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Afghan security personnel inspected a damaged building in the aftermath of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday. A powerful explosion rocked an upscale neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital Tuesday in an attack that apparently targeted the country's acting defense minister.

Taliban claim responsibility for major attack in Afghan capital

The Taliban claimed responsibility Wednesday for an attack on the home of a top military official in Kabul that killed eight people, highlighting the insurgents’ ability to strike in the heart of the Afghan capital as they continue their sweeping military campaign.

Smoke billowedbin the town of Ibl Al-Saqi, southern Lebanon, from shelling by Israeli forces on Wednesday. Rocket fire from Lebanon hit northern Israel prompting retaliatory shelling, the army said, as tensions rise between Israel and arch foe Iran.

Tensions flare again along Israel-Lebanon border

Militants in southern Lebanon fired rockets into Israel on Wednesday for the second time in two weeks, prompting the Israeli army to retaliate with artillery fire in a new flare-up after days of tension across the region.

Mourners marched in Beirut, Lebanon to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the catastrophic port explosion in Beirut that killed more than 200 people.

Inside Lebanon’s worst economic meltdown in more than a century

Lebanon, a small Mediterranean country still haunted by a 15-year civil war that ended in 1990, is in the throes of a financial collapse that the World Bank has said could rank among the world’s worst since the mid-1800s. It is closing like a vise on families whose money has plummeted in value while the cost of nearly everything has skyrocketed.

France's President Emmanuel Macron as he attended the Lebanon donors' conference.

International conference on Lebanon raises $370 million

An international conference on Lebanon on Wednesday raised some $370 million in aid to meet the country’s humanitarian needs, one year after the massive explosion at Beirut’s port, the French presidency said.

People wore face masks to protect against COVID-19.

After months as a COVID success story, China tries to tame Delta

In the battle against the coronavirus, few places seemed as confident of victory as China.

An Emperor penguin stood on Peka Peka Beach of the Kapiti Coast in New Zealand. With climate change threatening the sea ice habitat of Emperor penguins, the US Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday announced a proposal to list the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Virtually all emperor penguins doomed for extinction by 2100 as climate change looms, study finds

Nearly all of the world's emperor penguin colonies may be pushed to the brink of extinction by 2100, a new study has found, as the United States moves to list them as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Rhiannon Alexander, 34, from Bradford receives a Covid 19 vaccination as circus performers look on during a staged photo at a new ‘Pop Up’ vaccination centre in the Big Top of Circus Extreme in Shibden Park on July 31.

Vaccination reduces risk of getting Delta symptoms by 60 percent, study finds

Vaccines in England were 60 percent effective at preventing symptomatic cases of COVID caused by the Delta variant, researchers reported Wednesday, a figure lower than most previous estimates that scientists nevertheless said ought to be interpreted cautiously.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa greeted patients as he visits a COVID-19 vaccination centre in Tembisa.

South Africa quickens vaccine drive, gets more doses from US

Hitting its stride after a faltering start, South Africa's mass vaccination drive gave jabs to 220,000 people a day last week and is accelerating toward the goal of 300,000 per day.