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China moves to tighten grip on Hong Kong in NPC

Top of The World: In a move to tighten Beijing’s grip over Hong Kong, China's the top lawmaking body unveiled a plan specifying only "patriots" can govern Hong Kong. And, the US Supreme Court has dismissed several cases related to “sanctuary cities.” Also, the Biden administration is moving to speed up asylum cases by transitioning some detention centers in Texas to processing facilities.

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Hundreds of abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria released

Top of The World: A group of 279 girls who were abducted from a boarding school in the increasingly lawless northwestern Nigeria have been released. And, Reporters Without Borders has filed a criminal complaint in a German court against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman related to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Also, the Biden administration announced sanctions against senior Russian government officials over the poisoning and imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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Biden administration launches airstrikes in eastern Syria

Top of The World: The Biden administration took its first military action on Thursday, launching airstrikes on Iran-backed militias in Syria. And, new report suggests that Eritrean soldiers systematically killed hundreds of people in Ethiopia. Also, in a second kidnapping in a little over a week, police in Nigeria said armed gunmen abducted over 300 schoolgirls.

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Ghana receives first vaccines from COVAX

Top of The World: The United Nations-backed COVAX initiative on Wednesday delivered its first shipment of coronavirus vaccine to the West African nation of Ghana. And, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the US will vie for a seat at the UN Human Rights Council, suggesting a re-prioritization of human rights at the center of US foreign policy. Also, Eyad Al-Gharib, a former Syrian intelligence officer, was convicted by a German court of being accessory to crimes against humanity.

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Biden administration to return to Iran talks

Top of The World: The Biden administration on Thursday set out to rejoin talks with Iran and opened the possibility of returning to the nuclear deal brokered under the Obama administration. And, lawmakers and President Biden released their immigration plan offering a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US. Also, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory successfully landed Perseverance, the latest robotic craft to explore Mars.

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