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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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House prosecutors set to wrap their impeachment case against Trump

Top of The World: As the impeachment managers look to wrap-up their case on Thursday in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, Senators were shown never-before-seen security camera footage that illustrated how close the rioters came to lawmakers. And, New Zealand Indigenous lawmaker Rawiri Waititi, co-leader of Maori Party, has won his battle against wearing a tie in the New Zealand Parliament. Loujain al-Hathloul, one of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent women’s rights activists, has been released from jail.

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Opening arguments set to begin in day 2 of Trump's impeachment trial

Top of The World: Many around the globe were alarmed by the insurrection in Washington, and raised concerns about the violent testing of democratic norms as other countries have seen their institutions falter and drift closer to authoritarianism. And, rescue efforts continue in India on Wednesday following the collapse of a glacier in the northern state of Uttarakhand. Also, a 20-year-old woman was shot in the head in a police crackdown of protests in Myanmar.

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WHO team rules out lab leak as origin of the coronavirus

Top of The World: A team from the WHO said Tuesday that it is extremely unlikely the coronavirus leaked from a Chinese lab and is more likely to have jumped from animals to humans. And, mass protests challenging a military coup that removed the democratically elected government in Myanmar continue to escalate. Also, Colombia will grant nearly 1 million Venezuelan migrants living in the country temporary protected status for 10 years

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India glacier collapse leaves more than 100 missing

Top of The World: Rescuers in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand are racing to find more than 100 people missing after a glacier collapsed on Sunday. And, health officials in South Africa announced a halt to the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Also, President Joe Biden on Sunday suggested that the US would not lift sanctions on Iran until it complies with the terms of the nuclear deal.

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ICC convicts former LRA rebel commander

Top of The World: The ICC has convicted Dominic Ongwen, a former commander of Uganda's notoriously brutal rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army, of war crimes and crimes against humanity. And, the Canadian government has designated the far-right Proud Boys group as a terrorist entity. Also, Canada is defending its decision to take COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX.

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