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Leaders of 2 Koreas exchange letters, agree to rebuild ties

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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in agreed in letters to restore relations, improving the prospects for a breakthrough in an extended stalemate in nuclear talks.

Lebanese president names billionaire Mikati to form cabinet

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Lebanon’s president tasked Najib Mikati, a billionaire businessman and former premier, with forming a new government, the third attempt in less than a year as the country scrambles to escape a spiraling economic crisis.

Biden heralds an end to Iraq combat even as US troops remain

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President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said Monday that the American combat mission in Iraq will be over by the end of the year, though the U.S. is expected to keep a military presence on the ground.

US, China still disagree on way forward after tense talks

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The U.S. and China both highlighted deep differences after their first high-level talks in months, suggesting the world’s two biggest economies haven’t found a clear path for improving their increasingly strained ties.

Tunisia’s president takes control as Islamists cry ‘coup’

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Tunisia’s president sacked the government and suspended parliament, plunging the brittle North African democracy into its most serious political crisis since protesters launched the Arab Spring revolts a decade ago.

UK urges people to get healthier after lockdown weight gains

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The U.K. government is encouraging people to eat healthier and become more active after waistlines expanded for many during extended coronavirus lockdowns.

Qatar’s top diplomat flies to Iran days after talks in US

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Qatar’s top diplomat flies to Iran days after talks in USQatar’s foreign minister traveled to Iran for unpublicized talks, having earlier offered to broker dialogue between the Islamic Republic and its Arab neighbors in the Persian Gulf, including regional rival Saudi Arabia.

Putin touts Russia’s hypersonic nuclear weapons at naval parade

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President Vladimir Putin used a Navy Day parade to deliver his latest reminder of Russia’s military muscle, touting the nation’s hypersonic nuclear weapons at a ceremony in his hometown of St. Petersburg.

Mexican president calls for “new coexistence” of American states

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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called on Saturday for "a new coexistence" of all the countries of the Americas after stating that the model imposed more than two centuries ago "is exhausted; it has no future."

Florida man to lead Washington, DC, march over plight of people in Cuba

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Alian Collazo was 8 when his mother brought him from Cuba to the United States to reunite with his father.

How LGBTQ rights forced Hungary into a moment of reckoning

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It started with a book of kid’s fairytales, and is culminating in a defining test of a nation’s democracy and even its future in the European Union.

COVID explodes in Cancun and Los Cabos as third wave hits Mexico

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A third coronavirus wave fueled by the highly contagious delta variant is battering two of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations on opposite coasts, Los Cabos in the Pacific and Cancun on the Caribbean.

Pfizer shot just 39% effective in halting delta, Israel says

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Pfizer Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine was just 39% effective in keeping people from getting infected by the contagious delta variant in Israel in recent weeks, according to the country’s health ministry, but provided a strong shield against hospitalization and more severe forms of the virus.

U.S. launches several airstrikes to support Afghan forces: Pentagon

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The U.S. military in the past few days conducted airstrikes in Afghanistan to support Afghan security forces, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

Russia says Nord Stream 2 pipeline to start operation despite U.S. pressure

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Russia is confident that the Nord Stream 2 project will function reliably, Zakharova said.

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