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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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US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urges minimum global corporate income tax

Top of The World: In her first major address as US treasury secretary, Janet Yellen said the Biden administration will work with the Group of 20 countries to set up a minimum global corporate income tax. And, North Korea is skipping the delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns. Also, Greenlanders head to the polls on Tuesday in an early parliamentary election with vast geopolitical and environmental consequences.

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Jordan's Prince Hamzah appears defiant of king in recordings

Top of The World: Jordan's Prince Hamzah has vowed to continue communicating with the outside world in defiance of orders from his half brother, King Abdullah II, and the government. And, India reported the country’s biggest single-day spike in confirmed coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared in court on Monday facing charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust.

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