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German intelligence agency places far-right AfD party under watch for extremism

The move comes ahead of elections in Germany this year as Chancellor Angela Merkel steps down.

Covid-19 live updates: States roll back restrictions as infections plateau

Health officials reacted with concern, warning that lifting restrictions too early risked another surge of the virus.

Islamic State in Afghanistan claims slaying of three female journalists

The three women were reportedly gunned down as they walked home from work.

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Olympics organizers near a decision to ban overseas spectators for Tokyo Games

Plans for the Olympics are taking shape, with most athletes vaccinated, probably no overseas spectators and limits on domestic fans.

How the coronavirus devastated a generation

In Italy, a year of covid-19 concentrated its blow on a single, already-vulnerable age group.

Fans frustrated by removal of hundreds of K-pop songs from Spotify amid licensing dispute

One month after launching in South Korea, Spotify has removed hundreds of popular K-pop artists from its global catalogue, amid a dispute with a South Korean distributor with its own music streaming service.

Vaccinated Pope Francis heads to Iraq amid covid outbreak

Cases are spiking at more than 4,500 new infections a day.

The ‘free world’ keeps shrinking

The latest annual report on “Freedom in the World” by a major Washington pro-democracy organization provides grim reading.

Texas ends mask requirement at critical moment in pandemic

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) lifted the state’s mask requirement on Tuesday at a moment when public health officials are warning that new, more transmissible variants could be taking hold.

Bunny Wailer, one of the founders of reggae music, dies at 73

With Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, he launched the group the Wailers, which carried Jamaica’s reggae music to the world.

When U.S. blamed Saudi crown prince for role in Khashoggi killing, fake Twitter accounts went to war

The influence campaign, carried out by dozens of Saudi-based Twitter accounts, sought to deflect responsibility for journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

279 Nigerian schoolgirls released days after raid on boarding school, officials say

“This news bring overwhelming joy,” Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said.

China’s Two Sessions: What to watch on Hong Kong, child policy and tech competition

Chinese leaders could use the year's biggest political gathering to accelerate their push for technological self-sufficiency and tighten their grip over Hong Kong.

Hong Kong bail hearings in national security case sound alarm for city’s courts

The prosecution of 47 democracy activists for participating in a primary vote is the widest use of a draconian law that Beijing imposed on the financial center.

Sarkozy’s conviction carries echoes for Trump

Despite considerable differences in the political contexts where they operated, the two share elements of a political style — and have faced allegations of abuse of power.

Trump received the coronavirus vaccine before leaving the White House, adviser says

The rolling seven-day average of infections has stagnated around a worrisomely high daily rate of 75,000 after weeks of declines.

Biden meets with Mexican president amid growing pressure on immigration

President Biden held a virtual conversation with Andrés Manuel López Obrador as he faces criticism from liberals for not fixing a broken immigration system faster — and from conservatives who say he is recklessly opening the border.

Kenyan police are using Twitter to become known as crime fighters, not killers

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations’ feed reads like a gory true crime novel.
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Ethiopia now calls Axum massacre allegations ‘credible’

Ethiopia says it is investigating “credible allegations of atrocities and human rights abuses” in its embattled Tigray region, including in the city of Axum, where The Associated Press and Amnesty International have separately documented a massacre of several hundred people
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Senegal’s opposition leader arrested amid violent protests

Senegal’s main opposition leader Ousmane Sonko has been arrested on charges of disturbing the public order after hundreds of his supporters clashed with police while he was heading to the court to face rape accusations brought against him
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Pentagon: US contractor dies in rocket attack at Iraq base

The Pentagon says a U.S. contractor died when at least 10 rockets slammed into an air base housing U.S. and other coalition troops in western Iraq
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Brazil economy faces headwinds after worst plunge in decades

Brazil has dodged the most dire economic forecastsfor 2020, but new government figures show the COVID-19 pandemic battered the nation and clouds the outlook for recovery
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Thousands in new rally to demand Armenian PM’s resignation

Armenian authorities have deployed snipers in the parliament building as thousands of opposition supporters have rallied nearby to demand the resignation of the country’s prime minister
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