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Iranian Hard-Liner Ebrahim Raisi Wins Presidential Election Vote

Supporters of Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s president-elect, celebrating in Tehran on Saturday night.


For Biden, Iranian Hard-liner May Be Best Path to Restoring Nuclear Deal

Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s next president, after casting his ballot in Tehran on Friday.


Inside the ‘Deadly Serious’ World of E-Sports in South Korea

A class at Gen.G Elite Esports Academy in Seoul.


Brazil Faces Severe Drought as Covid Deaths Approach 500,000

Fires in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso last year. The Amazon “had three droughts that were considered the drought of the century” in the past 20 years, one climate change expert said.


My Night in a Canadian Quarantine Hotel

The quarantine breakfast included three hard boiled eggs, cold toast, an apple, an apple juice and a soggy cup of oatmeal. 


How Autocrats From Russia and Kazakhstan Use London to Strike Global Foes

The Royal Courts of Justice in London. The brutal politics of authoritarian countries like Russia and Kazakhstan have spilled into England’s legal system.


The European Union Recommends Opening to Americans to Rescue the Summer

Cafes and restaurants on Piazza Santa Croce in Florence, Italy, last month. An increase in free-spending tourists would be welcome news for many European countries.


A Latin Expert’s Odyssey, From the Vatican to the Gay Rights Movement

Francesco Lepore at the Benedictine Cloister in Monreale, Italy. His experiences at the Vatican led him to the front lines of gay rights activism.


Covid Cases Surge Again in Russia, Many From Delta Variant

In Moscow this week. The city’s mayor said on Friday that 89.3 percent of all new coronavirus cases there involve the highly contagious Delta variant.


Kim Jong-un Ready for ‘Dialogue and Confrontation’ With U.S.

Kim Jong-un at a Workers’ Party meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, in an image released on Thursday.


U.K. Justice System Has Failed Rape Victims, Government Says

An anti-rape protest outside the Supreme Court in London in 2018.


GB News Is Off to a Splashy, but Shaky, Start in Britain

GB News debuted Sunday evening from a studio in London. 


The Maldives Lured Tourists Back. Now It Needs Nurses.


Many Expected to Shun Iran Vote Seen as Presidential Race of One

Posters of presidential candidates on Sunday in Tehran.


Dreams in the Rubble: An Israeli Airstrike and the 22 Lives Lost

An educated, largely upper-middle class community inhabited the Abul Ouf Building before it was bombed last month.


Israel Strikes Gaza Again, After Militants Set Fires in Israel

Smoke and embers followed an Israeli airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday night.


For Biden, Europe Trip Achieved 2 Major Goals. And Then There's Putin and Russia.

President Biden speaking in Geneva after his meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Wednesday, which capped a kind of European comeback tour.


Russia's Pro-Putin Commentators Praise Biden After Summit

President Biden with President Vladimir V. Putin in Geneva on Wednesday. A pro-Putin commentator said the meeting “fully justified the most optimistic expectations.”


Singapore Allows Sinovac Shots but Casts Doubt on Effectiveness

People over 70 years old at a vaccination center in Singapore in January.


Pope Francis' Silence Speaks Volumes on Controversial Communion Vote by US Bishops

Pope Francis celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica this month.


Departure of U.S. Contractors Poses Problems for Afghan Military

American contractors repairing an Afghan Air Force aircraft in Kabul in 2018. President Biden’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan this summer includes the contractors who support the Afghans.


Video of Montreal Police Kneeling on Black Teenager Spurs Outcry


Man Loses Hand in French Rave That Violated Pandemic Curfew

Attendees of an illegal rave stood in a field as French police tried to break up the event in the town of Redon, in Brittany, on Friday night.


U.S. Ships 2.5 Million Vaccine Doses to Taiwan

People waiting for vaccinations at a school in Taipei, Taiwan, on Tuesday.


As France Sends U.S. a Second Statue of Liberty, Her Symbolism is Debated

A bronze reproduction of the original plaster model for the Statue of Liberty being lifted by a crane outside the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Paris this month, before its departure for New York.


A Roadblock for Iran’s President-Elect: He’s on the U.S. Sanctions List

Ebrahim Raisi, center left, arriving at a polling station in Tehran on Friday.


U.N. General Assembly Demands Myanmar Junta End Coup and Stop the Killings

Myanmar soldiers guarding a street in April in Yangon, the country’s biggest city, where resistance to the Feb. 1 military coup has been strong. 


Israeli-Palestinian Vaccine Deal Collapses Amid Expiry Date Dispute

A Palestinian receiving a vaccine shot this month in the village of Dura, near Hebron, in the West Bank.


Switzerland Finds Liberian Rebel Leader Guilty of Wartime Atrocities

Liberians displaced by fighting in Monrovia, the capital, during the civil war in 2003. The court heard gruesome testimony of summary executions and the torture of civilians during the war.


Britain Expands Vaccine Eligibility to Those 18 and Older

People waiting in line to receive coronavirus vaccines at a health center in London last week.


On the Pointlessness of Pointy Shoes


Britain’s travel limits could cost it Euro 2020’s soccer final, and more news from around the world.

The Euro 2020 match between England and Croatia at Wembley on Sunday. The stadium’s 90,000-seat capacity has been strictly limited in the group stage.


Iranians Vote in Presidential Election, but Mood is Pessimistic

Voters lining up behind plastic sheeting installed as a barrier against the spread of coronavirus on Friday in Tehran.


Kids, Covid and Delta

Kids play at a park in El Paso earlier this week.


A just-announced deal for Israel to bolster the Palestinian vaccination drive collapses.

A Palestinian receiving a vaccine this month in the village of Dura, near Hebron, in the West Bank.


Taiwan Orders Some Tech Workers to Stay Indoors to Tackle an Outbreak


High Hopes for Johnson & Johnson’s Covid Vaccine Have Fizzled in the U.S.

Cesar Gonzalez receiving his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in LaPlace, La., on Thursday. Mr. Gonzalez traveled from Honduras to get vaccinated, but chose the Pfizer vaccine over Johnson & Johnson when both were offered.


1971: U.S. Pledges to Return Okinawa to Japan


Portugal Orders Lisbon Into Weekend Lockdown as Delta Variant Spreads

Visitors at Belém Tower, a monument in Lisbon, in May. Public health officials said that the rise in cases in Portugal was steepest in the capital region.


China's Covid Vaccination Drive Nears 1 Billion Doses

An observation area for those who just received a Covid-19 vaccine in Wuhan, China, this month. The country has administered more than 945 million doses, more than a third of the global total.


Your Friday Briefing

President Biden after his meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Wednesday.


What I Learned About Australia’s Lackluster Vaccination Effort From the Latest Covid ‘Hot Spot’ in Sydney

A testing site in Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Thursday. 


Two More Guantánamo Detainees Are Cleared for Transfer to Other Nations

No detainee has been released from Guantánamo Bay since the Trump administration repatriated a confessed Qaeda terrorist to Saudi Arabia in May 2018.


Nicaragua Denies Entry to New York Times Journalist Amid Escalating Crisis

Nicaraguan security forces during a raid of a news organization in Managua last month.


Parents and caregivers reported mental health issues more often than others during the pandemic, a C.D.C. study says.

New federal research has found that parents and caregivers reported more mental health issues during the pandemic than others.


Your Friday Briefing


Israeli Officer Who Killed Autistic Palestinian Man Charged With Manslaughter

A mural in the West Bank city of Bethlehem showing Iyad al-Hallaq, who was shot and killed by an Israeli policeman last year.


U.S. Embassy in Kabul Locks Down Amid Covid Outbreak

A man waiting to get his oxygen cylinder refilled in Kabul on Tuesday. The U.S. Embassy has gone into lockdown amid an outbreak among its workers. Coronavirus cases are surging throughout Afghanistan.


Canadian Couple Who Flew to Indigenous Town for Vaccine Plead Guilty


Kenneth Kaunda, Patriarch of African Independence, Is Dead at 97

Kenneth Kaunda, the prime minister of Zambia (then known as Northern Rhodesia), arriving in London in May 1964, shortly after becoming the British Commonwealth’s youngest prime minister.


Elite Afghan Forces Suffer Horrific Casualties as Taliban Advance

Members of the Afghan Special Forces in Helmand Province last month. As American and NATO troops withdraw, the Taliban are taking control of more and more districts across the country.


Soho China Sells to Blackstone, Cementing Owners' Exit

The 2019 opening of the Leeza Soho, the Zaha Hadid-designed tower in Beijing, was Soho China’s last big public event. 


Supreme Court Limits Human Rights Suits Against Corporations

The decision by the Supreme Court on Thursday was the latest ruling to impose strict limits on lawsuits brought in federal court based on human rights abuses abroad.


Germany Recalls Platoon on NATO Mission Over Sexual Assault and Racism Claims

German tanks during an exercise in Munster, Germany, in June. The country’s armed forces have struggled for years to identify and weed out far-right extremists.


Nations weigh mandates and incentives to drive up vaccination rates.

Moscow in June. As Covid hospitalizations surged this week, the city government took a harder line, requiring vaccinations for many workers in public-facing jobs.


Ex-Mayor on Duterte’s ‘Narco Politician’ List Is Killed in the Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines in Manila in 2019.


From the Times Magazine: Can the C.D.C. be fixed?


After Coronavirus Pandemic and Brexit, UK Begins to See Worker Gaps

At Granger & Co., a restaurant in Notting Hill, London, this month. Bill Granger, the owner, said he had recently encountered difficulty finding workers to hire at his four locations in the city.


The Specter of Inflation

A contractor finishes a project in Millsboro, Del.


He Warned Apple About the Risks in China. Then They Became Reality.

“Do you guys understand who Xi Jinping is?” Doug Guthrie said he had told Apple leaders.


Indigenous People Advance a Dramatic Goal: Reversing Colonialism

A makeshift memorial to honor the 215 children whose remains have been discovered near the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, earlier this month.


Five Weeks Before the Olympics, Tokyo's State of Emergency Will be Eased

Tokyo on Thursday. Some restrictions will remain in place in the capital and in six other areas until at least July 11, officials said.


South Asian Countries, Battling Outbreaks, Scramble for Covid Vaccines

Administering a Covid-19 vaccine in Kathmandu, Nepal, this month. Even after a weekslong nationwide lockdown, nearly one in three of the country’s coronavirus tests has been coming back positive.


As Astronauts Dock, China Takes Up Long-Term Residence in Orbit

From left, the Chinese astronauts Liu Boming, Nie Haisheng and Tang Hongbo before the launch of the Shenzhou-12 in Jiuquan, China, on Thursday. 


After Putin Meeting, a Biden Trait Shows Itself Again: Stubborn Optimism

President Biden at NATO’s headquarters in Brussels on Monday. He has been on a three-country diplomatic tour of Europe.