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Thailand to begin talks on Indo-Pacific Economic Framework

The Cabinet has decided to join talks on the US’s newly proposed multilateral trade agreement, known as the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF). According to the Thai government’s website,…

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Sandstorms pose serious risk to human health

Sandstorms have engulfed the Middle East in recent days, in a phenomenon experts warn could proliferate because of climate change, putting human health at grave risk. At least 4,000 people…

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U.S. spends on Ukraine conflicts more than $100 million per day

The US Senate approves roughly $40 billion in new aid to Ukraine. The bill, which was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month, brings U.S. spending on the…

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US, Russia trade blame on food insecurity

The United States and Russia blamed each other Thursday for the worsening food situation around the world as the war in Ukraine unfolds. Washington called on Russia to allow exports…

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‘I mean Ukraine’: Former U.S. president George Bush calls Iraq invasion ‘unjustified’

WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – Former U.S. President George W. Bush mistakenly described the invasion of Iraq as “brutal” and “unjustified” before correcting himself to say he meant to refer…

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Some in Shanghai allowed out to shop; end of COVID lockdown in sight

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, May 19 (Reuters) – More Shanghai residents were given the freedom to go out to shop for groceries for the first time in nearly two months on Thursday as…

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ASEAN-US summit: Long on talk, short on substance

Only diplomatic platitudes in the joint vision statement plus a small financial package demonstrated the Joe Biden administration’s commitment to maintain momentum in the US’ Indo-Pacific strategy in Southeast Asia,…

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‘How to murder your husband’ writer on trial for murder of husband

A writer who penned a piece titled “How To Murder Your Husband” is on trial in the United States for…killing her husband. It is a case that has all the…

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Rediscovered Michelangelo sketch sells for 23 mn euros

A recently rediscovered sketch by Michelangelo, the artist’s first known nude, sold at auction at Christie’s in Paris on Wednesday for 23 million euros ($24 million), a record for one…

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg displays documents as Sweden and Finland applied for membership in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday May 18, 2022. (Johanna Geron, Pool via AP)

NATO chief hails ‘historic moment’ as Finland, Sweden apply

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the military alliance stands ready to seize a historic moment and move quickly on allowing Finland and Sweden to join…

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FILE – Fire erupts at an apartment building in Mariupol, Ukraine / AP

Russia says nearly 700 more Mariupol fighters surrender; leaders still holed up

KYIV/MARIUPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – Nearly 700 more Ukrainian fighters surrendered at the Mariupol steelworks in the past 24 hours, Russia said on Wednesday, but leaders were reported to still be holed up inside,…

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Japan to accept small-scale tours from 4 countries

Japan will trial small group tours with travelers from the US, Australia, Thailand, and Singapore from this month, the government said, as it experiments with easing strict Covid border rules….

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Biden’s visit to racist massacre site will highlight US extremism

When President Joe Biden visits the site of a racist massacre in upstate New York on Tuesday, he’ll confront not only the shocking deaths of 10 Black people but warn against an ideology that “tears at the…

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Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist speaks during a news conference at the military base in Adazi, Latvia April 13, 2022. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo

Sweden’s plans for NATO membership hit snag as Turkey says no

Sweden will formally apply for NATO membership in the next few days, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on Monday, but its accession process, and that of Finland, hit a snag when NATO member Turkey‘s president said he would not approve…

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Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias arrives for a two day NATO foreign ministers meeting in Berlin, Germany May 14, 2022. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi

Greece says ready to welcome Finland, Sweden in NATO

ATHENS, May 14 (Reuters) – Greece fully supports Sweden’s and Finland’s plans to join NATO, its foreign minister said on Saturday. “Greece has excellent relations with these two countries, which are also members…

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A police yellow tape is seen after a shooting inside Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, on May 15, 2022. RINGO CHIU / AFP

One dead, four critically injured in California church shooting

One person was dead and four others in critical condition after a shooting at a church near Los Angeles, law enforcement said Sunday, just one day after a gunman killed…

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Melanie Joly, left, Foreign Minister of Canada, and Josep Borrell, right, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, talk after their bilateral meeting during the the summit of foreign ministers of the G7 Group of leading democratic economic powers at the Weissenhaus resort in Weissenhaeuser Strand, Germany, Saturday, May 14, 2022. (Marcus Brandt/Pool via AP)

G7 warn of Ukraine grain crisis, ask China not to aid Russia

WEISSENHAUS, Germany (AP) — The Group of Seven leading economies warned Saturday that the war in Ukraine is stoking a global food and energy crisis that threatens poor countries, and…

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FILE – An employee of the Kyonghung Foodstuff General Store disinfects the showroom in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. Before acknowledging domestic COVID-19 cases, Thursday, May 12, 2022, North Korea spent 2 1/2 years rejecting outside offers of vaccines and steadfastly claiming that its superior socialist system was protecting its 26 million people from “a malicious virus” that had killed millions around the world. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin, File)

EXPLAINER: What’s behind North Korea’s COVID-19 admission?

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Before acknowledging its first domestic COVID-19 cases, North Korea spent 2 1/2 years rejecting outside offers of vaccines and steadfastly claiming that its superior socialist…

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US President Joe Biden (C) and leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) pose for a group photo on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, May 12, 2022. – Posing (from L), Secretary-General of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Sultan of Brunei Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Biden, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Laos Prime Minister Phankham Viphavan, Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob and Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP)

Biden welcomes Southeast Asian leaders with energy, maritime pledges

(AFP) – President Joe Biden on Thursday welcomed Southeast Asian leaders to Washington with promises to support clean energy and maritime security, hoping to showcase a US commitment as China…

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This photo taken on September 10, 2019 shows passenger planes on the tarmac of Urumqi Diwopu International Airport in Urumqi in the region of Xinjiang. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP)

China database reveals the thousands detained in Xinjiang

AFP – A leaked list of thousands of detained Uyghurs has helped Nursimangul Abdureshid shed some light on the whereabouts of her missing family members, who have disappeared in China’s…

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This image released by the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, Thursday, May 12, 2022, shows a black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. The Milky Way black hole is called Sagittarius A*, near the border of Sagittarius and Scorpius constellations. It is 4 million times more massive than our sun. The image was made by eight synchronized radio telescopes around the world. (Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration via AP)

Astronomers capture 1st image of Milky Way’s huge black hole

WASHINGTON (AP) — The world got a look Thursday at the first wild but fuzzy image of the supermassive black hole at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy….

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Bitcoin’s 2021 gains wiped out in stablecoin rout

HONG KONG, May 12 (Reuters) – Cryptocurrencies extended their sell-off on Thursday, with Bitcoin falling to its lowest levels in 16 months as a stampede out of so-called stablecoins sent…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 01, 2020, crematory operator Brandon Cochran pushes a cremation box draped in a US national flag, containing the body a veteran who died of Covid-19, to an incinerator at the Stauffer Funeral Homes in Frederick, Maryland. – America is about to cross one million deaths from Covid-19, a grim milestone that comes as cities like New York try to turn the page on the pandemic despite threats of another surge. “It’s unfathomable,” Diana Berrent, one of the first people in New York state to catch coronavirus, said of the toll that has far exceeded the highest estimates of epidemiologists at the outbreak in spring 2020. Then, New York City was the virus epicenter. Hospitals and morgues overflowed and empty streets rang to the sound of ambulance sirens as ex-president Donald Trump responded chaotically in Washington. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)

COVID claims 1 million U.S. lives

NEW YORK, May 11 (Reuters) – The United States has now recorded more than 1 million COVID-19 deaths, according to a Reuters tally, crossing a once-unthinkable milestone about two years…

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(FILES) In this file picture taken on September 27, 2021, a health official sprays disinfectant as part of preventative measures against Covid-19, in the Daesong Department Store in Pyongyang. – North Korea on May 12, 2022 confirmed its first-ever case of Covid-19, with state media declaring it a “severe national emergency incident” after more than two years of purportedly keeping the pandemic at bay. (Photo by KIM Won Jin / AFP)

North Korea reports first Covid-19 outbreak, declares emergency

North Korea has confirmed its first-ever case of Covid-19 and declared a “severe national emergency”, with leader Kim Jong Un vowing to “eliminate” the virus, state media said Thursday. The…

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A diver swims past coral on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia / AP

Most Great Barrier Reef coral studied this year was bleached

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — More than 90% of Great Barrier Reef coral surveyed this year was bleached in the fourth such mass event in seven years in the world’s largest…

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Then U.S. President Donald Trump and Elon Musk are seen at the Firing Room Four after the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft on NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. May 30, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Musk says he would reverse Twitter ban on Donald Trump

(Reuters) – Billionaire Elon Musk said on Tuesday he would reverse Twitter‘s ban on former U.S. President Donald Trump when he buys the social media platform, the clearest signal yet of Musk‘s intention to cut moderation of the site. Musk, the world’s richest person and chief executive of electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc, has…

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US President Joe Biden took part in the ASEAN-US Summit on the sidelines of the 2021 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits held online on a live video conference in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. (Photo by Handout / ASEAN Summit 2021 / AFP)

US-ASEAN Summit needs concrete results to be more than a talkshop

The leaders of ASEAN countries will meet with US President Joe Biden in Washington D.C. on May 12-13 for a special summit to commemorate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations…

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Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa reacts during his swearing in ceremony as the new Prime Minister, at Kelaniya Buddhist temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 9, 2020. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Sri Lanka PM quits after supporters run riot

Colombo (AFP) – Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned Monday after dozens of people were hospitalised when his supporters armed with sticks and clubs attacked protestors. The country has suffered months…

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Newcastle United’s English midfielder Sean Longstaff (L) vies with Manchester City’s German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England on May 8, 2022.

Man City move closer to Premier League title, Arsenal boost top-four bid

London (AFP) – Manchester City took advantage of Liverpool’s stumble in the Premier League title race as the champions moved a step closer to retaining their crown with a 5-0 demolition of…

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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on economic growth, jobs, and deficit reduction in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 4, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

G7 to phase out Russian oil, U.S. sanctions Gazprombank execs over Ukraine war

WILMINGTON, Del., May 8 (Reuters) – Group of Seven (G7) nations committed on Sunday to ban or phase out imports of Russian oil and the United States unveiled sanctions against…

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John Lee (L) and his wife Janet (R) celebrate after Lee was named as the city’s new leader in Hong Kong on May 8, 2022.

John Lee: the former Hong Kong cop Beijing trusts

A former beat cop who rose to become Hong Kong’s security chief, John Lee is the one person China’s leaders trust to run the city as their loyal lieutenant, analysts and insiders say….

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French President Emmanuel Macron reviews military troops during the ceremony of his inauguration for a second term at the Elysee palace, in Paris, France, Saturday, May 7, 2022. Macron was reelected for five years on April 24 in an election runoff that saw him won over far-right rival Marine Le Pen. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)

France’s Macron vows new start at second term inauguration

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday vowed a new start to face immense challenges in foreign and domestic policy, as he was inaugurated for a second term after his election…

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A glass cabinet with a Ukrainian car plate past a US flag at an exhibition as she visit the exhibition “NATO. A Chronicle of Cruelty” at the Museum of Contemporary History of Russia in Moscow on May 5, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

Moscow museum chronicles NATO ‘cruelty’ amid Ukraine campaign

Paintings of wounded children and grieving women line the walls, while loudspeakers spit out the sound of approaching warplanes. Welcome to a Moscow exhibition depicting NATO’s “crimes” amid Russia’s military campaign…

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A woman walks past a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at a railway station in Seoul on May 4, 2022. – North Korea fired a ballistic missile on May 4, South Korea’s military said, just a week after leader Kim Jong Un vowed to boost Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal at the “fastest possible speed”. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

North Korea fires submarine-launched missile after US nuclear warning

North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile Saturday, Seoul said, its second missile launch in three days after the United States warned Pyongyang could be preparing for a nuclear test….

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People wearing face masks line up for COVID-19 tests on the third consecutive day of mass coronavirus testing in Beijing, Thursday, May 5, 2022. Hong Kong on Thursday reopened beaches and pools in a relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, while China’s capital Beijing began easing quarantine rules for arrivals from overseas. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Hong Kong reopens beaches, Beijing relaxes quarantine rules

BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong on Thursday reopened beaches and pools in a relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, while China’s capital Beijing began easing quarantine rules for arrivals from overseas. Hong…

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This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (orange)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (green) cultured in the lab. (Image captured and colorized at NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana)

Omicron as severe as previous COVID variants, large study finds

May 5 (Reuters) – The Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV2 virus is intrinsically as severe as previous variants, unlike assumptions made in previous studies that it was more transmissible but…

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Actor Amber Heard testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday May 4, 2022. Actor Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” (Elizabeth Frantz/Pool Photo via AP)

Amber Heard testifies she was assaulted by Johnny Depp

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Amber Heard said she knew she should leave Johnny Depp the first time he hit her, but she couldn’t bring herself to do it. “I knew…

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers her speech during a debate on the social and economic consequences for the EU of the Russian war in Ukraine, Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

EU leader calls for Russian oil ban in new set of sanctions

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top official on Wednesday called on the 27-nation bloc to ban oil imports from Russia in a sixth package of sanctions targeting Moscow for…

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Pro-choice actvists gather in protest outside the US Courthouse to defend abortion rights in downtown Los Angeles on May 3, 2022. – The Supreme Court is poised to strike down the right to abortion in the US, according to a leaked draft of a majority opinion that would shred nearly 50 years of constitutional protections. The draft, obtained by Politico, was written by Justice Samuel Alito, and has been circulated inside the conservative-dominated court, the news outlet reported. Politico stressed that the document it obtained is a draft and opinions could change. The court is expected to issue a decision by June. The draft opinion calls the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision “egregiously wrong from the start.” (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

Supreme Court leak ignites US abortion firestorm

US President Joe Biden urged voters Tuesday to defend “fundamental” rights after a leaked Supreme Court draft ruling indicated the imminent end to nationwide legal abortion, long viewed as a…

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People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on May 4, 2022. – North Korea fired a ballistic missile on May 4, South Korea’s military said, just a week after leader Kim Jong Un vowed to boost Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal at the “fastest possible speed”. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

North Korea fires ballistic missile, Seoul says

North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Wednesday, South Korea’s military said, just a week after leader Kim Jong Un vowed to boost Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal at the “fastest possible…

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Commuters take a ride on a subway in Beijing on April 18, 2022. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP)

Beijing closes dozens of subway stations as Covid controls tighten

Beijing closed dozens of subway stations on Wednesday, as Covid restrictions slowly constrict movement across the Chinese capital of over 21 million people. The world’s second-biggest economy has been battling…

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A workers quenches his thirst next to power lines as a heatwave continues to lashes the capital, in New Delhi, India, Monday, May 2, 2022. An unusually early and brutal heat wave is scorching parts of India, where acute power shortages are affecting millions as demand for electricity surges to record levels. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Heat wave sparks blackouts, questions on India’s coal usage

NEW DELHI (AP) — An unusually early and brutal heat wave is scorching parts of India, with acute power shortages affecting millions as demand for electricity surges to record levels….

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Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle speaks during the 2021 Global Citizen Live festival at the Great Lawn, Central Park on September 25, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Netflix cancels Meghan Markle animated series ‘Pearl’

Netflix has canceled an animated series created by Meghan Markle as it makes cost-saving moves following disappointing first-quarter results. The TV streaming giant confirmed in an email to AFP on…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 19, 2021 visitors remove a boat from a boat ramp near the Lake Mead Marina during low water levels due to the western drought at Lake Mead on the Colorado River in Boulder City, Nevada. – A worsening drought has revealed a four-decade-old body dumped in a US lake, police said on May 2, 2022, warning that falling water levels would lead to the uncovering of more corpses. Boaters on Lake Mead near Las Vegas discovered a corroded barrel with its sinister contents during a weekend pleasure trip. Detectives probing the mystery say the contents of the container point to its having been in the huge reservoir since the 1980s. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

US megadrought reveals 1980s body in lake, with more to come: police

A worsening drought has revealed a four-decade-old body dumped in a US lake, police said Monday, warning that falling water levels would lead to the uncovering of more corpses. Boaters…

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a joint news conference with Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh (not pictured) following their talks in Moscow, Russia April 27, 2022. Yuri Kochetkov/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Israel demands apology after Russia says Hitler had Jewish roots

JERUSALEM, May 2 (Reuters) – Israel denounced Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday for suggesting that Adolf Hitler had Jewish origins, accusing Lavrov of spreading anti-Semitism and belittling the…

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Travelers wait in line after verifying their Covid-19 vaccination status as they check-in for a flight to Sydney, Australia on Qantas Airways Ltd. inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on November 1, 2021 in Los Angeles, California, as Australia’s international border reopens almost 600 days after a pandemic closure began. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

Qantas to launch longest non-stop passenger flight

Qantas announced on Monday it will launch the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight, with passengers set to spend 19 hours in the air traveling from Sydney to London by the end…

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U.S. actor and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie poses for a picture with children, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Lviv, Ukraine April 30, 2022. Press Service of the Lviv Regional State Administration/Handout via REUTERS

Angelina Jolie visits Lviv, trip interrupted by sirens

LVIV, Ukraine, April 30 (Reuters) – Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie visited the Ukrainian city of Lviv on Saturday, going to the station to meet people displaced by the war with…

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A ‘Yellow vest’ protester gestures near a fire during the traditional May Day protests, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Paris, France, May 1, 2021. REUTERS/ Manuel Ausloos

Violence erupts in May Day protests in Paris, marchers criticize Macron

PARIS, May 1 (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas to push back black-clad anarchists who ransacked business premises in Paris on Sunday during May Day protests against the policies of…

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Pelosi pledges U.S. support on visit to Ukraine; civilians evacuated from Mariupol

KYIV/BEZIMENNE, Ukraine, May 1 (Reuters) – Around 100 Ukrainian civilians were evacuated from the ruined Azovstal steelworks in the city of Mariupol on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said, after…

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A woman harvests wheat on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Thursday, April 28, 2022. An unusually early, record-shattering heat wave in India has reduced wheat yields, raising questions about how the country will balance its domestic needs with ambitions to increase exports and make up for shortfalls due to Russia’s war in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

Heat wave scorches India’s wheat crop, snags export plans

NEW DELHI (AP) — An unusually early, record-shattering heat wave in India has reduced wheat yields, raising questions about how the country will balance its domestic needs with ambitions to…

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Russian rockets hit Kyiv as UN chief visits, but besieged Mariupol main target

KYIV, April 29 (Reuters) – Two Russian missiles struck Kyiv during a visit by the head of the United Nations, Ukrainian officials said, but the West believes the battles for…

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China green-lights self-driving passenger vehicles in Beijing

Beijing on Thursday became the first Chinese city to green-light the pilot commercial operation of self-driving passenger vehicles without anyone in the driver’s seat. With safety supervisors in the front…

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Countries around the world use soft power to spread their appeal and influence, though some have proved more successful in achieving this than others. (Photo by Z @dead____artist)

From Thailand to America to China, the secret to global success is soft power

 Soft power. The United States has Hollywood, jazz and Facebook while South Korea can boast K-pop, kimchi and taekwondo. For Thailand, pad thai, tom yum kung and Muay Thai pack…

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Putin warns West of lightning retaliation for intervention in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of lightning-fast retaliation if countries interfere in Ukraine, while U.S. President Joe Biden was set to comment on Thursday in support of Ukraine’s fight against…

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FILE – The Twitter application is seen on a digital device, Monday, April 25, 2022, in San Diego. The idea that Elon Musk might want to relax Twitter’s content standards after he buys the company is downright alarming for people who have endured waves of harassment and abuse on the platform. The fear is that the hands-off approach Musk has championed will allow Twitter to become more of haven for hate speech, bullying and disinformation. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Twitter abuse victims fear Musk’s plans, but may not quit

Perhaps no group of people is more alarmed about Elon Musk’s apparent plan to make Twitter a free speech free-for-all than those most likely to be targeted for harassment: women,…

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Malaysia to lift more COVID curbs, eases mask mandate

KUALA LUMPUR, April 27 (Reuters) – Malaysia will ease more COVID-19 curbs from the start of next month, including lifting restrictions on those who are not vaccinated against the coronavirus…

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A view shows gas wells at Bovanenkovo gas field owned by Gazprom on the Arctic Yamal peninsula, Russia May 21, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Russia halts gas supplies to NATO members Poland and Bulgaria

WARSAW/SOFIA/KYIV (Reuters) – Russia halted gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland on Wednesday for rejecting its demand for payment in roubles, taking direct aim at European economies in its toughest…

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Model Y cars are pictured during the opening ceremony of the new Tesla Gigafactory for electric cars in Gruenheide, Germany, March 22, 2022 / REUTERS

Tesla loses $126 bln in value amid Musk Twitter deal funding concern

Tesla Inc. lost $126 billion in value on Tuesday amid investor concerns that Chief Executive Elon Musk may have to sell shares to fund his $21 billion equity contribution to…

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Soldiers from U.S. Army Stryker company take part in a joint training with military personnel and vehicles of Bulgaria’s Armed Forces at Novo Selo grounds, in Bulgaria, April 21, 2022 / REUTERS

Three in four Americans back arms shipments to Ukraine -Reuters/Ipsos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Seventy-three percent of Americans support U.S. efforts to supply Ukraine with weapons, the highest level of support since Russia invaded its neighbor in February, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll completed…

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Rainbow pride parade return to Japan first time in three years

Members of the LGBTQ community and their supporters have paraded in central Tokyo for the first time in three years and called for a society free of discrimination and prejudice….

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Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer media award in Berlin on Dec. 1, 2020. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Elon Musk buys Twitter for $44B and will take it private

Elon Musk reached an agreement to buy Twitter for roughly $44 billion on Monday, promising a more lenient touch to policing content on the social media platform where he —…

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Residents wearing masks line up for mass COVID testing in Chaoyang District on Monday, April 25, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Beijing locks down some areas as COVID-19 cases mount

BEIJING (AP) — China’s capital, Beijing, began mass testing of more than 3 million people on Monday and restricted residents in one part of the city to their compounds, sparking…

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French President Emmanuel Macron waves on stage, after being re-elected as president, following the results in the second round of the 2022 French presidential election, during his victory rally at the Champ de Mars in Paris, France, April 24, 2022. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

France’s Macron defeats Le Pen, pledges change

PARIS (Reuters) – Emmanuel Macron comfortably defeated far-right rival Marine Le Pen on Sunday, heading off a political earthquake for Europe but acknowledging dissatisfaction with his first term and saying…

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(L-R) US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin

Top US officials to meet Zelensky on first wartime visit to Kyiv

The United States’ top diplomat and defence chief were Sunday set to make their first wartime visits to Kyiv since Russia invaded Ukraine two months ago, with fierce battles raging in the…

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Bodies waiting to be identified by their families, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, are seen outside the morgue in Bucha, Kyiv region, Ukraine April 20,2022. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

U.N. rights office cites growing evidence of war crimes in Ukraine

ZURICH, April 22 (Reuters) – The United Nations human rights office said on Friday there was growing evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukraine, including signs of indiscriminate shelling and…

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A picture shows a TV screen displaying a live televised between French President and La Republique en Marche (LREM) party candidate for re-election Emmanuel Macron (L) and French far-right party Rassemblement National (RN) presidential candidate Marine Le Pen (R), broadcasted on French TV channels TF1 and France 2, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, ahead of the second round of France’s presidential election. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP)

France’s Macron, Le Pen in final quest for votes after fiery debate

Paris (AFP) – French leader Emmanuel Macron and far-right rival Marine Le Pen on Thursday made a final push for votes in France’s working-class heartlands after a pre-election debate from which…

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File photo: What’s happening in Ukraine may be aiding NATO expansion REUTERS/Chingis Kondarov

Putin claims victory in Mariupol; Ukrainian fighters hold on

KYIV, April 21 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed victory on Thursday in the biggest battle of the Ukraine war, declaring the port city of Mariupol “liberated,” although hundreds…

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In this handout photo released by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile is launched from Plesetsk in Russia’s northwest. Russia said on Wednesday it had conducted a first test launch of its Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, a new and long-awaited addition to its nuclear arsenal which President Vladimir Putin said would make Moscow’s enemies stop and think. (Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service via AP)

Russia test-fires new intercontinental ballistic missile

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said Wednesday it successfully performed the first test of a new intercontinental ballistic missile, a weapon President Vladimir Putin said would make the West…

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US actor Johnny Depp looks on at the end of the second day of his testimony during the defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, April 20, 2022. – Depp is suing ex-wife Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” (Photo by EVELYN HOCKSTEIN / POOL / AFP)

Johnny Depp says abuse allegations have cost him ‘everything’

“Pirates of the Caribbean” star Johnny Depp said Wednesday that domestic abuse allegations made against him by his ex-wife Amber Heard had cost him “nothing less than everything” and claimed…

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A cat walks next to a tank of pro-Russian troops in front of an apartment building damaged during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 19, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

No surrender in Mariupol as Russian deadline expires

April 20 (Reuters) – A Russian ultimatum to Ukrainian troops in Mariupol to surrender or die expired on Wednesday afternoon with no mass capitulation, but the commander of a unit…

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Sri Lankans representing various government establishments shout slogans against the government during a protest in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, April 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Widespread protests grip Sri Lanka after police shooting

COLOMBO (AP) — Thousands of people across Sri Lanka took to the streets on Wednesday, a day after police opened fire at demonstrators, killing one person and injuring 13 others,…

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A man wearing a mask passes by a folklore Chinese guardian lion statue often found outside buildings to protect it from harmful spirits or threats on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Shanghai allows 4 million out of homes as virus rules ease

BEIJING (AP) — Shanghai allowed 4 million more people out of their homes Wednesday as anti-virus controls that shut down China’s biggest city eased, while the International Monetary Fund cut…

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Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring his side’s fourth goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Tuesday, April 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Salah double as Liverpool routs Man United 4-0 to top Premier League

LIVERPOOL (AP) — Liverpool is back where Manchester United is far from reaching: Top of the Premier League. To know why there is such a deficit in quality now between…

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A Ukrainian serviceman stand next to a Javelin anti-tank missile, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, at a position in Donetsk Region, Ukraine April 18, 2022. REUTERS/Serhii Nuzhnenko/File Photo

Russia launches ‘Battle of Donbas’ on eastern front, Ukraine says

LVIV/KYIV, April 19 (Reuters) – Russian forces tried to push through Ukrainian defences along almost the entire front line in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, launching what President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called…

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A view shows the remains of a building, which was destroyed during flooding leaving several people dead, at the KwaNdengezi Station, near Durban, South Africa, April 16, 2022. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Dozens still missing as South Africa floods death toll rises to 443

ETHEKWINI, South Africa, April 17 (Reuters) – Rescuers searched for dozens of people still missing in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province on Sunday after heavy rains in recent days triggered…

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FILE PHOTO: General view during the test firing of what state media report is a North Korean “new type” of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in this undated photo released on March 24, 2022 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS

U.S. special representative for N.Korea to visit Seoul to discuss missile launches

SEOUL, April 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. envoy for North Korea will visit Seoul next week for meetings with South Korean counterparts to discuss the international response to the North’s recent intercontinental…

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Russian missile cruiser Moskva is moored in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Ukraine May 10, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

Powerful explosions heard in Kyiv after Russian warship sinks

KYIV/LVIV, Ukraine, April 15 (Reuters) – Powerful explosions were heard in Kyiv early on Friday, and air raid sirens blared across Ukraine as residents braced for new Russian attacks after Moscow’s lead warship in…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on the country’s agricultural and fish industries via a video link at a residence outside Moscow, Russia April 5, 2022. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS

After week of silence, Putin says Russia will achieve ‘noble’ aims in Ukraine

LONDON, April 12 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin defended Russia‘s assault on Ukraine in a rare public appearance on Tuesday, the first time he has addressed the conflict since Moscow withdrew its forces from northern Ukraine after they were halted…

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Refugee women with children walk to boarding transport at the central train station in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, April 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

UN: Nearly two-thirds of Ukraine’s children have fled homes

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of all Ukrainian children have fled their homes in the six weeks since Russia’s invasion, and the United Nations has verified the deaths of…

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Elon Musk attends the opening ceremony of the new Tesla Gigafactory for electric cars in Gruenheide, Germany, March 22, 2022. Patrick Pleul/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Twitter says Musk not joining board, warns of ‘distractions ahead’

(Reuters) – Elon Musk rejected Twitter Inc’s offer to join its board, a dramatic turn in a week when the billionaire became its biggest shareholder, with the social media company warning…

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A screen shows French President Emmanuel Macron and centrist candidate for reelection and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen at her election day headquarters, in Paris, Sunday, April 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

In France, it’s Macron vs. Le Pen, again, for presidency

PARIS (AP) — Incumbent Emmanuel Macron will face far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen in a winner-takes-all runoff for the French presidency, after they both advanced Sunday in the first round…

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Iran’s and U.S.’ flags are seen printed on paper in this illustration taken January 27, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Iran wants U.S. to show goodwill by lifting some sanctions prior to nuclear deal

DUBAI, April 10 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden should lift some sanctions on Iran to show his goodwill towards reviving the international nuclear agreement with Tehran, Iran‘s foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said on Sunday….

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Natalia Titova, 62, reacts as she shows her house, which was destroyed by Russian shelling, amid Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine in Chernihiv, Ukraine April 9, 2022. Natalia and her family were staying in the basement, “When the rocket hit our house, we ran into the street, it was very scary” she said. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Ukraine calls for more sanctions, weapons to stop Russia’s ‘catastrophe’

KYIV, April 10 (Reuters) – President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Russia’s aggression was never limited to just Ukraine and the whole of Europe was a target as he urged the West to impose…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 01, 2022, the United Nations holds its second day of emergency special session General Assembly meetings on the Russia-Ukraine conflict in New York City. – The UN General Assembly will vote on April 7, 2022, on suspending Russia from the UN Human Rights Council following allegations that Russian troops deliberately murdered civilians in Bucha, Ukraine, the assembly presidency said. (Photo by Andrea RENAULT / AFP)

U.N. suspends Russia from human rights body, Moscow then quits

UNITED NATIONS, April 7 (Reuters) – The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday suspended Russia from the U.N. Human Rights Council over reports of “gross and systematic violations and abuses…

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Putin’s daughters, sanctioned by US, hidden from public eye

Little is known publicly about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s daughters, sanctioned on Wednesday by the US government over Moscow’s “atrocities in Ukraine.” The US Treasury identified the daughters as Katerina…

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Policemen work to identify civilians who were killed during the Russian occupation in Bucha, Ukraine, on the outskirts of Kyiv, before sending the bodies to the morgue, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Mariupol’s dead put at 5,000 as Ukraine braces in the east

ANDRIIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — The mayor of the besieged port city of Mariupol put the number of civilians killed there at more than 5,000 Wednesday, as Ukraine collected evidence of…

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President Volodymyr Zelensky, of Ukraine, addresses a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York City on April 5, 2022.

Zelensky tells UN to ‘act immediately’ on Russia or close

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky challenged the United Nations to “act immediately” or “dissolve yourself altogether” during a blistering address Tuesday in which he showed harrowing footage of dead bodies — including children…

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Twitter moves to limit reach of Russian govt accounts

Twitter announced Tuesday it was introducing new measures against Russian government accounts to reduce the impact of official propaganda on the social network.  The official accounts will no longer be…

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Workers and volunteers look on in a compound where residents are tested for the Covid-19 coronavirus during the second stage of a pandemic lockdown in Jing’ an district in Shanghai on April 4, 2022. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

COVID outbreak ‘extremely grim’ as Shanghai extends lockdown

The COVID-19 outbreak in China’s largest metropolis of Shanghai remains “extremely grim” amid an ongoing lockdown confining around 26 million people to their homes, a city official said Tuesday. The…

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In this photo provided by Cambridge University Library on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, a view of the Tree of Life Sketch in one of naturalist Charles Darwin’s notbeooks which have recently been returned after going missing in 2001, in Cambridge, England. Two of naturalist Charles Darwin’s notebooks that were reported stolen from Cambridge University’s library have been returned, two decades after they disappeared. (Stuart Roberts/Cambridge University Library via AP)

Darwin notebooks missing for 20 years returned to Cambridge

LONDON (AP) — Two of naturalist Charles Darwin’s notebooks that were reported stolen from Cambridge University’s library have been returned, two decades after they disappeared. The university said Tuesday that…

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SENSITIVE MATERIAL. THIS IMAGE MAY OFFEND OR DISTURB Bodies of people, who according to residents were shot by Russian soldiers, lie down on the street, amid Russia’s invasion on Ukraine, in Bucha, Ukraine April 3, 2022. REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak

In Ukrainian street, a corpse with hands bound and a bullet wound to the head

BUCHA, Ukraine, April 4 (Reuters) – A man lay sprawled by the roadside in the Ukrainian city of Bucha on Sunday, his hands tied behind his back and a bullet…

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Tesla and SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk speaks at the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition in Washington, Monday, March 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Suddenly, Twitter’s biggest stakeholder is Tesla’s Elon Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has acquired a 9% stake in Twitter to become its largest shareholder while joining other critics in questioning the social media platform’s dedication to free speech…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 30, 2022. (Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev / SPUTNIK / AFP)

Russia imposes visa restrictions on citizens of ‘unfriendly countries’

April 4 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday introducing visa restrictions for citizens of countries that Moscow deems “unfriendly” in response to sanctions over Ukraine….

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Soldiers walk amid destroyed Russian tanks in Bucha, in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, April 3, 2022. Ukrainian troops are finding brutalized bodies and widespread destruction in the suburbs of Kyiv, sparking new calls for a war crimes investigation and sanctions against Russia. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Ukraine accuses Russia of massacre, city strewn with bodies

BUCHA, Ukraine (AP) — As foreign outrage mounts over evidence of possible executions and other atrocities by Russian forces in Ukraine, Germany’s defense minister says Europe must consider stepping up…

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A worker checks a tank at Nahr Bin Umar oil field, north of Basra, Iraq March 22, 2022. REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani

Oil prices fall after truce in Middle East conflict, petroleum reserve news

NEW YORK, April 3 (Reuters) – Oil prices fell at the start of Asian trade on Sunday, after the United Arab Emirates and the Iran-aligned Houthi group welcomed a truce…

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File Image: Photo by Andri Tambunan / AFP

At least 2 shooters kill 6, wound 12 in Sacramento

AFP – Six people were killed and 12 others injured, some critically, in a shooting early Sunday morning in California’s state capital of Sacramento. The city’s police chief, Kathy Lester,…

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Firefighters work at a residential building damaged by shelling during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk, Ukraine March 30, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

April 3 (Reuters) – Ukraine said its forces had retaken all areas around Kyiv, while the mayor of Bucha near the capital said 300 residents had been killed during a month-long occupation…

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Presenter Chris Rock, left, reacts after being hit on stage by Will Smith while presenting the award for best documentary feature at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Will Smith resigns from film academy over Chris Rock slap

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will Smith resigned Friday from the motion picture academy following his Oscars night slap of Chris Rock and said he would accept any further punishment the…

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An employee checks a pipe at the construction site of a gas metering station, part of the pipeline link between Bulgaria and Greece near the village of the Malko Kadievo, on March 18, 2022. – EU member Bulgaria has been criticised for its almost total dependence on Russia for its annual consumption of about three billion cubic metres of gas. In a bid to secure alternative deliveries, the Balkan country had long planned to link its gas network to those of its neighbours — Greece, Serbia and Romania — but the projects were severely delayed by administrative hurdles. (Photo by Nikolay DOYCHINOV / AFP)

Russian gas flows to Europe despite Putin deadline

IRPIN, Ukraine (Reuters) – Russia allowed gas to keep flowing to Europe on Friday despite a deadline for buyers to pay in roubles or be cut off, and peace talks…

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A ‘No War’ sign stuck on a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the window of a children’s library in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, March 29, 2022. (AP Photo)

Realities of war threaten to overwhelm rhetoric

Ask Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky what he wants more now, worldwide expression of sympathy or what he deems a fraction of western tanks, warplanes and anti-warship systems that he suggests…

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