Tunisian President Kais Saied fired the country's prime minister and suspended its parliament. Tunisia's main opposition party, Ennahda, called the move a "coup.” And Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and US President Joe Biden will sign an agreement on Monday to officially end US military combat missions in Iraq by the end of 2021. Also, more than half of Australia's population is under lockdown again. Single people are asking for a “singles’ bubble.” And we hear from 24-year-old Mohammed Rezuwan, a Rohingya refugee in Bangladesh who spent the past year recording and translating Rohingya folktales.
Top of The World: Tunisia’s president Kais Saied fired the county’s prime minister and suspended parliament on Sunday, sparking a crisis for the young democracy. And, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of France over the weekend, protesting measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. Also, China accused the US of "demonizing" Beijing, as top officials from the two countries met on Monday in frank high-level talks.
"I think in a past life I was a fish," said Wang Xiao Xue, a mermaid-in-training. Mermaid diving is a fast-growing trend in China, with 60 mermaid diving training centers — more than in any other country.
Despite early efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in countries across Africa, leaders are now coping with a new surge of cases, pushed by the more infectious delta variant and complicated by limited vaccination accessibility and resources. The World's Africa correspondent Halima Gikandi moderated a discussion with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Wafaie Fawzi, who addressed the pandemic’s health and socioeconomic impacts, specifically in sub-Saharan Africa.
July 26 celebrations in Cuba were dampened by protests, communication shutdowns and COVID-19 restrictions — a completely different experience from previous years' fiery speeches and street parties. Former Florida Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia has been watching events in Cuba closely.
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