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ARASH KHAMOOSHI FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES
In a Pessimistic Mood, Iranians Vote for a New President
Turnout appeared low on Friday, with many voters saying they would not cast ballots in an election that they feel has been manipulated in favor of a hard-line conservative candidate.
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The Power of Money: How Autocrats Use London to Strike Foes Worldwide
English courtrooms have become a battleground — and a source of powerful weapons — in fierce disputes between the tycoons and the politicians of the post-Soviet world.
SUSAN WRIGHT FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES
The European Union Recommends Opening to Americans to Rescue the Summer
The bloc recommended that its 27 member nations lift a ban on nonessential travel from the United States, but each country will decide for itself.
GIANNI CIPRIANO FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES
THE SATURDAY PROFILE
A Latin Expert’s Odyssey, From the Vatican to the Gay Rights Movement
Francesco Lepore likes to challenge the status quo. He now writes a general-interest column in Latin, with the latest on “Ioannes Biden” and “Vladimirum Putin.”

SERGEY PONOMAREV FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES
Virus Cases Surge Again in Russia, Many From Delta Variant
An outbreak centered in Moscow led to some vaccine mandates and the closing of some public spaces.

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Kim Jong-un Says He’s Ready for ‘Dialogue and Confrontation’ With Biden
During a Workers’ Party meeting, the North Korean leader reviewed the new U.S. policy on his country and ordered “counteraction,” state news media reported.

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U.K. Justice System Has Failed Rape Victims, Government Says
Ministers apologize for “systemic failings” after a report confirms that, even as sexual assaults have risen in England and Wales in recent years, prosecutions have declined.

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Britain’s New Entry in Conservative Media Is Off to a Splashy, but Shaky, Start
Advertiser boycotts, dropped microphones and prank calls bedeviled GB News, but its evening talk show drew higher ratings than competitors on the BBC and Sky.

HEALTH EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER
The Maldives Lured Tourists Back. Now It Needs Nurses.
The island nation kept Covid cases low, and its resorts open, for much of the pandemic. But a recent surge exposed its overreliance on expatriate health workers.

ARASH KHAMOOSHI FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES
Many Expected to Shun Iran Vote Seen as Presidential Race of One
An ultraconservative judiciary chief appears to have the only real chance of winning after a council of powerful clerics disqualified virtually all the other viable candidates.

SAMAR ABU ELOUF FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES
Dreams in the Rubble: An Israeli Airstrike and the 22 Lives Lost
The bombing of a Gaza apartment building has become a focus of debate over civilian casualties in the Hamas-Israel war. For the people who lived there, it was much more than that.

MOHAMMED SALEM/REUTERS
Israel Strikes Gaza Again, After Militants Set Fires in Israel
The exchanges on Thursday and into Friday stopped short of a full-scale escalation, but they underscored the fragile nature of the cease-fire that ended last month’s war.
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For Biden, Europe Trip Achieved 2 Major Goals. And Then There Is Russia.
The president reassured European allies that America is back and rallied them to begin to counter China. Whether he established “red lines” for the Kremlin remains to be seen.

DOUG MILLS/THE NEW YORK TIMES
Moscow Commentators Celebrate That Biden Sees Russia as a Great Power
Cooler heads say President Biden skillfully laid the groundwork for what he can, and cannot, reasonably expect to gain from the Kremlin.
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Fallos de construcción llevaron al colapso de la Línea 12, según el peritaje independiente
Los resultados de un informe preliminar difundido por el gobierno de Ciudad de México respaldan las conclusiones de la investigación realizada por The New York Times.

CHINATOPIX VÍA ASSOCIATED PRESS
Una viróloga del laboratorio en Wuhan al centro de la pandemia, en entrevista
Shi Zhengli, una reconocida científica, dijo en una inusual conversación que las especulaciones sobre su laboratorio eran infundadas. Pero el secretismo de China hace que sus afirmaciones sean difíciles de validar.
Por qué colapsó la Línea 12 del metro de Ciudad de México
Una investigación de The New York Times muestra que la política, la mala construcción y las prisas por abrir una nueva línea del metro contribuyeron al siniestro que mató a 26 personas.

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Qué es el Día X: del preparacionismo para el fin del mundo al complot para el fin del mundo
Los grupos de extrema derecha hace mucho tiempo anhelan un momento que termine con la sociedad tal como la conocemos. Ahora, dicen los expertos, el pensamiento aceleracionista prolifera de modos que podrían desestabilizar a la democracia.

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Para Netanyahu, al igual que para Trump, solo un ‘fraude’ puede explicar su derrota
La transición democrática de Israel está programada para el domingo, pero nada es seguro en medio de la campaña del actual primer ministro que busca destruir a la coalición de sus oponentes.
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Question Looms Over This Year’s Group of 7: Where Are All the Protesters?
It’s challenging to be an activist this year, what with the pandemic, a hermetically sealed summit and a new American president who is hard to get too worked up over.

NADIA SHIRA COHEN FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES
Wedding Receptions Are Back, and Italy’s Candy Makers Are Delighted
The sugarcoated almond confections known as confetti are the favorite of brides but also of the Vatican.
A Siege, a Supply Run and a Descent Into a Decade-Old Battle
“Do you have body armor?” the Afghan pilot asked us as we prepared for a trip to outposts surrounded by the Taliban.

VICTOR MORIYAMA FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES
‘Good for the Soul’: Giant Murals Turn São Paulo Into Open Air Gallery
Officials in São Paulo, Brazil, once hounded graffiti artists and muralists, treating them as vandals. Now the city champions, and even funds, their art, and it’s everywhere and supersized.

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An Israeli Death and the Tangled Conflict Left Behind
A Palestinian rocket from Gaza strikes an Israeli apartment building, killing a resident. A Palestinian work crew from the West Bank cleans up the mess.
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Moscow Sets Record for Daily Infections
Coronavirus case numbers in the Russian capital have tripled over the past two weeks, with virologists saying that the Delta variant, first found in India, is now the most prevalent version in Moscow.
U.N. General Assembly Demands Myanmar Junta End Coup and Stop the Killings
A resolution adopted Friday by the General Assembly is the most widespread condemnation yet of the Feb. 1 coup, a sharp diplomatic slap that contradicted the junta’s claim it has not been isolated.
Israeli-Palestinian Vaccine Deal Collapses Amid Expiry Date Dispute
After months of resisting sending vaccine doses to the Palestinian Authority, Israel on Friday morning said it would deliver a million or more. Hours later, the authority rejected the first shipment.
CANADA LETTER
My Night in a Quarantine Hotel
“I was beginning a prison sentence at a Canadian Alcatraz.” A Times reporter returning from Europe experiences isolation, panic and a touch of luxury at a quarantine hotel near Toronto’s airport.
Switzerland Finds Liberian Rebel Leader Guilty of Wartime Atrocities
In a landmark case, Alieu Kosiah was sentenced to 20 years in prison for crimes committed during Liberia’s civil war.
England expands vaccine eligibility to those 18 and older amid concerns about the surging Delta variant.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked Britain’s youth, who he said had made monumental sacrifices over the past year.
Virus cases surge again in Russia, many from the Delta variant.
SCIENCE TIMES
On the Pointlessness of Pointy Shoes
Archaeological advice on post-pandemic footwear. Plus: brittle stars in a “weirdo box,” a possible Viking ransom and more in the Friday edition of the Science Times newsletter.
GLOBAL ROUNDUP
Britain’s travel limits could cost it Euro 2020’s soccer final, and more news from around the world.
Isolated in the South Pacific, Fiji struggles as infections rise.
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