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US pulls out of Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan

Top of The World: The US military has left Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan after 20 years, handing it over to the Afghan National Security and Defense Force. And, The OECD announced that 130 countries have agreed on a global minimum tax. Also, the delta variant of COVID-19 is surging across Asia.

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Chinese Communist Party 100 years: Xi warns China won’t be bullied

China's president warns against bullying from foreign powers on the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party. And, two-term US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld dies at the age of 88, with the controversial 2003 invasion of Iraq highlighting his career. Also, a First Nation Indigenous community in Canada finds the remains of an additional 182 children in unmarked graves near a Catholic-church run residential school.

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A 'sick joke': Tigrayan forces reject ceasefire in Ethiopia’s embattled region

Top of The World: The Tigray People’s Liberation Front has rejected a ceasefire, calling it a “sick joke.” And, dozens of people have died in western Canada amid a scorching heat wave that has set record high temperatures. Also, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un admonished top officials at a specially-convened Politburo meeting for failures in COVID-19 prevention tactics that have caused a “great crisis” in the country.

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Ethiopia declares ceasefire after Tigrayan fighters enter Mekelle

Top of The World: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has declared an immediate ceasefire in its Tigray region after Tigrayan fighters entered and took over the regional capital Mekelle. And, a federal judge has dismissed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook that were filed by the FTC. Also, lockdowns in four of Australia’s major cities following an outbreak of the delta COVID-19 variant could impact more than 20 million Australians.

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US launches airstrikes targeting Iran-backed militias

Top of The World: The US has conducted airstrikes targeting Iran-backed militia groups near the border between Iraq and Syria. And, Canada recorded its highest temperature ever on Sunday as the village of Lytton in British Columbia. Also, the UNHCR called for a dismantling of systemic racism in a report on Monday.

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US and Afghan presidents to meet in Washington amid troop withdrawal

President Joe Biden will meet with Afghan counterpart, President Ashraf Ghani, at the White House, as the two countries prepare for US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. And, Australia's largest city goes into partial lockdown over a spike in the COVID-19 delta variant in Sydney. Also, Palestinians are protesting the death of popular activist Nizar Banat while in Palestinian Authority custody.

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First Nation in Canada finds hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential school

Top of The World: The Cowessess First Nation in Canada’s Saskatchewan province said that it found hundreds of unmarked graves. And, the IAEA's agreement with Iran to allow monitoring of some of the country’s nuclear activities, expires on Thursday. Also, the Biden administration has ordered a ban on some imports of solar panel materials produced in China’s Xinjiang region over allegations of the use of forced labor.

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Witnesses: Air raid kills dozens in Ethiopia’s Tigray

Top of The World: Dozens of people have been reportedly killed after an air raid on a busy marketplace in the Tigrayan village of Togoga in northern Ethiopia. And, An international team of lawyers has unveiled a legal definition of "ecocide." Also, the Biden administration blocked access to three dozen Iranian websites which the Justice Department says were spreading disinformation.

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