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Australians stranded amid the pandemic take their case to the UN

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A year ago, the pandemic hit suddenly — stopping transportation, closing borders and stranding many people outside their own countries. A year later, many Australians remain stranded. They’re struggling to get people back home and to bring attention to their plight.

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Facebook blocks news from its platform in Australia as Google strikes deals

Top of The World: Tech giant Facebook blocked the viewing and sharing of national or international news on its platform in Australia. And, a student was killed Wednesday by gunmen in an attack on a boarding school in Nigeria’s north-central Niger State. Also, during a high-level meeting of the UN security Council, Secretary-General António Guterres criticized the global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines for being “wildly uneven and unfair.”

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Dr. Atul Gawande: Pandemic led to a ‘rethink on what matters’

Almost a year into the pandemic, societies are faced with immense contradictions: processing shocking death tolls while finding hope in promising vaccine rollouts. Surgeon, writer and researcher Dr. Atul Gawande speaks with The World’s Marco Werman about what it means to be human in this precarious moment.

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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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