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A milestone for India: 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses administered.

India administers 1 billion COVID-19 vaccinations, while Russia implements new restrictions as cases and deaths soar. Also, the government of Eswatini has directed mobile operators to suspend Facebook and its messenger app amid protests against King Mswati III. And, several countries have called on the UN to downplay the need to move away from a dependence on fossil fuels.

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Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell dies at 84

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who served under Democratic and Republican administrations, has died at the age of 84. Also, The Venezuelan government has halted negotiations with the opposition in Mexico City after businessman Alex Saab was extradited to the US. And, Haitian authorities and US officials are working to secure the release of 17 people from the missionary group Christian Aid Ministries who have been abducted by a powerful gang.

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US to reopen land borders next month to fully vaccinated people

The US will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel in November for people who are fully vaccinated. Also, the international community is looking for ways to help Afghans financially, while circumventing the Taliban government. And, Iran and Saudi Arabia are holding talks brokered by Iraq to repair ties and come to an agreement to end the war in Yemen.

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Moqtada al-Sadr wins Iraq election

Moqtada al-Sadr’s party wins the most seats in Iraq’s parliamentary elections. Also, a group of women and children manage to escape captivity from Boko Haram in Nigeria. And, Tigrayan forces say the Ethiopian government has launched a coordinated attack on all fronts.

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Moderna to build manufacturing plant in Africa

Moderna announces plans to build a manufacturing plant in Africa, capable of producing up to 500 million doses of mRNA vaccines per year. Also, Germany and Denmark repatriate women and children from the Roj prison camp in northeastern Syria that’s held suspected ISIS members. And Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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