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Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell dies at 84

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who served under Democratic and Republican administrations, has died at the age of 84. Also, The Venezuelan government has halted negotiations with the opposition in Mexico City after businessman Alex Saab was extradited to the US. And, Haitian authorities and US officials are working to secure the release of 17 people from the missionary group Christian Aid Ministries who have been abducted by a powerful gang.

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‘Pandora Papers’ expose hidden wealth of global elite

Top of The World: A trove of leaked documents, referred to as the Pandora Papers, has revealed the secret assets of hundreds of world leaders. And, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced plans to walk back her government’s zero-tolerance strategy to the coronavirus pandemic. Also, American scientists David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian have been awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine.

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Fumio Kishida set to become Japan’s next prime minister

Top of The World: Fumio Kishida, Japan’s former foreign minister, has won the Liberal Democratic Party leadership election, all but assuring he’ll become the country’s next prime minister. And, senators in Washington on Tuesday grilled top Pentagon officials over the chaotic and violent US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Also, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seeking to ease concerns over fuel shortages in the country by placing army troops on standby to help distribute gasoline.

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World Food Program chief warns against famine in Yemen

UN food agency head warns against a famine in Yemen that would affect 16 million people. Also, new discriminatory COVID-19 travel rules by the UK anger India and some African nations. And the European Union wants smartphone makers to adopt a single charging method for mobile and other electronic devices.

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First commercial flight leaves Kabul

Top of The World: The first commercial international flight out of Afghanistan since the US-led evacuation operations ended last week departed from Kabul airport on Thursday. And, the UK is threatening to send migrants who try to cross the English Channel back to France. Also, Hong Kong police on Thursday raided the June 4th Museum dedicated to the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

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