At E.U. summit, farewell tributes flow for Merkel. Even Obama joined by video.

After 16 years and 107 E.U. summits, Merkel was hailed a “monument” to European solidarity.

Ivory poaching has led to tuskless elephants, study finds

The elephants likely adapted to survive being hunted for their tusks, a new study published Thursday by the journal Science found.

Biden delivered straight talk on Taiwan — contradicting a deliberately ambiguous U.S. policy. Did he misspeak?

Biden’s remarks on Taiwan’s defense clash with long-running U.S. policy of ‘strategic ambiguity.' Officials say there has been no policy change.

Queen Elizabeth II resting with ‘light duties’ after discharge from hospital, Buckingham Palace says

Earlier this week, the 95-year-old monarch canceled a two-day visit to Northern Ireland after “reluctantly” accepting medical advice to rest for the next few days.

Ecuador’s president faces tax investigation after Pandora Papers

President Lasso maintains his tax record is clean after the secret files revealed ties to offshore companies.

U.S. officials caution companies about risks of working with Chinese entities in AI and biotech

Collaborate smartly in key emerging technologies and mitigate risks, counterintelligence officials urge businesses.

China detains ‘piano prince’ Li Yundi on suspicion of hiring prostitute amid crackdown on celebrity culture

The government has been increasingly targeting high-profile figures in multiple sectors, including the entertainment industry.

U.S. communities want to share unused vaccines with Mexico, but the White House won’t let them

The policy has frustrated health workers on the border, who have seen the demand for vaccines in Mexico, and the ease with which doses could be driven to vaccination sites in Tijuana and Mexicali.

Putin slams ‘cancel culture’ and trans rights, calling teaching gender fluidity ‘crime against humanity’

The authoritarian leader has sought to portray himself as a symbol of virile masculinity while ramping up a state-led pressure campaign on sexual minorities in Russia.

China’s Evergrande dodges default, for now, with 11th-hour payment

But the giant developer’s troubles present risks to the Chinese economy and the threat of financial contagion.

China’s overseas coal ban raises pressure on developing countries to go green

The approach, while welcomed by climate activists, leaves poorer nations in even greater need of a quick transition to renewable energy.

Otters are taking over Singapore

Today, to the annoyance of some and the joy of others, the island is home to more than 10 families of the carnivorous mammals.

If Bolsonaro is potentially guilty of pandemic crimes, is Trump, too?

To be sure, assigning political blame — and criminal culpability — for the ravages of a viral pandemic is a murky exercise in its own right.

Gang leader reportedly threatens to kill kidnapped American missionaries

The head of 400 Mawozo, a street gang notorious for violent mass abductions, did not outline the demands or provide a deadline.

Austin at NATO to discuss China and Afghanistan, as defense ministers reimagine the alliance’s goals

The two-day meeting of NATO's defense ministers is the first in-person encounter since the pandemic — and the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Leslie Bricusse, Oscar-winning composer and lyricist for ‘Doctor Dolittle,’ dies at 90

He co-wrote hit stage musicals, worked on James Bond scores including ‘Goldfinger’ and composed music for the Hollywood film ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.’
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One of the world’s last two northern white rhinos to ‘retire’ from giving eggs to save the species

After the retirement of Najin, 32, only one rhino egg donor remains in the program, which aims to implant artificially developed embryos into another rhino subspecies.

E.U. debates withholding billions of euros from Poland as punishment for democratic backsliding

With Poland flouting E.U. rules and court orders, the integrity of the 27-nation bloc and its liberal values is under threat.

China wipes Boston Celtics from NBA broadcasts after Enes Kanter slams abuses in Tibet

Chinese social media was filled with angry fans calling for a boycott.
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Violence erupts at Islamists rally in Pakistan, killing 4

Pakistan’s police say violent clashes have erupted between security forces and Islamists in the eastern city of Lahore, killing at least two policemen and two demonstrators
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Israel outlaws Palestinian rights groups, alleging terrorism

Israel has effectively outlawed six prominent Palestinian human rights groups by declaring them terrorist organizations
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Report: Foreign aid lost in Syria exchange rate distortions

Exchange rate distortions in war-torn Syria have allowed the government of President Bashar Assad to benefit from at least $100 million of international aid to its coffers
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EU unconvinced by Polish arguments on rule of law changes

Key European Union leaders are unconvinced by Polish arguments that fundamental judicial changes the country has made would not undermine the bloc and said that the withholding of billions in EU recovery funds would likely continue unless Warsaw falls back into line
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Russian, Tajik troops hold joint drills near Afghan border

Russian and Tajik troops have conducted joint drills near Tajikistan’s border with Afghanistan, as part of efforts to prepare for possible security threats issuing from Afghanistan
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