French tourism seeks new boost with Disneyland reopening
Europe's most frequented theme park in Marne-la-Vallee, east of the French capital, opened its doors on Thursday after nearly eight months of closure.
Japan to end COVID-19 state of emergency on schedule for all prefectures but Okinawa
Okinawa, home to most U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan, will remain under a state of emergency until July 11 because hospitals there remain strained by a high number of COVID-19 patients, a news report said.
VA defends request for 15% increase in medical funding
Congress ultimately determines the VA’s budget, and some Republicans have quizzed VA Secretary Denis McDonough about the need for the increase.
EU members agree to lift travel restrictions on US tourists
The EU has no unified COVID-19 tourism or border policy, but has been working for months on a joint digital travel certificate for those vaccinated, freshly tested, or recently recovered from the virus. EU lawmakers endorsed the plan last week.
Advocates warn end of eviction moratoriums could create ‘unprecedented wave’ of homeless veterans 
Kathryn Monet, CEO of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, a nonprofit focused on ending veteran homelessness, urged lawmakers Wednesday to extend the halt on evictions and foreclosures for qualified tenants.
Pockets of unvaccinated Americans threaten to prolong pandemic
Though more than 174 million Americans have received at least one dose of a vaccine, accounting for about 64.6% of the adult population, such averages belie stark gaps in vaccination rates at a local level. With more contagious versions of the virus like the delta variant taking hold, this creates opportunities for further spread.
Royal Caribbean cruise postponed after 8 crew members test positive for COVID
Royal Caribbean International’s Odyssey of the Seas, which was scheduled to sail to the Caribbean on July 3 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will now start its first voyage on July 31.
UK to require COVID-19 shots for nursing home workers
Britain will require COVID-19 vaccinations for nursing home workers in England, arguing that the need to protect vulnerable residents outweighed employees' right to choose whether to get the jab.
France eases mask rules; will end nightly virus curfew
France on Wednesday eased several COVID-19 restrictions, with authorities saying it's no longer always mandatory to wear masks outdoors and halting an 8-month nightly coronavirus curfew this weekend.
Let the recovery begin: EU chief OKs first virus plans
The European Union moved a step closer Wednesday to deploying the bloc's massive pandemic recovery fund, with a top executive going to Portugal and Spain to announce the bloc's initial endorsement of their national spending plans.