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Report on murdered Saudi journalist to be released

Top of The World: The US is expected to release a declassified version of an intelligence brief into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Thursday. And, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has accused top military officers of an “attempted coup.” Also, US regulators announced Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine offers strong protection against severe cases of the disease.

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Ghana receives first vaccines from COVAX

Top of The World: The United Nations-backed COVAX initiative on Wednesday delivered its first shipment of coronavirus vaccine to the West African nation of Ghana. And, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the US will vie for a seat at the UN Human Rights Council, suggesting a re-prioritization of human rights at the center of US foreign policy. Also, Eyad Al-Gharib, a former Syrian intelligence officer, was convicted by a German court of being accessory to crimes against humanity.

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Canada’s parliament votes to call China’s treatment of Uighurs genocide

Top of The World: Canada’s House of Commons voted Monday to declare China’s treatment of Uighurs in the country’s western Xinjiang region genocide. And, Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was arrested on Monday. Also, Facebook will lift a ban imposed a week ago on viewing and sharing news stories on the platform in Australia.

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Protesters again took to the streets in defiance of military leaders in Myanmar

Top of The World. A general strike in Myanmar on Monday saw businesses, factories and other workplaces shuttered across the country despite the military junta’s warnings against such a move. And, Iran may be backing away from its threat to sharply curtail access to international inspectors from its nuclear program. Also, just one year after the first confirmed COVID-19 fatality in the US, the country is on the verge of crossing a grim milestone: 500,000 lives lost to COVID-19.

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Biden administration to return to Iran talks

Top of The World: The Biden administration on Thursday set out to rejoin talks with Iran and opened the possibility of returning to the nuclear deal brokered under the Obama administration. And, lawmakers and President Biden released their immigration plan offering a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US. Also, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory successfully landed Perseverance, the latest robotic craft to explore Mars.

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Facebook blocks news from its platform in Australia as Google strikes deals

Top of The World: Tech giant Facebook blocked the viewing and sharing of national or international news on its platform in Australia. And, a student was killed Wednesday by gunmen in an attack on a boarding school in Nigeria’s north-central Niger State. Also, during a high-level meeting of the UN security Council, Secretary-General António Guterres criticized the global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines for being “wildly uneven and unfair.”

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Freezing temps wreak havoc on utilities in US and Mexico

Top of The World: The record-breaking winter temperatures, part of a pattern of extreme weather caused by climate change, have left people from Minnesota to Mississippi to northern Mexico with rolling blackouts. And, Peruvian prosecutors are investigating the use of “courtesy doses” of China’s Sinopharm. Also, Wednesday marked the 10th anniversary of the Libya uprising that led to the overthrow and killing of longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

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Alleged CAR militia leaders reject ICC charges

Top of The World: Two suspected militia leaders from the Central African Republic on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of war crimes. And, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that an independent commission, shaped like the 9/11 Commission, will further investigate the deadly Jan. 6. insurrection. Also, according to a new poll as part of the “State of Hate: Far-right extremism in Europe” report released on Tuesday, “[a]t least a quarter of Europeans have negative feelings toward Muslims."

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