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Joe Biden holds virtual G7 meeting amid Afghanistan criticism – live

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German chancellor Angela Merkel calls withdrawal from Kabul ‘bitter’ as Boris Johnson pushes to extend evacuation deadline 2.50pm BST The Taliban said it would not allow the US and its allies to extend their 31 August deadline to complete the evacuation mission in Kabul.The AP reports: Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says his group will accept ‘no extensions’ to the deadline. He says life is returning to normal in the country but chaos at the airport remains a problem. Many Afghans are desperate to flee the Taliban takeover of the country. 2.34pm BST The top US spy, the CIA director William Burns, reportedly met secretly with the head of the Taliban on Monday in Kabul, in the highest-level diplomatic encounter since the militant group took over.According to a report in the Washington Post, unnamed US officials said Burns met the Taliban leader, Abdul Ghani Baradar, as the Biden administration continued efforts to evacuate US citizens and other allies amid chaos at the airport in Kabul. Related: Top US spy reportedly meets Taliban leader in Kabul amid evacuation chaos Continue reading…
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