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EU reopens its borders to 14 nations but not to U.S. tourists

The European Union announced Tuesday that it will reopen its borders to travelers from 14 countries, but most Americans have been refused entry for at least another two weeks due to soaring coronavirus infections in the U.S.

Militants storm maternity clinic in Afghan capital, kill 16

Militants stormed a maternity hospital in the western part of Kabul on Tuesday, setting off an hours-long shootout with the police and killing 16 people, including two newborn babies, their mothers and an unspecified number of nurses, Afghan officials said.

Trudy Rubin: Virus also attacking free press

If there was ever a critical time for fact-based journalism, it surely is now – in the age of the coronavirus. Yet the pandemic is exacerbating the many crises that threaten such journalism with extinction, not just in autocracies like China and Russia, but even in democracies like ours.

Art exhibit examines divide at Idaho, Washington line

Kelley O’Brien’s art exhibit “Behold! The Sun Comes Over a Mountain” is a multidisciplinary art experience that explores regional history, geography and nature along the Idaho-Washington border. “I wanted to look at the cooperative relationships between these two states, specifically focusing on a lot of historical, archival research,” O’Brien said.

Reindeer ignoring borders have Norway locking antlers with Sweden

Since the end of the Ice Age, reindeer herds have grazed across northern Scandinavia happily unaware of the rise of the nation state. But now their disregard for borders, and local Sami traditions, are causing a long-simmering dispute between friendly neighbors to reach a boiling point.

Iraqi forces to take control of Kurdish regional borders

Iraq’s military was preparing to take control of the international borders of the northern Kurdish region as a flight ban halted all international flights from servicing the territory’s airports on Friday as the central government in Baghdad stepped up moves to isolate the Kurds following their vote on independence earlier this week.

Conan O’ Brien is in Tel Aviv, and Israelis are loving it

It might be one of the more tense corners of the globe, but residents of the Holy Land can never resist the opportunity for a good laugh. That might be the reason people are going nuts over celebrity funnyman Conan O’Brien, who arrived in Israel on Friday.

Shelling of market in Yemen’s Taiz kills 21

More than 20 civilians were killed in the shelling of a busy market in the war-torn Yemeni city of Taiz, including a member of an international aid group, the group and medical officials said on Friday.

Doctors Without Borders says hospital it supports in Syria bombed, 13 killed

A hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders and specializing in pediatrics in a rebel-held northern Syria province has been destroyed in a series of airstrikes over the weekend that killed 13 people, including four staff and five children, the international medical charity said Monday.

WNBA president: We needed to move forward

WNBA president Lisa Borders says she hopes that rescinding the fines the league imposed over black warmup shirts worn in solidarity for shooting victims will lead to a fresh start on social activism for the players and their union.