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Good morning, this is Irene. Today we’re covering the end of a noxious era of leaded petrol, a report that sheds light on illegal adoptions, and humanitarian appeals to help stop Afghanistan’s unfolding crisis.

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People wait to cross into Afghanistan at Chaman border point, in Pakistan, 27 August 2021. (Keystone/EPA/STRINGER)

Afghanistan humanitarian crisis just beginning, says UN. As western countries end their evacuations from Kabul, "a larger crisis is just beginning" in Afghanistan for its 39 million people, Filippo Grandi, the UN high commissioner for refugees said on Monday, appealing for support. Around 3.5 million people have already been displaced by violence within the country – more than half a million since the start of this year. The UN and neighbouring countries need more funding, fast, he said. “More resettlement options are sorely needed.”

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