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Biden and Putin begin face-to-face talks in Geneva

Top of The World: The summit between President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin is underway in Geneva. And, Israeli planes struck the Gaza Strip overnight, in the first raid since the fragile ceasefire with Hamas began last month. Also, leftist candidate Pedro Castillo has won the most votes by a tight margin in the Peruvian presidential elections.

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Prospects of a ceasefire offer hope to ending violence between Israel and Hamas

Top of the World: Officials close to the negotiations between Israel and Hamas say a ceasefire could be announced in the next 24 hours as hostilities continue. And South Korean President Moon Jae-in is on a four-day visit to Washington, hoping to revive stalled talks with North Korea. Also, Russia assumes the chairmanship of the eight-nation Arctic Council bloc, as the US tries to oppose Moscow’s plans to set maritime rules.

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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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