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Tokyo 2020: Up to 10,000 Japanese fans will be permitted at Olympic venues

Up to 10,000 Japanese fans - or 50% capacity - will be permitted at venues at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, despite warnings from health bosses.

Ethiopia elections 2021: Abiy Ahmed faces first vote amid conflict

Abiy Ahmed is hoping to secure a popular mandate, but polls are not being held in war-torn Tigray.

Spain confirms plans to pardon Catalan separatists

The nine leaders were jailed over a failed 2017 independence bid, but the pardons are controversial.

Valerie Bacot: French woman goes on trial for murder of abuser

A petition is calling for Valerie Bacot's release, despite her admitting the killing in 2016.

Swedish government toppled in no-confidence vote

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven loses the vote following a dispute over rent controls.

Laurel Hubbard: First transgender athlete to compete at Olympics

NZ weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is headed for Tokyo but critics say she has an unfair advantage.

France regional election: Macron and Le Pen fail to make ground - exit poll

Early results indicate both parties have failed to make ground in France's regional elections.

Armenia election: PM Nikol Pashinyan wins post-war poll

His party gets 54% of the vote, the electoral commission says, but the opposition alleges fraud.

Apple Daily: HK pro-democracy paper says it will decide closure by Friday

It comes after 500 officers raided the paper and froze HK$18m worth of assets linked to the company.

Pakistani lawyer who represented Asia Bibi says he faces threats to his life

Saif ul Malook, who represented Asia Bibi and overturned blasphemy cases, describes death threats.

Barnaby Joyce to return as Australia deputy PM after party revolt

Barnaby Joyce's return as deputy prime minister could impact Australia's climate change policies.

South Africa gems that sparked rush are quartz not diamonds

Thousands of people rushed to KwaHlathi village after a man found what turns out to be quartz.

International Day of Yoga: Muted celebrations due to Covid-19

Ministers urge people to follow yoga but ask them to avoid big gatherings to mark the day.

North Korea's attempted $1bn bank hack

In 2016 North Korean hackers planned a $1bn raid on Bangladesh's national bank and came within an inch of success. But how did they do it?

Joe Biden: My surprise claim to be the US president's English cousin

Paul Harris has records that show a link to the president via recently discovered English ancestors.

French court dog helps soothe anxious victims of crime

How one Labrador has helped the victims of violent crime in southern France.

Birtukan Mideksa: Ethiopia's electoral board chairperson

Birtukan Mideksa, a former opposition leader who went into exile in the US, says "shortfalls are inevitable".

'War on Terror': Are big military deployments over?

Twenty years on from the "War on Terror", is it the end of big military deployments to warzones?

K-wave: How fans are supporting their favourite idols

From buying billboard space to food trucks, here's how fans of Korean pop culture support their idols.

South Korea: Swapping Seoul megacity isolation for village life

Some South Korean families are abandoning Seoul and swapping megacity isolation for rural village life.

US Navy uses 40,000lb explosive to test warship in 'Full Ship Shock Trial'

The US Navy conducted a 'Full Ship Shock Trial' against its aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford.

Tokyo Olympics: Can this athletes' village keep out Covid?

Thousands of athletes will be living together for several weeks - how will they be kept safe?

'World's oldest' alligator Muja celebrates 85th birthday at Belgrade Zoo

From surviving World War Two to becoming a hit on TikTok, Belgrade Zoo star Muja has been through a lot.

Iran election: Wariness and welcome for Ebrahim Raisi

Ebrahim Raisi's win in the country's presidential election has prompted mixed reactions across the region.

Myanmar: Who are the ethnic armies training protesters?

Many protesters are being trained by ethnic armed groups - can they eventually topple the junta?


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