Over 350,000 people in the Tigray region face starvation due to food blockages and theft; G-7 leaders pledge global vaccine-sharing commitments; Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, pleads guilty on three charges.
Canadian company TC Energy withdraws from Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project after President Biden canceled its permit earlier this year. And, the number of undocumented migrants reaching the US-Mexico border hits its highest level in more than 20 years. Also, Moscow court labels organization of President Putin’s political foe, Alexei Navalny, as an “extremist” group.
El Salvador becomes first country to approve bitcoin as a legal currency. And, US President Joe Biden begins the first overseas trip of his term in the UK, hoping to repair relations with Europe. Also, Nicaragua's National Police continues arrests of potential challengers for the upcoming November presidential elections.
Global operation by Australia and the American FBI leads to the arrest of more than 800 suspected criminals. And the Nigerian government bans Twitter after the platform deleted a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari. Also, a man in a pickup truck rams into a Muslim immigrant family in Canada on the street, killing four people.
Keiko Fujimori leads in a tight presidential runoff in Peru, with Pedro Castillo trailing close behind. And, at least 160 people are dead after an attack at a local market in Burkina Faso. Also, Google agrees to change its global advertising business after France slaps it with a multi-million-dollar fine.
Top of The World: Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the archbishop of Munich and Freising and confidante of Pope Francis, offered to resign on Friday over the church abuse scandal. And, US President Joe Biden has expanded a blacklist of Chinese companies started by the Trump administration. Also, Facebook is reportedly planning to end a policy that exempted politicians from certain moderation rules.
Top of The World: Israeli ultranationalist Naftali Bennett appears poised to succeed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And, health officials in China have reported that in just five days in May, the country administered 100 million shots. Also, NASA has announced plans for two new robotic missions to our solar system’s hottest planet, Venus.
Sri Lanka faces an environmental disaster as it scrambles to contain a sinking ship carrying chemicals north of Colombo. And, the WHO approves the Chinese-made Sinovac Biotech vaccine. Also, the Biden administration suspends Trump-era oil and gas leases in the Arctic.
Top of The World: Amid widespread outrage and grief after the discovery of a mass grave holding the remains of 215 children, Indigenous leaders in Canada are calling for a search for other mass graves across the nation. And, Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the French Open. Also, Israel's two-year-long political struggle to form a lasting government could reach a conclusion this week.
Top of The World: Germany on Friday formally acknowledged that it committed genocide in the colonial-era killings of tens of thousands of people in Namibia. And, Moscow banned French and Austrian passenger airlines from flying over Russian airspace. Also, US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced in a memo on Thursday new steps to combat the growing number of hate crimes in the US.
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