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Fumio Kishida set to become Japan’s next prime minister

Top of The World: Fumio Kishida, Japan’s former foreign minister, has won the Liberal Democratic Party leadership election, all but assuring he’ll become the country’s next prime minister. And, senators in Washington on Tuesday grilled top Pentagon officials over the chaotic and violent US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Also, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seeking to ease concerns over fuel shortages in the country by placing army troops on standby to help distribute gasoline.

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Delta variant surge in Wuhan prompts massive city-wide testing

Top of The World: China has announced mass coronavirus testing in Wuhan, the city of 11 million people where COVID-19 was first detected in 2019, after an increase in reported cases of the delta variant. And, the leader of a group helping those who’ve fled persecution in Belarus, Vitaly Shishov, has been hanged in a park in Kyiv, Ukraine. Also, the Taliban have captured nine out of 10 districts of Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province

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Hong Kong national security law to take effect; Iran sentences journalist to death; Koalas could be extinct by 2050 in New South Wales

A controversial national security law for Hong Kong is set to take effect, as pro-democracy advocates warn of eroding freedoms in the semi-autonomous region. New reports say US President Donald Trump was briefed in February about suspected Russian bounties on US soldiers, contradicting the president's claims. An Iranian journalist has been sentenced to death. An Australian inquiry shows koalas in NSW could become extinct by 2050.

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Vladimir Putin would like you to know he too opposes fracking

Imagine the foes of fracking and you'd probably put Greenpeace at the top of the list. But add Vladimir Putin too — someone who rarely sees eye-to-eye with the environmentalists. But he has his own reasons, not tied to saving the Earth. Meanwhile, there's tension over US military actions in Iraq. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.

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