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    1. PhotoThe Ayn al Asad air base in Anbar Province, Iraq, in 2019.
      CreditNasser Nasser/Associated Press

      Rockets Hit Iraqi Base Where U.S. Troops Are Stationed

      At least 10 rockets were fired on the Ayn Al Asad air base one week after U.S. airstrikes on Iran-backed militia positions along the Syrian-Iraqi border.

      By Jane Arraf and Helene Cooper

  1. PhotoAn image released by the United Nations showing U Kyaw Moe Tun, Myanmar’s ambassador to the U.N., pleading for international action in overturning the military coup in the country last month.
    CreditUnited Nations, via Reuters

    Possible Showdown Over Myanmar Ambassador Looms at U.N.

    The military junta in Myanmar wants to replace its United Nations envoy, but he isn’t leaving. “We’re in a very unique situation,” the U.N. spokesman said.

    By Rick Gladstone

  2. PhotoBasilia Castañeda has spoken publicly about her allegations of rape against Félix Salgado Macedonio, a candidate for governor in Mexico who has the president’s backing.
    CreditMeghan Dhaliwal for The New York Times

    Rape Allegations Divide Mexico’s Governing Party

    Mexico’s president has stood by a candidate accused of sexual assault. The case is testing the president’s promises of justice and equality for all.

    By Maria Abi-Habib and Natalie Kitroeff

  3. The Interpreter

    PhotoAt a theater performance in Jerusalem last month. Israel reopened cultural hubs for people with vaccination certificates.
    CreditAbir Sultan/EPA, via Shutterstock

    Vaccine Passports, Covid’s Next Political Flash Point

    A world divided between the vaccinated and unvaccinated promises relief for economies and families, but the ethical and practical risks are high.

    By Max Fisher

  4. PhotoCoronavirus testing in Soweto, South Africa, last month. It is not entirely clear that the variant commonly linked to South Africa even arose there.
    CreditJoao Silva/The New York Times

    Why Virus Variants Have Such Weird Names

    B.1.351 may sound sweet to a molecular epidemiologist, but what’s the alternative, other than stigmatizing geographical names?

    By Apoorva Mandavilli and Benjamin Mueller

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  1. PhotoAn artificial lake in Kosovo has not one but two names: one used by Serbians  and another used by ethnic Albanians. A huge banner suggested a third name: “Trump Lake.”
    CreditLaura Boushnak for The New York Times

    How to Unite a Deeply Divided Kosovo? Name a Lake After Trump

    A lighthearted suggestion by a U.S. envoy hoping to bridge a vast rift between Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo has taken on a life of its own — only to be ridiculed by local residents on both sides.

    By Andrew Higgins

  2. PhotoBasheer Abdullah and his children at the shrine to the the prophet Joshua in Baghdad last month.
    CreditIvor Prickett for The New York Times

    Tomb of Joshua, Revered Prophet, Beckons Believers in Baghdad

    No one knows for certain if Joshua, the Old Testament prophet, actually lived or where he might be buried. But for over 1,000 years, the sick and faithful have visited a Baghdad tomb said to be his.

    By Jane Arraf

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