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First group of Afghans who helped American troops are flown to the US

The first group of Afghans who've helped American forces has arrived for resettlement in the United States. And, Mexico plans to hold its first referendum on Sunday to determine if the past five former presidents can be put on trial for corruption while they were in office. Also, President Joe Biden and major carmakers are negotiating a pledge to make electric at least 40% of all cars and SUVs sold in 2030.

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Hong Kong convicts first person under national security law

Top of The World: Hong Kong has convicted the first person of secession and terrorism under its controversial new Beijing-imposed national security law. And, US President Joe Biden announced that US troops will end their combat mission in Iraq by the end of this year. Also, North and South Korea have restored communication channels after more than a year and have agreed to improve ties with each other.

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Haitian police: Foreign hit squad killed President Moïse

Haitian authorities continue their search for the killers of President Jovenel Moïse, arresting two Americans, along with retired members of the Colombian military. And, President Biden defends the US withdraw from Afghanistan, as the Taliban captures two strategic border crossings, including one with Iran. Also, South Sudan marks 10 years of independence, but looks back at a decade of violence and chronic hunger.

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Haitian President Jovenel Moïse assassinated in overnight attack

Haiti's president Jovenel Moïse is assassinated in an overnight attack on his residence, while the first lady remains in the hospital. And, Iran sees widespread blackouts that disrupt communications and transportation. Plus, the British parliament proposes transferring asylum-seekers to a third country while their cases are processed, in what rights groups call a violation fo international law.

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US pulls out of Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan

Top of The World: The US military has left Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan after 20 years, handing it over to the Afghan National Security and Defense Force. And, The OECD announced that 130 countries have agreed on a global minimum tax. Also, the delta variant of COVID-19 is surging across Asia.

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