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According to Israel, four members of the Islamist group Hezbollah were killed on July 27 as they attempted to infiltrate the country via the Golan Heights, bordering Syria and Lebanon. A few days earlier, a Hezbollah fighter in Syria was killed in an air strike that was blamed on Israel. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied it was responsible for that strike.

Hezbollah is a militant and political group based in Lebanon. It is considered a terrorist organization by the US and EU. A...

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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 11.5 million cases and more than 535,000 deaths resulting. A rise in newly reported cases occurred in some countries after quarantine restrictions were eased, including Germany, South Korea and India, leading to fears of a second wave of infections.

In Beijing, China, a cluster of cases that occurred in mid-June, traced back to a food market, caused the city to again impose a...

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Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state suffered from three militant attacks in June, each claimed by the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP), a faction of the Islamist group Boko Haram.

On June 10, at least 82 civilians were killed in an attack on a village in the Gubio district. The attackers kidnapped at least seven people and set fire to the village.

On June 15, two attacks occurred simultaneously, one in the town of Monguno, which houses UN and NGO aid workers, and...

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A man in Reading, England, stabbed six people in Forbury Gardens park on June 20, killing three, including an American expatriate. The attacker was arrested within five minutes of the attack’s unfolding.

The attacker was identified as a Libyan national who had been granted asylum in 2012. He was not on any terrorist watch lists, however the incident is being investigated as an act of terrorism.

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At press time, at least 166 people had been killed during protests in Ethiopia that began after a popular Oromo-ethnic singer was killed on June 29. Most of the deaths occurred in the Oromia region, which is majority Oromo, but 10 people were killed in protests in the capital, Addis Ababa.

The singer, Hachalu Hundessa, was considered a folk hero after his music helped inspire protests that resulted in the removal of the country’s previous prime minister in 2018. His killers and...

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Indian and Chinese soldiers skirmished along a disputed border in the Ladakh region of Kashmir on June 15. At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed and 45 Chinese soldiers were killed or injured (China has not released official numbers of casualties). It was the first casualties from military actions between the two countries along that border in 45 years. According to both countries, no firearms were used in the fighting, as a treaty between them bans guns from the region.

Though the...

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Angry over defectors in South Korea floating balloons carrying literature over the border, North Korea destroyed most avenues of communication with South Korea, severing hotlines on June 8 and then, on June 16, blowing up a joint liaison office in the city of Kaesong, near the border with South Korea. The office had been built by South Korea in 2018 as a place to hold high-level meetings between the two countries.

Much of the recent activity has been ordered by Kim Yo Jong, the sister...

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