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Blinken pushes back against lawmakers' criticism of Afghanistan withdrawal.

Top of The World: The US’ top diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, defended the country’s withdrawal from Afghanistan before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. And, Pope Francis has begun a four-day visit to Slovakia after a seven-hour stop in Hungary. Also, nearly 45% of young people interviewed in a global survey say they feel anxiety or distress about climate change

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UN warning of Taliban actions and impending humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

Top of The World: The Taliban are increasingly under scrutiny over their promises of a different governance. And, North Korean officials said the country had successfully tested long-range cruise missiles over the weekend. Also, Peruvian officials are debating what to do with the body of Abimael Guzmán, the leader of the brutal Shining Path insurgency who died on Saturday.

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Biden and Xi phone call amid US-China tensions

Top of The World: In their first phone call in seven months, US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed a range of hot-button issues. And, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has signed a decree changing internet regulations that would block social networks from deleting some posts. Also, a new government has been announced in Lebanon, following a deadlock that’s lasted more than a year.

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China chases 'rejuvenation' with control of tycoons, society

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for the party to return to its "original mission" as China's economic, social and cultural leader and carry out the " rejuvenation of the great Chinese nation." To support its plans, Xi's government has launched anti-monopoly and data security crackdowns to tighten its control over internet giants that looked too big and potentially independent.

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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.