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Shamima Begum, Who Joined ISIS in Syria, Asks High Court to Let Her Return to U.K.

LONDON — Lawyers representing Shamima Begum, a London schoolgirl who traveled to Syria in 2015 to join the Islamic State, on Tuesday called on Britain’s Supreme Court to allow her…

Two Darwin Notebooks, Missing for Decades, Were Most Likely Stolen

LONDON — Twenty years ago, two historic notebooks belonging to the renowned naturalist Charles Darwin were found missing from the archives at Cambridge University Library. The tiny books recorded Darwin’s…

Around the World at Home Series Lets Readers Explore Cultures

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. I began 2020 eagerly anticipating my first trip to Japan,…

Early Coronavirus Mutation Made Pandemic Harder to Stop, Evidence Suggests

As the coronavirus swept across the world, it picked up random alterations to its genetic sequence. Like meaningless typos in a script, most of those mutations made no difference in…

After Trump, Biden Faces Pressure to Stand Up to China by Embracing Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan — President Trump has made cultivating closer ties with Taiwan a critical part of his efforts to counter China’s rising influence. He has significantly increased weapons sales to…

Qatar Charges Airport Police in Strip- Search of Female Passengers

Prosecutors in Qatar have charged airport police officers involved in invasive medical exams that were performed on female passengers after a newborn was found abandoned in a Doha airport bathroom.…

Why Were Canadians Warned Not to Let Moose Lick Their Cars?

Visitors at a Canadian national park were greeted with a rather unusual digital road sign this weekend: “Do not let moose lick your car.” The sign caught the imagination of…

Hong Kong seeks to encourage testing with cash payments.

Hong Kong’s government said on Sunday that it would give cash payments of about $650 to residents who tested positive for the coronavirus, a policy designed to encourage people to…

A $50 million ad blitz will try to turn Covid-19 vaccine skeptics into believers.

With coronavirus cases on the rise, a marketing push is underway to persuade skeptical Americans to immunize themselves once vaccines are ready. The federal government, which has sent mixed messages…

South Korea tightens social-distancing rules, and other news from around the world.

The Seoul city government said on Monday that it was closing nightclubs and banning late-night restaurant dining starting Tuesday as South Korea tightened guidelines to battle a surge in coronavirus…