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Stampede at religious festival in Israel leaves 45 dead

Top of The World: At least 45 people were killed early Friday in a stampede at a religious festival in northern Israel. And, India is now experiencing vaccine shortages across the country with several Indian states running out of jabs. Also, after two decades in what is the longest war fought by the United States, the US military has begun its formal withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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The EU sues AstraZeneca escalating tensions amid the pandemic

Top of The World: The European Union has launched legal action against pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. And, Human Rights Watch alleged in a new report that Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution against Palestinians. Also, world powers have resumed high-level talks in Vienna in an effort to bring the US back into the nuclear deal with Iran.

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Biden pledges to cut US emissions 50% by 2030

Top of The World: US President Joe Biden announced Thursday a pledge to cut US greenhouse gas emissions in half before the end of the decade. And, Israeli military officials said a Syrian anti-aircraft missile landed deep inside the country near Israel’s secretive Dimona nuclear reactor. Also, India reported a grim record number of COVID-19 infections — over 314,000 in a single day.

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Iran blames Israel for blackout, vows revenge

Top of The World: Iran has blamed Israel on Monday for an act of “cybersabotage” that caused a blackout at the country’s Natanz nuclear facility. Also, Monday marks the start of the holy month of Ramadan and for the second time under coronavirus restrictions. And voters in Ecuador have rejected the leftist movement giving former banker Guillermo Lasso 53% of the vote and the presidency

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Jordan's Prince Hamzah appears defiant of king in recordings

Top of The World: Jordan's Prince Hamzah has vowed to continue communicating with the outside world in defiance of orders from his half brother, King Abdullah II, and the government. And, India reported the country’s biggest single-day spike in confirmed coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared in court on Monday facing charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust.

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