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WHO chief says it was ‘premature’ to rule out COVID lab leak

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BERLIN — The head of the World Health Organization acknowledged it was premature to rule out a potential link between the COVID-19 pandemic and...

Vaccine deliveries rising as delta virus variant slams Asia

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JAKARTA, Indonesia — As many Asian countries battle their worst surge of COVID-19 infections, the slow flow of vaccine doses from around the world...

The Latest: Cases at 6-month high in Tokyo before Olympics

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TOKYO — Coronavirus cases in Tokyo have surged above 1,300 for a six-month high, just one week before the Olympics. ...

US, Afghan’s neighbors scramble to address Taliban surge

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ISLAMABAD — A Taliban surge has put the insurgent force in control of key border posts, opened up fresh sources of revenue and rattled...

WHO chief says it was ‘premature’ to rule out COVID lab leak

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BERLIN — The head of the World Health Organization acknowledged it was premature to rule out a potential link between the COVID-19 pandemic and...

U.S. Black Hawk helicopter forced to land in Bucharest

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BUCHAREST — A U.S. Black Hawk military helicopter training in Romania was forced to undertake an emergency landing Thursday in central Bucharest, bringing down...

COVID-19 takes toll on Catholic clergy in hard-hit countries

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The coronavirus has taken a heavy toll among Roman Catholic priests and nuns around the world, killing hundreds of them in a handful of...

WHO chief says it was ‘premature’ to rule out COVID lab leak

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BERLIN — The head of the World Health Organization acknowledged it was premature to rule out a potential link between the COVID-19 pandemic and...

Merkel brings message of stability to US on farewell visit

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BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel left Wednesday for Washington on what is likely to be her last official visit , carrying a bag...

Bush criticizes Afghanistan withdrawal, fears for women

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BERLIN — Former President George W. Bush criticized the Western withdrawal from Afghanistan in an interview with a German broadcaster released Wednesday, saying he...