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The National Stadium in Tokyo. Coronavirus cases have emerged daily inside the Olympic bubble.

As COVID cases hit record high in Tokyo, can the Olympic bubble hold?

Outside the Tokyo Olympics bubble, the coronavirus situation in Japan has never been worse. Both the city and the country reported record numbers of new infections Thursday as the Delta variant outpaced vaccinations, straining the health care system.

A father and son enjoyed a slide in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. More than 50,000 people have escaped the pandemic by moving back to New Zealand.

The best place to ride out a global societal collapse is New Zealand, study finds

If the skies were to darken, seas swell, and economies crumble, where would be the best place to ride out global civilizational collapse? In the southwestern Pacific, a country with six times as many sheep as people, according to a recent study.

Franco Avraham who had a kidney transplant receives his third dose of COVID-19 vaccine at Sheba Medical Center on July 14 in Ramat Gan, Israel. This week the country started offering third doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to adults with weak immune systems, due to concern about the more virulent Delta variant.

Israeli health provider to offer third COVID shot to elderly

A leading Israeli health provider on Thursday said it would soon begin offering a third, booster COVID-19 shot to patients over the age of 60 who have already been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

People walked across a crossing near Shimbashi Station in Tokyo a day after the record-high coronavirus cases were found in the Olympics host city.

Officials in Tokyo alarmed as cases hit record highs

Japanese officials sounded alarm Thursday after Tokyo reported record-breaking coronavirus cases for two straight days with the Olympics well underway.

Cuban activists and supporters rallied outside the US Capitol in Washington.

‘Terror’: Crackdown after protests in Cuba sends a chilling message

The courage many Cubans showed when they poured into the streets two weeks ago, chanting “Down with the dictatorship!” and “We are not afraid!” has curdled into fear for many.

India's Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (right), greeted Secretary of State Antony Blinken at Hyderabad House in New Delhi Wednesday.

US, India agree to expand multilateral security partnership

The top diplomats of India and the United States pledged Wednesday to expand their multilateral security partnership, underscoring the deepening of ties between two countries concerned over China’s growing influence in the region.

Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

China offers the Taliban a warm welcome while urging peace talks

China offered a high-profile public stage to the Taliban on Wednesday, declaring that the group rapidly retaking large parts of Afghanistan would play “an important role in the process of peaceful reconciliation and reconstruction” of the country.

Empty seats are pictured in the arena during the badminton group stage matches at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Tokyo sets another virus record days after Olympics begin

Tokyo has reported 3,177 new coronavirus cases, setting an all-time high and exceeding 3,000 for the first time days after the start of the Olympics.