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Deadly crackdown in Myanmar as protests continue

Top of The World: It was a deadly day for protesters in Myanmar on Sunday after security forces opened fire on demonstrations, killing at least 18 people. And, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption and influence peddling in court on Monday. Also, Iran on Sunday ruled out holding an informal meeting with the US and European powers to revive the nuclear deal.

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Protesters again took to the streets in defiance of military leaders in Myanmar

Top of The World. A general strike in Myanmar on Monday saw businesses, factories and other workplaces shuttered across the country despite the military junta’s warnings against such a move. And, Iran may be backing away from its threat to sharply curtail access to international inspectors from its nuclear program. Also, just one year after the first confirmed COVID-19 fatality in the US, the country is on the verge of crossing a grim milestone: 500,000 lives lost to COVID-19.

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WHO team rules out lab leak as origin of the coronavirus

Top of The World: A team from the WHO said Tuesday that it is extremely unlikely the coronavirus leaked from a Chinese lab and is more likely to have jumped from animals to humans. And, mass protests challenging a military coup that removed the democratically elected government in Myanmar continue to escalate. Also, Colombia will grant nearly 1 million Venezuelan migrants living in the country temporary protected status for 10 years

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ICC convicts former LRA rebel commander

Top of The World: The ICC has convicted Dominic Ongwen, a former commander of Uganda's notoriously brutal rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army, of war crimes and crimes against humanity. And, the Canadian government has designated the far-right Proud Boys group as a terrorist entity. Also, Canada is defending its decision to take COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX.

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Ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi charged following coup

Top of The World: Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi who has been detained by authorities since Monday following a coup by the country’s military has now been formally charged. And, the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine may reduce the spread of the virus by two-thirds and prevent severe disease. Also, a devastating wildfire in Australia has torched more than 70 homes near the country’s western city of Perth.

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Putin critic Navalny faces Moscow judge

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny demanded his release on Tuesday as he faced a court hearing in Moscow in a case that could send him to prison for up to 3 ½ years. And, US President Joe Biden condemned the military’s takeover of Myanmar. Also, Biden is expected to continue an effort on immigration reforms by taking on one of the former Trump administration’s most controversial policies on Tuesday — the separation of families at the US-Mexico border.

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Myanmar back under military rule following coup

The military of Myanmar on Monday overthrew the country’s democratic government in a coup d’état. And, demonstrators across Russia took to the streets protesting President Vladimir Putin and demanding the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Also, people around the world are sending their best wishes to Captain Sir Tom Moore who has been taken to the hospital with the coronavirus.

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