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Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi addressed his first press conference in Tehran, on June 21, 2021.

Iran’s president-elect says he won’t meet with Biden

Iran’s president-elect said Monday he wouldn’t meet with President Biden nor negotiate over Tehran’s ballistic missile program and its support of regional militias, sticking to a hard-line position following his landslide victory in last week’s election.

Israeli Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid arrived for the first weekly cabinet meeting of the new government in Jerusalem on Sunday.

Israeli foreign minister to make first visit to UAE

Israel’s new foreign minister will head to the United Arab Emirates next week for the first known visit by a top Israeli diplomat to the Gulf Arab country, the ministry said Monday.

Mucormycosis patients and their relatives at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital in the Indian state of Gujarat.

In the wake of India’s COVID crisis, a ‘black fungus’ epidemic follows

The deadly disease has sickened former coronavirus patients across the country. Doctors believe that hospitals desperate to keep COVID-19 patients alive made choices that left them vulnerable.

Mount Zero, an independent bookstore in the Sheung Wan district of Hong Kong. Over the front door, a message is spelled out in tiles: “Ideas are bulletproof.”

In the new Hong Kong, booksellers walk a fine line

Some independent shops flout the new limits on free expression. Others try to come to terms with them. For readers, they offer a sense of connection in a changed city.

Apartment buildings at a compound, left, that once housed a military lab in Yekaterinburg, Russia, June 11, 2021. The story of the 1979 Soviet Union anthrax accident that took 66 lives, and the cover-up that hid it, has renewed relevance as scientists search for the origins of COVID-19.

Soviets once denied an anthrax leak, and US scientists backed the story

Patients with unexplained pneumonias started showing up at hospitals; within days, dozens were dead. The secret police seized doctors’ records and ordered them to keep silent. US spies picked up clues about a lab leak, but local authorities had a more mundane explanation: contaminated meat. It took more than a decade for the truth to come out.

Iran's Governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Kazem Gharib Abadi, and political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Abbas Araghchi, from left, departed the "Grand Hotel Vienna" where closed-door nuclear talks took place in Vienna, Austria on Sunday.

Progress made in Vienna at Iran nuclear talks, diplomats say

Top diplomats said Sunday that further progress had been made at talks between Iran and global powers to try to restore a landmark 2015 agreement to contain Iranian nuclear development that was abandoned by the Trump administration. They said it was now up to the governments involved in the negotiations to make political decisions.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attended a memorial service at the Mount Herzel military cemetery in Jerusalem on Sunday, commemorating soldiers who died in the 2014 Gaza war.

World powers must ‘wake up’ on Iran nuclear deal, Israeli PM says

Israel’s new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett opened his first Cabinet meeting on Sunday by slamming Iran’s newly-elected president and calling on world powers to “wake up” to the perils of returning to a nuclear agreement with Tehran.

Palestinian demonstrators hold up a portrait of Israel's former premier Benjamin Netanyahu upside down with the slogan "Netanyahu Out" during a protest on June 15, 2021 over the Israeli ultranationalist March of the Flags in Jerusalem's Old City which celebrates the anniversary of Israel's 1967 occupation of Jerusalem's eastern sector. Netanyahu will leave the Prime Minister's residence by July 10. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED / AFP) (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images)

Netanyahu to leave prime minister’s residence by July 10

Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu and his family will leave the country’s official prime minister’s residence no later than July 10, Netanyahu and Israel’s new prime minister said.