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Albania: Preliminary poll results show Socialists ahead

Albania: Preliminary poll results show Socialists ahead

TIRANA, Albania — Preliminary results on Monday showed the ruling Socialist Party ahead in Albania’s parliamentary election.
Leaked recording of Iran's top diplomat offers blunt talk

Leaked recording of Iran's top diplomat offers blunt talk

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A recording of Iran's foreign minister offering a blunt appraisal of diplomacy and the limits of power within the Islamic Republic has been leaked, providing a rare look inside the country's theocracy.
EU launches legal action against vaccine-maker AstraZeneca

EU launches legal action against vaccine-maker AstraZeneca

BRUSSELS — The European Union's executive branch said Monday that it has launched legal action against coronavirus vaccine-maker AstraZeneca for failing to respect the terms of its contract with the 27-nation bloc.
Lawyer: Iranian-British woman gets another year in prison

Lawyer: Iranian-British woman gets another year in prison

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An Iranian-British woman long held in Tehran has been sentenced to another year in prison, her lawyer said Monday, drawing immediate criticism from Britain in the high profile case that has prompted international condemn
Thailand's prime minister fined for breaking face mask rule

Thailand's prime minister fined for breaking face mask rule

BANGKOK — Authorities in Thailand are imposing fines of up to 20,000 baht ($640) for people who fail to wear face masks in public in 48 provinces, as the government struggles to cope with a new wave of coronavirus cases that is straining the medical
Japan's ruling party loses 3 key elections in blow to Suga

Japan's ruling party loses 3 key elections in blow to Suga

TOKYO — Japan’s ruling party lost all three parliamentary byelections held Sunday, loosening Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s grip on power ahead of national elections later this year.
Indonesian brigadier general killed in 2-week Papua clash

Indonesian brigadier general killed in 2-week Papua clash

JAYAPURA, Indonesia — An Indonesian brigadier general was killed in an ongoing clash between security forces and a rebel group in restive Papua province, authorities said Monday.
Pamplona blames jab rollout for another summer without bulls

Pamplona blames jab rollout for another summer without bulls

MADRID — Officials in northern Spain’s Pamplona have called off the famed San Fermín bull-running festival for the second year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden expanding summer food program for 34M schoolchildren

Biden expanding summer food program for 34M schoolchildren

The Biden administration is expanding a program to feed as many as 34 million schoolchildren during the summer months, using funds from the coronavirus relief package approved in March.
Chloé Zhao makes history with best director Oscar win

Chloé Zhao makes history with best director Oscar win

LOS ANGELES — Chloé Zhao has made history at the 2021 Academy Awards, becoming the first woman of colour to win best director and just the second woman to win the award.