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Up to 10,000 fans at Tokyo Olympics
Spectators will have to wear masks and follow social distancing measures. But events will be behind closed doors if coronavirus infections surge. Also: The Swedish government loses a vote of confidence for the first time in history, and a declassified report into UFO’s in America.
International talks on Iran's nuclear programme make progress
However, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi says 'distance remained' and bridging the gap won't be easy. The EU's chief coordinator Enrique Mora says 'we are closer to a deal but we are not still there'. It is not clear when the next round of talks will take place. Also, the body of fugitive far-right Belgian soldier found. The South Africa gems that sparked rush are quartz not diamonds.
Covid: Brazil hits 500,000 deaths amid 'critical' situation
So far, only 11% of the population has been fully vaccinated. Iran's next president - the hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi - has promised to fight corruption, after winning an election in which most of his rivals were barred. Milkha Singh, India's 'Flying Sikh', dies from Covid.
Iranians vote in presidential election
The winner will replace Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate who has served the maximum two terms. Also: Palestinians cancel vaccine swap deal with Israel, and a Ukrainian couple break up after being handcuffed together for 123 days.
Japanese disagree over Olympics spectators
Officials and politicians are in dispute over allowing fans to attend events next month. Also: Iranians vote in a presidential poll, and the new species of ancient giant rhino.
US Supreme Court rejects big challenge to Obamacare
It is the third time since 2010 that the healthcare law has survived a challenge.The justices' 7-2 ruling preserves medical insurance for millions of low-income Americans. Also: Zambia's first president Kenneth Kaunda dies aged 97, and the coelacanth - a 'living fossil' fish - may live for up to a century.
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