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Olympics director fired over Holocaust joke

Top of The World: The director of the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics was fired on Thursday over accusations of a Holocaust joke he made many years ago. And, Iran has begun bypassing the Strait of Hormuz after opening its first oil terminal in the Gulf of Oman. Also, church bells rang out on Thursday as thousands of people gathered at events across Norway marking 10 years since right-wing extremist Anders Breivik killed 77 people.

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Record rainfall causes severe flooding in central China

Top of The World: At least a dozen people in Zhengzhou, China, died trapped in a flooded underground subway. And, former Trump adviser Tom Barrack has been arrested and charged with foreign lobbying on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. Also, the UK says it will permanently deploy two warships in the Asia Pacific after its Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier sails off to Asian waters in September.

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Ariel Henry announced as new prime minister of Haiti

Top of The World: Haiti announced a new government on Monday with Ariel Henry as the country’s new prime minister. And, Pedro Castillo has been declared the new president-elect of Peru. Also, a study shows that India’s COVID-19 death toll could be 10 times higher than the official count.

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US and allies accuse China of hacking campaign

Top of The World: The US on Monday accused China of a global hacking campaign that included a massive hack of the Microsoft Exchange email server software earlier this year. And, more than 100,000 people took to the streets across France over the weekend to protest the government’s new COVID-19 vaccination strategy. Also, the UK on Monday lifted nearly all coronavirus restrictions, in what has been dubbed “Freedom Day,” despite the country facing a growing number of infections.

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Severe floods devastate parts of Germany and Belgium

Top of The World: Devastating floods across parts of western Germany and Belgium have left more than 120 people dead. And, Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri has stepped down after failing to form a new government. Also, Cuba has agreed to temporarily lift some restrictions, following unprecedented protests.

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Russian-based hacking group REvil disappears from the internet

Top of The World: REvil, a Russia-based hacking group behind recent ransomware attacks that crippled companies worldwide, has gone offline. And, four Iranian intelligence officials have been charged in New York’s Federal court with plotting to kidnap Iranian American journalist and activist Masih Alinejad. Also, the Penelakut Tribe in British Columbia, Canada, said it has found over 160 unmarked graves.

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Dozens killed in South Africa violence over Zuma imprisonment

Top of The World: Dozens of people have died in continued rioting in two South African provinces that began last week in response to the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma. And, at least 64 people have died and more than 100 others have been injured in a fire at the COVID-19 isolation ward of a hospital in Iraq's southern city of Nasiriya. Also, the Taliban has warned Turkey against taking over the security of the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, after the US troop withdrawal from the country.

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Protests across Cuba over food shortages, high prices

Top of The World: Thousands of protesters took to the streets on Sunday in several cities across Cuba in largest-scale demonstrations. And, Haitian police officials announced the arrest of Christian Emmanuel Sanon over the weekend as a key suspect in the killing of President Jovenel Moïse. Also, British police have opened investigations into the racist abuse of three Black players who missed penalty kicks during the final shoot-out between England and Italy for the European Championship final.

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