Covid-19 live updates: India’s raging virus surge tops 200,000 new cases for seventh straight day

More 567,000 people have died in the United States from the coronavirus but in the last week, the seven-day average of new cases has shown some decline after months of increases.

With most adults now vaccinated, Israelis are busting loose

“People are having a ball. People at the beaches … it’s like, wow!”

In tense Russia, Putin plans major speech as foes call for protests to back imprisoned Navalny

With Putin now set for two more turns, he has to explain to Russians why he’s the best man for the job.

Verdict heard around the world: Global reactions to the George Floyd case

Floyd's death sparked outrage in many countries forcing governments globally to confront their own race issues.

The pandemic’s chilling effect on free speech

According to Pen America, a freedom of expression advocacy organization, in 2020, at least 273 writers, academics, and public intellectuals in 35 countries were in prison or unjustly held in detention in connection with their writing, their work, or related activism. It’s a considerable uptick from the organization’s estimate of at least 238 writers and public intellectuals in 2019. And the pandemic is in part to blame.

Further evidence in case against Indian activists accused of terrorism was planted, new report says

The case is considered a bellwether for the rule of law in India.

Idriss Déby, repressive president who ruled Chad for 30 years, dies at 68

He emerged as a powerful Western military ally against Islamist extremism, even as his government acquired a reputation for corruption, nepotism and human rights abuses.

Chad President Idriss Déby dies fighting rebels after three decades in power, military says

Déby, a close Western ally, had just won his sixth term in office running largely unopposed.

Hubert Faure, French commando who landed on beaches of Normandy, dies at 106

He participated in an important breakthrough as part of a British-French force.
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Race to replace Germany’s Merkel shapes up between veteran and rising star

With Merkel’s party in disarray, the Greens also have a shot at power.

Court rules Quebec can bar government workers from wearing hijabs, turbans, other religious items

The 2019 ban on religious symbols has drawn protests in Quebec and opposition across Canada.

European regulator says J&J coronavirus vaccine needs rare blood clot warning but that benefits outweigh risks

The E.U. decision came ahead of an expected U.S. move to resume using the vaccine later this week.

Hunger strikes like Navalny’s are a Russian tradition dating to the czar’s prisons

The painful toll is part of the point: The weakening and wasting of the body shows strength of determination.

Russia is expanding ‘offensive’ military strength near Ukraine border, Kyiv warns

Ukraine’s foreign minister seeks “painful” economic sanctions as a deterrent against Russia.

FIFA president warns Super League teams: Either you’re in or you’re out

Negative reaction to the proposed Super League in Europe, including warnings for the breakaway teams from FIFA President Gianni Infantino and from Premier League owners.

Carbon emissions on track to surge as world rebounds from pandemic

Environmentalists had hoped that pandemic-related declines in emissions-fueling activity might signal a shift in consumption that could continue.

Elephants trample suspected rhino poacher to death in South African national park

It's the second time in two years that a suspected poacher has been killed by animals in Kruger National Park.

Exasperated Canadians watch Americans getting vaccinated faster

The sight of the United States — a close ally with which Canada frequently compares itself — speeding ahead with vaccinations has deepened domestic anger.

Beijing won total control over Hong Kong. Now, the ‘brainwashing’ begins.

Propaganda rewrites the logic of the national security law and paints legitimate democratic aspirations as the work of foreign forces.
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EU warns "spark" could set off escalation at Ukraine borders

The European Union’s foreign policy chief says that in the face of the big military buildup of Russian troops near Ukraine’s borders, it will only take “a spark” to set off a confrontation
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India's capital to lock down amid explosive virus surge

New Delhi has imposed a weeklong lockdown to prevent the collapse of the Indian capital’s health system amid an explosive surge in coronavirus cases
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Putin foe Navalny sent to prison hospital amid hunger strike

A lawyer says Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in the third week of a hunger strike while behind bars, was moved to a hospital in another prison after his doctor said he could be near death
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Rwanda report blames France for 'enabling' the 1994 genocide

A report commissioned by the Rwandan government concludes that the French government bears “significant” responsibility for “enabling a foreseeable genocide” that left more than 800,000 dead in 1994
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Radical Islamist party frees 11 Pakistani police hostages

Pakistan’s interior minister says an outlawed Islamist political group has freed 11 police it had held hostage in the eastern city of Lahore amid clashes with security forces
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