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Effort to Disarm Communities in South Sudan Fuels Deadly Clashes

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here NAIROBI, Kenya — At least 81 people were killed and dozens others injured in South Sudan over the weekend as an operation to seize weapons from civilians got underway, the authorities and a network of civil society organizations......
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After Vote That Many Called Rigged, Challenger to Belarus Leader Leaves

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here Ms. Tikhanovskaya, a former English teacher, emerged as the face of the campaign against Mr. Lukashenko in recent weeks, with the established opposition figures, including her husband, in jail or in exile. The Belarus authorities allowed her name......
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China Refrains From Ousting Hong Kong Lawmakers

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here BEIJING — After a succession of recent moves to crack down on democracy in Hong Kong, Beijing on Tuesday appeared to show a little restraint and refrained from pushing out four of the city’s opposition lawmakers. The decision......
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Coronavirus Live Updates: Russia Approves a Possible Vaccine Before Completing Trials

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here Prime Minister Boris Johnson says that opening Britain’s schools next month is a “moral duty,” and that in the event of a resurgence of the virus, “the last thing we want to do is to close schools.” To......
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Your Tuesday Briefing

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here The Quarantine. Named for its history as a holding area for potentially infectious travelers, this neighborhood is poor, polluted and squeezed between the port, a major highway and a garbage processing center. “The Quarantine has always been neglected,”......
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State Dept. Says Report Defends Pompeo on Arms Sales. But It Finds Fault Over Mass Deaths.

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here WASHINGTON — The State Department said on Monday that its inspector general had found Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took the proper procedures in declaring an “emergency” last year to push through $8.1 billon of arms sales to......
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U.S. Contractor Knew of Explosive Material in Beirut Since at Least 2016

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here An American contractor working with the U.S. Army warned at least four years ago about a large cache of potentially explosive chemicals that was stored in Beirut’s port in unsafe conditions, according to a United States diplomatic cable.......
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A Push to Return U.K.’s ‘Motor City’ to Its Cycling Roots

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here COVENTRY, England — Through leafy suburban streets, then up and over a narrow bridge, the path for cyclists heading north into Coventry seems smooth and easy until it ends abruptly — at a busy four-lane “ring road” with......
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Pints or Primers? U.K.’s Push to Open Schools May Force a Choice

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here LONDON — Britain, having moved aggressively to reopen its economy after three months of coronavirus lockdown, now faces what some experts cast as a binary trade-off for a land that loves a good book as much as a......
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Lebanon’s Government Resigns Amid Widespread Anger Over Blast

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here BEIRUT, Lebanon — Lebanon’s cabinet resigned on Monday, opening up a new political void as the country struggles with a crippling economic crisis and reels from an enormous explosion last week that ravaged swaths of the capital. In......
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Citrus Flavoring Is Weaponized Against Insect-Borne Diseases

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here Adding a new weapon to the fight against insect-borne illnesses like Lyme disease and malaria, the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday approved a new chemical that both repels and kills ticks and mosquitoes. The chemical, nootkatone, an oil......
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Belarus’s Leader Vows to Crush Protests, Claiming a Landslide Election Victory

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here MINSK, Belarus — The embattled president of Belarus, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, on Monday claimed a landslide victory in elections this weekend and vowed to crush the protests that have presented the biggest popular challenge he has faced in......
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Coronavirus Live Updates: Widespread Infection Among U.S. Children, Report Finds

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here As U.S. schools reopen, a study finds at least 97,000 children were recently infected. As schools face the daunting challenge of reopening while the coronavirus continues to spread, at least 97,000 children around the United States tested positive......
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8 Dead After Attack in a Wildlife Reserve in Niger

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here DAKAR, Senegal — Gunmen killed eight people on Sunday at a wildlife reserve in Niger, including six French humanitarian workers, their Nigerien driver and a guide, according to authorities. The group had traveled to Kouré reserve in an......
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Beijing Launches Another Demolition Drive, This Time in Its Bucolic Suburbs

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here The people who would destroy the village came in the middle of the night last week. Hundreds of guards breached the wall surrounding the village and began banging on the doors of the 140 courtyard homes there, waking......
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Beirut, Hong Kong, Belarus Elections: Your Monday Briefing

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here (Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering clashes in Belarus after a presidential election, anger reaching the boiling point in Beirut and Europe’s illegal raves. Clashes after a win for ‘Europe’s......
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U.S. Official Praises Taiwan During Highest-Level Visit in Decades

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here TAIPEI, Taiwan — The United States’ top health official lauded Taiwan’s democracy on Monday as he met with the island’s leader for a visit laden with symbols of stronger ties between Washington and the self-ruled island claimed by......
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Hong Kong Publisher Jimmy Lai Is Arrested Under National Security Law

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here HONG KONG — The Hong Kong police on Monday arrested Jimmy Lai, the media tycoon and critic of the Chinese Communist Party, on charges of violating the territory’s new national security law, making him the most high-profile target......

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