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Israel deploys ground troops to Gaza border as conflict escalates

Top of The World: Israeli military officials said ground forces have bombarded Gaza with artillery — but have not entered the territory. And, IT systems for the Irish Health Service have been shut down because of a “significant ransomware attack." Also, Colombia’s human rights ombudsman said Tuesday that 168 people have been reported missing

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Deadly violence in Israel and Gaza raises concerns of war

Top of The World: Israel carried out more airstrikes in Gaza, killing as many as 10 senior Hamas leaders and Hamas returned fire. And, there's a surge of coronavirus cases in countries in Asia and the Pacific. Also, research by the Uyghur Human Rights Project has found evidence of imprisonment and detention of at least 630 imams and other Muslim religious figures in China’s Xinjiang region

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Deaths mount as violence escalates in Gaza

Top of The World: Israel has conducted hundreds of airstrikes in Gaza, leveling apartment towers and other targets and a mounting death toll. And, with a surge in COVID-19 cases overwhelming the health system in India, officials reported a new record number of daily deaths at 4,205 people. Also, an independent panel reviewing the WHO’s response to the coronavirus outbreak said on Wednesday that the pandemic was preventable.

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Israel launches deadly airstrikes on Gaza following rocket attacks by Hamas

Top of The World: At least 24 Palestinians, including nine children, were killed overnight and 122 others were wounded in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in a new round of escalating tensions. And, the COVID-19 variant first identified in India has been designated a global concern by the World Health Organization. Also, the FDA has expanded the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 jab to children as young as 12.

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Hundreds of Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem

Top of The World: Weeks of mounting tensions between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in Jerusalem’s Old City culminated in another violent clash on Monday. And, more than 1,000 migrants landed on Italy’s southern island of Lampedusa on Sunday in a span of a few hours. Also, a series of bombings at a girls’ school over the weekend in Afghanistan has left 85 people dead — many under the age of 15 — and more than 125 wounded.

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Bloody police raid in Brazil leaves at least 25 dead

Top of The World: Police in a Rio de Janeiro slum engaged in an hourslong gunbattle Thursday targeting drug traffickers and leading to the death of at least 25 people. And, for the third time in May, health officials in India reported more than 400,000 coronavirus infections in a 24-hour period. Also, a discarded section of a Chinese rocket is set to fall back to Earth as early as Saturday in an uncontrolled reentry.

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US backs waiver on patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines

Top of The World: The Biden administration announced it backs a temporary waiver on patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines. And, the IFRC warned of an impending crisis in Nepal due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. Also, Ugandan warlord Dominic Ongwen, the former child soldier turned top commander of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army, was sentenced by the International Criminal Court to 25 years in prison

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UN human rights office ‘deeply alarmed’ over police violence in Colombia

Top of The World: The violent crackdown on anti-government protests in the Colombian city of Cali has prompted concern over the excessive use of police force. And, an unclassified US intelligence report released Tuesday warned that Afghan women’s rights will be at risk after the US troop and NATO allies withdrawal later this year. Also, security authorities in Myanmar have been arresting and disappearing thousands of people.

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Mexico metro overpass collapses, killing 23 and injuring dozens

Top of The World: A section of a subway overpass of the Mexico City metro collapsed late Monday night, sending two cars of a passenger train onto traffic. And, US President Joe Biden signed an emergency presidential determination formally raising the country's cap on refugee admissions from 15,000 to 62,500 this year. Also, COVAX is getting a boost from US biotechnology company Moderna.

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Modi’s BJP suffers election loss amid coronavirus crisis

Top of The World: Amid an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party suffered a defeat on Sunday. And, rescue on Sunday responded to reports of a 40-foot capsized boat that had broken apart near the city’s coast — a vessel suspected of human smuggling. Also, police in Frankfurt, Germany, said they have arrested several suspects believed to have run a child pornography site.

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