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US, UK, NATO to withdraw troops from Afghanistan
US, UK, NATO to withdraw troops from Afghanistan

On Wednesday, the US President Joe Biden announced plans to withdraw from Afghanistan by September 11, officially ending the US' involvement in the 20-year-long war in Afghanistan. Similar troop withdrawals by the United Kingdom and NATO were also announced.

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India records 14 millionth case of COVID-19 amid new surge in infections
India records 14 millionth case of COVID-19 amid new surge in infections

According to multiple reports, India recorded its 14 millionth case of COVID-19 and new infections of over 200 thousand on Thursday, causing multiple hospitals running on full capacity.

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France Prime Minister announces suspension of all flights to, from Brazil over coronavirus variant concerns
France Prime Minister announces suspension of all flights to, from Brazil over coronavirus variant concerns

On Tuesday, in the French National Assembly, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced all flights to and from Brazil are to be suspended for concerns of Lineage P.1, a contagious variant of the COVID-19 virus which reportedly originated in Brazil.

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Challenge shield introduced for Australia's Sunshine Coast Rugby Union
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Challenge shield introduced for Australia's Sunshine Coast Rugby Union

A grade rugby union teams on Australia's Sunshine Coast, Queensland, are to compete for a challenge shield from this season. Reigning Sunshine Coast Rugby Union A grade premier Noosa were presented the SGQ Shield as initial holders at Thursday's season launch with their first scheduled defence against Caloundra on April 24.

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People protest in Berlin against German Court overturning five-year rent cap
People protest in Berlin against German Court overturning five-year rent cap

On Thursday, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court ruled a five-year rent freeze introduced earlier in February last year illegal due to lack of the Berlin Senate's jurisdiction.

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