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Coronavirus updates: As variants spread, countries pursue new round of travel restrictions

The United States, Britain and New Zealand are moving to impose stricter border measures as highly infectious coronavirus variants continue to spread.

E.U. threatens drug companies with legal action if it doesn’t get its vaccines

The moves come as two manufacturers said they would have to delay deliveries of the vaccine.

Only one of the world’s 29 poorest countries has started coronavirus vaccinations

WHO officials said last week that the West African nation of Guinea is the only low-income country to begin administering doses. And those efforts have been limited.

Dubai seemed to have the coronavirus licked. Then it flung open its doors.

Now the epidemic is surging, the city is shuttering and an ambitious vaccine campaign is struggling to keep up.

Clashes erupt as angry farmers enter India’s capital in challenge to Modi

The tractor rally came after more than two months of protests at the city’s borders.

South Africa accuses wealthy nations of hoarding vaccines, as study warns of the economic toll for unequal access

A new study funded by the International Chamber of Commerce says that advanced economies will suffer if the poorer nations remain virus-ridden.

Mexico’s pandemic policy: No police. No curfews. No fines. No regrets.

The leftist government has emphasized persuasion to get people to follow coronavirus restrictions. It’s been tough.

Beijing wiped out the democracy camp in Hong Kong. Now it’s replacing its friends.

As a new party emerges, the city’s voters face a choice of which China loyalists to support.

The tragic legacy of the Arab Spring

A decade since pro-democracy protesters gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the Arab world weighs the lessons of the 2011 uprisings.

Rémy Julienne, stunt driver behind ‘Italian Job’ car chase, dies at 90

He also worked on many James Bond films but said the Mini Cooper jump between two Fiat factory roofs in “The Italian Job” was his favorite stunt.
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Violence erupts in Israel’s ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods over coronavirus restrictions

Rioters pelted police with stones and set a bus on fire as the government attempted to increase compliance in areas where infections are among the highest.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to resign, leaving nation without a stable government to guide pandemic response

Conte directed pandemic decision-making while trying to hold warring political factions together.

The pandemic destroyed 225 million jobs worldwide, but billionaires got richer, reports find

Hundreds of millions of full-time jobs disappeared last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by the International Labor Organization. But the wealthiest people got even richer, according to Oxfam.

Two days of total lockdown in a crowded Hong Kong neighborhood

Hong Kong on Monday lifted an unprecedented two-day lockdown on an area in Kowloon’s Yau Ma Tei and Jordan neighborhoods, which restricted some 10,000 people to an area of less than half a square mile.

In rare rebuttal of Kremlin critic Navalny, Putin denies he owns a Black Sea palace

The Russian president dismissed Navalny’s video investigation, which has been viewed more than 87 million times, as “boring” and said the weekend protests were “dangerous.”

Soldiers injured in fresh border skirmish between India and China

The clash took place in Sikkim, hundreds of miles away from the ongoing standoff in Ladakh.

Riots explode across Netherlands over covid restrictions, with Dutch leader calling participants criminals

Rioters attacked police and vandalized property in at least 10 regions in the Netherlands in some of the worst violence in years.

North Korea’s acting ambassador to Kuwait defects to the South

Ryu Hyun-woo is the second senior diplomat known to have defected in the past two years.

Trump’s travel bans caused heartache and suffering. For what?

Tens of millions of Americans either have no qualms exacting such pain on strangers — or no idea about the misery Trump's travel bans caused and the severity of the immigration system that was already in place before he took office.
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U.S. announces restoration of relations with Palestinians

U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration is announcing a restoration of relations with the Palestinians and a renewal of aid to Palestinian refugees
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Biden to order end of federally run private prisons

White House officials say President Joe Biden will order the Department of Justice to end its reliance on private prisons and acknowledge the central role the government has played implementing discriminatory housing policies
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Navalny ally vows to press for his freedom despite crackdown

A top ally of Alexei Navalny is vowing to keep up the fight to free the jailed Russian opposition leader and his battle to influence this year’s parliamentary election despite a government crackdown on nationwide protests
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Senate confirms Antony Blinken as 71st secretary of state

The Senate has confirmed President Joe Biden’s nominee to serve as secretary of state
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Nigeria’s president replaces service chiefs amid insecurity

Amid worsening insecurity in Nigeria, the president has replaced all of the country’s service chiefs
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