would investigate allegations of crimes against humanity during his bloody war on drugs.
Mayim Bialik, Ken Jennings to host Jeopardy! through 2021
News/Entertainment: Sony Pictures Television announced Thursday that Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will split Jeopardy! hosting duties for the remainder of the show's 38th season. The news comes after Mike Richards, who was initially chosen to replace beloved host Alex Trebek, stepped down following revelations about controversial comments he made.
White House offers to call Nicki Minaj after misinformed vaccine tweet goes viral
News/Entertainment: After her tweet about a friend's unverified story went viral, the Biden administration offered to call rapper Nicki Minaj and answer her questions about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.
1,428 dolphins killed on Faroe Islands in traditional hunt
News/Science: More than 1,400 white-sided dolphins were killed in the Faeroe Islands in the North Atlantic this weekend as part of a traditional hunt. Animal rights activists say it is the largest single hunt of whales or dolphins ever documented.