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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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At the U.N., a General Assembly Like No Other

Here’s what you need to know: ImageFor the first time in the organization’s history, the General Assembly will be held virtually. The world leaders usually gather yearly at the United Nations headquarters in New York.Credit…Mary Altaffer/Associated Press Taking a moment to mark a milestone. The General Assembly will begin its annual speeches…

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Fire Lessons From Australia’s South Coast

The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau. Sign up to get it by email. By this time last year, I had already written my first bush fire story of the season — with a headline that called the destruction of the Binna Burra Lodge an omen of the…

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Hundreds of Women Arrested at Protest in Belarus

MINSK, Belarus — In a show of might, security forces in Belarus on Saturday arrested hundreds of women taking part in a protest march against the re-election of the country’s strongman, President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko. Following a ruthless crackdown on the protests that followed the presidential election in August, women have emerged…

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Winter’s Coming. Will Canada’s Pandemic Bicycle Boom Last?

Since 1992, July for me has often meant spending three weeks driving thousands of kilometers to report on the cyclists competing in the Tour de France. ImagePrimoz Roglic of Slovenia leading the main group of riders on Thursday’s stage of the Tour de France.Credit…Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA, via Shutterstock So even though I’m…

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Coronavirus, China, Aleksei Navalny: Your Friday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign- Good morning. We’re covering China’s troubled relationship with Europe, growing concerns about a virus uptick across the continent and new details on the poisoning of Aleksei Navalny. ImageA Covid-19 test center at the Brussels airport on Thursday.Credit…Francisco Seco/Associated Press A second wave…

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