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Russian ambassador returns to US to build ‘equal, pragmatic’ ties

Diplomatic relations between the two countries had all but broken down since Biden took office. Russia’s ambassador to the US has flown back to Washington, DC, saying he hoped to build “equal and pragmatic” ties after a US-Russia summit in Geneva aimed at reducing tensions. The plane transporting Ambassador Anatoly …

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Prominent UAE activist Alaa al-Siddiq dies in London car crash

Alaa was executive director of a UK-based non-profit that advocated for human rights in the Gulf. Alaa al-Siddiq, a prominent dissident Emirati rights activist and critic, has died in a car crash in London. Alaa was the executive director of the United Kingdom-based ALQST, a non-profit organisation that advocates for …

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Iran election: Israel PM warns world of Ebrahim Raisi

Voter turnout was at a record low for this election, with less than 50% of registered voters going to the polls, compared to more than 70% in 2017. Many people shunned the vote, believing that it had been engineered in favour of Mr Raisi, who is a staunch ally of …

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John Bercow, Central Figure in Brexit Drama as U.K. Speaker, Switches to Labour

Mr. Bercow also was accused during his career of bullying members of his staff, claims that he denied. He stepped down in 2019. Mr. Bercow is a strong critic of Mr. Johnson, a champion of Brexit whose rise has coincided with an exodus of pro-European Union politicians from the Conservative …

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Minors accuse guards at Libya detention centre of sexual assault

A group of teenage migrant girls housed in a government-run detention centre in Libya have accused guards at the facility, funded by the European Union, of sexually assaulting them, according to a report by the Associated Press. A 17-year-old Somali girl, whose identity has been kept anonymous, told AP that …

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Libya: Military movements banned after Haftar’s border takeover

The statement came after forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar said they have taken control of a border crossing with Algeria. Libya’s presidential council has banned any military movement across the country without its approval after forces loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar said they took control of a border …

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In the New Hong Kong, Booksellers Walk a Fine Line

HONG KONG — When Hong Kong public libraries pulled books about dissent from circulation last month, Pong Yat Ming made an offer to his customers: They could read some of the same books, free, at his store. Mr. Pong, 47, founded the shop, Book Punch, in 2020, after Beijing imposed …

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Fight Over Covid’s Origins Renews Debate on Risks of Lab Work

In the United States, “there are no biosafety rules or regulations that have the force of law,” he said. “And this is in contrast to every other aspect of biomedical research.” There are enforceable rules, for example, for experiments with human subjects, vertebrate animals, radioactive materials and lasers, but none …

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Graham Norton Comes Around

In the acknowledgments in “Home Stretch,” Norton thanks “all the people who stayed in Ireland to fight for the modern, tolerant country it has become.” The book was meant at first to be about family reconciliation, but as it took shape, it also became about the transformation of a nation. …

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Photos: Parades, picnics mark Juneteenth celebrations across US

Parades, picnics and history were all around on Saturday to commemorate Juneteenth in the US, a day that carried even more significance after Congress and President Joe Biden recognised the annual commemoration of the effective end of slavery as a federal holiday. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers …

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