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Biden defends Afghanistan exit, praises Kabul airlift

Top of The World: US President Joe Biden called the airlift of more than 120,000 Americans, allies and Afghans an “extraordinary success.” And, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will meet with Biden in Washington DC on Wednesday, in what has been described as a show of renewed support for Ukraine’s sovereignty. Also, opposition parties in Venezuela announced in a strategy shift, that they will participate in the November local and regional elections.

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Delta variant surge in Wuhan prompts massive city-wide testing

Top of The World: China has announced mass coronavirus testing in Wuhan, the city of 11 million people where COVID-19 was first detected in 2019, after an increase in reported cases of the delta variant. And, the leader of a group helping those who’ve fled persecution in Belarus, Vitaly Shishov, has been hanged in a park in Kyiv, Ukraine. Also, the Taliban have captured nine out of 10 districts of Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province

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CDC, FDA recommend pause of J&J coronavirus vaccine over blood clot concerns

Top of The World: The CDC and the FDA are recommending a pause on the single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine over blood clot concerns. And, the Japanese government announced it will start releasing tons of treated radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the ocean. Also, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed the alliance’s support for Ukraine on Tuesday follow a recent build up of Russian troops on the country's eastern border.

Conflict & Justice

Military tension between Russia and Ukraine escalates

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine started more than seven years ago when Russia annexed the Ukrainian Crimean Peninsula. Now, the two countries are at war in eastern Ukraine. The so-called “frozen conflict” has heated up again. Fighting is escalating in eastern Ukraine despite a ceasefire, and there have been reports of military buildup in Crimea and on the Russian side of the border. Host Carol Hills speaks with Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the commanding general of the US Army in Europe until 2017.

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