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Covid-19 live updates: Rising delta variant cases force England to delay ‘freedom day,’ extend virus rules one month

With just one week until coronavirus restrictions were set to expire, Prime Minister Boris Johnson delayed reopening until at least July 19.

ICC prosecutor seeks green light to investigate Philippine drug-war killings

The court's prosecutor said there is a "reasonable basis to believe that the crime against humanity of murder has been committed."

Boris Johnson delays end of England’s coronavirus restrictions as delta variant cases climb

June 21 was supposed to mark England’s “freedom day,” when the country’s remaining coronavirus restrictions would end, but the government has opted to keep them in place.

From Israel to Ireland, longtime opponents have formed odd coalitions to seize power

Israel isn’t the only country where odd alliances have formed in recent years. In many parts of the world, “marriages of convenience” are a standard feature of electoral politics.

What to know about Naftali Bennett, Israel’s new prime minister

The far-right religious lawmaker is a staunch supporter of Israeli settlements and opponent of a Palestinian state.

Netanyahu is out, but his legal woes aren’t going anywhere

The former prime minister's alleged crimes carry serious punishment, including the possibility of years in prison.

After more than a decade, Israelis wake up to a government without Netanyahu

As head of the opposition, the former prime minister has vowed to topple Israel’s new government as soon as possible.

‘You can’t get rid of the smell because they die in the walls’

The mice are invading homes. They’re destroying crops. They’re chewing through appliances, sofas, cars — and livelihoods.

Lebanon is running out of gas — literally

The government doesn’t have the dollars to import gasoline and the Lebanese are now trapped in endless lines waiting.

Myanmar’s military junta puts ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on trial

The 75-year-old has been held incommunicado since being detained when the generals seized power in February.

Nuclear plant in China refutes report of radiation leak warning, says indicators ‘normal’

The plant's claim that all is well comes in the wake of a CNN report that the French partners in the plant expressed concern over rising radiation levels.

‘Eating into their flesh’: Reef sharks with skin disease may be the latest victims of climate change

The lesions on the sharks appeared to be ulcers linked to warmer sea temperatures, one expert said.

Producer in movie on Christchurch attacks quits amid backlash, Jacinda Ardern criticism

Objections centered on the movie’s focus on the prime minister, to be played by Rose Byrne, rather than the victims of the 2019 massacre.
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China looms over Biden’s Europe trip

Even as Biden tries to turn the page on the Trump era, he's reading from his predecessor's script as he urges allies to confront China.

Israel approves new governing coalition, ending Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year tenure

Amid heckling and ejections, parliament votes to install a power-sharing government spanning right and left; Naftali Bennett becomes prime minister.

President Biden says Queen Elizabeth II ‘reminded me of my mother’

The Bidens concluded the U.K. leg of their trip with a cup of tea with the British monarch.

G-7 takes stronger stand against China, at U.S. urging

The leaders said they would challenge Beijing’s “non-market policies” and pushed for greater transparency on the origins of the coronavirus.

A packed funeral, a rollicking bullfight and a message for Kenya’s police: ‘Corona can’t stop culture’

The coronavirus hasn’t swept through Kenya as it has other parts of the world. The government has done little to prepare for the possibility of a major surge.

As Israel’s longest-serving leader, Netanyahu transformed his country — and left it more divided than ever

He reoriented the decades-old approach to peace and security, reshaped the economy and upended legal norms.

Why Ukraine will hang on every word in the Biden-Putin summit

Few nations have more at stake when the two leaders meet Wednesday.
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UN envoy: More insecurity in Mali will have `drastic' impact

The new U.N. special envoy for crisis-wracked Mali is warning that further insecurity, especially in the country’s center and north, will have “drastic consequences” for the immediate region and beyond
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Brazil OKs national guard to Indigenous area after attacks

Brazil’s government on Monday has authorized the dispatch of national guard troops to its largest Indigenous territory in the Amazon following attacks by illegal miners on the Yanomami people
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Nicaragua stages unprecedented roundup of opposition leaders

Nicaraguan police have arrested yet another opposition leader, bringing to six the number detained over the weekend
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'Freedom Day' for England pushed back 4 weeks to July 19

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that the next planned relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England will be delayed by four weeks until July 19, as a result of the spread of the delta variant
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Egypt court upholds death sentences for 12 over 2013 sit-in

State media reports that Egypt’s highest criminal court has upheld the death sentence for 12 people involved in a 2013 protest by Islamists, including leaders of the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood
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