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Views: Blue Mountain Lakes In Afghanistan

The winter landscape around the deep, blue mountain lakes of Band-e-Amir in the central Afghan province of Bamiyan presents an arresting spectacle empty of people – but the absence of visitors is costing locals dearly.

Band-e Amir, situated around 3,000 metres (9,840 ft) above sea level and a couple of hours drive from the renowned Buddhist sites of Bamiyan, usually attracts thousands of visitors a year seeking respite from the endless conflict.

All that changed this year as the Taliban swept through one province after another, culminating in the shock overthrow of the Western-backed government in Kabul in August and plunging the economy into crisis as vital foreign aid dried up.

Views: National Aquarium Abu Dhabi Opens (NOV 2021)

Hammerhead sharks, great barracudas and puffins are only some of the animals on view at The National Aquarium Abu Dhabi.

The attraction is the first to open in Al Qana, a new waterfront destination in the capital, and is home to 46,000 creatures and 300 species. Spanning more than 9,000 square metres, it is the largest aquarium in the Middle East and will open on Friday.

Technology: NASA Targets Asteroid With Spacecraft

NASA introduced the space agency’s first planetary defense test mission, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test or DART, a spacecraft they plan to launch later this month on a mission to crash into an asteroid.

Nature: Mangrove Swamps Of Gabon, Central Africa

The towering trees in Gabon’s mangrove swamps have helped to make the Central African country one of the world’s few net absorbers of carbon. However, many are under threat from urbanization, with former swamps being illegally cleared for construction.

Views: Munch Museum Opens In Oslo, Norway

‘The Scream,’ arguably the most iconic image in art, is the centerpiece of a new museum dedicated to its creator Edvard Munch in Oslo.

Munch Museum is an art museum in Oslo, Norway dedicated to the life and works of the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. As of the summer of 2021, 28000 pieces of art are being moved from the museum at Tøyen, to the museum at Bjørvika, Oslo.

News: Top 5 Stories For September 8, 2021 (Reuters)

September 8, 2021: Biden, Texas governor, Mexico earthquake, U.S. $3.5 trillion bill, Mask Mandates

1. President Joe Biden toured sites of deadly floods in the Northeast and said Hurricane Ida demonstrated the ravages of climate change as he pressed for investments to boost infrastructure and fight global warming.

2. Governor Greg Abbott made Texas the latest U.S. state to impose Republican-backed voting restrictions, signing a law that was swiftly challenged in court and criticized by President Joe Biden as part of an “all-out assault” on American democracy.

3. A powerful earthquake struck southwestern Mexico near the beach resort of Acapulco, killing at least one man and damaging buildings, authorities said.

4. A U.S. House of Representatives committee this week will attempt to advance sweeping legislation to expand healthcare benefits for the elderly and other social services as part of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion domestic investment plan.

5. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten crouched to sit at a first-graders’ table in a Florida school, chatting with masked 6-year-olds about books and their former kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Smith.

News: Top 5 Stories For September 6, 2021 (Reuters)

September 6, 2021: Hurricane Ida, Oil spill in Gulf, Vaccine boosters, Afghanistan, Guinea coup

1. Hurricane Ida’s death toll continued to rise, with many in the U.S. Northeast holding out hope for people missing in the floodwaters, while nearly 600,000 customers in Louisiana still lacked power a week after the storm made landfall.

2. A private dive team will try to locate the source of a suspected oil spill spotted in the Bay Marchand area of the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, after Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc in the region this week.

3. Top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said that officials were likely to soon get the regulatory go-ahead to administer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots made by Pfizer, although Moderna booster could take a little longer.

4. The Taliban claimed victory over opposition forces in the Panjshir valley northeast of Kabul, declaring that it completed the Islamist group’s takeover of Afghanistan and promising to announce a new government soon.

5. Soldiers who ousted Guinean President Alpha Conde summoned his ministers and top government officials to a meeting, a day after a coup which drew international condemnation.

Views: Two Andean Condors Released Back Into The Wild In Bolivia

The Andean condor is a South American bird in the New World vulture family Cathartidae and is the only member of the genus Vultur. Found in the Andes mountains and adjacent Pacific coasts of western South America, the Andean condor is the largest flying bird in the world by combined measurement of weight and wingspan. Two Andean condors were released back to the wild in the mountains of Bolivia after they were nursed back to health.

News: Top 5 Stories For August 20, 2021 (Reuters)

August 20, 2021: Biden, Afghanistan, Capitol bomb threat, Storm Grace, COVID booster shot, Australia

1. President Joe Biden is brushing off criticism of his administration’s chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal because he and his aides believe the political fallout at home will be limited, according to White House allies and administration officials.

2. A man who claimed to have a bomb in a pickup truck near the U.S. Capitol surrendered to police after a standoff that paralyzed a swath of Washington for more than five hours.

3. Tropical storm Grace dumped heavy rain on Mexico’s Caribbean coast but appeared to have spared tourist resorts serious damage as it moved across the Yucatan Peninsula into the Gulf of Mexico, where it was forecast to strengthen again.

4. The Biden administration’s plan to provide COVID-19 vaccine boosters is based on concerns that a decrease in the vaccines’ ability to protect against milder infections could also mean people will have less protection against severe illness, a premise that has yet to be proven, scientists said.

5. Two million residents of Sydney will be under nightly curfew from next week to slow the highly infectious Delta variant of coronavirus that is spreading across New South Wales state.