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EU may ban US travelers; Latin America sees COVID-19 surge; Palestinian officials call for probe into killing of youth

As the EU looks to reopen in July, the bloc may stop entry from countries with unsuccessful pandemic responses, including the US, Brazil and Russia. A Brazilian judge ordered President Jair Bolsonaro, known for his blasé attitude about COVID-19, to wear a mask in Brasília or risk fines; the novel coronavirus is accelerating in Latin America and the Caribbean. Palestinian officials have called for an international probe into the killing of Ahmed Erekat after Israeli soldiers shot the 27-year-old man and prevented medical aid from reaching him for more than an hour.

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North Korea destroyed the liaison office with the South; Beijing imposed coronavirus restrictions; France backs away from chokehold ban

In a dramatic escalation of tensions, North Korea blew up the liaison office used to improve relations with South Korea on Tuesday. And, in a move to stop a flare-up of new coronavirus cases, Beijing has imposed restrictions on public transport and banned high-risk people, such as those in close contact with others who have tested positive for COVID-19, from leaving the city. Also, three Indian soldiers were killed today in a confrontation with Chinese troops in the disputed border region of Kashmir.

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Russia, Philippines hand down controversial convictions; Beijing lockdowns return; New Zealand sports fans return to stadiums

In Russia and the Philippines, convictions of an ex-marine and journalist are raising concern. The police killing of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta has reignited protests. Rising COVID-19 cases in Beijing has prompted new lockdowns, while US states are seeing huge jumps in infections. In New Zealand, sports fans returned to a stadium for a rugby match.

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Twitter purges state-backed disinformation accounts; US sanctions ICC staff, Syria

Twitter has purged more than 32,000 accounts linked to state-backed disinformation operations. The Trump administration has authorized sanctions and visa restrictions on International Criminal Court personnel, in an attempt to undermine investigations into possible US war crimes. In Lebanon, there are increased calls for the government to resign after the currency plunged 25% in two days.

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