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Soviets Once Denied a Deadly Anthrax Lab Leak. U.S. Scientists Backed the Story.

Apartment buildings at a compound, left, that once housed a military lab in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

In a Muffled Hong Kong, Bookstores Offer Freedom of Thought

Mount Zero, an independent bookstore in the Sheung Wan district of Hong Kong. Over the front door, a message is spelled out in tiles: “Ideas are bulletproof.”

French Far Right Is Dealt a Setback in First Round of Regional Elections

Campaign posters on a cemetery wall in Cantin, France.

Iran’s System Keeps Its Grip, Despite the Chaos (or Because of It)

Marking the 42nd anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution in Tehran in February.

In the Wake of India’s Covid Crisis, a ‘Black Fungus’ Epidemic Follows

Mucormycosis patients and their relatives at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital in the Indian state of Gujarat.

Pope Francis' Silence Speaks Volumes on Controversial Communion Vote by US Bishops

Pope Francis celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica this month.

In a Muffled Hong Kong, Bookstores Offer Freedom of Thought

Mount Zero, an independent bookstore in the Sheung Wan district of Hong Kong. Over the front door, a message is spelled out in tiles: “Ideas are bulletproof.”

John Bercow, Central Figure in Brexit Drama as U.K. Speaker, Switches to Labour

John Bercow outside the Houses of Parliament in London last year.

Iranian Hard-Liner Ebrahim Raisi Wins Presidential Election Vote

Supporters of Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s president-elect, celebrating in Tehran on Saturday night.

For Biden, Iranian Hard-liner May Be Best Path to Restoring Nuclear Deal

Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s next president, after casting his ballot in Tehran on Friday.

The European Union Recommends Opening to Americans to Rescue the Summer

Cafes and restaurants on Piazza Santa Croce in Florence, Italy, last month. An increase in free-spending tourists would be welcome news for many European countries.

How Autocrats From Russia and Kazakhstan Use London to Strike Global Foes

The Royal Courts of Justice in London. The brutal politics of authoritarian countries like Russia and Kazakhstan have spilled into England’s legal system.

Brazil Faces Severe Drought as Covid Deaths Approach 500,000

Fires in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso last year. The Amazon “had three droughts that were considered the drought of the century” in the past 20 years, one climate change expert said.

A Latin Expert’s Odyssey, From the Vatican to the Gay Rights Movement

Francesco Lepore at the Benedictine Cloister in Monreale, Italy. His experiences at the Vatican led him to the front lines of gay rights activism.

Inside the ‘Deadly Serious’ World of E-Sports in South Korea

A class at Gen.G Elite Esports Academy in Seoul.

Covid Cases Surge Again in Russia, Many From Delta Variant

In Moscow this week. The city’s mayor said on Friday that 89.3 percent of all new coronavirus cases there involve the highly contagious Delta variant.

U.S. Preparing More Sanctions Against Russia, Sullivan Says

President Biden and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia before their meeting on Wednesday in Geneva.

Enrique Bolaños, Former President of Nicaragua, Dies at 93

Enrique Bolaños in 2002. As president of Nicaragua, he focused on liberalizing the economy and fighting corruption. “He’s going to be remembered for his honesty, his moral integrity and his commitment to institutions,” one scholar said. Mr. Bolaños in 2005

Your Monday Briefing

Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s next president, after casting his ballot in Tehran on Friday.

Taliban Enter Key Cities in Afghanistan’s North After Swift Offensive

A military base on a hilltop near Kunduz in 2015 littered with old Russian tanks.

After 35-Day Manhunt for Far-Right Soldier, Body Is Found in Belgium

Soldiers searching for Jürgen Conings in Maasmechelen, Belgium, last month.

Wondering if the Covid Vaccine Worked? Get the Right Test, at the Right Time

David Lat, a legal writer in Manhattan, had Covid-19 and then was vaccinated. But an antibody test in April was barely positive. “I would have thought a month after being immunized, I would have antibodies through the roof,” he said.

Covid Lab-Leak Theory Renews "Gain-of-Function" Research Debate

The phrase “gain-of-function research” took hold in 2012, but scientific experts have grown increasingly frustrated with it ever since. “It’s a horribly imprecise term,” one expert said.

Graham Norton Comes Around

“I realized that he was going to come back and see this new Ireland,” Graham Norton said of the character he created in his latest book. “For a lot of people, it’s sort of bittersweet. You enjoy it, but you think, ‘Wow, I could have been part of this change.’”

Singapore Allows Sinovac Shots but Casts Doubt on Effectiveness

People over 70 years old at a vaccination center in Singapore in January.

Departure of U.S. Contractors Poses Problems for Afghan Military

American contractors repairing an Afghan Air Force aircraft in Kabul in 2018. President Biden’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan this summer includes the contractors who support the Afghans.

Video of Montreal Police Kneeling on Black Teenager Spurs Outcry

Man Loses Hand in French Rave That Violated Pandemic Curfew

Attendees of an illegal rave in Redon, France, stood in a field as the police tried to break it up on Friday night.

U.S. Ships 2.5 Million Vaccine Doses to Taiwan

People waiting for vaccinations at a school in Taipei, Taiwan, on Tuesday.

As France Sends U.S. a Second Statue of Liberty, Her Symbolism is Debated

A bronze reproduction of the original plaster model for the Statue of Liberty being lifted by a crane outside the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Paris this month, before its departure for New York.

A Roadblock for Iran’s President-Elect: He’s on the U.S. Sanctions List

Ebrahim Raisi, center left, arriving at a polling station in Tehran on Friday.

U.N. General Assembly Demands Myanmar Junta End Coup and Stop the Killings

Myanmar soldiers guarding a street in April in Yangon, the country’s biggest city, where resistance to the Feb. 1 military coup has been strong. 

Israeli-Palestinian Vaccine Deal Collapses Amid Expiry Date Dispute

A Palestinian receiving a vaccine shot this month in the village of Dura, near Hebron, in the West Bank.

My Night in a Canadian Quarantine Hotel

The quarantine breakfast included three hard boiled eggs, cold toast, an apple, an apple juice and a soggy cup of oatmeal. 

Switzerland Finds Liberian Rebel Leader Guilty of Wartime Atrocities

Liberians displaced by fighting in Monrovia, the capital, during the civil war in 2003. The court heard gruesome testimony of summary executions and the torture of civilians during the war.

GB News Is Off to a Splashy, but Shaky, Start in Britain

GB News debuted Sunday evening from a studio in London. 

U.K. Justice System Has Failed Rape Victims, Government Says

An anti-rape protest outside the Supreme Court in London in 2018.

Britain Expands Vaccine Eligibility to Those 18 and Older

People waiting in line to receive coronavirus vaccines at a health center in London last week.

Virus cases surge again in Russia, many from the Delta variant.

On the street in Moscow on Wednesday.

On the Pointlessness of Pointy Shoes

Britain’s travel limits could cost it Euro 2020’s soccer final, and more news from around the world.

The Euro 2020 match between England and Croatia at Wembley on Sunday. The stadium’s 90,000-seat capacity has been strictly limited in the group stage.

Iranians Vote in Presidential Election, but Mood is Pessimistic

Voters lining up behind plastic sheeting installed as a barrier against the spread of coronavirus on Friday in Tehran.

Kids, Covid and Delta

Kids play at a park in El Paso earlier this week.

A just-announced deal for Israel to bolster the Palestinian vaccination drive collapses.

A Palestinian receiving a vaccine this month in the village of Dura, near Hebron, in the West Bank.

Taiwan Orders Some Tech Workers to Stay Indoors to Tackle an Outbreak

High Hopes for Johnson & Johnson’s Covid Vaccine Have Fizzled in the U.S.

Cesar Gonzalez receiving his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in LaPlace, La., on Thursday. Mr. Gonzalez traveled from Honduras to get vaccinated, but chose the Pfizer vaccine over Johnson & Johnson when both were offered.

1971: U.S. Pledges to Return Okinawa to Japan

Portugal Orders Lisbon Into Weekend Lockdown as Delta Variant Spreads

Visitors at Belém Tower, a monument in Lisbon, in May. Public health officials said that the rise in cases in Portugal was steepest in the capital region.

China's Covid Vaccination Drive Nears 1 Billion Doses

An observation area for those who just received a Covid-19 vaccine in Wuhan, China, this month. The country has administered more than 945 million doses, more than a third of the global total.

The Maldives Lured Tourists Back. Now It Needs Nurses.

Your Friday Briefing

President Biden after his meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Wednesday.

What I Learned About Australia’s Lackluster Vaccination Effort From the Latest Covid ‘Hot Spot’ in Sydney

A testing site in Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Thursday. 

Kim Jong-un Ready for ‘Dialogue and Confrontation’ With U.S.

Kim Jong-un at a Workers’ Party meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, in an image released on Thursday.

Two More Guantánamo Detainees Are Cleared for Transfer to Other Nations

No detainee has been released from Guantánamo Bay since the Trump administration repatriated a confessed Qaeda terrorist to Saudi Arabia in May 2018.

Israel Strikes Gaza Again, After Militants Set Fires in Israel

Smoke and embers followed an Israeli airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday night.

Nicaragua Denies Entry to New York Times Journalist Amid Escalating Crisis

Nicaraguan security forces during a raid of a news organization in Managua last month.

Parents and caregivers reported mental health issues more often than others during the pandemic, a C.D.C. study says.

New federal research has found that parents and caregivers reported more mental health issues during the pandemic than others.

Many Expected to Shun Iran Vote Seen as Presidential Race of One

Posters of presidential candidates on Sunday in Tehran.

Dreams in the Rubble: An Israeli Airstrike and the 22 Lives Lost

An educated, largely upper-middle class community inhabited the Abul Ouf Building before it was bombed last month.

Your Friday Briefing

Israeli Officer Who Killed Autistic Palestinian Man Charged With Manslaughter

A mural in the West Bank city of Bethlehem showing Iyad al-Hallaq, who was shot and killed by an Israeli policeman last year.

U.S. Embassy in Kabul Locks Down Amid Covid Outbreak

A man waiting to get his oxygen cylinder refilled in Kabul on Tuesday. The U.S. Embassy has gone into lockdown amid an outbreak among its workers. Coronavirus cases are surging throughout Afghanistan.

Canadian Couple Who Flew to Indigenous Town for Vaccine Plead Guilty