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UN warning of Taliban actions and impending humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

Top of The World: The Taliban are increasingly under scrutiny over their promises of a different governance. And, North Korean officials said the country had successfully tested long-range cruise missiles over the weekend. Also, Peruvian officials are debating what to do with the body of Abimael Guzmán, the leader of the brutal Shining Path insurgency who died on Saturday.

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A 'sick joke': Tigrayan forces reject ceasefire in Ethiopia’s embattled region

Top of The World: The Tigray People’s Liberation Front has rejected a ceasefire, calling it a “sick joke.” And, dozens of people have died in western Canada amid a scorching heat wave that has set record high temperatures. Also, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un admonished top officials at a specially-convened Politburo meeting for failures in COVID-19 prevention tactics that have caused a “great crisis” in the country.

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Hundreds of vaccinated healthcare workers in Indonesia get COVID

Top of The World: More than 350 doctors and medical workers in Indonesia have contracted COVID-19, despite being vaccinated. And, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered his government to prepare for both dialogue and confrontation with the United States. Also, a new report by the UN refugee agency UNHCR shows that millions of people were displaced around the world in 2020.

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Prospects of a ceasefire offer hope to ending violence between Israel and Hamas

Top of the World: Officials close to the negotiations between Israel and Hamas say a ceasefire could be announced in the next 24 hours as hostilities continue. And South Korean President Moon Jae-in is on a four-day visit to Washington, hoping to revive stalled talks with North Korea. Also, Russia assumes the chairmanship of the eight-nation Arctic Council bloc, as the US tries to oppose Moscow’s plans to set maritime rules.

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US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urges minimum global corporate income tax

Top of The World: In her first major address as US treasury secretary, Janet Yellen said the Biden administration will work with the Group of 20 countries to set up a minimum global corporate income tax. And, North Korea is skipping the delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns. Also, Greenlanders head to the polls on Tuesday in an early parliamentary election with vast geopolitical and environmental consequences.

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Europe on edge over new surges; North Korea's new missile; Nagorno-Karabakh cease-fire in question

Health authorities in Europe are bracing for new surges of the coronavirus, this time with concerns over “pandemic fatigue” as a growing number of regions return to lockdown restrictions. And, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un unveiled several new weapons including a large intercontinental ballistic missile carried on an 11-axle vehicle; Also Armenia and Azerbaijan were again accusing each other of attacks over the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region despite a ceasefire deal.

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