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Fumio Kishida, right, is shown with his arms raised celebrating with Yoshihide Suga who is standing next to him.

Fumio Kishida set to become Japan’s next prime minister

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Top of The World: Fumio Kishida, Japan’s former foreign minister, has won the Liberal Democratic Party leadership election, all but assuring he’ll become the country’s next prime minister. And, senators in Washington on Tuesday grilled top Pentagon officials over the chaotic and violent US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Also, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seeking to ease concerns over fuel shortages in the country by placing army troops on standby to help distribute gasoline.

From left, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of the United States Central Command, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley testify during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill

Gen. David Petraeus: The US has a ‘moral obligation’ to help those left behind in Afghanistan

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley are shown sitting and facing each other.

Top Pentagon leaders in the hot seat over Afghanistan withdrawal

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is shown looking to his right while walking and wearing a dark face mask with a solider stands in the distance.

US top diplomats visit Persian Gulf to reassure allies

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Several police officers are shown wearing dark colored fatigues and climbing out of a black armored vehicle carrying weapons.

Bloody police raid in Brazil leaves at least 25 dead

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (R) and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken are shown standing opposite each other with the US and NATO flags in the background.

US to coordinate with NATO on troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

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Top of The World: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are meeting with NATO officials in Brussels to discuss a withdrawal of the military alliance from Afghanistan. And, the Ever Given, the massive cargo ship that recently blocked the Suez Canal for a week, has been impounded until $900 million in compensation is paid. Also, Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has signed a controversial law extending his mandate in office for two years

A row of tall stainless steel centrifuges are shown.

Iran blames Israel for blackout, vows revenge

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Top of The World: Iran has blamed Israel on Monday for an act of “cybersabotage” that caused a blackout at the country’s Natanz nuclear facility. Also, Monday marks the start of the holy month of Ramadan and for the second time under coronavirus restrictions. And voters in Ecuador have rejected the leftist movement giving former banker Guillermo Lasso 53% of the vote and the presidency

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is shown in a close-up photograph from the side with bright white lights in the distance.

Biden administration launches airstrikes in eastern Syria

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Top of The World: The Biden administration took its first military action on Thursday, launching airstrikes on Iran-backed militias in Syria. And, new report suggests that Eritrean soldiers systematically killed hundreds of people in Ethiopia. Also, in a second kidnapping in a little over a week, police in Nigeria said armed gunmen abducted over 300 schoolgirls.

A video tweet from former President Donald Trump is shown on a screen next to another video of protesters fighting with security authorities.

House prosecutors set to wrap their impeachment case against Trump

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Top of The World: As the impeachment managers look to wrap-up their case on Thursday in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, Senators were shown never-before-seen security camera footage that illustrated how close the rioters came to lawmakers. And, New Zealand Indigenous lawmaker Rawiri Waititi, co-leader of Maori Party, has won his battle against wearing a tie in the New Zealand Parliament. Loujain al-Hathloul, one of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent women’s rights activists, has been released from jail.