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Covid-19 live updates: In England, eating inside and hugs are allowed again as coronavirus restrictions ease

Top officials warned people to be cautious, however, amid fears that the new variant first identified in India could roll back the country’s progress.

Israel-Hamas conflict hurtles into its second week with more airstrikes on Gaza

Israel launched its heaviest string of airstrikes to date overnight on nine targets throughout Gaza.

Photos: Israel-Hamas conflict hurtles into second week with more strikes on Gaza

Israel struck the Gaza Strip again Monday and Hamas rockets continued to streak in the other direction as the conflict hurtled into its second week with little sign of relenting, despite increasing diplomatic efforts.
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Chinese businessman with links to Steve Bannon is driving force for a sprawling disinformation network, researchers say

Chinese businessman with links to Steve Bannon is the "linchpin" of a sprawling disinformation network that pushes election and covid-19 falsehoods, researchers say

Scientists unravel a mystery about a naked giant carved into an English hill

New research says the Cerne Giant predates Shakespeare and possibly the Battle of Hastings.

Two ultra-Orthodox Israelis killed, 160 injured in bleacher collapse in crowded West Bank synagogue

The incident occurred during prayers held in an unfinished synagogue with no occupancy permit, a space that police had deemed unsafe for worship.

India’s coronavirus vaccination drive is faltering just when the country needs it most

India’s vaccine program is being hobbled by supply shortages and an abrupt shift in procurement policy.

The U.S. conversation on Israel is changing, no matter Biden’s stance

Bipartisan support for Israel still endures, but analysts say the ground is perceptibly shifting in Washington.

Israeli airstrikes kill 42 in Gaza as Biden, regional partners push for cease-fire

Predawn Israeli airstrikes buried several Palestinian families beneath mounds of rubble; rockets bombarded Tel Aviv and southern Israel; and Arab-Israeli civil unrest has expanded into the West Bank.

The roar of an Israeli airstrike, buildings collapsed and a family buried under rubble

Sana’a al-Kulak and her son Mohammed survived hours in the wreckage; 17 family members did not. The Israeli military called the civilian casualties “unintended.”

An Israeli warning, an airstrike and then outrage over hit on Gaza media building

The Committee to Project Journalists expressed concerns that Israel was "deliberately targeting media facilities in order to disrupt coverage of the human suffering in Gaza."

At Britain’s Wembley Stadium, the venerable FA Cup is also a science study for post-pandemic crowds

Evidence of a negative coronavirus rest is required to enter the stadium.

China lands rover on Mars in ‘milestone’ achievement

China's space program joins NASA as the only nations to have rovers on the Red Planet.

What’s behind the violence in Israel and Gaza?

Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip ramped up Friday as the threat of all-out war loomed and hundreds of tanks and warplanes pounded the densely populated territory with artillery.

Top Democrat warns Biden he could miss rare diplomatic opening in Venezuela

Biden has continued Trump’s maximum-pressure campaign on Venezuela despite a softening of President Nicolás Maduro’s posture toward the West.

She was a transgender social media star in Cameroon. Now she faces five years in prison.

Police arrested Shakiro for dressing in women's clothing, her lawyer said.

Taiwan raises coronavirus alert level as residents stockpile toilet paper and food

Taiwan, a covid success story, is now battling a surge of covid cases

India’s coronavirus crisis spreads to its villages, where health care is hard to find

Rural areas, where over 65 percent of India’s 1.3 billion people live, had been spared in the first wave of the pandemic but are now facing devastating numbers of infections.

WHO chief urges wealthy countries to share doses before vaccinating kids

For months, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and other officials have warned that the vast global gap in vaccine access is not only a “catastrophic moral failure” but a threat to public health.
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South Africa's ex-president says he is ready for graft trial

Former South African President Jacob Zuma says he is ready for his trial on charges of corruption, racketeering, and money laundering
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Vacation redux: British tourists return to Portugal beaches

British vacationers have begun arriving in large numbers in southern Portugal for the first time in more than a year
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Joy for UK pubs and hugs tempered by rise in virus variant

Toasts of joy and hugs between friends were on the menu as pubs and restaurants in the U.K. reopened for indoor service for the first time since early January
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Powerful cyclone hits land in India amid deadly virus surge

A powerful cyclone has made landfall on the western coast in India’s Gujarat state, hours after authorities evacuated hundreds of thousands of people and suspended COVID-19 vaccinations in one state
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Israeli strikes hit Gaza tunnels as diplomats work for truce

The Israeli military has unleashed a wave of heavy airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, saying it destroyed 15 kilometers of militant tunnels and the homes of nine Hamas commanders
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