SHAH WALI KOT, Afghanistan — One by one, women poured into the mud brick clinic, the frames of famished children peeking out beneath the folds of their pale gray, blue and pink burqas. Many had walked for more than an hour across this drab stretch of southern Afghanistan, where parchedContinue Reading

The UK’s national privacy watchdog on Monday warned Clearview AI that the controversial facial recognition company faces a potential fine of £17 million, or $23 million, for “alleged serious breaches” of the country’s data protection laws. The regulator also demanded the company delete the personal information of people in theContinue Reading

Aung Myo Htet had always dreamed of being a soldier, and had attained the rank of captain. But when he joined the army in Myanmar, he had thought he would be defending his country, not fighting — and losing — pitched battles against his own countrymen. In June, he wasContinue Reading

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of Greece announced additional restrictions for the country’s unvaccinated population on Thursday, a bid to keep a recent spike of coronavirus infections from increasing further. As of next Monday, access to more indoor spaces will be limited to the vaccinated, he said during a televised address.Continue Reading

Austria is tightening the rules of a national vaccine pass program starting Monday as it attempts to stem a coronavirus surge that has brought cases to levels unseen in almost a year. Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced the changes Friday night, telling reporters after a meeting with state governors: “It isContinue Reading

Germany recorded 33,949 new coronavirus cases over a 24-hour period on Wednesday, surpassing a record set in mid-December 2020, when the country was in the throes of its second Covid wave. During the same 24 hours last year, 165 people died of the disease. “We’re currently experiencing a pandemic ofContinue Reading

For the last four months, Britain has run a grand epidemiological experiment, lifting virtually all coronavirus restrictions, even in the face of a high daily rate of infections. Its leaders justified the approach on the grounds that the country’s rapid rollout of vaccines had weakened the link between infection andContinue Reading

The hard-fought election in Germany on Sunday will set the direction for the largest economy in the European Union after 16 years under Angela Merkel. But the outgoing Chancellor’s party is trying to avoid losing to its center-left rivals after a roller coaster campaign. Merkel expected traditional music at aContinue Reading