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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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Myanmar back under military rule following coup

The military of Myanmar on Monday overthrew the country’s democratic government in a coup d’état. And, demonstrators across Russia took to the streets protesting President Vladimir Putin and demanding the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Also, people around the world are sending their best wishes to Captain Sir Tom Moore who has been taken to the hospital with the coronavirus.

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Officials fear mutated coronavirus from UK; Moderna vaccine ships out; Navalny poisoning details revealed

Additional countries have closed their borders to the United Kingdom, as officials try to stop a highly infectious new strain of the coronavirus from spreading. The first shipments of a second COVID-19 vaccine approved in the US were shipped out of a distribution center. And, in Russia, the government agent sent to follow dissident leader Alexei Navalny has revealed that he planted the lethal nerve agent Novichok in the politician’s underwear.

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China-Australia tensions escalate; Royal Dutch Shell faces climate lawsuit; Brazilian Amazon deforestation sees 12-year high

The tit-for-tat between China and Australia continues to worsen, as the two countries accuse each other of grievous offenses. Climate activists have taken Royal Dutch Shell to court in The Hague. And, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has reached a 12-year high, according to the country’s National Institute for Space Research.

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