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Israel launches deadly airstrikes on Gaza following rocket attacks by Hamas

Top of The World: At least 24 Palestinians, including nine children, were killed overnight and 122 others were wounded in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in a new round of escalating tensions. And, the COVID-19 variant first identified in India has been designated a global concern by the World Health Organization. Also, the FDA has expanded the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 jab to children as young as 12.

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US to coordinate with NATO on troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Top of The World: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are meeting with NATO officials in Brussels to discuss a withdrawal of the military alliance from Afghanistan. And, the Ever Given, the massive cargo ship that recently blocked the Suez Canal for a week, has been impounded until $900 million in compensation is paid. Also, Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has signed a controversial law extending his mandate in office for two years

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Violence against civilians in Myanmar escalates

Top of The World: Security authorities in Myanmar on Sunday targeted the funeral of a student only a day after killing more than 100 people including children. And, dozens of people in Mozambique were killed in an attack on the northern town of Palma. Also, the massive container ship, Ever Given, has been successfully unstuck from the sandy back of the Suez Canal on Monday.

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A tense start to US-China talks in Alaska

Top of The World: After a tense day of high-level meetings between the US and China taking place in Alaska top officials are expected to resume talks on Friday. And, the EMA said Thursday that the AstraZeneca jab is safe to use after several countries halted the vaccine over concerns of blood clotting. Also, France has ordered a new month-long lockdown for Paris, and several regions in the north starting midnight on Friday, impacting as many as 21 million people.

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Growing fears of anti-Asian hate crimes following Atlanta shootings

Top of The World: A series of deadly shootings in Atlanta on Tuesday evening is raising fears among Asian American communities after learning that six of the eight victims were women of Asian descent. And, a newly declassified US intelligence report found that Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized influence operations to help Donald Trump during the recent presidential election.

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