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Global gymnastics star Simone Biles withdraws from all-around competition

Top of The World: Simone Biles has withdrawn from the Olympic gymnastics all-around competition to focus on her mental well-being. And, a new report from the Federation of American Scientists suggests that China is potentially expanding its nuclear arsenal in its western deserts. Also, with infections continuing to spread, pushed by the delta variant, health officials in Australia have extended the lockdown in the country’s largest city by another four weeks.

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Ethiopia declares ceasefire after Tigrayan fighters enter Mekelle

Top of The World: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has declared an immediate ceasefire in its Tigray region after Tigrayan fighters entered and took over the regional capital Mekelle. And, a federal judge has dismissed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook that were filed by the FTC. Also, lockdowns in four of Australia’s major cities following an outbreak of the delta COVID-19 variant could impact more than 20 million Australians.

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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.

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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