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Dozens killed in South Africa violence over Zuma imprisonment

Top of The World: Dozens of people have died in continued rioting in two South African provinces that began last week in response to the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma. And, at least 64 people have died and more than 100 others have been injured in a fire at the COVID-19 isolation ward of a hospital in Iraq's southern city of Nasiriya. Also, the Taliban has warned Turkey against taking over the security of the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, after the US troop withdrawal from the country.

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Ethiopia declares ceasefire after Tigrayan fighters enter Mekelle

Top of The World: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has declared an immediate ceasefire in its Tigray region after Tigrayan fighters entered and took over the regional capital Mekelle. And, a federal judge has dismissed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook that were filed by the FTC. Also, lockdowns in four of Australia’s major cities following an outbreak of the delta COVID-19 variant could impact more than 20 million Australians.

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Discussion: Coronavirus surges, variants and the global vaccine rollout

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As new COVID-19 variants emerge, health authorities around the world are racing to inoculate people, while facing often disjointed rollouts and limited supplies of shots. As part of The World's regular series of conversations on the pandemic with Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with a panel of experts on where we are now in the global coronavirus crisis.

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Discussion: The latest on coronavirus variants and rapid testing

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With several vaccines approved, health authorities around the world are racing to inoculate populations before new, potentially more dangerous variants of the coronavirus spread. What are the implications of the COVID-19 variants? As part of The World's regular series of conversations on the pandemic, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Harvard epidemiologist Michael Mina.

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Biden administration levels stiff new sanctions against Russia

Top of The World: The White House has announced sanctions against Russia and the expulsion of Russian diplomats in response to Moscow's interference in US elections and the "SolarWinds" cyber breach. And the hardest hit areas of India by surge of the coronavirus are facing tighter restrictions for 15 days to control infections. South Africa has paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine leaving the country without any shots for its vaccination effort.

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