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Bloody police raid in Brazil leaves at least 25 dead

Top of The World: Police in a Rio de Janeiro slum engaged in an hourslong gunbattle Thursday targeting drug traffickers and leading to the death of at least 25 people. And, for the third time in May, health officials in India reported more than 400,000 coronavirus infections in a 24-hour period. Also, a discarded section of a Chinese rocket is set to fall back to Earth as early as Saturday in an uncontrolled reentry.

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US backs waiver on patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines

Top of The World: The Biden administration announced it backs a temporary waiver on patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines. And, the IFRC warned of an impending crisis in Nepal due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. Also, Ugandan warlord Dominic Ongwen, the former child soldier turned top commander of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army, was sentenced by the International Criminal Court to 25 years in prison

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UN human rights office ‘deeply alarmed’ over police violence in Colombia

Top of The World: The violent crackdown on anti-government protests in the Colombian city of Cali has prompted concern over the excessive use of police force. And, an unclassified US intelligence report released Tuesday warned that Afghan women’s rights will be at risk after the US troop and NATO allies withdrawal later this year. Also, security authorities in Myanmar have been arresting and disappearing thousands of people.

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Mexico metro overpass collapses, killing 23 and injuring dozens

Top of The World: A section of a subway overpass of the Mexico City metro collapsed late Monday night, sending two cars of a passenger train onto traffic. And, US President Joe Biden signed an emergency presidential determination formally raising the country's cap on refugee admissions from 15,000 to 62,500 this year. Also, COVAX is getting a boost from US biotechnology company Moderna.

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Modi’s BJP suffers election loss amid coronavirus crisis

Top of The World: Amid an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party suffered a defeat on Sunday. And, rescue on Sunday responded to reports of a 40-foot capsized boat that had broken apart near the city’s coast — a vessel suspected of human smuggling. Also, police in Frankfurt, Germany, said they have arrested several suspects believed to have run a child pornography site.

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Stampede at religious festival in Israel leaves 45 dead

Top of The World: At least 45 people were killed early Friday in a stampede at a religious festival in northern Israel. And, India is now experiencing vaccine shortages across the country with several Indian states running out of jabs. Also, after two decades in what is the longest war fought by the United States, the US military has begun its formal withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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India passes 200,000 COVID-19 deaths

Top of The World: India marked another bleak milestone on Wednesday after reporting more than 3,200 deaths from the coronavirus, pushing the country past 200,000 total deaths during the pandemic. And, protests turned deadly in Chad on Tuesday as thousands of people took to the streets demanding a return to civilian rule. Also, the US Justice Department has repealed certain grant funding restrictions for sanctuary cities.

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The EU sues AstraZeneca escalating tensions amid the pandemic

Top of The World: The European Union has launched legal action against pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. And, Human Rights Watch alleged in a new report that Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution against Palestinians. Also, world powers have resumed high-level talks in Vienna in an effort to bring the US back into the nuclear deal with Iran.

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Coronavirus crisis in India overwhelming hospitals

Top of The World: Britain and the United States have pledged to send aid to India where a wave of COVID-19 cases has set a global record high, a fifth day in a row. And, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, an Iranian British woman, has been sentenced to another year in prison. Also, the number of people who died from a massive fire at a hospital in Baghdad now totals 82.

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