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Hong Kong convicts first person under national security law

Top of The World: Hong Kong has convicted the first person of secession and terrorism under its controversial new Beijing-imposed national security law. And, US President Joe Biden announced that US troops will end their combat mission in Iraq by the end of this year. Also, North and South Korea have restored communication channels after more than a year and have agreed to improve ties with each other.

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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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Haitian police: Foreign hit squad killed President Moïse

Haitian authorities continue their search for the killers of President Jovenel Moïse, arresting two Americans, along with retired members of the Colombian military. And, President Biden defends the US withdraw from Afghanistan, as the Taliban captures two strategic border crossings, including one with Iran. Also, South Sudan marks 10 years of independence, but looks back at a decade of violence and chronic hunger.

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US pulls out of Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan

Top of The World: The US military has left Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan after 20 years, handing it over to the Afghan National Security and Defense Force. And, The OECD announced that 130 countries have agreed on a global minimum tax. Also, the delta variant of COVID-19 is surging across Asia.

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