Residents of eastern Canadian community menaced by wildfire can return home

Thousands of people ordered from their homes in the face of a raging wildfire in a remote corner of eastern Canada can return home this week as the risk to their community diminished, authorities said over the weekend.

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Italy has spent 45% of EU COVID recovery cash secured so far, government says

Italy has spent around 45% of the 113.5 billion euros ($123.5 billion) it has secured so far from European Union COVID-19 recovery funds, short of a target set in 2022, the Italian government said on Monday.

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Looted after a war, priceless antiquities brought back to Cyprus

Cyprus has taken delivery of priceless antiquities looted after war split the island in 1974, as part of an ongoing effort to trace and repatriate thousands of artefacts fenced worldwide.

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Thousands protest in Spain's Mallorca against mass tourism

Thousands of anti-tourism activists protested in Spain's Palma de Mallorca on Sunday in the latest demonstration against a key industry for the Iberian nation.

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US West prepares for more days of record-breaking heat

The western part of the United States is sweating through another round of record-breaking heat as a wave is forecast to produce triple-digit temperatures in cities from Southern California to northern Idaho through the middle of the week.

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Brazil rules out three potential new cases of Newcastle disease in poultry

Brazil's Agriculture Ministry said on Sunday it has ruled out three potential new cases of Newcastle disease in poultry after testing additional samples taken from animals in the area close to where a first case was confirmed last week.

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Democracy remains at risk in Guatemala, says UN human rights chief

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk, said on Friday that democracy in Guatemala "remains in danger," despite election winner Bernardo Arevalo assuming the presidency this year after a post-electoral crisis.

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Venezuela election organization is designed to confuse voters, opposition says

Organizational decisions by Venezuela's electoral authorities – from polling station staffing to the lay-out of the ballot - have been made with the intention of confusing voters and creating obstacles to a free presidential election on July 28, say opposition figures and analysts.

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Brazil secures deal for G20 consensus documents ahead of Rio meetings, official says

Brazil has reached agreement for consensus documents to be approved at the G20 finance meetings scheduled for next week in Rio de Janeiro, Mauricio Lyrio, Brazil's ambassador at the G20, said on Friday.

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UK COVID inquiry to issue first report on preparedness

A public inquiry examining Britain's response to the COVID-19 outbreak will issue its first report on Thursday, focusing on how well prepared the nation was for handling such a pandemic.

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