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Writers from 4 continents up for International Booker Prize

LONDON — Chinese writer Can Xue and Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o, both long-favoured contenders for the Nobel Prize for literature, are among nominees for the International Booker Prize for fiction.
Some medical experts unconvinced about holding Tokyo Games

Some medical experts unconvinced about holding Tokyo Games

TOKYO — The Tokyo Olympics open in under four months, and the torch relay has begun to crisscross Japan with 10,000 runners. Organizers say they are mitigating the risks, but some medical experts aren't convinced.
Czech billionaire among 5 killed in Alaska helicopter crash

Czech billionaire among 5 killed in Alaska helicopter crash

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A helicopter carrying guides and guests on a heli-skiing excursion north of Anchorage slammed into a mountain and then rolled downhill hundreds of feet, killing the pilot and four of the five passengers, officials said Monday.
New Yorkers 30 and over can get COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday

New Yorkers 30 and over can get COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state residents over 30 will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations starting Tuesday, and everyone over 16 will be eligible starting April 6, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.
Newlywed militant suspects blamed in Indonesia church attack

Newlywed militant suspects blamed in Indonesia church attack

MAKASSAR, Indonesia — A recently married couple with suspected militant links used pressure cooker bombs to blow themselves up outside a Roman Catholic cathedral during Palm Sunday Mass, Indonesian officials said Monday.
Jurors shown video at ex-officer's trial in Floyd's death

Jurors shown video at ex-officer's trial in Floyd's death

MINNEAPOLIS — The video of George Floyd gasping for breath was essentially Exhibit A as the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee on the Black man’s neck went on trial Monday on charges of murder and manslaughter.
Shooter at Kansas Jewish centres appeals death sentence

Shooter at Kansas Jewish centres appeals death sentence

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Southwest Airlines orders 100 Boeing 737 Max planes

Southwest Airlines orders 100 Boeing 737 Max planes

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines said Monday it is expanding its all-Boeing fleet with an order for 100 Max jets instead of buying planes from Europe's Airbus. Southwest ordered the 150-seat 737 Max 7 and expects the first 30 to show up next year.
WHO report: COVID likely 1st jumped into humans from animals

WHO report: COVID likely 1st jumped into humans from animals

GENEVA — A joint World Health Organization-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is “extremely unlikely,” according to a d
Giant container ship that blocked Suez Canal is finally free

Giant container ship that blocked Suez Canal is finally free

SUEZ, Egypt — Salvage teams on Monday finally freed a colossal container ship stuck for nearly a week in the Suez Canal, ending a crisis that had clogged one of the world’s most vital waterways and halted billions of dollars a day in maritime commerc
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