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NYC delays resumption of indoor dining at restaurants

NYC delays resumption of indoor dining at restaurants

NEW YORK — Indoor dining at New York City restaurants will be delayed out of fear it would cause a spike in coronavirus infections, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.
Hong Kong police make first arrests under new security law

Hong Kong police make first arrests under new security law

Hong Kong police made the first arrests Wednesday under a new national security law imposed by China’s central government, as thousands of people defied tear gas and pepper pellets to protest against the contentious move on the anniversary of the for
Retired pope's elder brother, Georg Ratzinger, dies at 96

Retired pope's elder brother, Georg Ratzinger, dies at 96

BERLIN — The Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI who earned renown in his own right as a director of an acclaimed German boys’ choir, has died. He was 96.
France freezes role in NATO naval force amid Turkey tensions

France freezes role in NATO naval force amid Turkey tensions

PARIS — France announced Wednesday that it is suspending its involvement in a NATO naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea after a standoff with a Turkish warship, amid growing tensions within the military alliance over the conflict in Libya.
US construction spending fell 2.1% in May

US construction spending fell 2.1% in May

WASHINGTON — U.S. construction spending fell 2.1% in May with both home building and nonresidential activity declining. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday the May decline followed an even larger 3.5% fall in April.
Gun-toting restaurateur upsets 5-term Colorado congressman

Gun-toting restaurateur upsets 5-term Colorado congressman

DENVER — A pistol-packing restaurant owner who has expressed support for a far-right conspiracy theory has upset five-term U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton in Colorado's primary elections.
Turkey: Up to 60 migrants feared dead in lake after sinking

Turkey: Up to 60 migrants feared dead in lake after sinking

ANKARA, Turkey — Up to 60 migrants may have been trapped in a boat that sank in an eastern lake last week, Turkey’s interior minister said Wednesday.
UK extends immigration rights for 3M eligible Hong Kongers

UK extends immigration rights for 3M eligible Hong Kongers

LONDON — Britain announced Wednesday that it was extending residency rights to up to 3 million Hong Kongers eligible for the British National Overseas passport, stressing that it would uphold its historic duty to a former British colony after Beijing
Asia Today: Thailand lets in some foreigners, opens schools

Asia Today: Thailand lets in some foreigners, opens schools

BANGKOK — Thailand has begun a fifth phase of relaxations of COVID-19 restrictions, allowing the reopening of schools and high-risk entertainment venues such as pubs and massage parlours that had been shut since mid-March.
Taiwan opens Hong Kong migration office in rebuke to Beijing

Taiwan opens Hong Kong migration office in rebuke to Beijing

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan on Wednesday opened an office to facilitate migration from Hong Kong following China’s passage of a national security law for the former British colony seen as sharply restricting political opposition and freedom of speech.