When Covid Subsided, Israel Reopened Its Schools. It Didn’t Go Well.

JERUSALEM — As the United States and other countries anxiously consider how to reopen schools, Israel, one of the first countries to do so, illustrates the dangers of moving too precipitously. Confident it had beaten the coronavirus and desperate to reboot a devastated economy, the Israeli government invited the entire student body back in late […]

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Celebrating Eid al-Adha Amid a Pandemic

[Race/Related is available as a newsletter. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox.] Celebrating Eid al-Adha Most countries observed Eid al-Adha on Friday, and so a belated Eid Mubarak to all who celebrated one of the holiest days in Islam. It is meant to remind Muslims of their faithfulness to Allah and […]

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China announces suspension of Hong Kong extradition treaties as fallout over new security law continues

China announced Tuesday that Hong Kong will suspend extradition treaties with Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom after the group of countries took similar measures in response to its controversial new security law. The developments come as New Zealand became the fourth member of the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing alliance – which also includes the U.S. – to announce the suspension of its extradition treaty with the semi-autonomous territory. “Judicial cooperation […]

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Coronavirus crisis hits Europe’s tourism industry soon after reopenings

Only weeks after countries reopened their borders for summer vacations, Europe’s tourism revival is running into trouble amid a new wave of COVID-19 infections. European countries started opening up to each other’s tourists in mid-June, but recent events have shown the perils of reopening travel between countries. Britain had to impose a sudden 14-day quarantine […]

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North Korea accused of breaching UN sanctions to beef up nuclear and ballistic missile programs

Over 40 countries have accused North Korea of breaching limitations placed on refined petroleum imports by the United Nations in an attempt to bolster its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programs. The U.N. Security Council has ordered an immediate halt of all petroleum deliveries through the end of the year, according to a report by Reuters […]

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Europe Said It Was Pandemic-Ready. Pride Was Its Downfall.

The coronavirus exposed European countries’ misplaced confidence in faulty models, bureaucratic busywork and their own wealth. By David D. Kirkpatrick, Matt Apuzzo and July 20, 2020 LONDON — Prof. Chris Whitty, Britain’s chief medical adviser, stood before an auditorium in a London museum two years ago cataloging deadly epidemics. From the Black Death of the […]

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Voices From Travel’s Frontlines: ‘We Walk in Fear, We Work in Fear’

Over the past six weeks, countries across the globe have We’re one of the few resorts in the Maldives that never officially closed. We tried to get other guests from other islands who were displaced. Toward the end, we only had one family staying with us, a Russian family who couldn’t get home. We cooked […]

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China accuses US of ‘inciting confrontation’ in South China Sea

China accused the U.S. of meddling in relations between China and Southeast Asian countries Tuesday, saying the U.S. “deliberately stokes territorial and maritime disputes.” The comment by a spokesperson for the Chinese government came one day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said China’s pursuit of offshore resources is “completely unlawful.” Pompeo also accused China […]

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Look out, Mars: Here we come with a fleet of spacecraft

Mars is about to be invaded by planet Earth — big time. Three countries — the United States, China and the United Arab Emirates — are sending unmanned spacecraft to the red planet in quick succession beginning this week, in the most sweeping effort yet to seek signs of ancient microscopic life while scouting out […]

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Visa Waivers, Vouchers, Flight Discounts and Other Travel Lures

In some countries where Covid-19 cases are receding, governments are attempting to entice travelers to help save battered tourism industries with offers of discounted flights, vouchers for local attractions and free entry to tourist sites. A few are even offering to pay travelers’ medical expenses if they are infected with the virus. For now, Americans […]

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Italy keeps coronavirus pandemic under control, but many staying home to be safe

MILAN – Italy, one of the countries hardest-hit by COVID-19, is back to work, but it’s a very different place. The pandemic situation appears to be under control for now and cases have not shot back up as many worried they would. Still, about 8 million Italians have continued what they’re calling “smart working” — […]

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Europe restricts visitors from the US amid virus resurgence

The European Continent on Tuesday reopened to visitors from 14 countries, but not the U.S., where some of the states that pushed hardest and earliest to reopen their economies are now in retreat because of an alarming surge in confirmed coronavirus infections. The European Union’s decision came a day after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey closed […]

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US kept off European Union ‘safe list’ for resumption of non-essential travel

The European Union has agreed to keep the U.S. off an initial “safe list” of 14 countries from which it will allow non-essential travel starting in July, according to the European Council. The initial list includes Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay, the European Council said […]

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E.U. Formalizes Reopening, Barring Travelers From U.S.

BRUSSELS — The European Union will open its borders to visitors from 15 countries as of Wednesday, but not to travelers from the United States, Brazil or Russia, putting into effect a complex policy that has sought to balance health concerns with politics, diplomacy and the desperate need for tourism revenue. The list of nations […]

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WHO says countries grumbling about coronavirus contract tracing are ‘lame’

The head of the World Health Organization on Monday dismissed complaints from countries complaining that contact tracing is too difficult to implement as a control strategy for the coronavirus pandemic as “lame.” The U.N. health agency has repeatedly advised countries that shutting down their COVID-19 outbreaks requires having a strong contact tracing program in place, […]

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In Norway, Gymgoers Avoid Infections as Virus Recedes

Like many countries, Norway ordered all gyms to close in March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But unlike any other nation, Norway also funded a rigorous study to determine whether the closings were really necessary. It is apparently the first and only randomized trial to test whether people who work out at gyms […]

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US government calls out nations on dismal human rights records in new report

EXCLUSIVE: The U.S. government is identifying nearly 20 countries for their dismal records on — and refusal to confront — human trafficking, according to a government report obtained by Fox News. The Trafficking in Persons Report for the 2019 fiscal year names Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, China and Venezuela, among several others, as Tier 3 countries […]

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Countries across world reimpose restrictions due to coronavirus spikes as US remains adamant about avoiding 2nd lockdown

Countries facing a resurgence of coronavirus cases after reopening have reverted back to lockdowns, with many focusing on isolating specific regions with spiking rates of infections. But the willingness to retighten restrictions amid growing public health concerns stands in stark contrast to the U.S.’ approach to a fresh wave of new cases. GERMAN REGION IMPLEMENTS NEW […]

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In Poor Countries, Many Covid-19 Patients Are Desperate for Oxygen

As the coronavirus pandemic hits more impoverished countries with fragile health care systems, global health authorities are scrambling for supplies of a simple treatment that saves lives: oxygen. Many patients severely ill with Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, require help with breathing at some point. But now the epidemic is spreading rapidly in […]

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E.U. May Bar American Travelers as It Reopens Borders, Citing Failures on Virus

BRUSSELS — European Union countries rushing to revive their economies and reopen their borders after months of coronavirus restrictions are prepared to block Americans from entering because the United States has failed to control the scourge, according to draft lists of acceptable travelers seen by The New York Times. That prospect, which would lump American […]

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Poorest countries to save $12 billion in 2020 debt relief: World Bank

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The world’s poorest countries could save over $12 billion owed to sovereign and other creditors this year through their participation in a debt-relief program, with Angola alone saving some $3.4 billion, according to estimates published Friday in a new database from the World Bank. The savings under the COVID-19-linked Debt Service […]

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