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A man uses a water hose during a wildfire in Adames area in northern Athens, Greece, on Tuesday. Thousands of people fled their homes north of Athens on Tuesday as a wildfire broke out of the forest and reached residential areas just as Greece grappled with its worst heat wave in decades. The Associated Press

Nation

District of Columbia

Harris to focus on security on Asia trip

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Southeast Asia later this month aiming to bolster U.S. engagement in the region in an effort to counter China’s growing influence globally.

Harris deputy national security adviser Phil Gordon said the vice president will emphasize the Biden administration’s commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region, with a focus on reinforcing regional security in the area.

Texas

Garden to open for El Paso shooting

EL PASO — Officials in the border city of El Paso will unveil a garden Tuesday that is meant to bring healing two years after a gunman targeting Latinos opened fire at a Walmart, killing

23 people.

Many of the events honoring those slain will be affected by precautions for the coronavirus pandemic. The dedication of the garden — in a county park space dedicated to quiet reflection among water and plants — will be closed to the public.

Ohio

Carey, backed by Trump, wins primary

COLUMBUS — Political newcomer Mike Carey has won the crowded Republican primary for an open U.S. House seat in central Ohio’s 15th Congressional District.

The longtime coal lobbyist was backed by former President Donald Trump, who had called Carey a “courageous fighter” who will be tough on crime. Carey has never held public office before.

World

Afghanistan

Defense minister targeted in attack

KABUL — A powerful explosion rocked an upscale neighborhood of Afghanistan’s capital Tuesday in an attack that apparently targeted the country’s acting defense minister. At least 10 people were wounded, a health official said.

No one immediately took responsibility for the attack but it came as Taliban insurgents have been pressing ahead with an offensive that is putting pressure on the provincial capitals in the south and west of the country.

Finland

At least 3 injured in Sweden shooting

HELSINKI — At least three people have been wounded in a shooting in the southern Swedish city of Kristianstad, police said. No suspects have been detained yet.

Swedish police received an alert Tuesday afternoon that several loud bangs were heard in one of the districts of the city. According to preliminary information, at least three people were taken to hospital with suspected gunshot wounds.

Iraq

Looted ancient artifacts returned

BAGHDAD — Over 17,000 looted ancient artifacts recovered from the United States and other countries were handed over to Iraq’s Culture Ministry on Tuesday, a restitution described by the government as the largest in the country’s history.

The majority of the artifacts date back 4,000 years to ancient Mesopotamia and were recovered from the U.S. in a recent trip by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. Other pieces were also returned from Japan, Netherlands and Italy.

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