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Mourning and anger amid devastation after Beirut explosion; One-third of Afghanistan may have had COVID-19; 75-years since Hiroshima bombing

Many Lebanese are turning toward anger and frustration over corrupt Lebanese officials for the presence of a warehouse full of ammonium nitrate at the center of a massive explosion. And, in Afghanistan, the country’s health minister said an antibody survey revealed almost one-third of the nation may have been infected with the coronavirus. Also, with Hiroshima marking the 75th anniversary of the 1945 nuclear blast on Thursday, the survivors were a diminished presence due to the threat of the coronavirus and their old age.

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The global implications of Geoffrey Berman firing; US and Russia start nuclear weapons talks; US targets Assad govt and backers with sanctions

Shares in Turkish state lender Halkbank surged 8% today after US federal chief prosecutor Geoffrey Berman was forced to step down over the weekend. Also, Wirecard said on Monday that $2.1 billion is missing from its accounts and was likely never there. And, representatives from the US and Russia started nuclear weapons talks today in Vienna.

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Bolton's book accuses Trump of widespread misdeeds; Supreme Court blocks Trump from ending DACA; Germany closes meat processing plant after coronavirus outbreak

In a new book, former White House national security adviser John Bolton accuses US President Donald Trump of sweeping misdeeds in order to pursue reelection, including explicitly seeking Chinese President Xi Jinping's help. And, in a 5-4 decision issued this morning, the US Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration's attempt to cancel Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

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A change in Iran policy?

A Bush administration official is expected to attend talks with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator this weekend, and some observers see this as an example of a changing U.S. foreign policy, as The World's Jason Margolis reports.

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The day after victory

With celebration still in the air, Barack Obama and his aides are turning to the daunting tasks ahead. The World's Matthew Bell reports on the challenges facing the Obama presidency.

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John Bolton

The Takeaway asks former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, what is to become of the two and half million people who are at risk in Myanmar after the cyclone.

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What Trump's Iran decision means for North Korean nuclear talks

Just weeks before he’s set to meet the North Korean leader in Singapore, President Donald Trump announced his controversial decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal on May 8. And though Trump had promised to exit the Obama-era arrangement since his campaign days in 2016, pulling the trigger so close to his face-to-face meeting with Kim could set a weary tone for nuclear negotiations — or it could turn up the pressure on both countries to reach an agreement.

Officials: Putin-Trump summit is coming soon

Moscow and Washington struck a deal on Wednesday to hold a summit soon between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump, a move likely to worry some US allies and draw a fiery reaction from some of Trump's critics at home.