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1. Ukraine claims control of key Oskil river on front line
- Ukrainian forces say they have regained control of the east bank of the River Oskil, seen as the front line with Russian troops in north-east Ukraine.
- Russia's army has been almost completely pushed out of the Kharkiv region and a regional leader said the next target would be neighbouring Luhansk.
- Zelensky said the next offensive was being prepared; meanwhile, Russia was accused of targeting a nuclear plant in the south.

2. Japan storm: 9 million people told to evacuate as super typhoon Nanmadol hits
- 9 million people have been told to evacuate their homes as Japan is battered by one of the worst typhoons the country has ever seen.
- The super typhoon has killed 2 people and injured almost 90.
- It hit Japan's most southerly island, Kyushu, on Sunday morning, and is forecast to pass over the main island of Honshu in the next few days.

3. Mark Frerichs: US hostage swapped for Afghan leader linked to Taliban
- The Taliban have released a US engineer they had held hostage since 2020 in exchange for an Afghan tribal leader held in US custody since 2005.
- In return for Mark Frerichs, the Taliban received Bashir Noorzai, a Taiban ally serving a life sentence for drug trafficking.
- Securing Mark's freedom was an election pledge of President Joe Biden.

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