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Afghan Contractor Handed Out Russian Cash to Kill Americans, Officials Say

Posted on July 2, 2020
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A small-time businessman became a key middleman for bounties on coalition troops in Afghanistan, U.S. intelligence reports say. Friends saw him grow rich, but didn’t know how..

Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Sets New Single-Day Case Record

Posted on July 1, 2020
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President Trump said he believes the virus will “sort of just disappear.” On Capitol Hill, more Republicans are recommending masks. Iranian officials announced new shutdown measures in 11 provinces..

Late Action on Virus Prompts Fears Over Safety of U.S. Diplomats in Saudi Arabia

Posted on July 1, 2020
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Surging outbreaks in the U.S. Embassy and the kingdom and quiet congressional pressure led the State Department belatedly to allow voluntary departures. Some demand more action..

‘We Have to Act Out Our Freedom’: Protesters Hit Streets in Hong Kong

Posted on July 1, 2020
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Hong Kong police invoked Beijing’s new security law for the first time to arrest protesters on the anniversary of the city’s handover to China.

Your Thursday Briefing

Posted on July 1, 2020
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Hong Kong law, Uighurs, Seattle: Here’s what you need to know.

A Lost Dog’s Brief Stint as Brazil’s Presidential Mascot

Posted on July 1, 2020
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A white dog, found near the presidential palace, soon became the presidential mascot, and an Instagram star. But his brief brush with fame came to a quick end — though a happy one..

Rev. Georg Ratzinger, Choirmaster and a Pope’s Brother, Dies at 96

Posted on July 1, 2020
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Father Ratzinger, a trained musician, pursued a career far away from the world of the Vatican and the future Pope Benedict XVI.

Hong Kong’s New Weapon Against Protesters: A Purple Warning Flag

Posted on July 1, 2020
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The police have long used color-coded banners to warn demonstrators, but the wording on the new flag was a stark reminder of the drastic changes.

In Japan, the Message of Anti-Racism Protests Fails to Hit Home

Posted on July 1, 2020
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A view that institutional racism is a faraway problem is keeping the country from more fully confronting entrenched discrimination.

Hong Kong’s Security Law Brings the Beijing Treatment

Posted on July 1, 2020
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With the passage of the national security law, pro-democracy activists face the same dilemma as their mainland counterparts: choosing between fear and their ideals.

 

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