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BAYONNE, FRANCE -- French prosecutors on Wednesday charged two men with attempted murder after a bus driver was assaulted and left brain-dead in southwestern France for refusing to let aboard a group of people who were not wearing face masks.
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Australian snowboard world champion drowns in diving mishap

Two-time world snowboard champion and Winter Olympian Alex Pullin drowned Wednesday while spearfishing off Australia's Gold Coast.
A police spokesperson said a 32-year-old man, later identified as Pullin, was unresponsive when taken from the water and died despite receiving CPR from lifeguards and emergency treatment from paramedics.
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BELGRADE, SERBIA -- Serbia's president and other officials sent mixed signals on Wednesday whether they will go ahead with the plans to reinstate a coronavirus lockdown in Belgrade after thousands protested the move and violently clashed with the police in the capital.
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U.S. closes in on 3 million total coronavirus cases

The latest:
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Ethiopia's week of unrest sees 239 dead, 3,500 arrested

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA -- At least 239 people have been killed and 3,500 arrested in more than a week of unrest in Ethiopia that poses the biggest challenge yet to its Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister.
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A white man and a white woman who allegedly painted over a California community's Black Lives Matter mural this weekend are each facing a hate crime charge, the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday.
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Nearly 60 dead as Japan battered by more heavy rain, floods

Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving northeast Wednesday, battering large areas of Japan's main island, swelling more rivers, triggering mudslides and destroying houses and roads. At least 58 people have died in several days of flooding.
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Republican anxiety grows as Democratic Senate challengers outraise incumbents

Democratic Senate candidates, spurred by anger at U.S. President Donald Trump and hope that the party could take back the Senate, have posted massive second quarter fundraising numbers this month, distressing Republicans who now fear November's election could be devastating.
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Russian watchdog seeks nearly $3B in damages over Arctic fuel spill in Siberia

Russia's environmental watchdog has asked a power subsidiary of Russian mining giant Norilsk Nickel to pay almost 148 billion rubles, or $2.8 billion Cdn, in damages over an Arctic fuel spill in Siberia.
Rosprirodnadzor, the Federal Service for Supervision of Use of Natural Resources, said in a statement on Monday that it had already sent a request for "voluntary compensation" to the subsidiary, NTEK, after calculating the damage caused by the May 29 fuel spill.
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Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a U.S. Army veteran who lost both of her legs while serving in Iraq, rebuked Tucker Carlson after the conservative Fox News host attacked her on Monday night and suggested that she hates America.
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A deeply divided Poland chooses a president in runoff vote

WARSAW, POLAND -- Two bitter rivals are heading into a razor's-edge presidential runoff election Sunday in Poland that is seen as an important test of populism in Europe after a campaign that exacerbated a conservative-liberal divide in the country.
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China dismisses U.S. invite to join nuclear talks along with Russia

A senior Chinese arms control official called U.S. pressure to join nuclear arms talks with Russia an American ploy to avoid signing a new deal, and said China would gladly participate if the U.S. would agree to parity among all three nations.
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UN states reach deal on declaration marking 75th anniversary

TANZANIA, TANZANIA -- The 193 members of the United Nations reached agreement on a declaration to commemorate this year's 75th anniversary of the world organization, recalling the UN's successes and failure and vowing to build a post-pandemic world that is more equal, works together, and protects the planet.
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