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Covid-19 live updates: Jill Biden tours southern states to encourage vaccination as cases among the young mount

Biden’s visits to Mississippi and Tennessee comes as health experts warn that young people in the South are increasingly being hospitalized and concerns over the delta variant grow.

Man sentenced for rape — two years, two continents and a faked death later

Kim Avis began his 15-year sentence for rape and other crimes in Scotland last week — after an investigation in the American West that involved police and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Other countries use ranked-choice voting. Has its moment in the U.S. arrived?

New Yorkers are voting in a system that finds parallels in other Western democracies. Its advocates believe the rest of the country should follow suit.

U.S. to miss July 4 vaccine goal; Fauci calls delta variant country’s ‘greatest threat’

The delta variant, which was first detected in India, is “unquestionably” more transmissible than other common coronavirus variants and linked to increased hospitalizations, Fauci said.

Kim Jong Un, fearing loss of control, has grooming and parenting advice for North Korean women

Kim's renewed efforts to regulate how North Korean citizens think and look comes as South Korean and Western pop culture continue to seep into the country.

Activists see George Floyd parallels in video of Czech police officer kneeling on Roma man who later died

Roma community members are calling for an investigation, but police say that drugs, not the police, caused the man’s death.
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Militias in Afghanistan’s north are taking up the fight against the Taliban

With government forces stretched thin, officials are appealing for help from local fighters.

Dead turtles, dolphins on Sri Lanka beaches renew fears of environmental damage after ship disaster

The Sri Lankan government has said that the links to the ship are only “provisionally” confirmed and that more testing is being conducted.

Italy is debating an LGBT anti-hate law. The Vatican just took a rare step to protest it.

Church figures commonly take stances on affairs in other countries. But this time, the Vatican is using a diplomatic channel and testing its clout as a state.

China calls for Canada human rights inquiry, preempting demand for investigation into abuse of Uyghurs

At the U.N. Human Rights Council, China preempted a Canadian-led call for a Xinjiang probe by demanding an investigation into missing Indigenous children.

Pressure builds to open U.S.-Canada border

Ottawa says fully vaccinated Canadians returning to the country can skip some quarantine requirements next month. Americans remain out of luck.

The deadly black fungus striking India’s recovering covid patients

Mucormycosis has killed hundreds in India and forced many to have an eye removed.

Coronavirus cases surge in Cornwall, England, after G-7 summit, sparking backlash

The government insists that the influx of people during the summit has no direct link.

Two Catholic churches on Canadian Indigenous land destroyed in ‘suspicious’ fires, police say

The separate fires arrive less than a month after the remains of 215 Indigenous children were found at a former residential school in British Columbia once operated by the Roman Catholic Church.

An American lawyer tried to break up a scuffle in Hong Kong. Now, he’s in jail.

The case against Samuel Bickett shows how foreigners can become embroiled in Beijing’s crackdown.

Australia’s runaway mouse plague targets prisons, forcing mass evacuation

The mice aren’t just causing chaos in homes, farms and hospitals.

Philippines’ Duterte threatens to arrest anyone refusing to get vaccinated

While vaccinations remain voluntary in the country, his spokesman said that could change.

Wuhan lab’s classified work complicates search for pandemic’s origins

The Wuhan Institute of Virology, at the center of the “lab-leak theory,” conducted secret research projects, public records show.

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef should be listed as ‘in danger,’ U.N. body says

The world’s largest coral ecosystem is under threat from climate change.

Abiy Ahmed and the tarnishing of the world’s most famous prize

Ethiopia's prime minister won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019. Now, international observers say his government could be participating in war crimes.
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Iran likely had failed rocket launch, preparing for another

Iran likely conducted a failed launch of a satellite-carrying rocket in recent days and now appears to be preparing to try again
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Bombing near Pakistan home of anti-India militant kills 3

Pakistani police say a powerful car bomb has exploded in a residential area in the eastern city of Lahore, killing at least three people and wounding 15 others
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Hong Kong's embattled Apple Daily says it will close

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper will stop publishing Thursday after police arrested five editors and executives and froze $2.3 million in assets linked to the paper
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Iranian media: 'sabotage attack' on nuclear building foiled

An Iranian news site close to security services says that authorities have thwarted a “sabotage attack” on the country’s civilian nuclear program, without providing further information
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China prepares for Communist Party centenary in secret

Chinese authorities have closed Beijing’s central Tiananmen Square to the public, eight days ahead of a major celebration being planned to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Communist Party
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