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Belarus' ruler vows to quash opposition rallies after vote

Belarus' ruler vows to quash opposition rallies after vote

MINSK, Belarus — Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko warned Monday that the protesters who challenge the official vote results extending his 26-year rule will face a tough crackdown, deriding the opposition as “sheep” manipulated by
Lebanon health minister: Cabinet resigns over Beirut blast

Lebanon health minister: Cabinet resigns over Beirut blast

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s Cabinet has resigned over last week's devastating blast at the Beirut port, the health minister said, a decision that was made under pressure as several ministers quit or expressed their intention to step down.
McDonald's sues ousted CEO, alleging employee relationships

McDonald's sues ousted CEO, alleging employee relationships

McDonald’s says it's suing Stephen Easterbrook, the CEO it ousted last year over an inappropriate relationship with an employee, alleging Monday that he covered up relationships with three other employees and destroyed evidence.
Simon Cowell has surgery for broken back after bike accident

Simon Cowell has surgery for broken back after bike accident

LOS ANGELES — Simon Cowell underwent surgery to repair a broken back, the result of an electric bicycle accident, and was recovering at a hospital, a spokesperson said Sunday.
China sanctions 11 US politicians, heads of organizations

China sanctions 11 US politicians, heads of organizations

BEIJING — China on Monday announced unspecified sanctions against 11 U.S. politicians and heads of organizations promoting democratic causes, including Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who have already been singled out by Beijing.
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested, newsroom searched

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested, newsroom searched

Hong Kong authorities broadened their enforcement of a new national security law on Monday, arresting media tycoon Jimmy Lai, searching the headquarters of his Next Digital group and carting away boxes of what they said was evidence.

Israeli jeweler makes $1.5m gold coronavirus mask

MOTZA, Israel — An Israeli jewelry company is working on what it says will be the world's most expensive coronavirus mask, a gold, diamond-encrusted face covering with a price tag of $1.5 million.

Virtual preparation allows Miss Nicaragua amid pandemic

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — For four months, everything was virtual: the modeling and speech classes, the make-up courses and the emotional support session via videoconference.
Masks in class? Many questions as Germans go back to school

Masks in class? Many questions as Germans go back to school

BERLIN — Masks during class, masks only in the halls, no masks at all. Distance when possible, no distance within same-grade groups, no distance at all.
Nagasaki urges nuke ban on 75th anniversary of US A-bombing

Nagasaki urges nuke ban on 75th anniversary of US A-bombing

TOKYO — The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Sunday marked its 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing, with the mayor and dwindling survivors urging world leaders including their own to do more for a nuclear weapons ban. At 11:02 a.m.