Tokyo, Japan
Reuters

Japan will hospitalise only COVID-19 patients who are seriously ill and those at risk of becoming so while others isolate at home, officials said, as worries grew about a strained medical system amid a surge in Olympics host city Tokyo and elsewhere.

The country has

Bogota, Colombia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

St Lucia's new Prime Minister, Philip J Pierre, has urged the United States and other rich nations to ramp up climate finance and disburse funds more quickly to vulnerable Caribbean nation states, as "fast and furious" hurricanes become the new normal.

The tiny

Brussels, Belgium/Mexico City, Mexico
Reuters

The European Union said on Monday it has imposed sanctions on eight Nicaraguans for human rights violations or undermining democracy or the rule of law, including Rosario Murillo, the vice president and wife of President Daniel Ortega.

The step adds to growing international

Washington DC, US
AP

The US Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a lawsuit by a Maine church that sought to take a preemptive strike against future restrictions associated with a variant of the virus that’s spreading across the country.

Calvary Chapel in Orrington asked the US Supreme

RNS

Christian romance novels are generally known for their more “wholesome” take on the genre.

But this year’s winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Vivian Award for best romance with religious or spiritual elements has still managed to stir controversy.

“At Love’s Command”

Beirut, Lebanon
Reuters

A sculpture of a giant angular figure made from the wreckage of last summer's Beirut port blast was unveiled at the site on Monday, drawing support from some but also stoking anger among other Lebanese who believe justice should come before memorials. 

The artwork dubbed

Washington DC, US
Reuters

Thousands more Afghans who may be targets of Taliban violence due to their US affiliations will have the opportunity to resettle as refugees in the United States under a program announced by the State Department on Monday. 

Reuters first reported earlier on Monday the

Los Angeles, US
Reuters

With a new wave of COVID-19 infections fueled by the Delta variant striking countries worldwide, disease experts are scrambling to learn whether the latest version of coronavirus is making people - mainly the unvaccinated - sicker than before. 

The US Centers for Disease Control

Beijing, China
Reuters

The death toll from last month's floods in the central Chinese province of Henan rose to 302 as of Monday, officials said, triple the figure of 99 that was reported last week, with most of the fatalities reported in the provincial capital Zhengzhou.

In Zhengzhou,

Caracas, Venezuela
Reuters

Venezuela will receive 6.2 million doses of coronavirus vaccines through the COVAX initiative "in the coming days", President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday, potentially speeding up an inoculation campaign well behind regional peers.

A pack of AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines is seen as

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reuters

Malaysia's opposition lawmakers tried to march on the country's parliament building on Monday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, after the premier deferred a parliamentary sitting amidst political turmoil. 

Muhyiddin cited the detection of COVID-19 infections for postponing the final parliamentary

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