Saudi Arabia says hajj to be limited to 60,000 in kingdom
Saudi Arabia says this year’s hajj pilgrimage will be limited to no more than 60,000 people, all of them from within the kingdom, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The Latest: WHO chief says vaccine need outstrips G7 pledges
The head of the World Health Organization has welcomed the vaccine-sharing announcements coming out of the Group of Seven summit but says “we need more, and we need them faster.”.
Algeria election gets low turnout amid opposition boycott
Algerians voted for a new parliament in an election with a majority of novice independent candidates running under new rules meant to erase political corruption and open the way to a “new Algeria.”.
Pres. Biden urges G-7 leaders to call out and compete with China
Leaders of the world largest economies have unveiled an infrastructure plan for the developing world to compete with China’s global initiatives.
China, US diplomats clash over human rights, pandemic origin
Top U.S. and Chinese diplomats appear to have had another sharply worded exchange, with Beijing saying it told the U.S. to cease interfering in its internal affairs and accusing it of politicizing the search for the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pandemic relapse spells trouble for India's middle class
India’s economy was on the cusp of recovery when a new wave of infections swept the country, infecting millions, killing hundreds of thousands and forcing others to stay home.
Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow released from jail
Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow has been released from jail after serving more than six months for taking part in unauthorized assemblies during massive 2019 anti-government protests that triggered a crackdown on dissent.
Queen Elizabeth honors key women in UK's rapid vaccine drive
Queen Elizabeth II has used her birthday honors list to celebrate those at the forefront of the U.K.’s rapid rollout of coronavirus vaccines over the past few months, which has been credited with turning around the country’s pandemic response.
South Africa finalizes treaty to extradite fugitives in UAE
South Africa says it has finalized an extradition treaty with United Arab Emirates, allowing it to bring back members of an Indian family accused of involvement in high-level state corruption to face trial.
Hungary: Bill would ban 'promoting' homosexuality to minors
Hungary’s conservative ruling party has prepared new legislation that bans showing pornographic material or any content portraying sex reassignment or homosexuality to anyone under 18.
The Latest: Queen Elizabeth II hosts G-7 leaders, spouses
Queen Elizabeth II has hosted the Group of Seven leaders at an evening reception where Britain’s royals mingled with some of the world’s most powerful politicians.
Vatican regulates lay movements to prevent governance abuses
The Vatican is taking steps to better regulate lay religious movements by imposing term limits on their leaders and requiring internal elections to be representative of their memberships.
For Cornwall, G7 summit brings mix of disruption and hope
Towering steel fences and masses of police have transformed the picturesque Cornish seaside as leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies descend on a tiny village near St. Ives in Cornwall for their summit.
Plans for movie on New Zealand mosque attacks draw criticism
Tentative plans for a movie recounting the response of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to a gunman’s slaughter of Muslim worshippers drew criticism in New Zealand for not focusing on the victims of the attacks.
China's children may be next in line for COVID-19 vaccines
If China is to meet its tentative goal of vaccinating 80% of its population against the coronavirus by the end of the year, tens of millions of children are going to have to start rolling up their sleeves.
Photos show Chinese rover on dusty, rocky Martian surface
The dusty, rocky Martian surface and a Chinese rover and lander bearing small national flags were seen in photos the rover took on the red planet.
Russia spars with EU and US at meeting on EU-UN cooperation
Russia has sparred with the European Union and the United States at a U.N. meeting that highlighted the strained relations between Moscow, Brussels and Washington.
At El Salvador's Bitcoin Beach, a glimpse of crypto economy
After El Salvador’s congress made the bitcoin legal tender this week, eyes turned to the rural fishing village of El Zonte on the Pacific coast.
Ex-Mossad chief signals Israel attacked Iran nuclear assets
The outgoing chief of Israel’s Mossad intelligence service has offered the closest acknowledgment yet his country was behind recent attacks targeting Iran’s nuclear program and a military scientist.
Leftist teacher inches toward victory in disputed Peru vote
Peru has finished tallying votes in the country’s tight presidential contest but no winner has been declared, with electoral authorities saying they are scrutinizing a small number of ballots amid unproven claims of possible vote tampering leveled by the apparent loser.
Mystery over claim world's 1st 'decuplets' born in S. Africa
South Africa has been gripped by the mystery of whether a woman has, as has been claimed, actually given birth to 10 babies, in what would then be the world’s first recorded case of decuplets.
Israel's Netanyahu lashes out as end of his era draws near
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not leaving the political stage quietly in what appear to be the final days of his historic 12-year rule.
Macron to reduce French military troops in Africa's Sahel
French President Emmanuel Macron has announced the future reduction of France’s military presence fighting Islamic extremism in Africa’s Sahel region.
German ex-minister, mayor contender stripped of doctorate
A Berlin university has stripped a prominent former German minister of her doctorate following a long-running saga over plagiarism allegations that led to her resignation last month.
Iran sends warships to Atlantic amid Venezuela concerns
Iranian state TV says that an Iranian destroyer and support vessel are now sailing in the Atlantic Ocean in a rare mission far from the Islamic Republic, without offering the vessels’ final destination.
UK's health minister denies claim he lied during pandemic
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has defended his handling of the coronavirus pandemic following a series of damaging allegations from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s former top adviser.
The Latest: Illinois lifting capacity limits for businesses
Illinois is lifting all capacity limits on bars, restaurants, businesses and other venues Friday, nearly 15 months after the first stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic.
Lawyers urge ICC to probe alleged crimes against Uyghurs
A group of lawyers has presented a dossier of evidence to prosecutors at the International Criminal Court that they say establishes jurisdiction for the global tribunal to investigate allegations Chinese authorities are involved in grave crimes targeting Uyghurs.
Myanmar military plane crash kills 12, including senior monk
Myanmar state media say a well-known senior Buddhist monk was among at least 12 people who died when a military plane crashed in the country’s central Mandalay region.
Prince Philip 'wasn’t looking forward' to centenary 'fuss'
On what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday, his youngest child said he would not have been looking forward to any celebrations to mark the occasion.
Greek unions strike, seek return to pre-pandemic work rules
Widespread strikes in Greece have brought public transport and other services to a halt as the country’s largest labor unions protested employment reforms they argue will make flexible workplace changes introduced during the pandemic more permanent.
Celebrations (and questions) greet US vaccine donation plan
U.S. plans to donate 500 million more COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries are being met with both celebration and hesitation.
Leaders head to COVID-themed G7 summit with vaccine pledges
Group of Seven leaders began arriving at a luxury seaside resort in England on Thursday for a Group of Seven summit where the world’s richest nations will pledge to give up some of their coronavirus vaccines with the poorest.
Rocket on pad, China ready to send 1st crew to space station
The rocket that will send the first crew members to China’s new space station has been moved onto the launch pad ahead of its planned blastoff next week.
UN official: Key committee says 350,000 in famine in Tigray
A high-level committee that focuses on rapid responses to humanitarian crises estimates that some 350,000 people in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region are in famine conditions.
UN expert says Myanmar attacks risk humanitarian tragedy
A U.N. expert says at least one-quarter of the people in Myanmar’s smallest state have been forced to flee their homes because of combat with the military junta that seized power in February.