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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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Suicide bombings kill at least 37 at a mosque in Afghanistan

Top of The World: A group of suicide bombers have attacked another Shiite mosque in Afghanistan. And, The Lebanese government has called for a national day of mourning on Friday after heavy gun battles in Beirut left at least seven people dead. Also, The Biden administration is planning to reinstate the controversial “Remain in Mexico” policy in November.

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Bow-and-arrow suspect arrested in attack that killed 5 in Norway

Top of The World: Police in Norway on Thursday have arrested and charged a 37-year-old Danish man suspected of a bow-and-arrow attack that killed five people. And, at least six people were left dead on Thursday in Beirut after armed clashes broke out during a protest over a judge conducting a probe of last year’s devastating blast in the city’s port. Also, a fire in a 13-story building that raged out of control for hours overnight in the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan has left 46 people dead.

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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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Border talks between India and China fail

Talks between military officials over border tensions in China and India break down. Also, people in Poland hold large pro-EU protests over their country's possible exit from the European Union. And, severe flooding in China affects more than 1.76 million people.

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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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