How the founder of the Telegram messaging app stood up to the Kremlin — and won

Russia’s surrender to Pavel Durov shows the challenges for states seeking to control social media.

Lebanese judge bans media from interviewing U.S. ambassador after anti-Hezbollah comments

Ambassador Dorothy Shea had expressed long-standing U.S. concerns in an interview with the Saudi state broadcaster. It’s unclear whether the ban will be enforced.
People attend a June 7 protest against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, racism and in support of democracy in Brasilia, Brazil. (Adriano Machado/Reuters)
People attend a June 7 protest against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, racism and in support of democracy in Brasilia, Brazil. (Adriano Machado/Reuters)

In Brazil, the death of a poor black child in the care of rich white woman brings a racial reckoning

Demonstrators see a double standard in a diverse country that has long denied racism.
The effort this month underscored the limbo for 14,000 foreigners in a camp guarded by Syrian Kurds.
Polls indicate a tighter than expected race amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Annexation plans come as Israel is forging ties with many Arab nations, sharing their concerns over Iran and terrorism and building trade, technology and security links.
From “beach bubbles” to drones to sensors and cellphone tracking, lazing in the sun looks different this summer.
Places around the world that have stamped out the virus are in a precarious state.
The E.U.’s in-and-out list reflects its assessment of how well other countries have managed to control their coronavirus outbreaks.
Three others were killed when gunmen attacked Omar Garc�a Harfuch’s vehicle.
The episode has forced people back into lockdown and shed light on the industry’s murky employment practices.
In wide-ranging goods such as cars, cellphones and medicines, Chinese components are crucial to Indian supply chains.
Lebanese people are seeing the value of their savings and salaries wiped out.
Kirill Serebrennikov, a Putin critic, was given a suspended sentence as supporters cheered.
From migration to trade, the disruption created by covid-19 is erasing decades of economic gains achieved through globalization.
While the United States and Britain have found their racial minorities are dying disproportionately of covid-19, the French government has not conducted that sort of analysis.
The dead included several children and farmers who were tending to their fields. Many of the victims had gone to feed livestock or plant fresh crops.
The region, which is home to just 8 percent of the world’s population, accounted for roughly half of global coronavirus-related deaths in the past two weeks.
Thousands of Syrian men have been recruited for the warring sides, including pro-Assad fighters backing Libyan warlord Hifter.
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