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Two people were stabbed and seriously wounded outside of the former location of Charlie Hebdo magazine shortly after it republished controversial comics depicting the Islamic prophet, Muhammad. Police arrested two suspects, one of whom was armed with a cleaver or machete, and are investigating the attack as an act of terrorism. Though the attack is believed to be in direct response to the comics, the victims were not employed by the magazine.

Charlie Hebdo republished the comics in...

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Rockets fired from Gaza struck the city of Ashdod, Israel, on Sept. 16, injuring two people. Of the 15 rockets fired, Israel said eight were intercepted by their Iron Dome defensive system.

The rocket attack occurred as Israel was signing a cooperation agreement with the Arab countries of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, agreements criticized by Palestinian leadership.

In response to the rockets, Israel conducted 10 air strikes against Hamas positions in Gaza. No...

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Embattled Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko was sworn in for his sixth term in an unannounced ceremony on Sept. 23 as protests against his presidency continued in the capital, Minsk. After the inauguration was announced, large protests were held at the capitol. Injuries were reported when a high-pressure water hose was used against protesters.

Opposition groups in Belarus claim that the election, in which Lukashenko won nearly 80% of the popular vote, was fraudulent. The US...

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The US Department of State posts up-to-date travel advisories on every country and many territories, ranking each 1 (Exercise Normal Precautions), 2 (Exercise Increased Caution), 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel). Note: A country’s regions are also ranked and may have different rankings than the country as a whole. Visit travel.state.gov and click on “Travel Advisories” at the top of the page.

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At press time, active COVID-19 infections had been confirmed in 188 countries and territories, with more than 26.5 million cases and, out of those, more than 872,000 deaths. The country with the most confirmed cases was the US, with 6.2 million. It was followed by Brazil (4.1 million), India (3.9 million) and Russia (one million).

After New Zealand went more than 100 days without recording a single community-transmitted COVID-19 infection, a family of four in Auckland tested positive...

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An explosion that occurred at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug. 4 killed at least 220 people and injured thousands more. The explosion damaged and destroyed buildings throughout the city, leaving nearly 300,000 people homeless. It also destroyed the country’s largest grain silo, wiping out most of its food stores.

The explosion was caused when a fire started in a warehouse containing fireworks. That fire spread to another warehouse where more than 2,700 metric tonnes of...

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After a disputed election in Belarus on Aug. 9 in which ruling president Alexander Lukashenko claimed 80% of the vote, mass protests were held throughout the country on multiple days in favor of the opposition.

On the night after the election, a large protest was held in the capital, Minsk, resulting in more than 3,000 arrests, with police firing tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters.

In further rallies in the capital on Aug. 16 and 23, the protesters, numbering in the...

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The Malian army staged a coup on Aug. 18, marching on the capital, Bamako, and taking the president, Boubacar Keïta, and other leaders into custody. The president and his government resigned the next day. The coup was bloodless, with no reports of fighting.

The reasons behind the coup had not been revealed by press time. However, the president was unpopular and had ordered security forces to fire on opposition rallies as recently as July 10, when 10 people were killed. The country...

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