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“I think it was calculated politics,” said Juan Flores, a Honduran activist in South Florida, speaking on the difficulties obtaining the new identity cards required to vote from the U.S. nyti.ms/3lgmI7I
La votación en las elecciones presidenciales de Honduras empezó a las 7 a. m. y termina a las 5 p. m.. Las encuestas han mostrado una contienda muy cerrada y ambos bandos están seguros de que triunfarán. nyti.ms/3FVWkYE
“I’m not a character — that person on TikTok is really me,” said a social media star and journalist in Mexico who has survived sexual abuse, kidnapping, two bouts with cancer and two heart attacks. “I’m actually even a little crazier.” nyti.ms/3D7tEKs
The Hong Kong government said on Thursday that it had detected two cases of a new variant identified in South Africa, which scientists have warned shows a “big jump in evolution” and could limit the effectiveness of vaccines. nyti.ms/3leWSRg
Israel over the weekend became the first country to seal its borders to all foreign travelers in response to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. nyti.ms/3FU2cSa
Los hondureños van a las urnas hoy. Las tensas elecciones podrían tener repercusiones clave en Washington, donde una de las prioridades de Biden se ha visto obstaculizada: detener la migración procedente de Centroamérica. nyti.ms/3cUNRIL
To address the shortage of truck drivers in Britain, wine distributors have started using trains to transport 640,000 bottles of wine to the country each week ahead of Christmas. nyti.ms/3p9lyMk
Sharbat Gula, whose haunting portrait was featured by National Geographic in 1985, was evacuated to Rome after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. nyti.ms/3E4t01i
Gyms and instructors say there has been a resurgence of interest from women who want to learn how to fight and defend themselves. “When you feel vulnerable you look for strength,” one instructor said. nyti.ms/3o1NVfO
At 49 and under five feet tall, Martha Izquierdo doesn’t fit the mold of a TikTok influencer. But having survived sexual abuse, kidnapping, two bouts with cancer and two heart attacks, conquering social media was a cinch for this Mexican journalist. nyti.ms/3xtLwOe
Young women in South Korea are proudly wearing hair curlers in public, pushing back against the idea that women should get ready in private, hidden from the sight of men. nyti.ms/3lb0nZ5
‘They were in love, like Romeo and Juliet.’ A couple’s dream of reunion in England is dashed after a disastrous attempt to cross the Channel on a flimsy boat. nyti.ms/32zdD33
African nations are criticizing a double standard from wealthier countries that hoarded vaccines for themselves and are now closing their doors to African travelers rather than doing more to help. nyti.ms/3revzdN
A French dictionary, Le Petit Robert, added “iel” — a gender-neutral merging of the masculine “il” (he) and the feminine “elle” (she) — to its latest online edition. Then all hell broke loose. nyti.ms/3lbgupx
The World Health Organization began naming Covid-19 variants after Greek letters to avoid public confusion and stigmatizing countries where the variants emerged. nyti.ms/3xsCmla
Members of Gambia’s ousted regime should be prosecuted for atrocities, investigators say, but there is no assurance that will happen. nyti.ms/3xuD2GF
Protests rocked the Solomon Islands for the second straight day as people clashed with the police and demanded that Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare resign. Some set buildings on fire and looted properties. Here’s why people are protesting, experts say. nyti.ms/2ZzlSLA
Durante años, las organizaciones deportivas internacionales analizaron el mercado chino, calcularon los riesgos y concluyeron que los beneficios de hacer negocios ahí superaban a las posibles desventajas. ¿Cambiará algo a raíz del caso de Peng Shuai? nyti.ms/3E0SLjf
To address the shortage of truck drivers in Britain, wine distributors have started using trains to transport 640,000 bottles of wine to the country each week ahead of Christmas. nyti.ms/3xtAW9S
In what could be their country’s most significant elections in more than a decade, Hondurans will head to the polls on Sunday to choose a new president, a political contest that has been marred by violence and is being closely watched in Washington. nyti.ms/3FZyJq1
Gyms and instructors say there has been a resurgence of interest from women who want to learn how to fight and defend themselves. “When you feel vulnerable you look for strength,” one instructor said. nyti.ms/3xCr5ib
Protests rocked the Solomon Islands for the second straight day as people clashed with the police and demanded that Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare resign. Some set buildings on fire and looted properties. Here’s why people are protesting, experts say. nyti.ms/3I1qw6s
“We are hoping this arrest brings us a step closer to providing the answers the families have been desperately seeking and richly deserve.” nyti.ms/3FKzO4O
Members of Gambia’s ousted regime should be prosecuted for atrocities, investigators say, but there is no assurance that will happen nyti.ms/3DZgOil
African nations are criticizing a double standard from wealthier countries that hoarded vaccines for themselves and are now closing their doors to African travelers rather than doing more to help. nyti.ms/3CSLXmo
‘They were in love, like Romeo and Juliet.’ A couple’s dream of reunion in England is dashed after a disastrous attempt to cross the Channel on a flimsy boat. nyti.ms/3xBoDbJ
The World Health Organization began naming Covid-19 variants after Greek letters to avoid public confusion and stigmatizing countries where the variants emerged. nyti.ms/3xt73GR
Laszlo Bito fled communist rule in Hungary, discovered a treatment for glaucoma in the U.S., then became an author and a voice against authoritarianism in his homeland. He has died at 87. nyti.ms/3cTbktN
Young women in South Korea are proudly wearing hair curlers in public, pushing back against the idea that women should get ready in private, hidden from the sight of men. nyti.ms/3rcymUD
Russia suffered its worst mining disaster in over a decade on Thursday when a gas buildup and explosion in a Siberian coal mine killed at least 52 people, including six rescuers. nyti.ms/3HWvfGv
Kolkata’s writers, artists and intellectuals have flocked for decades to two cafes to debate, plot and gossip — and they’re still coming today. “I arrange the times of operations in a way that I can make it here,” said a doctor.  nyti.ms/3p4DBTK
Governments across Europe are beginning to tighten restrictions again amid the latest wave of new coronavirus cases, threatening the gains that the region has made against the pandemic. nyti.ms/3I1DocA
At 49 and under five feet tall, Martha Izquierdo doesn’t fit the mold of a TikTok influencer. But having survived sexual abuse, kidnapping, two bouts with cancer and two heart attacks, conquering social media was a cinch for this Mexican journalist. nyti.ms/3EeO71j
Sharbat Gula, whose haunting portrait was featured by National Geographic in 1985, was evacuated to Rome after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. nyti.ms/3cWTdD3
As countries race to close their doors to the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, some researchers caution that travel bans alone seem to do little other than buy some time. “Every time you close it, it’s a little late,” one says. nyti.ms/3pob5Nh
“For a while, the Spanish did better than us,” said Nicolas Chatenier, a prominent culinary consultant in France. “It was a sobering call to adjust old knowledge to contemporary circumstances. Food, you must understand, is French soft power.” nyti.ms/2ZsFgtu
Iranians couldn’t buy gas. Israelis saw their intimate dating details posted online. The Iran-Israel cyberwar has expanded to civilian targets. Millions have been hit. nyti.ms/3xtjBOo
The World Health Organization began naming Covid-19 variants after Greek letters to avoid public confusion and stigmatizing countries where the variants emerged. nyti.ms/3nZukNE
‘They were in love, like Romeo and Juliet.’ A couple’s dream of reunion in England is dashed after a disastrous attempt to cross the Channel on a flimsy boat. nyti.ms/3E3KLxS
Bria Ali and her family have twice tried to make it to Germany, desperate for a better life. They are now back in Iraq with thousands of other migrants who made it to Europe in recent months only to be deported. nyti.ms/3leNHAq
African nations are criticizing a double standard from wealthier countries that hoarded vaccines for themselves and are now closing their doors to African travelers rather than doing more to help. nyti.ms/3leMJ7c
For years, Israel and Iran have waged a shadow war aimed mainly at government and military targets. But recent cyberattacks hit millions of Iranian and Israeli civilians. nyti.ms/3xv27RC
The World Health Organization has promoted the naming system as simple and accessible, unlike the variants’ scientific names, which “can be difficult to say and recall, and are prone to misreporting,” it said. nyti.ms/3DUG8WO
The highly mutated new coronavirus variant known as Omicron is “very likely” to already be present in Germany, a regional health minister warned nyti.ms/317gC2c
“We are witnessing a rapid deterioration to the point of no return.” Afghanistan’s economy has all but collapsed, plunging the country into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. nyti.ms/3nY6p0V
Brazil’s former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, was convicted and in jail, his epic political career seemingly over. Now he has beat back the corruption cases -- and is once again the leading presidential contender. Can he turn Brazil around? nyti.ms/3cWfUHM
The crackdown came after the protests spilled over to at least one other Iranian city and a major protest on Friday loomed. Weather experts say 97 percent of the country is dealing with water scarcity issues. nyti.ms/3cTPyWK
The police were trying to determine if the charred remains found in the Chinatown district of the Solomon Islands’ capital were linked to the protests, in which demonstrators set fire to buildings. nyti.ms/3p33rre
In this week’s Canada Letter: Ottawa correspondent @ianrausten reports from flood-ravaged towns in British Columbia. The victims were gracious about sharing their stories of harrowing escapes and, in many cases, having lost everything they owned. nyti.ms/3D1c4Yi
Scientists said that vaccines will most likely protect against the Omicron variant, but further studies are needed to determine how much of the shots’ effectiveness may be reduced. nyti.ms/3rdbZyD
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