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A 'sick joke': Tigrayan forces reject ceasefire in Ethiopia’s embattled region

Top of The World: The Tigray People’s Liberation Front has rejected a ceasefire, calling it a “sick joke.” And, dozens of people have died in western Canada amid a scorching heat wave that has set record high temperatures. Also, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un admonished top officials at a specially-convened Politburo meeting for failures in COVID-19 prevention tactics that have caused a “great crisis” in the country.

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Ethiopia declares ceasefire after Tigrayan fighters enter Mekelle

Top of The World: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has declared an immediate ceasefire in its Tigray region after Tigrayan fighters entered and took over the regional capital Mekelle. And, a federal judge has dismissed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook that were filed by the FTC. Also, lockdowns in four of Australia’s major cities following an outbreak of the delta COVID-19 variant could impact more than 20 million Australians.

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US launches airstrikes targeting Iran-backed militias

Top of The World: The US has conducted airstrikes targeting Iran-backed militia groups near the border between Iraq and Syria. And, Canada recorded its highest temperature ever on Sunday as the village of Lytton in British Columbia. Also, the UNHCR called for a dismantling of systemic racism in a report on Monday.

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US and Afghan presidents to meet in Washington amid troop withdrawal

President Joe Biden will meet with Afghan counterpart, President Ashraf Ghani, at the White House, as the two countries prepare for US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. And, Australia's largest city goes into partial lockdown over a spike in the COVID-19 delta variant in Sydney. Also, Palestinians are protesting the death of popular activist Nizar Banat while in Palestinian Authority custody.

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