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    England scraps quarantine for fully vaccinated EU, US visitors

    England will allow fully vaccinated visitors from the European Union and United States to arrive without needing to quarantine from next week, in a huge and long-awaited boost for airlines and travel companies. We’re helping reunite people living in the US and European countries with their family and friends,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted. The policy will come into force from 4:00am (0300 GMT) on August 2.

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    Chinese officials and Taliban meet, in sign of warming ties

    China’s foreign minister has met a Taliban delegation, signalling warming ties as the United States-led foreign forces continue their withdrawal from Afghanistan. Wang Yi on Wednesday told the nine visiting Taliban representatives, which included the group’s co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, that Beijing expected it to “play an important role in the process of peaceful reconciliation and reconstruction in Afghanistan”, according to a readout of the meeting from the foreign ministry.

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    'I was a proud father – and now I have become a beggar'

    As coronavirus cases ravaged India this spring, Anil Sharma visited his 24-year-old son Saurav at a private hospital in northwest New Delhi every day for more than two months. In May, as India’s new COVID-19 cases broke global records to reach 400,000 a day, Saurav was put on a ventilator. The sight of the tube running into Saurav’s throat is seared in Sharma’s mind.

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    Olympics latest: Katie Ledecky fights back to win 1,500m

    Ledecky led from beginning to end, finishing in 15 minutes 37.34 seconds to claim her sixth Olympic gold medal overall. Erica Sullivan, of the US, claimed the silver in 15 41.41, while Germany’s Sarah Kohler grabbed the bronze in 15 42.91. Britain, meanwhile, won the men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the Olympics for the first time since 1908, but just missed a world record.

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    Bangladesh logs single-day records for COVID cases, deaths

    Bangladesh has registered the highest number of new coronavirus cases and deaths within a single day amid a strict lockdown imposed to contain the surge in infections. The government’s Directorate General of Health Services on Monday said 15,192 infections and 247 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total caseload to 1,179,827 and death toll to 19,521 since the pandemic began in March last year.

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    First-ever Olympic gold lifts COVID-weary Philippines

    The Philippines’s Hidilyn Diaz has won the women’s 55-kilogramme (121-pound) category for weightlifting at Tokyo 2020 to become the country’s first Olympic gold medallist, igniting celebrations back home among the COVID-19 pandemic-weary population. Competing in her fourth Olympics, the 30-year-old lifted 97kg (213.84 lbs) in the snatch and an Olympic record of 127kg (279.98 lbs) in the clean and jerk for a total of 224kg (493.8 lbs), also an Olympic record.

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    'Our lives are in danger': Afghans queue up to get passports

    Like thousands of his compatriots, Abdel Khalid Nabyar waited outside Afghanistan’s main passport office to apply for the precious travel document that would allow him to leave the war-torn nation. With the Taliban making huge advances in the countryside as foreign forces wind up their withdrawal, many Afghans – those with the means, at least – are looking for a way out.