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Charlie Hebdo trial begins; Notorious Cambodia killer dies; COVID-19 antibody study offers some hope

The Charlie Hebdo terror trial began in Paris on Wednesday, five years after the massacre was carried out. Kaing Guek Eav, a former teacher known as “Duch” who became the most infamous killer in the Khmer Rouge era, has died at the age of 77 of lung disease in a Phnom Penh hospital. And a new study published on Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that COVID-19 antibodies last at least four months after initial infection.

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Direct Israel-UAE flight makes historic first; Lebanon picks new PM; India-China tensions escalate

The first-ever direct commercial passenger flight between Israel and the United Arab Emirates landed on Monday in Abu Dhabi, Lebanon’s prime minister-designate, Mustapha Adib, was appointed by the country’s president to form a new government, and India’s defense ministry has said its soldiers had thwarted movements by the Chinese military in a sensitive part of the Ladakh region.

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Pompeo controversially brings the RNC to Jerusalem; China's lockdown in Xinjiang; Thunberg concludes gap year

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used Jerusalem's Old City as the backdrop for his prerecorded speech to the Republican National Convention scheduled for Tuesday evening raising questions about violating longstanding diplomatic norms. And, China has imposed a sweeping lockdown on the western region of Xinjiang to contain a resurgence of the coronavirus. Also, Swedish climate activist and globe-trotter Greta Thunberg is headed back to school this week after a gap year.

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WHO expresses reservations about plasma therapy; Dual storms menace the Gulf of Mexico; Belarus crackdown continues

Officials from the World Health Organization said on Monday that the use of convalescent plasma was still an “experimental” treatment for the coronavirus. In the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, two major storms are making similar trajectories toward the coast of Louisiana. And authorities in Belarus continued a crackdown on a massive protest movement against President Alexander Lukashenko.

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Russian doctors reverse block allowing Navalny's transfer to Germany; Florida approves GMO mosquitoes; Belarus authorities detain strike leader

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Russian doctors have now given permission to opposition leader Alexei Navalny to be transferred to Germany for medical treatment after previously blocking the transfer. And, Florida officials have approved the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys. Also, Belarusian authorities detained a leader of the striking factory workers on Friday after daily demonstrations protesting the controversial reelection of the country's authoritarian president.

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