Feature

American apology

The week's news at a glance.

Kabul

The U.S. military has apologized and paid reparations to the families of Afghan civilians killed by Marines. In March, the Marines reportedly opened fire on cars and pedestrians, killing 19 people, after their convoy was rammed by a car bomb. “I stand before you today, deeply, deeply ashamed and terribly sorry,” Col. John Nicholson told the families. “The death and wounding of innocent Afghans at the hand of Americans is a stain on our honor and on the memory of the many Americans who have died defending Afghanistan.” Afghan officials have repeatedly told NATO commanders that civilian deaths are causing Afghans to resent the coalition presence while boosting the popularity of the Taliban. A Pentagon investigation that could result in charges against the Marines is continuing.

Recommended

Is China going to fry the global climate?
Xi Jinping.
Picture of Ryan CooperRyan Cooper

Is China going to fry the global climate?

Volunteers are writing and illustrating free books to help South African kids with reading
South African children read their books from Book Dash.
reading is fundamental

Volunteers are writing and illustrating free books to help South African kids with reading

Within 7 days, Bhutan fully vaccinates 90 percent of eligible adults
A man in Bhutan receives a COVID-19 vaccine.
success story

Within 7 days, Bhutan fully vaccinates 90 percent of eligible adults

10 things you need to know today: July 27, 2021
Biden and the Iraqi prime minister
Daily briefing

10 things you need to know today: July 27, 2021

Most Popular

Tom Brady's 'gentle' roast of Trump at Biden's White House: 'Deeply vicious'?
Tom Brady, Joe Biden
Quotables

Tom Brady's 'gentle' roast of Trump at Biden's White House: 'Deeply vicious'?

U.S. government sells one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album to cover Pharma Bro's debt
Martin Shkreli.
something you don't hear every day

U.S. government sells one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album to cover Pharma Bro's debt

Why some critics think the CDC's messaging on masking is 'astonishingly bad'
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
the coronavirus crisis

Why some critics think the CDC's messaging on masking is 'astonishingly bad'