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A new alliance in Israel could oust Prime Minister Netanyahu

Top of The World: Israeli ultranationalist Naftali Bennett appears poised to succeed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And, health officials in China have reported that in just five days in May, the country administered 100 million shots. Also, NASA has announced plans for two new robotic missions to our solar system’s hottest planet, Venus.

PHOTOS: Shattered rooms show Gaza war's toll on children

The 11-day war between Israel and Hamas featured the same waves of predawn Israeli airstrikes, the same continuous rocket fire out of the impoverished Gaza Strip, and the same lopsided casualty toll, with Palestinians making up the vast majority of the more than 250 killed. And like past wars between Israel and Hamas, it took a heavy toll on children.

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Indigenous leaders in Canada call for search for mass graves

Top of The World: Amid widespread outrage and grief after the discovery of a mass grave holding the remains of 215 children, Indigenous leaders in Canada are calling for a search for other mass graves across the nation. And, Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the French Open. Also, Israel's two-year-long political struggle to form a lasting government could reach a conclusion this week.

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Biden calls for probe into origins of COVID-19

Top of The World: US President Joe Biden has called for a “redoubled” effort to find the origins of COVID-19. And, US and Chinese trade envoys spoke over the phone on Thursday for the first time since President Joe Biden took office. Also, top UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has said that Israeli forces may have committed war crimes in the recent deadly 11-day conflict with Hamas.

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Blinken continues diplomatic mission in the Middle East

Top of The World: Sec. Blinken announced plans to reopen a diplomatic office in Jerusalem that oversees outreach to the Palestinians. And, Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko is defending his decision to divert a passenger jet. Also, Syrians living in government-held areas are heading to the polls on Wednesday, for the second presidential election since the uprising-turned-war started in the country 10 years ago.

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Belarus opposition figure detained after flight diverted

Top of The World: Outrage and condemnation grew more intense on Monday from Western countries over the arrest of 26-year-old Belarusian activist. And, a ceasefire after 11 days of deadly airstrikes and rocket attacks between Israel and Hamas is holding. Also, Samoa’s first and newly elected woman prime minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, was locked out of Parliament on Monday.

The blockade on Gaza hampers life and reconstruction

Israel and Egypt have imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip since 2007. Israel says it’s for security reasons but the UN has called it “collective punishment.” Now that the fighting has stopped, reconstruction in Gaza will be painfully slow.

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Israel and Hamas begin ceasefire

Top of the World: Israel and Hamas agree to a ceasefire, ending more than a week of hostilities. And Dr. Anthony Fauci weighs in on COVID-19 booster shots. Also, Spain plans to open up to UK tourists without PCR tests this summer.

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