Some Afghans Who Spied for CIA Can't Get U.S. Visas

KABUL—Rahmat says he carried out secret missions spying on the Taliban for the Central Intelligence Agency in remote border areas of Afghanistan for almost a decade. He has no contract to prove it, and his CIA supervisors never shared their real names.

Delta Variant Threatens to Set Back Europe's Recovery

The Delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly across continental Europe, raising the risk of a rebound in infections and a delay to the region’s economic comeback. The variant, first discovered in India late last year, has prompted Portugal to seal

Academics Bristle Over LinkedIn Blocking Their Profiles in China

SINGAPORE—Eyck Freymann, an Oxford University doctoral student, was surprised to get a notice from LinkedIn this month telling him his account had been blocked in China. The “Experience” section of his profile, which detailed his career history, contained “prohibited” content, he was

China to Keep Covid-19 Border Restrictions for Another Year

Beijing is planning to keep its pandemic border restrictions in place for at least another year as officials fret over the emergence of new variants and a calendar of sensitive events, according to people familiar with the matter, despite a coronavirus vaccination

Saying 'No' to Covid-19 Vaccine in Pakistan Carries Consequences

ISLAMABAD—Many countries offer incentives to entice people to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Pakistan is taking a more punitive approach. Authorities in this country of 220 million threaten those refusing to accept the shot with punishments from cutting off their cellphone connections to

Great Barrier Reef Is in Danger, U.N. Agency Says

SYDNEY—The United Nations body that oversees World Heritage sites has recommended that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef be classified as in danger, saying the country’s center-right government hasn’t done enough to protect the reef from the effects of climate change. The warning echoes

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