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First commercial flight leaves Kabul

Top of The World: The first commercial international flight out of Afghanistan since the US-led evacuation operations ended last week departed from Kabul airport on Thursday. And, the UK is threatening to send migrants who try to cross the English Channel back to France. Also, Hong Kong police on Thursday raided the June 4th Museum dedicated to the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

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Taliban violently quashes small protest in Jalalabad

Top of The World: The Taliban violently broke up a protest in the eastern city of Jalalabad, where dozens of people had gathered in a rare demonstration of dissent. And, the death toll from an earthquake that struck Haiti continues to climb, with officials in the Caribbean nation increasing the number of fatalities to more than 1,900 people. Also, police in Hong Kong arrested four university students on Wednesday for allegedly advocating terrorism.

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Tigrayan forces take over Ethiopian town known for its ancient churches

Top of The World: Tigrayan forces have taken over the Ethiopian town of Lalibela, known for its rock-hewn churches that are on the list of UN World Heritage Sites. And, the International Olympic Committee has expelled two Belarus coaches from the Tokyo Olympic Games. Also, President Joe Biden has deferred the deportation of Hong Kong residents living in the United States, over fears of repression by Chinese authorities upon return.

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Pro-democracy advocate Jimmy Lai sentenced in Hong Kong

Top of The World: Media tycoon Jimmy Lai, 73, was sentenced Friday in Hong Kong to 14 months in prison. And, Raúl Castro is set to step down from his post as the secretary-general of his party's eighth Congress. Also, US President Joe Biden will hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday.

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UK greenlights Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine; Pompeo harshly criticizes Turkey; Biden signals patience on China trade

The UK has approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, with the first shots expected to roll out next week. During a virtual meeting Tuesday of NATO foreign ministers, outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo harshly criticized Turkey. And, US President-elect Joe Biden told The New York Times that he would not quickly scrap the phase one trade agreement reached by outgoing President Donald Trump with China.

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