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'Alarming rates of transmission' return to Europe; Diack sentenced to prison for corruption; US restoring Iran sanctions

The European director for the World Health Organization has warned countries not to reduce the 14-day quarantine period for people possibly exposed to the coronavirus, the former head of the world athletics’ governing body was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison, and the US plans to declare on Saturday that all international sanctions on Iran have been restored.

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Strikes grow, add to ongoing Belarus protests; UN-backed tribunal announces Hariri ruling; Captain of ship in Mauritius arrested

For a second day, factory workers in Belarus continued their strike protesting the controversial reelection of President Alexander Lukashenko to his sixth term. And, a UN-backed tribunal on Tuesday convicted one member of the Hezbollah militant group and acquitted three others of involvement in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Also, Sunil Kumar Nandeshwar, the captain of the ship that spilled hundreds of tons of oil off the coast of Mauritius, was arrested on Tuesday.

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