Head of Germany’s biggest state takes helm of Angela Merkel’s party — and shot to succeed her as chancellor The vote puts Armin Laschet in pole position ahead of September elections as Merkel steps away from power. Expo 2020 unveils key pavilion in Dubai as pandemic surges Organizers of Expo 2020 Dubai have unveiled the site’s signature pavilion to reporters for the first time with the event nine months away amid the raging global pandemic India launches what could be the world’s largest vaccination campaign. But it’s unclear if one of the vaccines works. India rolls out two locally made vaccines but only one has completed a Phase 3 trial. A lab in Italy reported a cluster of the U.K. coronavirus variant. But that wasn’t enough to stop the spread. Governments may be missing the window to stop the spread. Britons lament ‘U.K. variant’ label, as coronavirus strain spreads around the world The WHO says it’s working on a more neutral naming system. In Uganda, Museveni steamrolls to a sixth term. Billions in U.S. aid help him stay in power. A U.S. envoy called the election “fundamentally flawed.” But Uganda remains a key player for U.S. policies in Africa. Indonesian teams find more bodies, clear roads after quake Indonesian rescuers have retrieved more bodies from the rubble of homes and buildings toppled by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake, raising the death toll to 56 The U.S. sent Central American asylum seekers to Guatemala to seek refuge. None were granted asylum, report says. A Senate report details failures in a Trump program that the Biden administration appears ready to drop. Guatemala tries blocking caravan of 9,000 Honduran migrants Guatemalan soldiers have blocked part of a caravan of as many as 9,000 Honduran migrants not far from where they entered the country in a bid to reach the U.S. border Leaders in Mexico and Poland look to curb power of social media giants after Trump bans Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says he plans to raise the issue at the G20, but it is not clear how much international support there is.