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US-EU reach deal on trade dispute ahead of Biden’s meeting with Putin

Top of The World: US President Joe Biden moved to end a long-running trade dispute with the European Union over subsidies for aircraft manufacturers. And, the presidents of the US and Turkey met in Brussels in a much-anticipated face-to-face on the sidelines of the NATO summit. Hawaiian coronavirus case with the delta variant is a “very rare breakthrough” case in which a COVID-19 vaccine didn’t prevent infection.

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Contentious Keystone XL pipeline project canceled

Canadian company TC Energy withdraws from Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project after President Biden canceled its permit earlier this year. And, the number of undocumented migrants reaching the US-Mexico border hits its highest level in more than 20 years. Also, Moscow court labels organization of President Putin’s political foe, Alexei Navalny, as an “extremist” group.

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Germany apologizes for genocide in Namibia

Top of The World: Germany on Friday formally acknowledged that it committed genocide in the colonial-era killings of tens of thousands of people in Namibia. And, Moscow banned French and Austrian passenger airlines from flying over Russian airspace. Also, US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced in a memo on Thursday new steps to combat the growing number of hate crimes in the US.

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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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