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Biden pledges to cut US emissions 50% by 2030

Top of The World: US President Joe Biden announced Thursday a pledge to cut US greenhouse gas emissions in half before the end of the decade. And, Israeli military officials said a Syrian anti-aircraft missile landed deep inside the country near Israel’s secretive Dimona nuclear reactor. Also, India reported a grim record number of COVID-19 infections — over 314,000 in a single day.

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Chauvin guilty verdict results in cheers and relief

Top of The World: Derek Chauvin’s case took three weeks of testimony but less than a day of jury deliberations to find him guilty on all charges. And, the European Super League has had a super meltdown as Atlético Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus all dropped out Wednesday. Also, the UN special rapporteur for Myanmar has warned of a “humanitarian catastrophe” in the South Asian country.

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Pro-democracy advocate Jimmy Lai sentenced in Hong Kong

Top of The World: Media tycoon Jimmy Lai, 73, was sentenced Friday in Hong Kong to 14 months in prison. And, Raúl Castro is set to step down from his post as the secretary-general of his party's eighth Congress. Also, US President Joe Biden will hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday.

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Biden administration levels stiff new sanctions against Russia

Top of The World: The White House has announced sanctions against Russia and the expulsion of Russian diplomats in response to Moscow's interference in US elections and the "SolarWinds" cyber breach. And the hardest hit areas of India by surge of the coronavirus are facing tighter restrictions for 15 days to control infections. South Africa has paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine leaving the country without any shots for its vaccination effort.

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US to coordinate with NATO on troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Top of The World: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are meeting with NATO officials in Brussels to discuss a withdrawal of the military alliance from Afghanistan. And, the Ever Given, the massive cargo ship that recently blocked the Suez Canal for a week, has been impounded until $900 million in compensation is paid. Also, Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has signed a controversial law extending his mandate in office for two years

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CDC, FDA recommend pause of J&J coronavirus vaccine over blood clot concerns

Top of The World: The CDC and the FDA are recommending a pause on the single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine over blood clot concerns. And, the Japanese government announced it will start releasing tons of treated radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the ocean. Also, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed the alliance’s support for Ukraine on Tuesday follow a recent build up of Russian troops on the country's eastern border.

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Iran blames Israel for blackout, vows revenge

Top of The World: Iran has blamed Israel on Monday for an act of “cybersabotage” that caused a blackout at the country’s Natanz nuclear facility. Also, Monday marks the start of the holy month of Ramadan and for the second time under coronavirus restrictions. And voters in Ecuador have rejected the leftist movement giving former banker Guillermo Lasso 53% of the vote and the presidency

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Britain remembers Prince Philip

Top of The World: The flag at Buckingham Palace in the United Kingdom is flying at half-mast on Friday following an announcement from the royal family that Prince Philip had died. And, Israel said it will not cooperate with the ICC investigation into potential war crimes committed in the Palestinian Territories. Also, despite a surge in COVID-19 cases, the neighboring South American countries of Ecuador and Peru are holding presidential elections on Sunday.

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