Preliminary official results showed the Social Democrats ahead in Germany's election, with no party winning a decisive majority and Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats facing a sharp drop in their share of the vote.
Gladys Berejiklian, the premier of New South Wales, Australia, said restrictions in Sydney and other areas of the state still under lockdown would start lifting in October when officials expect 70 percent of residents over the age of 16 to be fully vaccinated.
The new Parliament will ultimately determine who succeeds Angela Merkel, who has served as chancellor for 16 years. Early exit polling has suggested a tight race between the Christian Democratic Union, Ms. Merkel's center-right party, and the center-left Social Democrats.
Thousands of people took to the streets in Berlin to call for urgent action on climate change ahead of national elections in Germany. They were joined by the activist Greta Thunberg who urged them to continue pressuring their political leaders.
Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, said the two men, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, were returning home after years of imprisonment in China. Their release came just hours after the U.S. had reached a deal to free the Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.
The Women's Health Protection Act, intended to enact abortion rights into federal law, came amid efforts from states to restrict abortion and growing hostility from the Supreme Court. The measure is unlikely to advance in the Senate.
The release of Huawei Technologies' chief financial officer came after a Justice Department agreement, clearing the way for her return to China in exchange for admitting some wrongdoing in a sanctions violation case.
A record number of vessels were anchored off the coast of Southern California, waiting to unload cargo. The backlog came amid a surge in demand for imported goods and supply-chain disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the W.H.O. director general, warned of an 'imminent humanitarian catastrophe' as the country's health care system struggles with a loss of foreign funding and dwindling supplies.
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