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Six people injured in New Zealand in ISIS-inspired attack

Top of The World: An ISIS-inspired extremist has stabbed and injured six people in Auckland, New Zealand, three of them critically. And, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has announced that he will not run for re-election as party leader. Also, the UK has announced new sanctions against Myanmar, targeting the Htoo Group of Companies.

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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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Head of Myanmar military declares himself prime minister

Top of The World: A top general of Myanmar’s military declared himself the country’s prime minister on Sunday. And, wildfires have ravaged Turkey, Greece and elsewhere on the continent as a heat wave continues baking southeast Europe. Also, dozens of lawmakers in Malaysia were blocked by police on Monday from protesting a two-week lockdown of the country’s Parliament.

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Police in Hong Kong arrest newspaper editors under security law

Top of The World: Five editors and executives of the Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper, Apple Daily, were arrested on Thursday. And, a village in central Myanmar has been left in ashes after troops loyal to the ruling military junta allegedly set the blaze. Also, polling suggests that hard-line judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi is the clear front-runner in Iran elections on Friday.

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UN human rights office ‘deeply alarmed’ over police violence in Colombia

Top of The World: The violent crackdown on anti-government protests in the Colombian city of Cali has prompted concern over the excessive use of police force. And, an unclassified US intelligence report released Tuesday warned that Afghan women’s rights will be at risk after the US troop and NATO allies withdrawal later this year. Also, security authorities in Myanmar have been arresting and disappearing thousands of people.

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Chauvin guilty verdict results in cheers and relief

Top of The World: Derek Chauvin’s case took three weeks of testimony but less than a day of jury deliberations to find him guilty on all charges. And, the European Super League has had a super meltdown as Atlético Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus all dropped out Wednesday. Also, the UN special rapporteur for Myanmar has warned of a “humanitarian catastrophe” in the South Asian country.

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