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News Wrap: Afghan government begins releasing Taliban prisoners

In our news wrap Tuesday, the government of Afghanistan began releasing Taliban prisoners, simultaneously urging the militant group to extend a three-day cease-fire. Dozens of inmates walked out of a jail near Kabul as part of the deal the U.S. signed with the Taliban in February. Also, Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, has dismissed fears that mainland China is moving to snuff out dissent.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: The city of Minneapolis fired four police officers in the death of an unarmed black man last night. A bystander's video shows a white officer pressing his knee on the man's neck as he pleads that he cannot breathe.

    We will take a closer look after the news summary.

    The government in Afghanistan began releasing 900 Taliban prisoners today, and it urged the militants to extend a three-day cease-fire. Dozens of inmates walked out of the Bagram Jail near Kabul. The release was part of a deal that the U.S. signed with the Taliban back in February.

    Hong Kong's chief executive has dismissed fears that mainland China is moving to snuff out dissent. China's ceremonial legislature is considering a bill to rein in pro-democracy protests that rocked Hong Kong last year.

    But Carrie Lam said today, it is for the greater good.

  • Carrie Lam:

    We are a very free society. So, for the time being, people have the freedom to say whatever they want to say.

    But, ultimately, what is to be provided in this piece of legislation is for all of us to see in order to be assured that Hong Kong's freedoms will be preserved.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The commander of the Chinese army garrison in Hong Kong said today that his troops will firmly enforce Beijing's orders.

    Back in this country, the Pentagon's deputy inspector general, Glenn Fine, resigned weeks after he was removed as overseer of pandemic relief spending. In a brief statement, he praised the watchdog role of inspectors general. In recent weeks, President Trump has fired the I.G.s for the State Department and the intelligence community.

    The Republican governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, is now offering to host the party's national convention in August. The president has threatened to pull the event from Charlotte, North Carolina, over pandemic restrictions. He said today that he needs an answer within a week.

    Another Republican governor, Ron DeSantis of Florida, said today that he also is willing to host the convention.

    The White House announced that, starting next year, Medicare co-pays for insulin will be capped at $35. Recipients who select drug plans with the new benefit could save about $450 a year. President Trump announced it as he looks to shore up support among seniors, who have taken the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic.

    And Costa Rica is now the first Central American country to legalize same-sex marriage. The country's Supreme Court had ruled in 2018 that a ban on gay unions was unconstitutional. That ruling formally took effect today, after the National Congress failed to pass a law addressing the issue.

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