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More US lawmakers visit Taiwan, meteor rattles Utah: 5 Things podcast

On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Afghanistan one year later

The US withdrew its military from the country a year ago. Reporter Chris Kenning explains how many Afghan allies still haven’t reached the US Plus, more American lawmakers visit Taiwan, Russia may take a step forward on Brittney Griner release talks, a meteor’s sound scares some Utahns and Vanessa Bryant’s civil trial against Los Angeles County continue.

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Hit play on the player above to hear the podcast and follow along with the transcript below. This transcript was automatically generated, and then edited for clarity in its current form. There may be some differences between the audio and the text.

Taylor Wilson:

Buenos dias. I’m Taylor Wilson, and this is 5 Things you need to know Monday, the 15th of August, 2022. Today, one year since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, plus Russia may take a step forward on Brittney Griner release talks, and more .

Here are some of the top headlines:

  1. The death toll in a firework storage explosion in the Armenian capital of Yerevan has risen to six. The tragedy came at a popular market yesterday.
  2. Anne Heche has died. Her death of her comes nine days after she was pulled from a burning car and hospitalized in critical condition. The actress, known from a number of hit movies in the nineties and the soap opera Another World, was 53.
  3. And author Salman Rushdie has been taken off a ventilator and is now able to talk. He was stabbed last week while preparing to give a lecture in upstate New York.

It’s been one year since a chaotic and deadly US military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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