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Palestinian rescuers and security personnel work at the scene of an explosion in the Al-Zawiya market area of Gaza City, Gaza, Thursday, July 22, 2021. At least one person was killed and some 10 injured Thursday when the explosion tore through a house in a popular market, the interior ministry said.

Gaza City blast kills 1, injures 10, shakes crowded area

Palestinian rescuers and security personnel work at the scene of an explosion in the Al-Zawiya market area of Gaza City, Gaza, Thursday, July 22, 2021. At least one person was killed and some 10 injured Thursday when the explosion tore through a house in a popular market, the interior ministry said.

July 22, 2021, 9:22am Nation & World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An explosion tore through a house in a popular market in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing one person and wounding 10, the Palestinian territory’s interior ministry said. Read story

Syria accuses Israel of carrying out strike, 2nd this week

July 22, 2021, 9:22am Nation & World

DAMASCUS — Syria accused Israel of carrying out an airstrike in a central province early on Thursday, the second such attack this week. The aerial attack caused material damage, it said. Read story

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks, during her annual summer news conference in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 22, 2021.  Merkel said Thursday that new coronavirus infections in Germany are once again rising at worrying speed. She appealed to her compatriots to get vaccinated and persuade others to do so.

Merkel defends legacy on gender, climate, with some regrets

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks, during her annual summer news conference in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 22, 2021.  Merkel said Thursday that new coronavirus infections in Germany are once again rising at worrying speed. She appealed to her compatriots to get vaccinated and persuade others to do so.

July 22, 2021, 9:22am Nation & World

BERLIN — With just months to go before her 16-year leadership of Germany ends, Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday defended her efforts to promote gender equality and curb climate change but expressed regret that some decisions, in hindsight, were made too late. Read story

Alton Lucas sits on the porch of his home outside of Raleigh, N.C., on Friday, June 18, 2021. As a teenager, Alton Lucas believed basketball or music would pluck him out of North Carolina and take him around the world. In the late 1980s, he was already the right-hand man to his musically inclined best friend, Youtha Anthony Fowler, who many hip hop and R&B heads know today as DJ Nabs. (AP Photo/Allen G.

50-year war on drugs imprisoned millions of Black Americans

Alton Lucas sits on the porch of his home outside of Raleigh, N.C., on Friday, June 18, 2021. As a teenager, Alton Lucas believed basketball or music would pluck him out of North Carolina and take him around the world. In the late 1980s, he was already the right-hand man to his musically inclined best friend, Youtha Anthony Fowler, who many hip hop and R&B heads know today as DJ Nabs. (AP Photo/Allen G.

July 21, 2021, 5:40pm Nation & World

Landscaping was hardly his lifelong dream. Read story

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2021 file photo, a P&O ferry from Scotland crosses the Irish Sea making way towards the port at Larne on the north coast of Northern Ireland. Tense post-Brexit relations between Britain and the European Union face further strain on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, when the U.K. calls for major changes to trade rules agreed on by both sides, Brexit minister David Frost will set out proposals for smoothing trade arrangements for Northern Ireland, the only part of the U.K. that has a land border with the 27-nation bloc.

London irks EU with demand to change post-Brexit trade rules

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2021 file photo, a P&O ferry from Scotland crosses the Irish Sea making way towards the port at Larne on the north coast of Northern Ireland. Tense post-Brexit relations between Britain and the European Union face further strain on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, when the U.K. calls for major changes to trade rules agreed on by both sides, Brexit minister David Frost will set out proposals for smoothing trade arrangements for Northern Ireland, the only part of the U.K. that has a land border with the 27-nation bloc.

July 21, 2021, 5:15pm Nation & World

LONDON — The British government said Wednesday that post-Brexit trade rules it negotiated with the European Union “cannot go on” and need a major rewrite, straining already-tense U.K.-EU relations and drawing a message of concern from the U.S. government. Read story

Suzy Ishkontana, 7, poses for a portrait in the house of a family member where she is currently living after her house was destroyed in an airstrike during an 11-day war in Gaza City, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Suzy's mother, her two brothers and two sisters -- ages 9 to 2 -- died in the May 16 Israeli attack on the densely packed al-Wahda Street in Gaza City. Israeli authorities say the bombs' target was Hamas tunnels; 42 people died, including 16 women and 10 children. "My kids who died and my wife, they are now in a safe place and there is no worry about them, but my greater fear is for Suzy," says her father, Riad Ishkontana.

War’s trauma apparent in portraits of Gazan children

Suzy Ishkontana, 7, poses for a portrait in the house of a family member where she is currently living after her house was destroyed in an airstrike during an 11-day war in Gaza City, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Suzy's mother, her two brothers and two sisters -- ages 9 to 2 -- died in the May 16 Israeli attack on the densely packed al-Wahda Street in Gaza City. Israeli authorities say the bombs' target was Hamas tunnels; 42 people died, including 16 women and 10 children. "My kids who died and my wife, they are now in a safe place and there is no worry about them, but my greater fear is for Suzy," says her father, Riad Ishkontana.

July 21, 2021, 2:41pm Nation & World

Suzy Ishkontana, 7, clings to her new toys and clothes, but mostly to her dad. Read story

FILE - Attorney Sidney Powell speaks during a rally on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Alpharetta, Ga. A group run by Powell, reacting to accusations it was illegally seeking donations in Florida, has registered in the state, officials said Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

Kraken attorney’s fundraising group gets Florida’s approval

FILE - Attorney Sidney Powell speaks during a rally on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Alpharetta, Ga. A group run by Powell, reacting to accusations it was illegally seeking donations in Florida, has registered in the state, officials said Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

July 21, 2021, 1:40pm Nation & World

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A group run by one of former President Donald Trump’s most prominent election conspiracy adherents, reacting to accusations it was illegally seeking donations in Florida, has registered with the state and says it will raise $7 million, documents released Wednesday show. Read story

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, file photo doctors inject sisters Claudia Scott-Mighty, left, Althea Scott-Bonaparte, who are patient care directors, and Christine Scott, an ICU nurse, with their second shot of the Pfizer vaccine at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, in Bronxville, N.Y. The private New York-Presbyterian hospital system announced in June that it will require its 48,000 employees to be vaccinated unless they have a valid exemption. Workers in New York City-run hospitals and health clinics will have to get vaccinated or get tested weekly under a policy announced Wednesday, July 21, to battle a rise in COVID-19 cases fueled by the highly contagious delta variant.

COVID-19 cases in US triple over 2 weeks amid misformation

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, file photo doctors inject sisters Claudia Scott-Mighty, left, Althea Scott-Bonaparte, who are patient care directors, and Christine Scott, an ICU nurse, with their second shot of the Pfizer vaccine at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, in Bronxville, N.Y. The private New York-Presbyterian hospital system announced in June that it will require its 48,000 employees to be vaccinated unless they have a valid exemption. Workers in New York City-run hospitals and health clinics will have to get vaccinated or get tested weekly under a policy announced Wednesday, July 21, to battle a rise in COVID-19 cases fueled by the highly contagious delta variant.

July 21, 2021, 1:40pm Health

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — COVID-19 cases triple tripled in the U.S. over two weeks amid an onslaught of vaccine misinformation that is straining hospitals, exhausting doctors and pushing clergy into the fray. Read story

A man rides a bicycle through a flooded intersection in Zhengzhou in central China's Henan Province, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. China's military has blasted a dam to release floodwaters threatening one of its most heavily populated provinces. The operation late Tuesday night in the city of Luoyang came after several people died in severe flooding in the Henan provincial capital of Zhengzhou, where residents were trapped in the subway system and left stranded at schools, apartments and offices.

China blasts dam to divert floods that killed at least 25

A man rides a bicycle through a flooded intersection in Zhengzhou in central China's Henan Province, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. China's military has blasted a dam to release floodwaters threatening one of its most heavily populated provinces. The operation late Tuesday night in the city of Luoyang came after several people died in severe flooding in the Henan provincial capital of Zhengzhou, where residents were trapped in the subway system and left stranded at schools, apartments and offices.

July 21, 2021, 12:15pm Nation & World

BEIJING — China’s military has blasted a dam to release floodwaters threatening one of its most heavily populated provinces, as the death toll in widespread flooding rose to at least 25. Read story

Judge: $150M initially for victims in Florida condo collapse

July 21, 2021, 10:25am Nation & World

Victims and families who suffered losses in the collapse of a 12-story oceanfront Florida condominium will get a minimum of $150 million in compensation initially, a judge said Wednesday. Read story