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Biden and Xi phone call amid US-China tensions

Top of The World: In their first phone call in seven months, US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed a range of hot-button issues. And, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has signed a decree changing internet regulations that would block social networks from deleting some posts. Also, a new government has been announced in Lebanon, following a deadlock that’s lasted more than a year.

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Biden defends Afghanistan exit, praises Kabul airlift

Top of The World: US President Joe Biden called the airlift of more than 120,000 Americans, allies and Afghans an “extraordinary success.” And, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will meet with Biden in Washington DC on Wednesday, in what has been described as a show of renewed support for Ukraine’s sovereignty. Also, opposition parties in Venezuela announced in a strategy shift, that they will participate in the November local and regional elections.

2 suicide attacks outside Kabul airport

Two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul's airport Thursday, transforming a scene of desperation into one of horror in the waning days of an airlift for those fleeing the Taliban takeover.

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G-7 agrees on conditions to recognize and work with the Taliban

G-7 leaders agree on conditions to recognize and work with the Taliban, but fail to persuade President Joe Biden to extend the US troop withdrawal date from Afghanistan. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will meet with President Biden for talks in Washington on Thursday. And Algeria has cut diplomatic ties with Morocco.

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