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Biden and Xi phone call amid US-China tensions

Top of The World: In their first phone call in seven months, US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed a range of hot-button issues. And, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has signed a decree changing internet regulations that would block social networks from deleting some posts. Also, a new government has been announced in Lebanon, following a deadlock that’s lasted more than a year.

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First commercial flight leaves Kabul

Top of The World: The first commercial international flight out of Afghanistan since the US-led evacuation operations ended last week departed from Kabul airport on Thursday. And, the UK is threatening to send migrants who try to cross the English Channel back to France. Also, Hong Kong police on Thursday raided the June 4th Museum dedicated to the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

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Taliban names all-male 33-member interim government in Afghanistan

Top of The World: The Taliban has announced a 33-member interim government for Afghanistan, weeks after taking control of the country. And, the trial of 20 men accused in the 2015 ISIS attacks in Paris has started in a courtroom in the French capital. Also, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled criminal penalties for terminating pregnancies as unconstitutional.

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US top diplomats visit Persian Gulf to reassure allies

Top of The World: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin are in Qatar for talks aimed at reassuring Gulf allies that the Biden administration is not abandoning its partners in the Middle East by withdrawing from Afghanistan. And, the pre-trial of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is set to resume at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Also, El Salvador has become the first country in the world to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender.

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Six people injured in New Zealand in ISIS-inspired attack

Top of The World: An ISIS-inspired extremist has stabbed and injured six people in Auckland, New Zealand, three of them critically. And, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has announced that he will not run for re-election as party leader. Also, the UK has announced new sanctions against Myanmar, targeting the Htoo Group of Companies.

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The Taliban are expected to announce a new government

Top of The World: The Taliban are expected to announce their new government as early as Thursday. And, Cyprus is on alert over an oil slick creeping across the Mediterranean that could reach the northeastern tip of the island in the next 24 hours. Also, Malaysians watching their country’s shot putter Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli win gold on Tuesday were outraged after officials from the Paralympic Games disqualified the athlete for failing to show up on time for the competition.

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Biden defends Afghanistan exit, praises Kabul airlift

Top of The World: US President Joe Biden called the airlift of more than 120,000 Americans, allies and Afghans an “extraordinary success.” And, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will meet with Biden in Washington DC on Wednesday, in what has been described as a show of renewed support for Ukraine’s sovereignty. Also, opposition parties in Venezuela announced in a strategy shift, that they will participate in the November local and regional elections.

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Taliban declare victory as last US troops leave Afghanistan

Top of The World: The last US troops have left Afghanistan to meet the Aug. 31 withdrawal deadline, ending the longest war the United States has ever fought. And, US climate envoy and former secretary of state, John Kerry, is in Southeast Asia for climate talks. Also, Iraq’s foreign minister has reportedly said that talks between rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia are underway in Baghdad.

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Rockets targeting Kabul airport intercepted

Top of The World: US anti-missile defenses intercepted rockets fired at Kabul’s airport on Monday. And, category 4 Hurricane Ida plowed into Louisiana on Sunday, knocking out power and leading to at least one death. Also, the European Union is set to recommend new restrictions on nonessential travel from the US.

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