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Covid-19 latest updates: Lollapalooza begins in Chicago, drawing huge crowds, raising worries on virus spread

The four-day music festival is expected to be one of the largest gatherings the United States has seen since the pandemic began.

North Korea began the summer in a food crisis. A heat wave and drought could make it worse.

A "heat dome" and drought conditions have gripped North Korea this summer.

The best place to ride out a global societal collapse is New Zealand, study finds

The study looks for potential "nodes of persisting complexity” in the face of a period of worldwide “de-complexification.”

London’s latest tourist attraction, a $3 million pile of mud, forced to close after just two days

“Marble Arch Mound is the worst thing I’ve ever done in London,” one regretful visitor said before the venue was closed.

Japan set to extend coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo, casting shadow over Olympics

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he was seeking to broaden the state of emergency beyond the capital, even as authorities sought to downplay the outbreak’s effect on the Olympics Games in Tokyo.

Israeli Health Ministry approves covid booster shot for elderly population

The move kick-starts a third-dose inoculation campaign for adults over 60 that will launch on Sunday.

At least 60 Afghans killed by flooding in Taliban contested area, officials say

Government officials said they hope the militants will allow rescuers workers to use the few navigable pathways to reach civilians.

Mexico declares $3 billion U.S. security deal ‘dead,’ seeks revamp

The Merida initiative has failed to reduce drug trafficking, addiction or violence. Mexican officials are calling for an overhaul.

China’s delta outbreak tests limits of zero-tolerance covid approach

As cases grow from a cluster in Nanjing, some experts are urging leaders to rethink their approach to risk.

Tsunami alerts canceled after 8.2-magnitude earthquake off Alaska coast sparked concerns

Scientists say a magnitude-8 or higher earthquake only occurs once a year anywhere in the world, on average.

890-million-year-old fossils may be oldest sign of animal life on Earth, Canadian geologist says

“If we’re going to find early animals, it seems reasonable that they’re going to be sponge-like,” geologist Elizabeth Turner says.

Bhutan fully vaccinates 90 percent of eligible adults within a week

Bhutan’s feat stands out in a region where nations like India and Bangladesh grapple with surges of delta variant cases and low vaccination rates.

Thousands of migrants overwhelm Colombian coastal town

Worsening conditions in Haiti and Cuba, the global economic downturn, and the recent reopening of South American borders are fueling a surge.

Tunisia’s crisis tests Biden’s democracy agenda

Since he took office, President Biden has repeatedly signaled that his administration would stand up for democracy and human rights. Almost immediately, though, there were reasons to be skeptical.

In Peru, a rural schoolteacher rises from obscurity to the presidency

“This is the first time that our country will be ruled by a peasant,” Pedro Castillo told lawmakers Thursday. He described a Peru where universities would be free, but unemployed youth not in school would be conscripted by a military redeployed for engineering and public works projects.

Israeli defense minister in France with Pegasus spyware on the agenda

The trip comes amid the fallout of revelations that a phone number for President Macron was found on a list that included people targeted through the Pegasus spyware tool.

England to reopen borders to fully vaccinated visitors from U.S., Europe

The plan would allow immunized visitors to enter without having to quarantine, much the way E.U. treats visiting Americans.

Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, army officer who led Portugal’s ‘Carnation Revolution,’ dies at 84

The nearly bloodless military coup restored democracy to Portugal after almost half a century of right-wing dictatorship and effectively ended Portugal’s colonial rule over the African nations of Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau.
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Deaths of 5 Cuban generals in 9 days mark passing of old guard amid new crises

It is not clear what caused the deaths and there is no indication they were related.

After ‘comedian’ is killed by Taliban, videos of his treatment spark outrage across Afghanistan

The death of Nazar Mohammad Khasha has galvanized Afghan citizens to speak out against Taliban violence.
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Palestinian killed in West Bank clashes with Israeli troops

A Palestinian man has died of wounds sustained in clashes with Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank
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Israeli health provider to offer 3rd COVID shot to elderly

A leading Israeli health provider says it will soon begin offering a third, booster COVID-19 shot to patients over the age of 60 who have already been vaccinated against the coronavirus
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US genocide expert to press Ethiopia on Tigray aid blockade

The U.S. official who wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning book on genocide is visiting Ethiopia next week to press the government to lift what the U.S. calls a blockade on humanitarian aid to the conflict-hit Tigray region
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Guatemalans protest president, attorney general

Thousands of Guatemalans have taken to the streets in protest, blocking highways and calling for a national strike over the government’s apparent unwillingness to tackle corruption
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Spanish judge tosses out suit against Polisario Front leader

A Spanish judge has thrown out a lawsuit against the leader of a movement seeking independence of Western Sahara from Morocco that accused him of torture, genocide and other crimes
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