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Russia School Shooting Kills 7 Students and 2 Employees

The scene outside a school after a deadly shooting in Kazan, central Russia, on Tuesday.

China's Census Shows Population Barely Grew in 10 Years as Births Plummet

Grandparents picking up children from a school in Shanghai. China’s population is aging rapidly while the number of births is falling.

‘Selling the Family Jewels’: A James Joyce Landmark Is Set to Become a Hostel

A bronze statue of James Joyce in central Dublin, the writer’s native city.

Israel Hits Gaza With Airstrikes as Hamas Increases Rocket Fire

Airstrikes in southern Gaza on Tuesday. The Israeli military said in a statement that it had reinforced its troops and was “prepared for a variety of scenarios.”

Queen's Speech: Johnson Presses Advantage in U.K. Government Program

Reading a text prepared by Downing Street, Queen Elizabeth spoke fluently of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans for “5G mobile coverage and gigabit-capable broadband.”

China's Census Shows an Aging, Better-Educated Country

Children playing soccer in Humen Park in Dongguan. Births in China have now declined for four consecutive years.

After Raid on Aqsa Mosque, Rockets From Gaza and Israeli Airstrikes

Palestinians evacuated a wounded man during clashes with Israeli forces in the Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem on Monday.

Why Jerusalem’s Aqsa Mosque Is an Arab-Israeli Fuse

The Dome of the Rock shrine, which is in the Aqsa compound.

Covid-19 Live Updates: As Deaths Fall in the West, the Virus Spreads in Southeast Asia

Man Hangs On for Life After Winds Shatter Glass Bridge in China

US Vessel Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Patrol Boats

John F. Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, this month. He told reporters on Monday that attack craft from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps had “conducted unsafe and unprofessional maneuvers.” 

South African Filmmakers Move Beyond Apartheid Stories

Actors applying makeup on the set of the soap opera “Gomora” during filming in Johannesburg last month.

German Catholic Priests Defy Rome to Offer Blessings to Gay Couples

The Rev. Wolfgang Rothe blesses Christine Walter and Almut Muenster during a service at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church on Sunday in Munich.

UK's Labour Party Reels After Panicked Response to Election Loss

The Labour leader Keir Starmer at the House of Commons last year.

Chandro Tomar, Who Shot Her Way Through a Glass Ceiling, Dies

Chandro Tomar at her home in the Indian village of Johri in February. She picked up a gun late in life and became a medal-winning sharpshooter.

A Misleading C.D.C. Number

A Miami Beach officer confronting a man without a mask last year.

Heading Home for the Vaccine: One Expat’s Trans-Atlantic Journey

Why Do Humans Feed So Many Animals?

Your Tuesday Briefing

A Palestinianman helps a wounded fellow protester amid clashes with Israeli security forces at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound on May 10, 2021, ahead of a planned march to commemorate Israel’s takeover of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War.

SUNY and CUNY Students Must Get Covid Vaccines, Cuomo Says

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York spoke at a news conference on Monday about requiring students on public college campuses in New York to be vaccinated against Covid-19. 

US Defends Detention of Afghan at Guantánamo Despite Pullout

Roman Khan, at a refugee camp in Pakistan, holding a photograph of his brother Asadullah Haroon Gul, who is challenging his detention by the United States at Guantánamo Bay.

FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Children 12 to 15

Amanda and Ajdin Dropic with their children, from left, Eli, Ty, Lila and Ben. All four children volunteered for Pfizer-BioNTech trials.

Your Tuesday Briefing

Palestinians throw rocks at the Israeli police.

Iraq’s F-16s Grounded After Lockheed Martin Withdraws Crews

An Iraqi F-16 fighter jet at Iraq’s Balad air base near Baghdad in 2015. The country’s fleet is likely to be grounded after a maintenance contractor said it would pull its teams out.

A Coronavirus Variant First Found in India is Now Officially a 'Variant of Concern'

Funeral pyres of coronavirus victims at a makeshift crematorium in New Delhi on Sunday.

Every car is the too-quiet car: commuting in the pandemic.

Empty platforms at the New Jersey Transit station in Secaucus in May.

The Power of Pre-K

A pre-K classroom in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood in 2017.

The Champions League final may be moved from Istanbul to London.

Chelsea beat Real Madrid this month to make it to the final of the Champions League, where the team will face Manchester City.

Surviving in Isolation, Where the Steppe Has Turned to Sand

During the second half of the 20th century, Kalmykia has experienced severe desertification.

In Xinjiang, China Targets Muslim Women in Push to Suppress Births

Outside a bazaar in Kashgar, in the Xinjiang region of China, in 2019. China has moved aggressively to subdue Uyghurs and other Central Asian minorities in the region, including by ramping up enforcement of family planning limits.

Was That a Giant Cat? Leopards Escape, and a Zoo Keeps Silent (at First).

Rescuers searching on Sunday for three leopards that escaped from a safari park in Hangzhou in eastern China.

Australian Leather Loses Ugg Trademark Battle

An Ugg store in New York City. The brand’s owner in the United States has trademarked “UGG Australia” in more than 130 countries.

Sun Moon Lake Is a Symbol of Taiwan’s Drought. Influencers Take Notice.

The parched bed of Sun Moon Lake in central Taiwan in late April. The country is going through one of the worst droughts in decades.

Your Monday Briefing

People wait to get vaccinated with an AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in Bratislava, Slovakia, on April 24, 2021.

Hopes Fade for Global Herd Immunity

Health care workers administered coronavirus tests in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Tuesday.

Paris Teenager’s New Gig: Would-Be Queen of Italy. A Nation Shrugs.

A New Covid Dilemma: What to Do When Vaccine Supply Exceeds Demand?

A vaccination event hosted by the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena in Miami in April.

‘Why Do We Deserve to Die?’ Kabul’s Hazaras Bury Their Daughters.

Many of the victims of the school bombing were buried on Martyrs Hill in Kabul on Sunday.

Your Monday Briefing

Serum Institute workers packing coronavirus vaccines in January.

Fauci Says Indoor Mask Guidance Should Ease With Vaccinations

A restaurant in  Columbia, Mo., on Saturday. Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises even vaccinated people to continue to wear masks in indoor public spaces, including restaurants when they are not actively eating and drinking.

Turkey's Second Major Wave Recedes Amid a Faltering Lockdown

A busy open-air market in Istanbul on Saturday. Turkey is 10 days into a nearly three-week lockdown that, according to labor unions, exempts more than half of the country’s workers. 

Israeli Court Delays Expulsion of Palestinian Families in East Jerusalem

Israeli police officers guarding Jewish settlers outside a house in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem on Friday.

U.S. and Iran Want to Restore the Nuclear Deal. They Disagree Deeply on What That Means.

President Hassan Rouhani reviewing Iran’s nuclear technology in Tehran last month.

Ukraine’s Burial Mounds Offer Meaning in a Heap of History

Archaeologists excavating a kurgan, or ancient burial mound in Novooleksandrivka, Ukraine last month.

India's Covid Patients Suffer a Fungal Threat: Mucormycosis

Medical workers attending to Covid-19 patients in the emergency ward at a hospital in New Delhi last week.

Cirque du Soleil’s Return Could Be Its Most Challenging Feat Yet

Guillaume Paquin, left, a former aerialist with Cirque du Soleil, and his fellow performers Arthur Morel Van Hyfte and Marie Lebot demonstrating their stretching routine in the confines of their Montreal apartment.

Vaccinations Rise in the E.U. After a Long, Slow Start

A line for vaccinations outside of the Central Mosque in Cologne, Germany, on Saturday. 

Village Caught in Czech-Russia Spy Case Just Wants Things to Stop Blowing Up

The entrance to a weapons depot in a village in the Czech Republic.

Of Brexit and Boris: What’s Driving the Call for Scottish Independence

The border between Scotland and England.

Puerto Rico Lifts Some Restrictions as Cases Plunge

Vaccinations in the Puerto Rican city of Bayamón in April. Puerto Rico’s virus numbers have improved significantly after a tough lockdown. 

U.S. states are turning down hundreds of thousands of doses as demand plummets.

A vaccination clinic before a baseball game on Tuesday in Seattle. Washington is one of many states that is reducing the number of vaccine doses it requests from the federal government.

Scotland Election Results Complicate Hopes for Independence Referendum

Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, in Glasgow on Friday. Pro-independence parties were still on track to retain control over Scotland’s Parliament. 

These Neanderthals Weren’t Cannibals, So Who Ate Them? Stone Age Hyenas.

Cleric Lifts Iraq’s Faltering Vaccination Effort, but Perilous Summer Awaits

A man held a photo of Moktada al-Sadr while receiving a dose of the Sinopharm vaccine in Baghdad on Wednesday.

Bombing Outside Afghan School Kills at Least 50, With Girls as Targets

A family grieved on Saturday after the attack on Sayed Ul-Shuhada high school in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Melting Glaciers Have Exposed Frozen Relics of World War I

Cups and cans were left behind by soldiers when the war ended in 1918.

Where Ukrainians Are Preparing for All-Out War With Russia

The Northern Crimean Canal was blocked with bags of sand and clay, preventing water from flowing further onto the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula.

At India’s Funeral Pyres, Covid Sunders the Rites of Grief

Relatives performing last rites at the Seemapuri cremation ground in New Delhi on Thursday.

Roger Federer on His New Gig: Swiss Tourism Spokesman

India's Serum Institute Struggled to Meet Its Covid-19 Vows

Covishield coronavirus vaccines, at the Serum Institute of India in the city of Pune.