American gymnast and four-time Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles has withdrawn from Thursday’s individual all-around final in Tokyo. Biles, the most successful US gymnast of all time, said she had to focus on her mental health after pulling out of the women’s team final on Tuesday. The 24-year-old has reached all five individual finals in Tokyo.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met a representative of the Dalai Lama in New Delhi on Wednesday, a move likely to anger Beijing which considers the Tibetan spiritual leader a dangerous separatist. The meeting was one of the most conspicuous contacts between U.S. and Tibetan officials since President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama in Washington in 2016.
Armenia said on Wednesday that three of its soldiers had been killed in an exchange of gunfire with Azerbaijan. The Interfax news agency later reported that both sides had later accepted a Russian cease-fire proposal to try to calm tensions. The incident was one of the deadliest since a six-week war between ethnic Armenian forces and Baku over the Nagorno-Karabakh region and surrounding areas ended last year.
Hungary’s opposition has called for ministerial resignations from Viktor Orbán’s far-right government over allegations it selected journalists, media owners and opposition political figures as potential targets for invasive Pegasus spyware. Hungarian law provides that in cases where national security is at stake, the intelligence services can order surveillance with no judicial oversight, only the signature of the minister of justice.
The Department of Justice on Tuesday ordered the forfeiture of a tablet containing a portion of the “Epic of Gilgamesh,” one of the oldest known works of literature. The forfeiture is part of an ongoing process to return thousands of clay tablets and bullae that were illegally smuggled out of Iraq and purchased by Hobby Lobby.