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Deep in the forest, Germany fights another virus. This one hits pigs.

At stake is Europe's valuable pig farms and exports.

Belarusian Olympic sprinter says she is being pressured to leave Tokyo after criticizing her country’s Olympic officials

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya said she had sought the protection of Japanese police and will ask for asylum.

Israel blames Iran for fatal drone strike on oil tanker after Tehran denies responsibility

Hostilities between Israel and Iran are more frequently playing out at sea, in tit-for-tat attacks on oil tankers, private commercial vessels and warships.

French police clash with anti-vaccine demonstrators amid tensions over ‘health pass’ plans

Around the world, governments and businesses are increasingly turning to vaccine mandates.

Why are so many migrants coming to one of Europe’s smallest countries? Blame Belarus, officials say.

Lithuania normally sees about 70 migrants cross its border with Belarus in a year. More than 2,600 crossed in July.

Chinese Canadian pop star Kris Wu detained by Beijing police on rape allegations

The detention of the singer marks a rare turn in a #MeToo case in China, where few allegations have been lodged against powerful public figures, and fewer investigated.

As athletes open up on mental health, Japan’s Olympians tell harrowing tales

Already under pressure to win, many faced online abuse from people who didn’t want the Games to happen.

‘The voices of U.S. troops’: Portraits of Afghan interpreters

They were more than the translators of words, they also interpreted the culture and the daily lives of the civilians caught between the Taliban and the coalition.
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Britain urges vaccinations during pregnancy amid delta variant worries

The U.K. Obstetric Surveillance System found that the proportion of pregnant people hospitalized with moderate to severe illnesses has increased with the highly contagious delta variant.

As the Taliban closes in, Afghan forces scramble to defend prisons holding thousands of militants

If just a fraction of the detainees escape, Afghan security officials warn, it would hand the Taliban a significant advantage on the battlefield, where it is already making steady gains.

Mexicans will vote on whether to prosecute former officials. Is it transitional justice or political theater?

The vote was proposed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. He now says he won't participate, because he's "not vengeful."

Brits outraged by U.S. animated series depicting royal family as egotistical tea drinkers controlled by mafia-boss queen

The HBO Max series has been slammed by critics in Britain as "wrong" and "disgusting."

Johnny Ventura, Dominican singer who helped modernize merengue, dies at 81

He was one of the Dominican Republic’s most beloved musicians, known for up-tempo hits including “Patacón Pisao” and “¿Pitaste?”

Attack on oil tanker off the coast of Oman kills two crew members

The incident was the deadliest in a string of recent attacks on shipping attributed to Iran or Israel.

Ruth Pearl, seeker of justice for her murdered journalist son, Daniel, dies at 85

Mrs. Pearl, who survived a pogrom against Iraqi Jews in her youth, helped establish a foundation in memory of her son, a Wall Street Journal reporter abducted and beheaded by Islamic militants in Pakistan in 2002.

He is known as Nigeria’s ‘super cop.’ The FBI says he supported a cybercrime ring.

He received a presidential medal for courage. Now he's accused of supporting a global fraud ring.

As American cities reimpose mask mandates, Moscow lifts its glove requirements

The Russian capital had required gloves in public places. Masks will still be required.

Europe has caught up to the U.S. on coronavirus vaccinations — and is deploying near-mandates to get further

Italy and other major European countries are requiring health passports in everyday life.

Romans mastered aqueducts. Now Italy is just trying to fix its leaky pipes.

With an enormous sum of European recovery money, Italy is directing much of it to environmental issues — including the leaks.

About 200 Afghan interpreters and family members arrive in U.S., in first wave of evacuations

The evacuees escaped the clutches of Taliban militants who have targeted interpreters, in some cases killing them as retribution for their work with U.S. troops on the front lines and as crucial workers for diplomats and humanitarian agencies.
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Tourists flee as wildfires threaten Turkish beach resorts

Wildfires in the Turkish holiday destinations of Antalya and Mugla are still raging as firefighters worked to battle the blazes for a fifth day
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Hurricane Hilda, far out in Pacific, no threat to land

Hurricane Hilda is advancing slowly across the open Pacific, posing no threat to land
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Kim's sister warns S. Korea-US drills will rekindle tensions

The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has warned that next month’s annual military drills between South Korean and U.S. troops will undermine prospects for better ties between the Koreas, just days after the rivals reopened their long-dormant communication channels
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Crowds defy ban to protest coronavirus measures in Berlin

Hundreds have turned out in Berlin to protest the German government’s anti-coronavirus measures despite a ban on the gatherings, leading to arrests and clashes with police
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Myanmar military extends emergency, promises vote in 2 years

Six months after seizing power from the elected government, Myanmar’s military leader has declared himself prime minister and said he would lead the country under the extended state of emergency until elections are held in about two years
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