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Gang riot in Ecuador prison leaves more than 100 dead, dozens injured

Top of The World: Ecuador's president, Guillermo Lasso, declared a state of emergency for the country’s prison system. And, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid traveled to Bahrain on Thursday to meet with his counterpart and inaugurate Israel's embassy in the capital Manama. Also, former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has been convicted for illegal campaign financing.

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Aukus security pact sparks Chinese and French ire

China and France have condemned the new Aukus security pact between Australia, the UK and the US to build nuclear-powered submarines in the Indo-Pacific region. Also, French forces say they've killed the leader of ISIS in the Greater Sahara in Mali. And thousands of people protested the introduction of Bitcoin as legal tender in El Salvador on the nation's bicentennial.

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G-7 agrees on conditions to recognize and work with the Taliban

G-7 leaders agree on conditions to recognize and work with the Taliban, but fail to persuade President Joe Biden to extend the US troop withdrawal date from Afghanistan. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will meet with President Biden for talks in Washington on Thursday. And Algeria has cut diplomatic ties with Morocco.

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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Top of The World: Simone Biles has withdrawn from the Olympic gymnastics all-around competition to focus on her mental well-being.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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Gunmen abduct 150 schoolgirls in Nigeria

Gunmen abduct 150 schoolgirls in Nigeria's Kaduna state. And a Honduras court finds former energy executive Roberto David Castillo guilty of planning the murder of environmental activist Berta Cáceres in 2016. Also, Israel's parliament blocks the extension of a law that bars citizenship or permanent residency for Palestinians who marry Israeli citizens.

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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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Benjamin Netanyahu is out, Naftali Bennett is sworn in as Israel’s new prime minister

Top of The World: Naftali Bennett has secured the backing of parliament and formed a new government in Israel. And, Joe Biden marked his first attendance as US president at the annual NATO summit in Brussels on Monday, reaffirming the United States' commitment to the alliance. Also, Novavax said on Monday that a large study of its COVID-19 vaccine showed its shot is about 90% effective

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