Sunday's world stories

Aug 1, 2021 - World

Kosovo honors Beau Biden for his service to the country

Kosovo's President Vjosa Osmani hands the medal to U.S. Ambassador Philip Kosnett during a presidential medal ceremony for Beau Biden on Aug. 1. Photo: Armend Nimani/AFP via Getty Images

Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani awarded a presidential medal to President Biden's late son, Beau Biden, on Sunday for his work in Kosovo in the country's postwar years.

Why it matters: The medal honors Beau Biden's work helping train local prosecutors and judges in Kosovo with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe from 1998 to 1999, reports Reuters.

Aug 1, 2021 - World

394 migrants rescued from overcrowded boat near Tunisia

A group of migrants wait in their boat before being checked by medical staff on Aug. 28, 2020 in Lampedusa, Italy. Photo: Lorenzo Palizzolo/Getty Images

Two humanitarian rescue ships pulled 394 migrants from an overcrowded boat near Tunisia on Sunday, Reuters reports.

The big picture: More than 1,100 people fleeing from conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East have perished over the last year, according to the UN-affiliated International Organization for Migration.

Aug 1, 2021 - World

New Zealand Prime Minister apologizes for 1970s immigration raids

Jacinda Ardern speaks at a service to make a formal apology to the Pacifika people affected by the dawn raids of the 1970s at Auckland Town Hall on Aug. 1. Photo: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern issued a formal apology Sunday for immigration raids targeted the country's Pacific Islanders in the 1970s.

State of play: During the "Dawn Raids" of the 1970s, police, often accompanied by dogs, would burst into homes in the early hours of the morning to find and deport people who had overstayed their visas, writes Al Jazeera.

Updated Aug 1, 2021 - World

U.S. and U.K. blame Iran for drone strike on oil tanker

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. Photo: Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Sunday that the United States and United Kingdom, respectively, now believe Iran was likely responsible for last week's drone strike on an oil tanker in the Arabian sea.

Why it matters: The United States and Britain now join Israel in accusing Tehran of being behind the July 29 attack off the coast of Oman. Iran has denied involvement.

Aug 1, 2021 - World

Tourists forced to evacuate Turkey as wildfires rage

Smoke and flames rise as ground and air support works to extinguish the forest fire that continues in Antalya, Turkey on Sunday. Photo: Suleyman Elcin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Thousands of tourists in Turkey were forced to evacuate Sunday after wildfires, which erupted last Wednesday, encroached on popular travel destinations, NBC reports.

Why it matters: More than 100 wildfires broke out near southern and western Turkey this week, with at least six people, including two firefighters, reported to have died in the fires.

Aug 1, 2021 - Sports

Golfer Xander Schauffele wins Olympic gold for U.S. by 1 shot

Xander Schauffele of Team USA plays his shot from the first tee during the third round of the men's individual stroke Play on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan, on Saturday. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Golfer Xander Schauffele won gold for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Sunday.

The big picture: It's Team USA's "first Olympic gold in an individual event in this sport since 1900," per an International Olympic Committee statement. Schauffele won the event by one shot, leaving Slovakia's Rory Sabbatini with silver. There was a seven-way play-off for the bronze medal.

Go deeper: Full Axios Olympics coverage

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

In photos: Tokyo Olympics day 9 highlights

Team USA's Ryan Murphy, Zach Apple, Michael Andrew and Caeleb Dressel celebrate winning gold in the final of the men's 4x100m medley relay swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on Aug. 1. Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

Day nine of the Tokyo Olympic Games Sunday saw the final day of swimming competition end with a historic win for Team USA.

The big picture: The U.S. men's 4x100-meter medley relay team set a new world record as they won the final and Caeleb Dressel earned a fifth gold — becoming the fifth American to do so. Team USA's Bobby Finke won the 1,500-meter freestyle.

Aug 1, 2021 - World

French police and anti-health pass protesters clash in Paris

Scenes in Paris, part of a national day of protest against French legislation mandating pandemic health passes for dining and travel. Photo: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP via Getty Images

Police in Paris deployed tear gas Saturday during clashes with thousands of demonstrators protesting a new law mandating universal vaccinations for health workers and pandemic passes for all restaurants and domestic travel.

The big picture: While thousands of people protested across France, the Washington Post notes that polls show most people in the country back the pandemic measures, introduced to curb spiking COVID-19 cases driven largely by the Delta variant.

  • 52.1% of France's population has been fully vaccinated against the virus as of Friday, according to official figures.
Aug 1, 2021 - World

Myanmar's military ruler promises to hold multi-party elections

Myanmar's Military Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing during an event in Naypyidaw, Myanmar in August 2020. Photo: Thet Aung/AFP via Getty Images

Myanmar's ruling military leader Min Aung Hlaing pledged during a televised address Sunday to hold multi-party elections and promised to work with "any special envoy named by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations," per Reuters.

Why it matters: The military has faced sanctions and been condemned by the U.S., the United Nations and others for seizing power in a Feb. 1 coup during which it detained democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other government officials. Dozens of protesters have since been killed or detained across Myanmar.

Bobby Finke wins Olympic gold for U.S. in men's 1,500-meter freestyle

Team USA's Bobby Finke competing in a heat for the men's 1500m freestyle swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on July 30. Photo: François-Xavier Marit/AFP via Getty Images

Bobby Finke won Olympic gold for the U.S. in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle at the Tokyo Games on Sunday morning local time.

The big picture: Ukraine's Mykhailo Romanchuk won the silver medal and Florian Wellbrock bronze, despite the German leading for most of the race. Finke, 21, also won a gold medal in the first-ever men's Olympic 800-meter freestyle final on Thursday.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to include the bronze and silver medal winners.