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Top of The World: Israel has conducted hundreds of airstrikes in Gaza, leveling apartment towers and other targets and a mounting death toll. And, with a surge in COVID-19 cases overwhelming the health system in India, officials reported a new record number of daily deaths at 4,205 people. Also, an independent panel reviewing the WHO’s response to the coronavirus outbreak said on Wednesday that the pandemic was preventable.
A panel of independent experts who reviewed the World Health Organization's response to the coronavirus pandemic says the UN health agency should be granted "guaranteed rights of access" in countries to investigate emerging outbreaks.
New Zealand has joined other countries in calling out China for its mistreatment of Uyghurs, but falls short of calling it "genocide." Critics say the condemnation has been "watered down" to protect China as an essential trade partner.
The Afghan ambassador to the US, Roya Rahmani, spoke to The World's host Marco Werman about the security situation in Afghanistan, and the government's handling of it.
Critical State, our foreign policy newsletter, takes a deep dive into new research on how rebels negotiate the international business world, with a focus on Democratic Republic of Congo.
Top of The World: At least 24 Palestinians, including nine children, were killed overnight and 122 others were wounded in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in a new round of escalating tensions. And, the COVID-19 variant first identified in India has been designated a global concern by the World Health Organization. Also, the FDA has expanded the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 jab to children as young as 12.
A gunman attacked a school Tuesday morning in the Russian city of Kazan, sending students running out of the building as smoke poured from its windows.
Author Yashu Zhang describes the efficiency of China's vaccination rollout and why there's so much trust in authorities in the fight against the coronavirus.
In Brazil, hunger, poverty and unemployment have spiked alongside COVID-19. But the Landless Workers' Movement, a massive organization of small farmers, is doing its best to help tackle the problem.
Most US Catholics believe President Biden should receive Communion, despite his stance on abortion. The push by conservative US bishops to deny him the Eucharist may have more of an impact in other countries.
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