Queen Elizabeth II expresses irritation at world leaders who won’t commit to COP climate summit

Her remarks weren’t meant for public consumption but were picked up on a microphone.

Christchurch city council ends contract with ‘wizard of New Zealand, Antarctica and relevant offshore areas’

The city council of Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday issued a decision that paid little heed to J.R.R. Tolkien’s most essential dictum: “Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.”

Italy begins enforcing one of the world’s strictest workplace vaccine mandates, risking blowback

In Italy, 80 percent of the eligible population has been inoculated, but there have been fierce protests from the unvaccinated.

British lawmaker dies after being stabbed multiple times while meeting constituents

David Amess of the Conservative Party was in Essex and police have arrested a suspect.

What is happening in Beirut?

The escalation could strain what remains of stability in a country teetering on the brink, under the compounding strains of violence, shortages, economic meltdown, distrust of institutions and the coronavirus pandemic.

Suicide bombers hit Shiite mosque in Afghanistan killing dozens — the second such attack in a week

The attack comes a week after an Islamic State suicide bomber attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the northern city of Kunduz.

A wary Beirut reels after deadly gun battle raises fears of renewed conflict

The fighting erupted at a rally Hezbollah organized against the judge investigating the Beirut port explosion.

U.S. law firm Mayer Brown to cease work for University of Hong Kong in dispute over Tiananmen memorial’s removal

The move comes after a controversy about a statue commemorating Beijing’s Tiananmen Square massacre that had stood at Hong Kong’s oldest university for 24 years.

China sends three astronauts to new space station

The crew for China's mission includes the first woman to visit its space station.

The Vatican has three jail cells, one prisoner — and suddenly, a surge of people on trial

Previously, the church tended to emphasize spiritual penitence over penitentiaries.

A deadly clash at India’s farmer protests points to a growing challenge for Modi’s BJP

Farmers in India say they were rammed by an SUV carrying a politician's son, who denies he was even there. The incident has touched a raw nerve.

Green sky at night over Taiwan’s islands heralds a different kind of squid game

Chinese fishing boats mounted with green LED lights surround the Matsu chain, unnerving local residents.

One of the world’s toughest coronavirus quarantine regimes is finally ending

New South Wales will drop quarantine requirements for returning travelers, blowing a hole in a system known as ‘Fortress Australia.’

Firefighters scoured an Australian neighborhood looking for a gas leak. They found a durian instead.

Friday was not the first time Australian residents mistakenly alerted first responders after smelling the tropical fruit.

Wanted temporarily in post-Brexit Britain: 800 foreign butchers to slaughter some 120,000 pigs

The shortage of slaughterhouse workers has created what Britain’s pig lobby calls its biggest crisis in over two decades, with roughly 120,000 pigs waiting to be slaughtered.

An upcoming climate summit is supposed to save the planet. But pessimism is building.

A kind of advance pessimism is taking shape ahead of the crucial COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

Chilean lawmakers move to impeach president over revelations in Pandora Papers leaks

Chile’s opposition has homed in on documents detailing the sale of a mining company owned in part by Piñera’s children.

Microsoft will shut down LinkedIn service in China after facing criticism for censoring posts

Microsoft will shut down its LinkedIn service inside China after facing criticism for censoring posts, ending the last major U.S. social-networking site's presence in the country.

Michelin now ranks Moscow’s restaurants. It’s seen as a win for Putin’s food import bans.

From boycott to table: Putin’s snub of imports helped promote a boom in locally sourced cuisine.
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Vice president: Brazil ending Amazon deployment of soldiers

Brazil’s Vice-President Hamilton Mourão has said that a deployment of soldiers to the Amazon rainforest will end, just weeks before the global climate conference where the administration aims to show commitment to curbing illegal deforestation
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Sudan PM announces steps to move out of political crisis

Sudan’s prime minister announced a series of steps on Friday for his country’s transition to democracy less than a month after a coup attempt rocked the country’s leadership
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Suicide attack on Shiite mosque in Afghanistan kills 47

Suicide bombers have struck a Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan that was packed with worshippers attending Friday prayers
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China launches 3 astronauts on 6-month space station mission

China has launched three astronauts to its space station for a record-setting six-month stay for the country
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Lebanon buries 7 killed amid street battles over port probe

Funerals have taken place across Lebanon for seven people killed in gunbattles on the streets of Beirut the day before
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