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    • Director of Tokyo opening ceremony fired
      Tokyo Olympics organizers have fired the opening ceremony director on the eve of the event after reports emerged of a past joke he had made about the Holocaust.
    • Delta ‘to be major COVID variant soon’
      The highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 is expected to become the dominant strain of the virus over the coming months, the World Health Organization said yesterday.
    • Pups of real-life Paw Patrol keeping Tokyo safe
      It’s a neighborhood watch with a difference. A clean-nosed crew, sniffing out trouble and keeping the streets safe for school kids: meet the pups of Tokyo’s real-life Paw Patrol.
    • India’s excess deaths ‘as high as 4.9m’
      India’s excess deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic could be as high as 4.9 million, a new study shows, providing further evidence that millions more may have died from coronavirus than the official ta
    • Haiti agrees on an interim govt to hold elections
      The interim prime minister who has run Haiti since the assassination of president Jovenel Moise agreed on Monday to step aside and make way for an inclusive government that will hold elections, raising
    • Zuma wins delay in corruption trial
      A SOUTH African court granted former President Jacob Zuma’s request for a delay in his arms deal corruption trial yesterday, and adjourned proceedings for three weeks.
    • Germany hit by worst flooding in memory
      The German government yesterday pledged to improve the country’s under-fire warning systems as emergency services continued to search for victims of the worst flooding in living memory, with at least 190
    • Phone list is linked to spyware from Israel
      An Israeli firm accused of supplying spyware to governments has been linked to a list of tens of thousands of smartphone numbers, including those of activists, journalists, business executives and politicians
    • Climate change reshaping Swiss Alps
      Climate change has dramatically altered the Swiss Alp landscape — at a quicker pace than expected — as melting glaciers have created more than 1,000 new lakes across in the mountains, a study published
    • UK lifts pandemic measures even as experts warn of spike in cases
      THE British government yesterday lifted pandemic restrictions on daily life in England, scrapping all social distancing rules in a step slammed by scientists and opposition parties as a dangerous leap
    • COVID confusion as UK prepares to lift restrictions
      The UK government was thrown into turmoil yesterday by its own rules on COVID self-isolation just as it controversially prepares to ditch pandemic curbs in England.
    • 3 shot outside baseball stadium in Washington
      Three people were shot outside a baseball stadium crowded with thousands of spectators in the US capital on Saturday, causing the game to be abruptly halted as fans were ushered out.

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