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UK to 'restore our freedoms' after COVID-19 lockdown

Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted the time was right to move from enforceable rules to personal responsibility, and use the summer months to prepare for a potentially more damaging wave of COVID-19 in the winter.

Heat warnings in western US and Canada as wildfires burn

The US National Weather Service (NWS) had warned of a dangerous heatwave and said temperature records would likely be broken over the weekend, forecasting highs of 125-130 degrees Fahrenheit (52-54 Celsius) in California's Death Valley, often the hottest place in the country.

Covax to receive 110 mn Chinese COVID vaccine doses: Gavi

"The agreements, which come at a time when the Delta variant is posing a rising risk to health systems, will begin to make 110 million doses immediately available to participants of the Covax facility, with options for additional doses," said the vaccine alliance Gavi.

Rare anti-government protests erupt in Cuba

Several hundred protesters marched through the capital Havana chanting, 'we want liberty,' with a heavy military and police presence deployed after demonstrators massed outside the Capitol building.