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‘Ford v Ferrari’ speeds to No. 1; ‘Charlie’s Angels’ fizzles

‘Ford v Ferrari’ speeds to No. 1; ‘Charlie’s Angels’ fizzles

NEW YORK — “Ford v Ferrari” left its competition in the rearview mirror, racing to an estimated $31 million debut at the box office in a No. 1 finish that counted as a win for big-budget originality.
Flood-hit Venice’s dwindling population faces mounting woes

Flood-hit Venice’s dwindling population faces mounting woes

VENICE, Italy — One of only four oar makers for Venice’s famed gondoliers, Paolo Brandolisio wades through his ground-floor workshop for the third time in a week of record-breaking floods, despairing of any help from national or local institutions.

China diagnoses 3rd case of bubonic plague

BEIJING — China says a 55-year-old man has been diagnosed with bubonic plague after killing and eating a wild rabbit, adding to two plague cases already discovered in the capital Beijing.
Samoa shuts schools, declares emergency as measles kills 6

Samoa shuts schools, declares emergency as measles kills 6

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Samoa has closed all its schools, banned children from public gatherings and mandated that everybody get vaccinated after declaring an emergency due to a measles outbreak that has so far killed six people.
3rd record tide enters Venice as Italy hit with snow, rain

3rd record tide enters Venice as Italy hit with snow, rain

VENICE, Italy — Venice was hit Sunday by a record third exceptional tide in the same week while other parts of Italy struggled with a series of weather woes, from rain-swollen rivers to high winds to an out-of-season avalanche.

Libyan officials: Airstrike kills 7 workers in Tripoli

CAIRO — An airstrike slammed into a biscuit factory in the capital, Tripoli, on Monday killing at least seven workers including five foreign nationals and two Libyans, health authorities said.

Yemeni government back in Aden under deal with separatists

ADEN, Yemen — Yemen’s internationally recognized government has returned to the country for the first time since it was forced out by southern separatists during infighting last summer.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new president

Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new president

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s president on Monday and appealed to minority Tamils and Muslims who voted against him to give their support.

Museum exhibit marks 100 years of women cartoon artists

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new exhibit at the world’s largest cartoon museum honours the contribution of women comic strip and cartoon artists.
In the House impeachment drama, Russia still plays big role

In the House impeachment drama, Russia still plays big role

WASHINGTON — For all the talk about Ukraine in the House impeachment inquiry, there’s a character standing just off-stage with a dominant role in this tale of international intrigue: Russia.