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In Afghanistan, U.S. Embassy officials are in lockdown because of an outbreak of COVID-19. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.

Updated June 17, 2021 at 3:52 PM ET

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul says it is suffering from a major COVID-19 outbreak that has largely confined staff to their quarters and is disrupting many of its operations. Earlier this week, the embassy announced that it was suspending in-person visa interviews for Afghans who had worked for the U.S. military.

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And I'm Mary Louise Kelly in Geneva, where Joe Biden just wrapped up his first international trip as president. It ended here today with a four-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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People who have been eager to remove Benjamin Netanyahu as the leader of Israel had their moment yesterday.

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The Biden administration wants a more stable and predictable relationship with Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to show that his country is taken seriously as a world power. That is the backdrop for the first summit between the U.S. and Russian presidents, which will take place in Geneva on Wednesday.

"Russia is quite invested in having a very friction-filled rather than friction-free relationship with the United States," warns Fiona Hill of the Brookings Institution.

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Now that some travel destinations are opening up again, the State Department has some advice. Make sure you keep your passport up to date. And if you need a new one, prepare to wait. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.

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