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Flood Deaths in China Show Road Risks From Climate Change

A cloudburst caused record rainfall last week in Zhengzhou, a city in central China. 


Spain Pledged Citizenship to Sephardic Jews. Now They Feel Betrayed.

The former Jewish quarter of Segovia, Spain. The country was once home to one of Europe’s most thriving Jewish communities, which for centuries produced major poets, historians and philosophers.


U.S. to Announce Troop Drawdown From Iraq

American forces surveying damage at Ayn al-Asad Air Base in Anbar Province, Iraq, after it was struck by Iranian missiles in January last year.


They Were Once Luxury Venues. Now They Are Grim Covid Camps.

A large wedding venue in Sen Sok, Cambodia, has been turned into a quarantine center.


A Rebellion Is Stirring in Boris Johnson’s Backyard

The town of Beaconsfield, northwest of London. Some former Conservative voters in Beaconsfield express a mixture of disdain for the prime minister and alarm about his leadership.


Japan’s Diverse Olympic Stars Reflect a Country That’s Changing (Slowly)

Rui Hachimura, who was a flag-bearer for Japan in the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday, recently said he received racist messages “almost every day.” 


Tense Funeral for Haiti Leader Exposes Rifts, and U.S. Delegation Departs Early

Martine Moïse laid a hand on her husband’s coffin during the funeral for the assassinated leader on Friday in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti.


France Takes the Lead in Pressuring People to Get Vaccinated

A cinema manager, observed by a police officer, checking a health pass at a movie theater in Amneville, in eastern France, on Thursday.


One by One, African Countries Dismantle Colonial-Era Death Penalty Laws

The Central Prison in Freetown, Sierra Leone, earlier this year.


How a Frontline Nurse Trained for the Olympics in a Time of Pandemic


Tokyo Olympics Open to a Sea of Empty Seats

The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday night, staged before fewer than 1,000 invited guests.


Russia Signs Deal With Dubai Logistics Company to Navigate Thawing Arctic

A DP World terminal in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “What prompted us is the ice has melted,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman and chief executive of DP World, said of his decision to invest in the sea route.


U.S. Airstrikes Try to Slow Taliban Advance in Afghanistan

The view from a police and army outpost in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province in March. The U.S. military launched airstrikes in a number of areas this week to help slow the Taliban’s advance.


France Adopts Laws to Combat Terrorism, but Critics Call Them Overreaching

In May, members of Parliament in France stood in the National Assembly in Paris to pay tribute to a police officer killed on the job.


Men Who Beat Hong Kong Protesters in Mob Attack Are Sentenced to Prison

Tang Wai-sum, one of the men charged in the July 2019 mob attack, arriving at a courthouse in Hong Kong last month. He was sentenced on Thursday to seven years in prison.


Floods in China Leave Many Searching for Loved Ones Amid Outages

Wading through a flooded road in Zhengzhou, China, on Thursday. More rain is in the forecast after days of torrential downpours in the region.


Large Protests Against Health Passes Hit France for a 2d We

Protestors clash with riot police in Paris over the government’s Covid-19 health pass policy in Paris on Saturday.


In Hungary, an Embattled L.G.B.T.Q. Community Takes to the Streets

Thousands of Pride marchers crossing the Szabadsag, or Freedom, Bridge in Budapest on Saturday. 


Conservative Tennessee Radio Host Hit With Covid Urges Vaccinations


A largely maskless, sometimes violent protest against Sydney’s lockdown raises fears of superspreading.

Protesters marching through downtown Sydney on Saturday. Some clashed with the police, and 57 people were arrested. 


Cambodia forces people into bleak quarantine camps as an outbreak rages.

The 1960s Olympic Stadium, masterwork by the Cambodia architect Vann Molyvann, is now filled with Covid patients.


Amateur Fossil Hunters Make Rare Find in U.K. Using Google Earth

Natural History Museum paleontologists during a dig this month at a quarry in the Cotswolds, in western England.


Tennessee Redirects Teen Vaccine Outreach to Parents

A vaccination site in Nashville in May. The Tennessee Department of Health will be taking part in several back-to-school vaccine partnership events with schools.


Countdown Begins For Canada-U.S. Border Reopening

The Peace Bridge between Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo.


E.U. Drug Regulator Approves Moderna Vaccine for Ages 12 and Up

A 14-year-old receiving Moderna’s Covid vaccine in February during a clinical trial in Houston.


Boosting Vaccinations

A vaccine status check at the Louvre in Paris.


Chicago will require masks in school this fall, regardless of vaccination status.

Students getting vaccinated last month in Wheeling, a suburb of Chicago.


Greece Enlists Church in Covid Vaccine Drive

A Greek Orthodox church service in Thessaloniki in April.


They resist being vaccinated despite living in one of New York City’s virus hot spots.

Health care workers wait to be let into the home of Eli Nazaingrio, 13, to administer the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine in Staten Island, New York City, last week.


New Zealand Suspends Quarantine-Free Travel From Australia

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand announced a pause in quarantine-free travel from Australia.


Your Friday Briefing

Dining in Rome on Thursday. Italians will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test for certain social activities.


The Delta Variant Taught Me to Waste Time. And I’m Grateful.

A nearly empty Sydney Opera House on Thursday. Countries with zero-infection ambitions are coming to terms with the idea that those policies are no longer workable.


Argentina Formally Recognizes Nonbinary People, a Latin American First


Your Friday Briefing

The new Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.


'Pingdemic' Leaves Shelves Empty as U.K. Tries to Return to Normal

An empty refrigerator case at a supermarket in South London on Thursday.


U.S. Sanctions Cuba for Crackdowns on Protesters

A man being arrested during a protest this month in Havana against the Cuban government. The United States is seeking to impose penalties for a wave of arrests larger than any other Cuban crackdown in years, if not decades.


As European Nations Look to National Health Passes, Can the U.S. Learn Any Lessons?

A security agent checked visitors’ health passes in front of the entrance of the Louvre museum in Paris on Wednesday.


Italy to Require Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test for Social Activities

A restaurant in Rome on Thursday. Indoor dining is one of the activities Italy’s government will restrict for the unvaccinated.


Canadian Military Veterans Fill Void to Help Afghans Who Worked With Them

Canadian and Afghan soldiers in the Panjwai district of Afghanistan.


Australia's Trash Parrots Invent New Skill in Suburbs


New Extreme Weather Record? Not So Fast.

A 134-degree reading from Death Valley in 1913 is itself disputed.


Pulling Levers in Exile, Belarus Opposition Leader Works to Keep Her Influence Alive

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya during an election rally in Brest, Belarus, in August of 2020.


Teen Wins Libel Case Against Tommy Robinson, U.K. Far-Right Activist

Tommy Robinson outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London in April for the libel case brought against him by Jamal Hijazi, a Syrian teenager.


While England Gambles on ‘Freedom Day,’ Scotland Opts for Caution

In Edinburgh in April. Although Scotland lifted some pandemic restrictions, nightclubs remain closed and face masks are required in pubs and shops.


Life Expectancy, Falling

A volunteer plants flags at the Washington Monument honoring those who have died during the pandemic.


YouTube Deletes Bolsonaro Videos as Covid Misinformation

President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil has disparaged vaccines and the use of face masks.


Hong Kong Police Arrest 5 Over Children's Books Deemed 'Seditious'

A hooded suspect led by a police officer during the arrests of five leaders of a speech therapists’ union in Hong Kong on Thursday.


Singapore wanted to ‘live normally’ with Covid. An outbreak has brought back restrictions.

A delivery rider cycling past a closed karaoke bar in Singapore this month.


The Olympics in 1964 Hailed a New Japan. There’s Less to Cheer This Time.

Balloons floating over the stadium at the opening of the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.


Your Thursday Briefing

The steps outside the Sydney Opera House, normally buzzing with people, were deserted during a lockdown last week in Sydney, Australia.


More than 1.5 million children have lost a caregiver to the pandemic, a study says.

A child in Uttar Pradesh, India, whose parents died from Covid, now living with her grandparents. She and her siblings are pandemic orphans. 


Ex-Advisor Makes New Accusations About Boris Johnson's Covid Response

Boris Johnson's former adviser Dominic Cummings launched a new attack on the British prime minister in an interview with the BBC on Tuesday.


Olympics Covid Cases Raise Tricky Questions About Testing

Australian athletes waited to take Covid-19 tests upon arriving at Narita International Airport in Tokyo last week.


In Deal With Germany, U.S. Drops Threat to Block Russian Gas Pipelines

The construction site of the Nord Stream 2 project, near the town of Kingisepp, Russia, in 2019.


Global Health Official Warns of Vaccine Desperation in Central America and Caribbean

Awaiting vaccination in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, on Tuesday. Honduras has vaccinated less than 1 percent of its people.


Your Thursday Briefing


A Rap Song Lays Bare Israel’s Jewish-Arab Fracture — and Goes Viral

The rappers Sameh Zakout, left, and Uriya Rosenman dissect the Israeli-Palestinian conflict’s racist clichés from both sides.