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Ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi charged following coup

Top of The World: Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi who has been detained by authorities since Monday following a coup by the country’s military has now been formally charged. And, the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine may reduce the spread of the virus by two-thirds and prevent severe disease. Also, a devastating wildfire in Australia has torched more than 70 homes near the country’s western city of Perth.

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Putin critic Navalny faces Moscow judge

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny demanded his release on Tuesday as he faced a court hearing in Moscow in a case that could send him to prison for up to 3 ½ years. And, US President Joe Biden condemned the military’s takeover of Myanmar. Also, Biden is expected to continue an effort on immigration reforms by taking on one of the former Trump administration’s most controversial policies on Tuesday — the separation of families at the US-Mexico border.

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Myanmar back under military rule following coup

The military of Myanmar on Monday overthrew the country’s democratic government in a coup d’état. And, demonstrators across Russia took to the streets protesting President Vladimir Putin and demanding the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Also, people around the world are sending their best wishes to Captain Sir Tom Moore who has been taken to the hospital with the coronavirus.

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More contagious virus variant in South Africa found in US

Health authorities in South Carolina announced a more contagious variant of the coronavirus, first identified in South Africa, has been detected in the United States for the first time. And, Johnson & Johnson says its vaccine appears to protect against COVID-19 with a 66% efficacy and with just one shot. Also, a team from the WHO has begun a potentially politically charged fact-finding mission on the origins of COVID-19 in Wuhan.

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DHS issues warning on 'violent domestic extremists'

The DHS issued a national terrorism bulletin Wednesday on the growing threat from “violent domestic extremists." And, a near-total ban on abortion in Poland took effect after the country's top court confirmed its highly divisive ruling. Also, one person has been killed and more than 220 others have been injured in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, during protests over strict COVID-19 lockdown measures.

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Biden and Putin hold first call as counterparts; Sanofi to support rival vaccine production; Linda Thomas-Greenfield faces confirmation hearing

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin held their first conversation as counterparts on Tuesday. And, Sanofi announced plans help manufacture more than 100 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech. Also, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, President Joe Biden's nominee to US ambassador to the United Nations, faces lawmakers for her Senate confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill .

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Farmers storm historic Red Fort monument in New Delhi; EU warns of blocking vaccine; Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna announce findings on new variants

In a symbolic demonstration, thousands of farmers took to the streets of India’s capital on Tuesday breaking through police barricades with several storming the historic Red Fort in New Delhi. And, officials from the EU have warned that the bloc could begin restricting exports of coronavirus vaccines. Also, scientists from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna said that they believe their coronavirus vaccines are still effective.

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