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Thousands desperate to be evacuated from Afghanistan

Top of The World: Tens of thousands of people remain stuck in Afghanistan, desperate to be evacuated following the Taliban’s takeover. And, Vice President Kamala Harris’ once low-risk trip to Asia has taken on new importance as she will attempt to reassure allies of American credibility. Also, health officials in Australia are warning that major cities like Sydney and Melbourne may be losing control of a COVID-19 outbreak fueled by the more contagious delta variant.

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US and Afghan presidents to meet in Washington amid troop withdrawal

President Joe Biden will meet with Afghan counterpart, President Ashraf Ghani, at the White House, as the two countries prepare for US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. And, Australia's largest city goes into partial lockdown over a spike in the COVID-19 delta variant in Sydney. Also, Palestinians are protesting the death of popular activist Nizar Banat while in Palestinian Authority custody.

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Melbourne struggles with second coronavirus spike; Former US Marine sentenced in Russia; UK's largest pension fund to divest from fossil fuels

Australia recorded its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday as Melbourne grapples with a spike in coronovirus cases. And, former US Marine Trevor Reed has been sentenced to nine years in jail in Russia. And, the National Employment Savings Trust, the UK's largest pension fund, announced it will begin divesting from fossil fuels.

The emotional lives of cows

Cows are social creatures, and can become distressed when they are separated from their herd, or when they are taken away from their mothers too young. That’s why having individual voices may be particularly useful.

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