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Tigrayan forces take control of Lalibela UNESCO heritage site

In recent weeks, there has been a widening of the war in Tigray.

Samantha Power has long championed humanitarian intervention. Ethiopia’s crisis is putting her to the test.

Power holds the biggest American lever of influence over Addis Ababa: more than $1 billion in annual aid.

U.S. health-care system ranks last among 11 high-income countries, researchers say

One researcher called the findings “a pretty stark indictment of the United States.”

A $5,800 whisky bottle Japan gave to Mike Pompeo is missing. The State Department is looking for it.

Gifts from foreign governments are considered U.S. government property.

Shortages, sanctions, protests and pandemic: Daunting challenges await Iran’s new president

Ebrahim Raisi, who takes office Thursday, has vowed to heal a “rift” between Iran’s people and government.

Melbourne plunges back into coronavirus lockdown a week after leaving it

Mystery cases, suspected to be the delta variant, are surfacing as Sydney endures a lengthy shutdown amid a slow vaccine rollout.

India’s brutal delta-driven wave ended when cases suddenly plunged. Weeks later, the stubborn variant persists.

India’s experience with the delta variant offers a preview for other countries as they grapple with it for the first time.

British police arrest 11 in probe of Euro 2020 racist abuse of Black players

Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka were bombarded with abuse on social media following the team’s loss to Italy.

Australia to pay hundreds of millions in reparations to Indigenous ‘stolen generations’

Comparable to Native American boarding schools in the United States and the Canadian residential schools for Indigenous children, Australia’s program aimed to eliminate all traces of Indigenous culture from their wards.

In test for Israel’s new government, rockets from Lebanon fired into northern Israel

The rockets caused no injuries or damage but marked escalating tensions between Israel and Iran.

Buoyed by rising nationalism, China’s keyboard warriors take aim at Olympic athletes

The unrelenting fervor of Internet trolls, who have told competitors to “go to hell” and “disappear,” seems to have hit fever pitch.

Vaccine boosters become potent symbol of pandemic inequality

The WHO’s calls to block vaccine boosters come as many around the world are still waiting for their first doses.

12 swabs and a blood test: Flying around the world in the time of delta

A trip between Asia, Europe and the United States involves navigating constantly shifting goal posts of pandemic travel requirements.

Mexico sues U.S.-based gunmakers over flow of arms across border

The suit claims lax controls are fueling arms trafficking and violence. But experts see major challenges to winning in court.

Huawei extradition fight enters crucial phase for CFO Meng Wanzhou — and for the Chinese tech giant

A court hearing beginning Wednesday marks a key step in the executive’s court battle against extradition to the United States.

Belarus Olympian reaches Poland for asylum bid after fearful refusal to return home

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya refused to fly home in fear for her safety after criticizing Belarus's Olympic team.

Taliban claims Kabul attack, warns of future assaults in response to ramped-up government airstrikes

Acting defense minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi survived Tuesday's attack unharmed.

Lebanon mourns victims of Beirut blast with sorrow and anger

The massive explosion killed more than 200, injured thousands and wrecked much of the city, but a year later there are no official explanations, and the country has continued to collapse.
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Brazil forest fire season underway and raising concern

The season of Brazilian forest fires has begun, and early data plus severe drought is sparking concern that nationwide destruction in 2021 will stay at the high levels recorded in the past two years, despite efforts to tamp down the blazes
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Puerto Rico widens vaccine requirements amid COVID-19 spike

Puerto Rico’s governor announced Thursday that vaccinations will be required of government contractors, hotel guests and employees and all health facility workers to control a spike in COVID-19 cases blamed largely on the Delta variant
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Poverty increases in Mexico amid COVID-19 pandemic

Mexico’s poverty-measurement agency says an additional 3.8 million Mexicans had fallen into poverty in 2020 compared to 2018, largely because of the coronavirus pandemic
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At river where Tigrayan bodies floated, fears of 'many more'

From time to time, a body floating down the river separating Ethiopia’s troubled Tigray region from Sudan was a silent reminder of a war conducted in the shadows
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Iran swears in new hard-line president amid regional tension

Iran has sworn in Ebrahim Raisi, a protégé of the country’s supreme leader, as its new president
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