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Switzerland Votes to Approve Paternity Leave

ZURICH — Swiss voters on Sunday agreed to adopt a law mandating paternity leave, making it the last nation in Western Europe to do so and beating back strong conservative opposition to the proposal. Fathers in the country had been allowed one day off for the birth of a child — the…

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Melbourne Eases Virus Lockdown Restrictions

“We are ahead of schedule. We have made more progress than we had hoped to make at this point in time. Now that is something that we can all be pleased about. But it doesn’t mean this is over.” “In terms of public gatherings that are outside, a household or a limit…

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In Melbourne, Springtime Ushers in a New Sense of Hope

ImageSpringtime in Melbourne’s Carlton GardensCredit…Besha Rodell The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau. This week’s issue is written by Besha Rodell, a columnist with the Australia bureau. There are blossoms on the trees in Melbourne and days of cold rain and blustering wind, but also days of sweet-smelling…

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Ang Rita, Who Conquered Everest Again and Again, Dies at 72

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Ang Rita Sherpa, who earned global fame by climbing the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, 10 times without the use of supplemental oxygen, died on Monday at his daughter’s house in Kathmandu. He was 72. His death was confirmed by his family and by Nepal’s mountaineering associations. No cause…

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Justin Trudeau Offers Wide Array of Promises With Few Specifics

One thing became clear during the 54 minutes it took Governor General Julie Payette to read the throne speech this week: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is back to making lots of big promises, after pulling back on pledges during last year’s election. ImageJulie Payette, Canada’s governor general, delivering the throne speech.Credit…Pool photo…

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Ukrainian Military Plane Crashes, Killing 22

MOSCOW — A military transport plane carrying air force cadets crashed and burst into flames near a highway in northeastern Ukraine on Friday evening, killing at least 22 people on board, officials said. The Antonov An-26 aircraft crashed while trying to land during a training exercise, the military said in a statement,…

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Famine Emerges as U.N. Theme, Crystallized by Yemen Disaster

The coronavirus scourge is a prevailing theme at this year’s United Nations General Assembly, forcing the gathering to be conducted largely online. But the pandemic is also fueling another crisis preoccupying the organization and humanitarian groups: the strong prospect of famine in some of the world’s most destitute places. Nowhere is famine…

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Britain Introduces a Scaled-Back Wage Support Plan

The British government, battling a second wave of coronavirus cases, on Thursday announced a slew of new and extended economic measures to support jobs and businesses. But the centerpiece, a wage-support program, is less generous to workers and employers than the furlough program it is replacing, which expires next month. And that…

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Eiffel Tower Briefly Evacuated After Bomb Threat

PARIS — The Eiffel Tower was briefly evacuated on Wednesday after the police in Paris received a phone call suggesting there was a bomb at the monument, but officers inspecting the site did not find anything suspicious. The monument was “fully” evacuated shortly after midday as a precautionary measure after the police…

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Poisoned Russian Opposition Leader Leaves Berlin Hospital

BERLIN — Aleksei A. Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, has been released from a hospital in Germany and could make a full recovery after being poisoned with a highly toxic nerve agent, doctors said on Wednesday. “Based on the patient’s progress and current condition, the treating physicians believe that complete recovery…

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Former Rebel Leader Is Elected President of Bougainville

SYDNEY — A former rebel military commander has been elected president of Bougainville, the autonomous region in the South Pacific, electoral officials said on Wednesday, and he is set to lead talks for the territory’s independence from Papua New Guinea. The victory by the former rebel leader, Ishmael Toroama, is a break…

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A London Caper With a Car James Bond Would Never Drive

What the burglars lacked in panache, they made up for in their ability to stymie the London police after stealing a valuable collection of handguns brandished by James Bond himself in three movies. On Monday, the Metropolitan Police appealed to the public for help in finding the thieves, six months after the…

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N.Y.P.D. Officer Is Accused of Spying on Tibetans for China

Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a New York City police officer with acting as an illegal agent of the Chinese government, accusing him of providing intelligence about Tibetans living in the United States to officials at the Chinese consulate. The officer, Baimadajie Angwang, 33, was taken into custody on Monday, officials said.…

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