Start Your Week Here: Afghan Voices, Overwhelmed Hospitals And A Diamond On Beyoncé

Published August 23, 2021 at 7:29 AM EDT
A U.S. Marine hands water to an Afghan waiting outside the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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A U.S. Marine passes out water to evacuees at Hamid Karzai International Airport on Saturday in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Good morning,

We're starting off the week with a mix of breaking news and developing stories, including:

COVID-19 cases: Infections are rising among adults and kids. Most people who have been hospitalized — including young children — are not fully vaccinated. Plus: The FDA has given full approval to the Pfizer vaccine.

Afghanistan eyewitnesses: With evacuations still underway, there are some voices that you need hear to understand the scope of the crisis. For more background on the Taliban and Afghanistan, read this timeline on the country's history and this post on how the Taliban makes money.

Beyoncé shines: The singer is once again turning heads, becoming the first Black woman to wear the iconic Tiffany diamond — and raising funds for HBCUs while she's at it.

🎧 Also, on Up First, our daily podcast, hear more about the chaotic scene at the airport in Kabul.

— The Morning Edition live blog team

(Dana Farrington, Nicole Hernandez, Carol Ritchie, Rachel Treisman, Nell Clark and Casey Noenickx)