U.S. Sanctions Senior Belarus Officials

WASHINGTON—The U.S. and its trans-Atlantic allies on Monday imposed financial sanctions against senior Belarus officials and police units the Biden administration said are responsible for escalating political repression, including the forced diversion of a commercial airline carrying dissident journalist Roman Protasevich and

India's Yoga Capital Hit Hard by Covid-19

NEW DELHI—As yoga grew in popularity in recent years, foreign visitors flocked to the northern Indian town of Rishikesh, which brands itself as the world’s yoga capital. But the pandemic has hit the town of 100,000 on the banks of the Ganges

South America Is Now the World's Covid-19 Hot Spot

SÃO PAULO—While Covid-19 is receding in much of the world, the pandemic is raging in South America, which has just 5% of the world’s population but now accounts for a quarter of the global death toll. Almost a million people have died across

As U.S. Economy Rebounds From Covid, Foreign Investors Rush In

The extraordinary recovery of the U.S. economy is likely to make the country the world’s top destination for overseas investment this year and next, according to new United Nations projections, with foreign businesses drawn by the prospect of a rapid and sustained

Ethiopia's Nobel Prize-Winning Leader Faces Election

Ethiopia’s election was meant to be the crowning moment for Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a popular recognition of his efforts to break open one of Africa’s most entrenched one-party states and liberalize its tightly controlled economy. Instead, the country

Tokyo Olympics to Allow Spectators at Summer Games

TOKYO—The Summer Olympics in Tokyo will include up to 10,000 Japanese spectators at each event, organizers said, despite advice by leading doctors that the Games would be safer without crowds. Monday’s decision clears up the final major uncertainty about the Games ahead

Taliban Advances Test Afghan Forces' Morale as the U.S. Leaves

KABUL—Almost every day, the Taliban release videos of triumphant insurgents inspecting yet another Afghan district headquarters that had been lost in battle by government forces, or, increasingly, surrendered without a fight. Some of these districts—a unit equivalent to American counties—are too remote

North Face Owner Pulled Xinjiang Criticism, Then Reinstated It

In late March, the maker of North Face jackets and Vans sneakers quietly took down a statement raising concern about allegations of forced labor in China’s cotton-rich Xinjiang region. Rival fashion company H&M HM.B -2.64% had just been erased from China’s internet