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Sri Lanka faces an environmental disaster

Sri Lanka faces an environmental disaster as it scrambles to contain a sinking ship carrying chemicals north of Colombo. And, the WHO approves the Chinese-made Sinovac Biotech vaccine. Also, the Biden administration suspends Trump-era oil and gas leases in the Arctic.

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Israel-Hamas hostilities continue into 10th day

Top of The World: As pressure grows to negotiate an end to the conflict between Israel and Hamas, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip again woke up to new airstrikes. And, India reported a grim new record Wednesday with more coronavirus deaths in a single day than any other country at any time during the pandemic. Also, EU officials have agreed on Wednesday to measures that would ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated people

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CDC, FDA recommend pause of J&J coronavirus vaccine over blood clot concerns

Top of The World: The CDC and the FDA are recommending a pause on the single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine over blood clot concerns. And, the Japanese government announced it will start releasing tons of treated radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the ocean. Also, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed the alliance’s support for Ukraine on Tuesday follow a recent build up of Russian troops on the country's eastern border.