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Covid-19 live updates: Delta variant could become dominant strain in U.S. this summer, CDC head says

Full vaccination protects against the delta variant first found in India, Rochelle Walensky emphasized.

A dispirited electorate votes for president in Iran, where the result seems all but assured

The front-runner is Ebrahim Raisi, a conservative cleric viewed as a protege and possible successor to Iran’s supreme leader.

U.N. adopts resolution condemning Myanmar’s military junta

The move comes after calls for more aggressive action from diplomat Kyaw Moe Tun, who is still recognized by the United Nations as Myanmar’s ambassador.

Palestinians cancel vaccine deal with Israel, saying doses are too close to expiration date

The new Israeli government had planned to transfer about-to-expire vaccines now in exchange for the same number of doses later in the year.

U.K. government apologizes to rape victims, says legal system ‘failed’ them

A report says prosecutions dropped by 62 percent over the past five years even as reported rapes increased.

Court turns back European Union demand for surge in AstraZeneca vaccine doses

The Brussels court cited failures to meet the E.U. vaccine contract, but it set a lower requirement of 80 million doses delivered by the end of summer.

E.U. recommends lifting bans on U.S. travelers

The United States, however, has not yet lifted its sweeping ban on many E.U. travelers.
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Mothers in sister cities: Finding lessons from the pandemic in Germany and Virginia

As parts of Europe and the United States rebound from the depths of the pandemic, two women share how their families coped, struggled and now wonder what's ahead.

Bear goes on rampage in Japan, storms military base, airport

The bear injured four people, and caused schools to close and flights to be canceled, before it was eventually shot.

In nationalizing Juneteenth, the U.S. is still late to the hemisphere’s party

Juneteenth celebrations in the United States are of a piece with celebrations of Black liberation from the Caribbean, where the moment of emancipation is more closely tethered to histories of independence from Europe’s colonial empires.

Robert Hollander, towering scholar of Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy,’ dies at 87

With his wife, Jean Hollander, he produced an English translation of ‘The Divine Comedy’ that was hailed as a masterpiece.

Hong Kong police raid newspaper offices, arrest editors, executives under security law

The raid on Apple Daily and the arrests show how dramatically space is shrinking for the city’s once-free press.

Bitcoin miners exit China, beat a path to the U.S. as crypto climate shifts

Beijing appears uneasy not only about the industry’s carbon footprint, but also the intrinsically uncontrollable nature of cryptocurrency.

World Bank declines to help El Salvador adopt bitcoin, citing environmental and transparency concerns

The global development organization cited "environmental and transparency shortcomings."

Kenneth Kaunda, Zambian president and African liberation symbol, dies at 97

He helped lead the country to independence and served for 27 years as its first president.

To Russians, Putin got what he wanted from Biden: Some ‘great power’ respect

For Putin, there can be no U.S.-Russia reset. But there was hope of an end to the downward spiral.

With deck stacked for hard-line candidate, Iranians debate whether to vote at all

Ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi is widely favored to prevail in presidential election on Friday.
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UN assembly condemns Myanmar coup, calls for arms embargo

In a rare move, the U.N. General Assembly has condemned Myanmar’s military coup and called for an arms embargo against the country in a resolution demonstrating widespread global opposition to the junta and demanding the restoration of the country’s democratic transition
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Apathy greets Iran presidential vote dominated by hard-liner

Iranians have voted in a presidential election dominated by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s hard-line protege after the disqualification of his strongest competition
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US-Canada border restrictions extended until July 21

Canada’s public safety minister says border restrictions on nonessential travel with the United States will be extended until July 21
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U.S. general: 'wildfire of terrorism' on march in Africa

A senior U.S. general has warned that the “wildfire of terrorism” is sweeping across a band of Africa and needs the attention of the world
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AP Interview: UN aid chief: Tackle root causes of suffering

The outgoing U.N. humanitarian chief is warning that the explosion in people needing humanitarian assistance in recent years will keep getting worse until major powers tackle the root causes of hunger and desperation -- conflicts, extremism, climate change, poor governance, corruption and violence, to name a few
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