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Aukus security pact sparks Chinese and French ire

China and France have condemned the new Aukus security pact between Australia, the UK and the US to build nuclear-powered submarines in the Indo-Pacific region. Also, French forces say they've killed the leader of ISIS in the Greater Sahara in Mali. And thousands of people protested the introduction of Bitcoin as legal tender in El Salvador on the nation's bicentennial.

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Ex-US intelligence officers accused of hacking for UAE

Top of The World: Court documents have revealed that three former US intelligence and military officials were working for the United Arab Emirates to carry out hacking operations. And, Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry has ordered the firing of the Port-au-Prince chief prosecutor who was investigating the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. Also, Afghanistan’s women’s soccer team have left the country and arrived in Pakistan following the Taliban’s takeover

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Blinken pushes back against lawmakers' criticism of Afghanistan withdrawal.

Top of The World: The US’ top diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, defended the country’s withdrawal from Afghanistan before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. And, Pope Francis has begun a four-day visit to Slovakia after a seven-hour stop in Hungary. Also, nearly 45% of young people interviewed in a global survey say they feel anxiety or distress about climate change

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UN warning of Taliban actions and impending humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

Top of The World: The Taliban are increasingly under scrutiny over their promises of a different governance. And, North Korean officials said the country had successfully tested long-range cruise missiles over the weekend. Also, Peruvian officials are debating what to do with the body of Abimael Guzmán, the leader of the brutal Shining Path insurgency who died on Saturday.

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Biden and Xi phone call amid US-China tensions

Top of The World: In their first phone call in seven months, US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed a range of hot-button issues. And, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has signed a decree changing internet regulations that would block social networks from deleting some posts. Also, a new government has been announced in Lebanon, following a deadlock that’s lasted more than a year.

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First commercial flight leaves Kabul

Top of The World: The first commercial international flight out of Afghanistan since the US-led evacuation operations ended last week departed from Kabul airport on Thursday. And, the UK is threatening to send migrants who try to cross the English Channel back to France. Also, Hong Kong police on Thursday raided the June 4th Museum dedicated to the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

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Taliban names all-male 33-member interim government in Afghanistan

Top of The World: The Taliban has announced a 33-member interim government for Afghanistan, weeks after taking control of the country. And, the trial of 20 men accused in the 2015 ISIS attacks in Paris has started in a courtroom in the French capital. Also, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled criminal penalties for terminating pregnancies as unconstitutional.

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US top diplomats visit Persian Gulf to reassure allies

Top of The World: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin are in Qatar for talks aimed at reassuring Gulf allies that the Biden administration is not abandoning its partners in the Middle East by withdrawing from Afghanistan. And, the pre-trial of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is set to resume at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Also, El Salvador has become the first country in the world to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender.

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Six people injured in New Zealand in ISIS-inspired attack

Top of The World: An ISIS-inspired extremist has stabbed and injured six people in Auckland, New Zealand, three of them critically. And, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has announced that he will not run for re-election as party leader. Also, the UK has announced new sanctions against Myanmar, targeting the Htoo Group of Companies.

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