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Japan expands virus emergency ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Japan expands virus emergency ahead of Tokyo Olympics

UPDATED: 10 p.m.

updated Japan on Friday further expanded a coronavirus state of emergency from six areas, including Tokyo, to nine, as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga repeated his determination to hold the Olympics in just over two months.

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Deaths rise as Palestinians flee heavy Israeli fire in Gaza

UPDATED: Fri., May 14, 2021

Thousands of Palestinians grabbed children and belongings and fled their homes Friday as Israel barraged the northern Gaza Strip with tank fire and airstrikes, killing a family of six in their house and heavily damaging other neighborhoods in what it said was an operation to clear militant tunnels.

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Israel threatens Gaza ground invasion despite truce efforts

UPDATED: Thu., May 13, 2021

Israel on Thursday said it was massing troops along the Gaza frontier and calling up 9,000 reservists ahead of a possible ground invasion of the Hamas-ruled territory, as the two bitter enemies plunged closer to all-out war. Egyptian mediators rushed to Israel for cease-fire efforts but showed no signs of progress.
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Syrian family reunited, against the odds, in Greece

UPDATED: Thu., May 13, 2021

THESSALONIKI, Greece – Torn apart in the deadly chaos of an air raid, a Syrian family of seven has been reunited, against the odds, three years later at a refugee shelter in Greece’s second city of Thessaloniki, a centuries-old melting point of cultures overlooking the Aegean Sea.
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Israel steps up Gaza offensive, kills senior Hamas figures

UPDATED: Wed., May 12, 2021

Israel killed a string of senior Hamas military figures Wednesday and pounded three multistory towers as it hammered the Gaza Strip with airstrikes and militants in the territory fired rocket barrages. Dozens have died in the worst violence since a 2014 war, with no resolution in sight.
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Funerals held for 9 victims of Russian school attack

UPDATED: Wed., May 12, 2021

MOSCOW — Relatives wept and hugged as the nine people killed in a school shooting in the Russian city of Kazan were buried Wednesday, which was declared a day of mourning in the predominantly Muslim republic of Tatarstan.
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Frustration in Japan as leader pushes Olympics despite virus

UPDATED: Wed., May 12, 2021

A full-page newspaper ad says Japanese will be "killed by politics" because the government is forcing them to endure the pandemic without vaccines. More than 300,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Tokyo Olympics to be canceled. And a swimming star has faced pressure to drop out of the games.
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Rockets kill 3 Israelis; 35 die in Gaza as Israel hits Hamas

UPDATED: Tue., May 11, 2021

 A confrontation between Israel and Hamas sparked by weeks of tensions in contested Jerusalem escalated Tuesday as Israel unleashed new airstrikes on Gaza while militants barraged southern Israel with hundreds of rockets. The exchange killed a number of militants and civilians in Gaza and at least two Israelis.