Trump zigzags on gun reform
President Trump again appears to be walking back from support for gun background-check legislation. Following the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, that left 31 dead, the president voiced support for significant new legislation on background checks. But recent public remarks show him following a familiar path to appeal to his party and the NRA, say reporters Josh Dawsey and David Nakamura.

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Peace talks stall between the U.S. and the Taliban 
The latest round of peace talks between the United States and the Taliban failed last week to reach a hoped-for breakthrough, after both sides left seeking consultation with their leadership. 

The parties have been negotiating for almost a year on a deal to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. This comes after what the United Nations has called the deadliest month in several years, with 1,500 civilians killed or wounded in July. 

Pamela Constable is The Post’s bureau chief in Kabul and Islamabad. She says that many Afghans are concerned that upcoming elections in Afghanistan could derail the peace talks. 

Despite the talks, Afghanistan has witnessed increased incidents of violence across the region – many of them occurring in schools, say Jon Gerberg, a video journalist for The Post. He says, “There is no safe institution that’s insulated from the violence in one way or another.”

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‘It just shows how it’s natural. People are born that way.’ (Penguins, too, apparently.)
Berlin is the latest city with penguins that have formed a same-sex couple, after king penguins Skipper and Ping took a liking to each other and showed a desire to become parents. After they unsuccessfully tried to hatch a stone and a fish, zookeepers allowed them to adopt an abandoned egg.

Reporters Luisa Beck and Rick Noack spoke with zookeepers in Berlin and an author in New York to break down the international politics behind Skipper and Ping’s coupling. 

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Trump zigzags on gun reform
President Trump again appears to be walking back from support for gun background-check legislation. Following the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, that left 31 dead, the president voiced support for significant new legislation on background checks. But recent public remarks show him following a familiar path to appeal to his party and the NRA, say reporters Josh Dawsey and David Nakamura.

More on this topic:

Peace talks stall between the U.S. and the Taliban 
The latest round of peace talks between the United States and the Taliban failed last week to reach a hoped-for breakthrough, after both sides left seeking consultation with their leadership. 

The parties have been negotiating for almost a year on a deal to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. This comes after what the United Nations has called the deadliest month in several years, with 1,500 civilians killed or wounded in July. 

Pamela Constable is The Post’s bureau chief in Kabul and Islamabad. She says that many Afghans are concerned that upcoming elections in Afghanistan could derail the peace talks. 

Despite the talks, Afghanistan has witnessed increased incidents of violence across the region – many of them occurring in schools, say Jon Gerberg, a video journalist for The Post. He says, “There is no safe institution that’s insulated from the violence in one way or another.”

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‘It just shows how it’s natural. People are born that way.’ (Penguins, too, apparently.)
Berlin is the latest city with penguins that have formed a same-sex couple, after king penguins Skipper and Ping took a liking to each other and showed a desire to become parents. After they unsuccessfully tried to hatch a stone and a fish, zookeepers allowed them to adopt an abandoned egg.

Reporters Luisa Beck and Rick Noack spoke with zookeepers in Berlin and an author in New York to break down the international politics behind Skipper and Ping’s coupling. 

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