Irina and Anastasia Lagutenko walk with their son, Dorian, at a playground July 2, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Their 2017 wedding wasn’t legally recognized in Russia. (AP Photo)

5 international stories of the week

The debate on whether to make face masks mandatory, U.S. Marines in Japan being infected with the coronavirus, China's sanctions against American politicians, the rejection of China's claims in the South China Sea and Russia's constitutional change against same-sex marriages make up this week’s five international stories.




Medical personnel prepare to test hundreds of people lined up in vehicles June 27, 2020, in Phoenix's western neighborhood of Maryvale. PPE is running out again as the number of hospitalized patients climbs. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
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5 national stories of the week

President Donald Trump’s election donors receiving coronavirus loans early, protective gear for medical workers running low, the Trump administration’s push to get all schools to reopen in the fall, charges against Ghislaine Maxwell and shootings during the Fourth of July weekend make up this week’s five national stories.



A worker checks a lung ventilator "Corovent" June 17, 2020, manufactured in Trebic, Czech Republic. A group of volunteers in the Czech Republic was working round the clock to prevent critical shortage of ventilators for COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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5 international stories of the week

India’s ban on TikTok and other Chinese apps, Iran’s damaged nuclear site, the United Kingdom’s sanctions on Russians and Saudis implicated in human rights violations, the Canadian prime minister turning down an invite to the White House and a positive story from the Czech Republic make up this week’s five international stories.









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