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MIAMI -- Pandemic restrictions on Florida-based cruise ships are no longer in place under a Friday ruling by a federal appeals court, while the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seek to fight a Florida lawsuit challenging the regulations.
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Search for bodies concludes at site of Florida condo collapse

Firefighters on Friday declared the end of their search for bodies at the site of a collapsed Florida condo building, concluding a month of painstaking work removing layers of dangerous debris that were once piled several storeys.
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More than 100 killed after monsoon in India triggers landslides, flooding

Landslides and flooding triggered by heavy monsoon rain hit parts of western India, killing more than 100 people, officials and news reports said Friday. More than 1,000 people trapped by floodwaters were rescued.
The dead included 54 killed in four landslides in the Raigad and Ratnagiri districts in western Maharashtra state on Thursday and Friday, according to District Collector Nidhi Chaudhary and state government official Sagar Pathak.
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Africa became hardest hit by terrorism this year: UN experts

UNITED NATIONS -- Africa became the region hardest hit by terrorism in the first half of 2021 as the Islamic State and al-Qaida extremist groups and their affiliates spread their influence, boasting gains in supporters and territory and inflicting the greatest casualties, UN experts said in a new report.
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TORONTO -- Las Vegas police have arrested a man after he allegedly threatened to rape and murder a woman outside her front door in an encounter recorded by a doorbell camera.
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Palestinians say teen killed by Israeli gunfire in West Bank

RAMALLAH, WEST BANK -- Palestinian health officials on Friday said a 17-year-old youth was shot and killed by Israeli troops during a clash in the occupied West Bank.
The shooting occurred in Nebi Saleh, a village where residents have held numerous demonstrations over the years against the expansion of a nearby Israeli settlement on what they say is their land.
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Small flotilla leaves Miami to show support for Cuban people

MIAMI -- A small group of Cuban Americans launched motorboats from Miami early Friday, planning to approach Cuba in a show of support for people experiencing hardships on the island.
Five boats left from Miami's Bayside marina just before 8 a.m.
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'Barney' the bull eludes capture days after farm escape on Long Island

MASTIC, N.Y. -- An escaped bull has eluded capture for several days on Long Island despite searchers employing a helicopter and night-vision equipment along with attempts to lure the roaming animal with grain and a cow.
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Funeral for Jovenel Moïse held in his hometown as protesters clash with police

The body of slain Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was returned to his hometown Friday for a private funeral amid heavy security following violent protests and fears of political volatility in the Caribbean nation.
Moïse's wife, Martine, who was injured during the July 7 assassination, arrived to cries of "Justice! Justice!" as she headed straight to her husband's casket, climbing the stairs and stopping in front of it.
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China's Xi visits Tibet amid infrastructure boom, rising controls over religion

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has made a rare visit to Tibet as authorities tighten controls over the Himalayan region's traditional Buddhist culture, accompanied by an accelerated drive for economic development and modernized infrastructure.
State media reported Friday that Xi visited sites in the capital, Lhasa, including the Drepung Monastery, Barkhor Street and the public square at the base of the Potala Palace that was home to the Dalai Lamas, Tibet's traditional spiritual and temporal leaders.
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Firefighters end search and rescue at Florida condo collapse

SURFSIDE, FLA. -- Firefighters have ended their mission in clearing debris from the collapsed Surfside condo building Friday, officials said, while police and forensic specialists continue their work to identify human remains in the disaster.
Miami Dade Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah told The Associated Press that the fire department's role in recovering remains at the collapsed Surfside condominium has finished.
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Republican politicians vaccine push comes with strong words, few actions

WASHINGTON -- Republican politicians are under increasing pressure to speak out to persuade COVID-19 vaccine skeptics to roll up their sleeves and take the shots as a new, more contagious variant sends caseloads soaring. But after months of ignoring - and, in some cases, stoking - misinformation about the virus, new polling suggests it may be too late to change the minds of many who are refusing.
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Search for bodies concludes at Florida condo collapse site

SURFSIDE, FLA. -- Firefighters on Friday declared the end of their search for bodies at the site of a collapsed Florida condo building, concluding a month of painstaking work removing layers of dangerous debris that were once piled several stories high.
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