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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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Discussion: The delta variant surge and what's next in the pandemic

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The highly infectious COVID-19 delta variant is leaving a devastating wake around the globe. The surge of infections raises a lot of questions and sparks concern among public health officials. The World's Carolyn Beeler moderated a discussion about the delta variant and what's next in the pandemic with Harvard Chan School epidemiologist William Hanage.

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Head of Myanmar military declares himself prime minister

Top of The World: A top general of Myanmar’s military declared himself the country’s prime minister on Sunday. And, wildfires have ravaged Turkey, Greece and elsewhere on the continent as a heat wave continues baking southeast Europe. Also, dozens of lawmakers in Malaysia were blocked by police on Monday from protesting a two-week lockdown of the country’s Parliament.

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First group of Afghans who helped American troops are flown to the US

The first group of Afghans who've helped American forces has arrived for resettlement in the United States. And, Mexico plans to hold its first referendum on Sunday to determine if the past five former presidents can be put on trial for corruption while they were in office. Also, President Joe Biden and major carmakers are negotiating a pledge to make electric at least 40% of all cars and SUVs sold in 2030.

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China holds high-level talks with the Taliban

Top of The World: China Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks on Wednesday with high-level Taliban officials. And, a vital roadway and lifeline that supplies humanitarian aid to the war-torn Tigray region in northern Ethiopia is blocked. Also, one of the world’s largest container ships that blocked the Suez Canal for six days in March — causing global supply chain havoc — has reached the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands