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President Biden issues executive order with sanctions against Belarus officials

Top of The World: President Joe Biden has issued an executive order imposing economic sanctions targeting members of the Belarusian government. And, Bangladesh has begun vaccinating Rohingya refugees in the country, with the help of aid agencies. Also, an armed group has ambushed and killed 30 people, including civilians, soldiers and pro-government militiamen in Burkina Faso

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Tigrayan forces take over Ethiopian town known for its ancient churches

Top of The World: Tigrayan forces have taken over the Ethiopian town of Lalibela, known for its rock-hewn churches that are on the list of UN World Heritage Sites. And, the International Olympic Committee has expelled two Belarus coaches from the Tokyo Olympic Games. Also, President Joe Biden has deferred the deportation of Hong Kong residents living in the United States, over fears of repression by Chinese authorities upon return.

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Delta variant surge in Wuhan prompts massive city-wide testing

Top of The World: China has announced mass coronavirus testing in Wuhan, the city of 11 million people where COVID-19 was first detected in 2019, after an increase in reported cases of the delta variant. And, the leader of a group helping those who’ve fled persecution in Belarus, Vitaly Shishov, has been hanged in a park in Kyiv, Ukraine. Also, the Taliban have captured nine out of 10 districts of Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province

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Germany apologizes for genocide in Namibia

Top of The World: Germany on Friday formally acknowledged that it committed genocide in the colonial-era killings of tens of thousands of people in Namibia. And, Moscow banned French and Austrian passenger airlines from flying over Russian airspace. Also, US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced in a memo on Thursday new steps to combat the growing number of hate crimes in the US.