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All roads lead to Russian indicators

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

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Odesa maintains some normalcy despite Russian aerial assault on southern Ukraine

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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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Europe is at the center of the monkeypox outbreak — and it must act quickly to prevent the virus from becoming established, the WHO says. Here, a medical laboratory technician works with suspected monkeypox samples to be tested at La Paz hospital in Madrid, Spain, last month. Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images hide caption

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A cook prepares borsch at a March 2021 event in Kyiv to promote Ukraine's bid for UNESCO to recognize the dish as part of the country's historical heritage. Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images 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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A placard featuring an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading "We are with him for the sovereignty of Russia! And you?" is seen left in front of the Russian State Duma building in central Moscow on Feb. 24. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Are sanctions actually hurting Russia's economy? Here's what you need to know

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WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted to a courtroom for a hearing in Khimki just outside Moscow, as her trial begins on Friday. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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Russian prosecutors call first witnesses in case against Brittney Griner

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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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The U.S. Marshals Service said that Kaitlin Marie Armstrong (shown), who is suspected in the fatal shooting of professional cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson at an Austin, Texas, home, has been arrested in Costa Rica. U.S. Marshals Service via AP, File hide caption

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