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Sweden’s ex-ambassador to China is cleared of wrongdoing

Anna Lindstedt was found not guilty of overstepping the boundaries of her role when she arranged secret meetings over the fate of a Hong Kong bookseller and Swedish citizen who remains detained in China.

Erdogan signs decree allowing Hagia Sophia to be used as a mosque again

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree Friday ordering Hagia Sophia to be opened for Muslim prayers, an action likely to provoke international furor around a World Heritage Site cherished by Christians and Muslims alike for its religious significance, stunning structure and as a symbol of conquest.

Seoul mayor found dead after daughter reports him missing

Park Won-soon, the country’s most powerful official after the president, had been the subject of sexual harassment allegations.

WHO: Indoor airborne spread of coronavirus possible

The World Health Organization is acknowledging the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions — after more than 200 scientists urged the agency to do so.

Missing Seoul mayor’s body found after massive search

Park Won-soon’s daughter had called police on Thursday afternoon to report him missing, saying he had given her a “will-like” message before leaving home.

Allies, China rebuke US pullout from WHO

Top US allies on Wednesday denounced the planned pullout of the United States from the World Health Organization, with the Italian health minister calling it “wrong” and a political ally of Germany’s chancellor warning that the withdrawal could make more room on the world stage for China.

Erdogan talks of making Hagia Sophia a mosque again, to international dismay

The very idea of changing the monument’s status has escalated tensions with Turkey’s longtime rival, Greece; upset Christians around the world; and set off a chorus of dismay from political and religious leaders as diverse as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church.

UN states reach deal on declaration marking 75th anniversary

The 193 members of the United Nations reached agreement on a declaration to commemorate this year’s 75th anniversary of the world organization, recalling the UN’s successes and failure and vowing to build a post-pandemic world that is more equal, works together, and protects the planet.