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  • France requires COVID-19 pass for Eiffel Tower, other sites

    PARIS (AP) — Visitors now need a special COVID-19 pass to ride up the Eiffel Tower or visit French museums or movie theaters, the first step in a new campaign against what the government calls a “stratospheric” rise in delta variant infections.
  • Iran's daily new coronavirus infections hit another high

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Tuesday broke another record in the country's daily new coronavirus cases, even as Tehran and its surroundings went into lockdown, a week-long measure imposed amid another surge in the pandemic.
  • Virus surge fears, UK leader's quarantine, mar 'Freedom Day'

    LONDON (AP) — Corks popped, beats boomed out and giddy revelers rushed onto dancefloors when England’s nightclubs reopened Monday as the country lifted most remaining coronavirus restrictions after more than a year of lockdowns, mask mandates and other pandemic-related curbs on freedom.
  • Iran imposes week-long lockdown of Tehran as virus surges

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday imposed a week-long lockdown on the capital, Tehran, and the surrounding region as the country struggles with another surge in the coronavirus pandemic, state media reported.
  • Nightclubs elated but doubts cloud England's ‘Freedom Day’

    LONDON (AP) — Sparkling wine, confetti, a midnight countdown: It’s not New Year’s Eve, but it might as well be for England’s clubbers. After 17 months of empty dance floors, the country’s nightclubs are reopening with a bang.
  • The Latest: 3 lawmakers who fled Texas over vote have virus

    WASHINGTON — Three of the Democratic state lawmakers who fled Texas to stymie a Republican-backed effort to impose broad new voting restrictions have tested positive for COVID-19 in the nation’s capital.
  • European nations impose incentives, penalties to boost shots

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — European nations are scrambling to ramp up vaccination drives, using a carrot-and-stick approach to persuade the reluctant to get their shots as the more transmissible delta variant drives a surge in infections.
  • France celebrates Bastille Day amid virus fears, tensions

    PARIS (AP) — Bastille Day is back, sort of.
  • Opera returns to open-air desert theater with diverse cast

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An open-air theater surrounded by high desert vistas, the Santa Fe Opera is known as the place to watch the sun set while taking in a performance.
  • The Latest: S Korea passes 1,000 new cases for 7th day

    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s streak of more than 1,000 daily coronavirus cases has reached a week as health authorities scramble to slow a viral surge that has brought Seoul’s thriving nightlife to a standstill and professional baseball to a halt.

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