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‘Pandora Papers’ expose hidden wealth of global elite

Top of The World: A trove of leaked documents, referred to as the Pandora Papers, has revealed the secret assets of hundreds of world leaders. And, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced plans to walk back her government’s zero-tolerance strategy to the coronavirus pandemic. Also, American scientists David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian have been awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine.

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US presidential contest remains undecided as world looks on; Poland indefinitely delays abortion ruling; The president of Kosovo has resigned

Global opinion has been mixed on whether the American political system can successfully pass its electoral stress test. And, the right-wing government in Poland has announced an indefinite delay in the implementation of a high court ruling against abortion following two weeks of massive protests across the country. Also, the president of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, resigned Thursday as he faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity at a special court in The Hague.

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Harris veep pick welcomed by diasporas; Scottish passenger train derails; New Zealand reimposes lockdown measures

Joe Biden’s selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate for the 2020 presidential contest is drawing attention from a wide range of groups. And, a passenger train derailed during storms on Wednesday in the Aberdeenshire area of Scotland. Also, in New Zealand, government officials are looking into the possibility that freight could be the source of the first COVID-19 infections in over three months.

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Symbols of 'racist past' topple amid global BLM protests; New Zealand reports no active COVID-19 cases

A statue of a British slave trader in the UK and confederate statues in the US have been toppled or defaced as protesters demand a reckoning on systemic racism. Some Minneapolis City Council members said they will “begin the process of ending the Minneapolis Police Department." New Zealand has no active cases of COVID-19 in the country. Brasilia has become a new hotspot for the virus.

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