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US to drop COVID testing requirement for international air travelers

Starting on Sunday, international passengers flying to the United States will no longer have to present a negative COVID-19 test before boarding the plane.

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18 May
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21 May
The US Air Force has announced a successful test measured at five times the speed of sound. A B-52 bomber off the coast of California carried out the test.
18 May
A renounced Al Jazeera journalist was killed last week during an Israeli raid in the West Bank. Shireen Abu Akhleh was wearing a flak jacket with the word "press" clearly marked. Israelis and Palestinians have traded blame over who fired the fatal shot, while Israel has opened an investigation into heavy-handed police tactics used during Abu Akleh's funeral procession, which almost caused her coffin to fall to the ground. We get analysis with Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists.
21 May
The recent leak of a confidential US Supreme Court document has confirmed the conservative-majority court's intention to overturn Roe v. Wade, the decision that has guaranteed access to abortion throughout the United States for nearly 50 years. Such a decision would have an unprecedented impact on 75 million women of childbearing age. But at the instigation of the Republican Party, some parts of the US, such as the states of Texas and Oklahoma, are already turning into a medical desert for women who seek a termination. Our correspondents Valérie Defert and Pierrick Leurent report on the "post-Roe America".
23 May
In one of the strictest anti-abortion proposals in the country, lawmakers in Oklahoma state passed a bill that restricts abortion immediately after the baby is conceived.
20 May
US News analyzed 150 metro areas in the US to find the best place to live in the country. Places were ranked based on four key characteristics: value, desirability, job opportunities, and quality of life.
29 May
Posts on social media claim that Russian forces captured a US admiral, Eric T. Olson, at the Azovstal steel plant in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. The US Department of Defense confirmed to The FRANCE 24 Observers that Eric T. Olson retired in 2011 as an admiral for the US armed forces. But the claims that he was captured in Mariupol are false. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
25 May
In another tragic US mass shooting echoing the 2012 Sandy Hook killings, an 18-year-old gunman has killed more than 20 people – mostly children – in Uvalde, Texas. We take a look at how papers are reacting to the all-too-common event in the United States, including why many blame Republicans. We finish with an editorial arguing that the United States – its policies and institutions – is its own worst enemy.
30 May
FRANCE 24 interviewed Kao Kim Hourn, Cambodia's minister delegate to Prime Minister Hun Sen, from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Hourn said he believes a full reconciliation with the US will occur. He affirmed that no Chinese military base has been established in Cambodia, and said that China does not dominate the country's economy despite owning most of its debt.