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As Strikes Continue in France, Garbage and Resentment Pile Up

The basements of residences and businesses closer to the river flooded after the recent downpours, which temporarily closed the city’s museums. Photo Trash piled up throughout Paris during a strike of garbage collectors. Credit Charles Platiau/Reuters Tourism is way down this year in Paris, among the world’s most visited cities: It fell 15.5 percent in the first two months, with ...

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Vigilantes Patrol Parts of Europe Where Few Migrants Set Foot

The groups remain relatively small, as focused on stirring up political support and media attention as on confronting migrants, and not all of them are actively patrolling. In Hungary, Mr. Vass posted a call last year to the Hunyadi Border-Guard Unit “to be prepared to step up for your own defense.” But the authorities later dropped an investigation after it ...

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Delay Pregnancy in Areas With Zika, W.H.O. Suggests

The W.H.O. says men and women of reproductive age “should be correctly informed and oriented to consider delaying pregnancy.” The guidance was originally issued last week but did not garner wide notice among experts until Thursday, when the W.H.O. issued a clarification, distinguishing between people who visit Zika-affected countries and those who live in them. People living in those countries ...

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Three Hospitals Attacked in Rebel Side of Aleppo, Syria

Photo Syrians inspected damage on Wednesday after an airstrike in al-Shaar, a rebel-held neighborhood of Aleppo. Credit Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters BEIRUT, Lebanon — Bombs from airstrikes hit three hospitals on Wednesday in the rebel-held side of Aleppo, Syria, including a pediatrics center supported by the United Nations, in what aid providers and opposition activists called a new atrocity in the fighting ...

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Defiant Bashar al-Assad Vows to Retake ‘Every Inch’ of Syria

Three weeks ago in Vienna, Mr. Kerry appeared before reporters to declare that if Mr. Assad continued to obstruct humanitarian convoys, the West would help the United Nations relief agency conduct airdrops of supplies to starving towns, beginning June 1. The deadline passed with little comment by Mr. Kerry or the State Department. It remains unclear when those airdrops will ...

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Iraqis Who Flee Fighting in Falluja Find Hardship and Hunger

As bad as conditions are for civilians caught up in the battle, they are likely to get much worse. At least 50,000 civilians are still trapped inside Falluja under Islamic State rule — perhaps 20,000 of them children, according to the United Nations. Last week, the worry was that they would be killed in the crossfire as Iraqi forces and ...

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A Carnival of Life Flourishes in Kabul’s Field of the Dead

Edris looked no older than 6, but when asked how old he was, he counted his fingers and said 22. What grade was he in? “This much,” he said, showing the fingers of both hands: “22.” “He is here all day, and he goes home with us in the evening,” Ajmal said. “When his family changes him into new clothes, ...

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Guaranteed Income for All? Switzerland’s Voters Say No Thanks

Photo A referendum on a guaranteed income was rejected by 77 percent of Swiss voters on Sunday. Supporters of the initiative, including Kim-Fabian von Dall’Armi, gathered in Basel to celebrate the fact that 23 percent voted yes. Credit Alexandra Wey/European Pressphoto Agency GENEVA — Swiss voters on Sunday overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to guarantee an income to Switzerland’s residents, whether ...

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