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With digital streaming platforms increasingly becoming the dominant space to watch movies, many Corvallis locals are hanging on to the timeless tradition of gathering together to experience classic films in person.

Japan will open its borders to foreign tourists in June for the first time since imposing tight pandemic travel restrictions about two years ago, but only for package tours for now. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says Japan will allow the entry of people on tours with fixed schedules and guides beginning June 10. Tourists from areas with low COVID-19 infection rates who have received three vaccine doses will be exempt from testing and quarantine after entry. Japan this week is hosting small experimental package tours from four countries, Australia, Singapore, Thailand and the United States. That experiment, which involves 50 people who received special visas, not tourist visas, is to end May 31.

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The Spanish government will tighten judicial control over the country’s intelligence agency. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez made the announcement Thursday, weeks after the agency admitted it had spied on several pro-independence supporters in Catalonia with judicial authorization. The country’s National Intelligence Center has been under fire since April, after the digital rights group Citizen Lab alleged that the phones of more than 60 Catalan politicians, lawyers and activists had been hacked with controversial spyware.  Sánchez said his government will overhaul the 2002 law that sets out judicial control of the intelligence agency.  His government also plans to reform the law on official secrets, which dates back to 1968 and the dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco.

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Police stand at the scene of an overnight fire that severely damaged a building that was being renovated to house a new abortion clinic in Cas…

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