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Even with Beijing's backing, Hong Kong's new leader faces big challenges

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Shoppers drink juice in plastic cups at a market in New Delhi, on Wednesday. India banned some single-use or disposable plastic products Friday as part of a longer plan to phase out the ubiquitous material in the nation of nearly 1.4 billion. Altaf Qadri/AP hide caption

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Police guard a closed road outside the Xiqu Centre in Hong Kong on June 30, 2022, as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Hong Kong to attend celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Isaac Lawrence/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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News brief: election law case, climate case ruling, Hong Kong anniversary

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China's President Xi Jinping waves following his speech after a ceremony to inaugurate the city's new government in Hong Kong Friday, July 1, 2022, on the 25th anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Selim Chtayti/AP hide caption

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Thousands have been sent to the hospital due to Japan's blistering heatwave

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Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is sworn in as the Philippines 17th president

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Incoming Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos Jr., left, and outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte, right, attend Marcos' inauguration ceremony in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, June 30, 2022. Francis R. Malasig/AP hide caption

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Maria Ressa announced in a speech in Hawaii, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, that the Philippine government is affirming a previous order to shut down Rappler, the news website she co-founded. Hakon Mosvold Larsen/AP hide caption

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Afghans work to recover after earthquake that killed hundreds

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