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On the final day of a trip to Caracas, International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Karim Khan announced the ICC is set to open an investigation into allegded crimes of torture and extrajudicial killings by Venezuelan security forces under the rule of President Nicolas Maduro. While it could be years before any criminal charges are presented, the investigation was celebrated by human rights groups and the Venezuelan opposition. If carried out, the probe would be the first of its kind in a Latin American country.
NSO Group, the Israeli company behind the controversial Pegasus spyware, which researchers say is used to target the phones of journalists, human rights activists and others, has been added to a US trade blacklist. Saying the NSO tools have been used to “conduct transnational repression,” the Biden administration announced measures that will limit the company’s access to US-made components and technology by requiring government permission for exports. NSO Group has long maintained that its military-grade spyware is sold to military, intelligence and security agencies from countries with good human rights records.
Molnupiravir, the first antiviral oral pill found to be effective in treating symptomatic COVID-19, has been approved by a medicines regulator in the UK. Clinical trials show the medicine, developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, cut the risk of death and hospitalization by half. The pill interferes with the replication of the virus and can be administered outside of a hospital.
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Chinese political dissident and artist Ai Weiwei has published a new book called "1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows." He took the time to discuss with The World's Carol Hills what it was like growing up as the son of a dissident poet.
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Saudi Arabia’s economy was built on oil. Now, faced with growing global pressure to replace fossil fuel with cleaner energy, the kingdom has announced plans to reach net-zero emissions by 2060.
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A New Zealand couple made a surprise discovery while weeding their garden this summer: A 17-pound potato named "Doug," which has now become a town celebrity. Colin and Donna Craig-Brown are trying to preserve the spud while waiting to hear back from Guinness World Records to see if it qualifies for the largest potato ever.
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