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Report on murdered Saudi journalist to be released

Top of The World: The US is expected to release a declassified version of an intelligence brief into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Thursday. And, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has accused top military officers of an “attempted coup.” Also, US regulators announced Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine offers strong protection against severe cases of the disease.

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Ghana receives first vaccines from COVAX

Top of The World: The United Nations-backed COVAX initiative on Wednesday delivered its first shipment of coronavirus vaccine to the West African nation of Ghana. And, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the US will vie for a seat at the UN Human Rights Council, suggesting a re-prioritization of human rights at the center of US foreign policy. Also, Eyad Al-Gharib, a former Syrian intelligence officer, was convicted by a German court of being accessory to crimes against humanity.

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Canada’s parliament votes to call China’s treatment of Uighurs genocide

Top of The World: Canada’s House of Commons voted Monday to declare China’s treatment of Uighurs in the country’s western Xinjiang region genocide. And, Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was arrested on Monday. Also, Facebook will lift a ban imposed a week ago on viewing and sharing news stories on the platform in Australia.

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Protesters again took to the streets in defiance of military leaders in Myanmar

Top of The World. A general strike in Myanmar on Monday saw businesses, factories and other workplaces shuttered across the country despite the military junta’s warnings against such a move. And, Iran may be backing away from its threat to sharply curtail access to international inspectors from its nuclear program. Also, just one year after the first confirmed COVID-19 fatality in the US, the country is on the verge of crossing a grim milestone: 500,000 lives lost to COVID-19.