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Earthquake Rattles Western Turkey and Greece, Leveling Buildings

A major earthquake in the Aegean Sea rattled parts of Greece and western Turkey on Friday, leveling structures in the western Turkish city of Izmir and severely damaging several residential buildings.No information was immediately available about injuries, a Turkish government official said. But Murat Kurum, the environment minister, said in televised remarks that there were reports of people trapped under debris, many of them in the Bayrakli neighborhood of Izmir, which has a population of more than four million.The earthquake, which registered as magnitude 7.0, according to the United States Geological Survey, was centered off Samos, a Greek island near the Turkish coast, according to Turkey’s disaster management agency.The quake was felt in Istanbul, about 200 miles northeast of Izmi...

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Qatar Apologizes for Airport Strip Searches and Pursues Charges

Qatar’s government said on Friday that it had referred several people for prosecution over invasive medical examinations of women aboard 10 planes in Doha this month, after an investigation into the circumstances.In a harrowing episode on Oct. 2, women on the flights at Hamad International Airport near Doha, the country’s capital, were strip-searched and some were subjected to examinations to determine whether they had recently given birth after an abandoned newborn was found in an airport bathroom.The situation prompted outrage and disbelief, first in Australia — where the news initially emerged, because one of the flights involved was bound for Sydney — and then internationally, with rights groups calling the airport officials’ actions a breach of basic rights that could amount to sex...

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‘What a Barrister Looks Like’: A Young Black Woman Paves the Way

LONDON — It was looking like a typical day at the office for Alexandra Wilson as she arrived at a London courthouse ready to defend someone accused of theft.She tied her hair into a neat knot, shrugged on her black robe and pulled on a white horsehair wig — the official garb of Britain’s barristers, the lawyers who argue most cases in court.But once she was in the courtroom, things went off script. In a patronizing exchange that was rude at best and hostile at worst, the prosecutor, an older white man, scoffed at Ms. Wilson, chided her for speaking with her client and tutted at her requests for details on court documents.Unfortunately, it was an all too typical day for Ms. Wilson in a profession where, as a young Black woman, she often finds herself fighting for recognition and respect....

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A Princess, Long Denied by Belgium’s Former King, Meets With Her Father

For years, Delphine Boël, an artist, fought to be recognized as the daughter of the former Belgian monarch, King Albert II.On Sunday, in what seemed to mark a major turning point in a relationship marred by years of strife, scandal, legal battles and paternity tests, Ms. Boël, 52, who was awarded the right to use the royal title Princess Delphine this month, formally met with her father and his wife, Queen Paola.A statement jointly issued by Princess Delphine, King Albert II, 86, and Queen Paola, 83, said their meeting had opened a new chapter “full of emotion, understanding and, also, hope.”The statement was accompanied by a picture of the three sitting in front of fireplace, a plate of cookies in front of them, paintings and family photos dotting the walls.“After the tumult, the wound...

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A Princess, Long Denied by Belgium’s Former King, Meets With Her Father

For years, Delphine Boel, an artist, fought to be recognized as the daughter of the former Belgian monarch, King Albert II.On Sunday, in what seemed to mark a major turning point in a relationship marred by years of strife, scandal, legal battles and paternity tests, Ms. Boel, 52, who was awarded the right to use the royal title Princess Delphine this month, formally met with her father and his wife, Queen Paola.A statement jointly issued by Princess Delphine, King Albert II, 86, and Queen Paola, 83, said their meeting had opened a new chapter “full of emotion, understanding and, also, hope.”The statement was accompanied by a picture of the three sitting in front of fireplace, a plate of cookies in front of them, paintings and family photos dotting the walls.“After the tumult, the wound...

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The Czech Republic will close shops and further tighten rules to stem its outbreak.

The Czech Republic on Wednesday, responding to an influx in cases that in mid-October made it the country with the highest coronavirus transmission rates in Europe, announced plans to close most shops and further tighten restrictions on movement.Last week, the country closed schools, bars, restaurants and clubs. Places serving takeout food could do so only until 8 p.m., and just through windows. Beginning Thursday and lasting until at least Nov. 3, nonessential shops will also be closed and people will be urged to keep contact to a minimum.But despite the strict new rules, the government has shied away from calling the measures a lockdown. Prime Minister Andrej Babis, speaking to the news media after a special cabinet meeting on Wednesday, apologized to the nation, saying the steps were...

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Ireland to become the first European country to reimpose a national lockdown.

The government of Ireland announced a six-week lockdown beginning Wednesday night, becoming the first European country to reimpose a national lockdown.The new measures, announced on Monday, are a dramatic U-turn for the government, which just two weeks ago fell short of imposing the highest level of restrictions despite advice from public health experts.But Micheal Martin, the Taoiseach or leader of the government, said that with coronavirus infections on the rise across Europe and much of the world, Ireland could no longer avoid the strict measures, despite the potentially detrimental impact on the economy. He noted that, while recent restrictions appeared to have stemmed the spread of the virus, “evidence of a potential grave situation arriving in the weeks ahead is now too strong.”“W...

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Ireland to become the first European country to reimpose a national lockdown.

Here’s what you need to know:key data of the dayA drive-through Covid-19 testing event in Bismarck, N.D., last month. The state is leading the nation in virus cases per capita.Credit...Tim Gruber for The New York TimesIn Ohio, more people are hospitalized with the coronavirus than at any other time during the pandemic. North Dakota, which is leading the nation in coronavirus cases per capita, reported more than 1,000 cases on Tuesday, the state’s worst daily total yet. And as of Monday, 16 states had added more cases in the prior week than in any other seven-day stretch.After weeks of spread and warnings in certain areas, a third surge of coronavirus infections has now firmly taken hold across much of the United States.The latest wave — which is raging most acutely in the Midwest and th...

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Festival Cancels Abu Dhabi Event After Allegations of Sexual Assault

LONDON — The Hay Festival, an annual staple of Britain’s literary calendar, announced on Monday that an offshoot event to promote freedom of speech and women’s empowerment in would no longer be held in Abu Dhabi after one of its employees accused the United Arab Emirates’ minister of tolerance of sexual assault.In an article published by The Sunday Times of London over the weekend, the employee, Caitlin McNamara, 32, said that the minister, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak al-Nahyan, who is also a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, assaulted her in February.In a statement issued later on Sunday, the festival said it would not hold the Abu Dhabi event as long as Sheikh al-Nahyan remained in the position.Caroline Michel, chair of the Hay Festival board, called the alleged attack “an appalling ...

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A Man, a Pint and a Timer Become Symbols of Ireland’s Pandemic Rules

A pint of Guinness. A half-eaten meal. And an alarm clock.All are laid out on a table in front of an older man as he gazes out the window of a pub in Galway, Ireland, in a photo that has come to capture the nation’s coming to terms with coronavirus regulations.The image has come to symbolize different things for different people: Some have used it to criticize the government’s restrictions on pubs, while others have applauded the man’s commitment to regulations on dining out.Pubs that serve food have been allowed to open since the end of June. But new restrictions require that customers have a “substantial meal” costing at least 9 euros (about $10.60) if they also purchase alcohol. The rules also require patrons to leave within an hour and 45 minutes — hence the timer.Like many countrie...

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