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1. Ukraine war: Zelensky says situation in Bakhmut worsening
- The situation in the city of Bakhmurt, on the eastern frontline, is becoming more and more difficult, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky has said.
- Russian forces have been trying to take the city for over six months.
- Some of the fiercest fighting since Russia invaded Ukraine just over a year ago has taken place in Bakhmut, in Ukraine's Donetsk region, part of which is under the control of Russia and its proxy forces.

2. Iran investigating poisoning of 650 schoolgirls with toxic gas
- At least 650 girls have been poisoned by toxic gas in Iran since November, in what many believe is a deliberate attempt to force their schools to shut.
- No girls have died, but dozens have suffered respiratory problems, nausea, dizziness and fatigue.
- The prosecutor general announced last week that he was opening a criminal investigation, but he said that the available information only indicated the possibility of criminal and premeditated acts.

3. China hits out at US over TikTok ban on federal devices
- China has accused the US of overreacting after federal employees were ordered to remove the video app TikTok from government-issued phones.
- On Monday, the White House gave government agencies 30 days to ensure that employees did not have the Chinese-owned app on federal devices.
- A spokesperson for China's foreign ministry accused the US of abusing state power to suppress foreign firms.

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