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Britain’s Conservative government has suffered a setback in Parliament in its attempt to give authorities stronger powers to curb peaceful but disruptive protests.

Russia has further beefed up its military presence near Ukraine amid Western fears of an invasion, sending an unspecified number of troops to neighboring Belarus for major war games.

AP PHOTOS: At Turkey's largest camel wrestling festival, elaborately decorated camels fight each other while people celebrate with drinking and dancing. They say it is traditional, but animal rights activists want it banned. By @gurel_emrah 

The pope's No. 2, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and his deputy have tested positive for the coronavirus in the first confirmed cases so high up in the Vatican hierarchy. There was no immediate comment on their last contact with Pope Francis.

Russia is shortening the required isolation period for people infected with COVID-19 from 14 days to seven.

Poland's chief auditor says he plans to initiate an audit of the state's supervision of the secret services following revelations of illegal surveillance of government critics with powerful spyware.


Pope Francis has suggested that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is a “moral obligation" and denounced how people had been swayed by “baseless information” to refuse the shots.

U.S. pop singer Pink has offered to pay a fine given to the Norwegian female beach handball team for wearing shorts instead of the required bikini bottoms.

A WHALE OF A CATCH: A metro train blasts through its stop near the Dutch city of Rotterdam but is saved by the fluke of a giant whale sculpture.

“‘Present the material as your own:’ A mysterious ad agency offered juicy deals to social media influencers to smear COVID-19 vaccines in France. @johnleicester  reports on how @dirtybiology  and others spotted and rebuffed the disinformation campaign.

A near-total ban on abortion has taken effect in Poland and triggered a new round of nationwide anti-government protests, including more planned for this evening.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev submitted his resignation to President Vladimir Putin, hours after the leader's state of the nation address on the need for reforms to the Cabinet and constitution.

A British court backed Meghan in a dispute over privacy, dismissing an appeal by a newspaper over the publication of a letter she wrote to her father. Meghan says the ruling is a victory for "anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what’s right.”

In Russia, gay couples seeking the right to marry and adopt have seen their hopes dashed by a change to the constitution.

Thousands of people in France protested a proposed law that would restrict the filming of police officers. Officers used teargas to disperse small groups of rowdy protesters who set fire to France's central bank and threw paving stones.