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Hindu God in a Music Video? A K-Pop Band Runs Afoul of Fans

The statue of the Hindu god Ganesha flashed onscreen for just seconds in the music video by Blackpink, an all-female K-pop band. The elephant-headed deity was shown on the floor,…

Caught Between Indian and Chinese Troops, at 15,000 Feet

NEW DELHI — First it was cellphone towers, new roads and surveillance cameras, popping up on the Chinese side of the disputed Himalayan border with India. Then it was more…

An End to Empty Seats on Canada’s Airlines

Photos of empty airports have come to symbolize the head-spinning drop in air travel during the pandemic. But the more surprising illustration for me involves a now-crowded space. ImageA check-in…

‘Lifeline’ Syria Aid Measure Lapses Over U.N. Security Council Deadlock

Russia and China vetoed a last-ditch attempt on Friday by Western members of the U.N. Security Council to extend approval for humanitarian aid to be delivered across two border crossings…

Turkey’s Erdogan Signs Decree Declaring Hagia Sophia a Mosque

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree Friday ordering Hagia Sophia to be opened for Muslim prayers, an action likely to provoke international furor around a World Heritage…

In Singapore, an Orderly Election and a (Mostly) Predictable Result

Face-masked citizens lined up for general elections in Singapore on Friday, with plenty of space separating them from each other. Their temperatures had been checked. Before receiving their ballots, they…

In Tackling Coronavirus, Scotland Asserts Its Separateness From England

EDINBURGH, Scotland — There was nothing particularly festive about Nicola Sturgeon’s recent visit to the Cold Town House, a newly reopened Edinburgh pub, but maybe that was the point. Sipping…

Hong Kong Police Raid Pollster on Eve of Pro-Democracy Camp Primary

HONG KONG — The Hong Kong police raided the office of an independent polling institute on Friday, on the eve of a primary vote for the city’s pro-democracy camp, raising…

‘I’m Sorry to Everyone’: In Death, South Korean Mayor Is Tainted by Scandal

SEOUL, South Korea — Mayor Park Won-soon of Seoul spoke passionately at a news conference on Wednesday about his vision to create jobs and fight climate change in a post-pandemic…

Planned for a Year and Bigger Than First Thought: The Strike on Iran’s Nuclear Program

As Iran’s center for advanced nuclear centrifuges lies in charred ruins after an explosion, apparently engineered by Israel, the long-simmering conflict between the United States and Tehran appears to be…