Turkish Court Clears Way for Hagia Sophia to Be Used as a Mosque Again

ISTANBUL — A Turkish court opened the way on Friday for Hagia Sophia to be restored as a mosque, threatening to set off an international furor around a World Heritage Site cherished by Christians and Muslims alike for its religious significance, stunning structure and as a symbol of conquest. Originally built in the sixth century as a cathedral, More...

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The Man Striving to Be the ‘Canadian Obama’

Balarama Holness, 36, a law student and community organizer who once played professional Canadian football, is becoming a leading voice against systemic racism in his country. Source link  More...

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Sweden’s Ex-Ambassador to China Is Cleared of Wrongdoing

STOCKHOLM — A former Swedish ambassador to China was cleared of charges of wrongdoing on Friday, culminating a strange saga that combined elements of a spy novel with the opaque reality of dealing with an More...

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Officials Over Mass Detention of Muslims

In October 2019, the Trump administration imposed visa restrictions on some Chinese officials and import controls on certain organizations in the western region of Xinjiang. While those were the first punishments More...

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Major Explosion Rocks Iran Again, the 3rd Blast in 3 Weeks

An explosion rocked western Tehran early Friday, state media reported, causing widespread power failures in two residential areas and unnerving Iranians awakened for the third consecutive week by an early-morning More...

By Admin On Thursday, July 9th, 2020
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India’s Outbreak, Seoul Mayor, Short Stories: Your Friday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering a worsening outbreak in India, lives upended for foreign students in the U.S. and 29 short stories meant for this More...

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The Killing of Qassim Suleimani Was Unlawful, Says U.N. Expert

GENEVA — A United Nations expert investigating summary executions said on Thursday that the United States’ targeted killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani of Iran was unlawful and risked eroding international More...

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The Coronavirus Can Be Airborne Indoors, W.H.O. Says

Airborne transmission is the most likely explanation for several clusters of infection, including a choir in Washington State and a restaurant in China, according to some scientists. But W.H.O. staff members More...

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Japan’s Deadly Combination: Climate Change and an Aging Society

Facility operators have mixed feelings about evacuations, said Hajime Kagiya, a professor of disaster management at Atomi University in Tokyo. “They have to be mindful of the health conditions of the residents More...

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South Korean Triathlete’s Suicide Exposes Team’s Culture of Abuse

Young athletes live together in dormitories and routinely skip classes to attend practices, leaving them with few career choices outside of sports. Such a system gives coaches exceptional power over athletes, More...

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