Vice President Kamala Harris boards Air Force 2 for travel to Japan and South Korea from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Sunday Sept. 25, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

Ceremony and controversy await Harris during visit to Asia

Attending funerals on behalf of the United States is normally a straightforward assignment for a vice president, but Kamala Harris will confront controversy at nearly every turn as she visits…

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US President Joe Biden speaks at the Global Fund Seventh Replenishment Conference in New York on September 21, 2022. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

US and Thailand seeking a way for Biden to attend APEC meeting

US President Joe Biden understands the importance of APEC, and both Thailand and the US are coordinating to find a way for the President to attend the leader’s meeting in…

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This September 24, 2022, image courtesy of Michael King, special advisor to Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey, and his family, shows damaged caused by post-tropical storm Fiona on the Burnt Islands, in the Newfoundland and Labrador Province of Canada. – Fiona knocked out power to more than 500,000 households as it lashed eastern Canada with strong winds and heavy rain on Saturday, electricity providers said. In the province of Novia Scotia alone, at least 400,000 households lost electricity after Fiona, downgraded from a hurricane to a post-tropical storm but still packing winds of 85 miles (137 kilometers) per hour, made landfall, Novia Scotia Power reported. (Photo by Handout / Michael King / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / Michael King” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Storm Fiona slams eastern Canada, knocking out power and ripping off roofs

(AFP) – Powerful storm Fiona lashed into eastern Canada on Saturday, cutting power to thousands and washing houses into the sea as it pummeled the area with fierce winds and…

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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 September 25, 2022. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

North Korea fires ballistic missile, Seoul says

(AFP) – North Korea fired a ballistic missile Sunday, Seoul’s military said, just days after a US aircraft carrier arrived for joint drills with the South in a show of…

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US President Biden to skip APEC summit

US President Joe Biden will not attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting in Bangkok due to “a family engagement”, Thai PBS learned last night. The White House…

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Tennis – Laver Cup – 02 Arena, London, Britain – September 24, 2022 Team Europe’s Roger Federer waves at fans at the end of his last match after announcing his retirement Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Federer admits to last night nerves after emotional farewell

Roger Federer may have been one of the sporting world’s great communicators over the last two decades but the Swiss confessed he had been dreading being handed a microphone after…

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Russian police officers walk during an unsanctioned rally, after opposition activists called for street protests against the mobilisation of reservists ordered by President Vladimir Putin, in Moscow, Russia September 21, 2022. REUTERS/REUTERS PHOTOGRAPHER

More than 1,300 detained in anti-mobilisation protests across Russia – rights group

Security forces detained more than 1,300 people in Russia on Wednesday at protests denouncing mobilisation, a rights group said, hours after President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia‘s first military draft since World War Two. The independent OVD-Info protest monitoring group said that according to information it had…

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Ukrainian servicemen ride a tank along a main road, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in the town of Izium, recently liberated by Ukrainian Armed Forces, in Kharkiv region, Ukraine September 20, 2022. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File Photo

G7 countries agree on unity in Ukraine support -Japan foreign minister

Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) advanced economies confirmed in a meeting in New York on Wednesday their cooperation in extending support for Ukraine, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi…

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S.Korea, Japan hold first bilateral talks since 2019, seek stronger ties

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held their first one-on-one talks on Wednesday and agreed on the need to improve relations dogged by historical disputes….

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Russian President Vladimir Putin / AFP

Putin orders partial Russian mobilisation, warns West over nuclear blackmail

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia’s first mobilisation since World War Two, warning the West that if it continued what he called its “nuclear blackmail” that Moscow would respond with the might…

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China willing to make effort for peaceful ‘reunification’ with Taiwan

China is willing to make the utmost effort to strive for a peaceful “reunification” with Taiwan, a Chinese government spokesperson said on Wednesday, following weeks of military manoeuvres and war games by Beijing near…

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Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks to the media before leaving for New York to deliver an address at the UN General Assembly, at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on September 20, 2022./ AFP

Japan PM says willing to meet North Korean leader

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday renewed his offer to meet North Korea’s reclusive leader Kim Jong Un, as tensions simmer over Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Addressing the United Nations…

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warns that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on learning, with poor students lacking technology at a particular disadvantage, and conflicts further disrupting schools. – AFP pic, September 20, 2022

UN chief warns education becoming ‘great divider’

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that unequal education was quickly dividing the planet as he sought to keep development on the agenda ahead of a week of diplomacy focused on global crises….

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Forensic technicians carry a bodybag at the site of a mass grave in a forest on the outskirts of Izyum, eastern Ukraine on 18 September, 2022 / AFP

Kremlin dismisses mass burial discoveries as ‘lies’

The Kremlin on Monday denied its forces were responsible for large-scale killings in east Ukraine and accused Kyiv of fabricating its discoveries of mass graves in recaptured territory. In the latest incident spurring fears of an…

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Paying last respects to Queen Elizabeth II

The Royal Palace has invited members of the public to offer their condolences on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II…

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Queen Elizabeth’s coffin reaches Windsor, her final resting place

WINDSOR, England, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth’s coffin arrived at Windsor Castle, her final resting place, on Monday after a day of matchless pageantry that drew world leaders to…

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Police officers stand guard as mourners gather ahead of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II’s State funeral in London on September 19, 2022. (Photo by ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS / POOL / AFP)

Crowds jam London for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

Huge crowds built in central London overnight and from early morning on Monday to secure a spot to watch the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey. As…

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This NASA Worldview satellite image collected on September 18, 2022 shows Typhoon Nanmadol over southern Japan. (Photo by NASA / AFP)

Evacuation warnings after typhoon makes landfall in Japan

(AFP) – Millions of people in Japan were under evacuation warnings on Monday as Typhoon Nanmadol brought strong winds and heavy rain to the southwest of the country after making…

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Britain and the world prepare to say last farewell to Queen Elizabeth

LONDON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Britain, world leaders and royalty from across the globe will on Monday bid a final farewell to Queen Elizabeth, the last towering figure of her…

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Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai / Photo from Facebook Page Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand

Thailand calls for faith in the multilateral system

At the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Thailand will call for faith in the multilateral system as the centre of the global development agenda, according to the Ministry of…

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Firefighters work at the site where a building collapsed following a 6.8-magnitude earthquake, in Yuli, Hualien county, Taiwan September 18, 2022. Taiwan’s 0918 Earthquake Central Emergency Operations Centre/Handout via REUTERS

Strong earthquake hits southeastern Taiwan, 146 injured

TAIPEI, Sept 18 (Reuters) – A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the sparsely populated southeastern part of Taiwan on Sunday, the island’s weather bureau said, derailing train carriages, causing a convenience…

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U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive at Stansted Airport to attend Monday’s funeral of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in London, Britain, September 17, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Biden to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth lying in state

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to pay tribute at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth in London on Sunday, joining hundreds of thousands of people…

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A man on a bicycle rides past in the heavy rain and wind caused by Typhoon Nanmadol in Miyazaki on Japan’s southernmost main island of Kyushu September 18, 2022, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo via REUTERS

Super typhoon Nanmadol bears down on Japan’s Kyushu island

TOKYO, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Typhoon Nanmadol bore down on Japan’s southernmost main island of Kyushu on Sunday with the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) warning of gales and high waves…

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A director of the Japan Meteorological Agency’s Forecast Division holds a press conference on Typhoon Nanmadol in Tokyo on September 17, 2022. (Photo by JIJI Press / AFP) / Japan OUT

Thousands in shelters as ‘dangerous’ typhoon hits Japan

(AFP) – Thousands of people took refuge in shelters in southwestern Japan on Sunday as powerful Typhoon Nanmadol churned towards the region, prompting authorities to urge over four million residents…

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Members of the public file past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and sceptre, lying in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster on September 17, 2022 in London, England. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS

The queen’s queue: people line up for 16 hours to see coffin

People flocked to central London to join a queue to file past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth on Saturday, undeterred by a government warning to stay at home to avoid…

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Israeli kids play next to an Israeli flag next to the Israeli Syrian border at the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israel July 23, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo

Israel attacks Damascus airport, five soldiers killed, Syria says

Israel carried out an airstrike on Syria’s Damascus International airport and other positions south of the capital, killing five soldiers and causing material damage, the ministry of defence said early…

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People walk past a giant portrait of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in Spitafields Market in London, on September 16, 2022 SEBASTIEN BOZON AFP

How queen’s death followed a disinformation playbook

The death of Queen Elizabeth II has laid bare a blueprint for how disinformation flourishes around major news events, with bad actors taking advantage to grab attention and sow confusion. As Britain mourned its longest reigning monarch,…

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A Ukrainian serviceman walks among graves of mostly unidentified civilians and Ukrainian soldiers at an improvised cemetery in the town of Izium, recently recently liberated by the Ukrainian Armed Forces during a counteroffensive operation, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv region, Ukraine September 15, 2022. REUTERS/Oleksandr Khomenko

Ukraine says hundreds of bodies found in mass burial site

Ukrainian officials said on Friday they had found hundreds of bodies, some with their hands tied behind their backs, buried in territory recaptured from Russian forces, in what President Volodymyr…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks to Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. (Sergei Bobylev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin vows to press attack on Ukraine; courts India, China

SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Friday to press his attack on Ukraine despite Ukraine’s latest counteroffensive and warned that Moscow could ramp up its strikes on…

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The Queen and Liz Truss

What had Queen Elizabeth II done in the 1990s that she didn’t over the last two decades? Nobody knows the exact answer. Most likely though, she kept doing what she…

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China’s President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose with Mongolia’s President during their trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) leaders’ summit in Samarkand on September 15, 2022. (Photo by Alexandr Demyanchuk / SPUTNIK / AFP)

Putin, Xi hail ‘great power’ ties at talks defying West

(AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met for their first face-to-face talks since the start of the conflict in Ukraine on Thursday, hailing their strategic…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan September 15, 2022. Sputnik/Alexandr Demyanchuk/Pool via REUTERS

Putin says Xi has questions and concerns over Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said he understood that Xi Jinping had questions and concerns about the situation in Ukraine but praised China’s leader for what he said was a “balanced”…

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FILE – Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Qingdao in eastern China’s Shandong Province on June 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Putin, Xi meet for high-stakes talks in challenge to West

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping gather with other Asian leaders in the ancient Silk Road city of Samarkand from Thursday for a regional summit touted as a challenge to Western global influence. Xi and Putin will be…

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Hong Kong’s lustre as a business hub has been dulled by political unrest and a subsequent crackdown. PHOTO: AFP

Hong Kong office vacancies double after protests, pandemic

The amount of vacant top-tier office space has more than doubled in Hong Kong over the last three years as companies downsize operations, researchers have found, warning that demand could remain soft even if pandemic controls are…

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Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin at Parliament to lie in state

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II left Buckingham Palace for the last time Wednesday, her coffin borne to the Houses of Parliament by a horse-drawn gun carriage and trailed by…

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Google, Meta face record fines in South Korea over privacy violations

South Korea has fined Google and Meta more than $71 million collectively for gathering users’ personal information without consent for tailored ads, regulators said Wednesday, the country’s highest-ever data protection…

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The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrives in the Royal Hearse at Buckingham Palace in London on September 13, 2022, / AFP

Queen’s coffin arrives at Buckingham Palace as huge crowds line London route

King Charles and members of the royal family received the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, after tens of thousands of people lined the streets in heavy…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin / AFP

Putin calls for calm amid deadliest Azerbaijan-Armenia clashes since 2020

At least 49 Armenian soldiers and 50 Azeri military personnel were killed on Tuesday in the deadliest fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia since a 2020 war, each side said, spurring Russian President Vladimir…

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FILE -Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, speaks at a news conference during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Gates urged world leaders not to give up on the goals they set to reduce hunger and poverty despite huge recent setbacks documented in a new report released Tuesday, Sept. 13 by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Bill Gates: Technological innovation would help solve hunger

NEW YORK (AP) – Bill Gates says the global hunger crisis is so severe that food aid cannot completely solve the problem. Gates argues that what is needed are the…

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The ‘majestic’ Singapore orchid named in honour of Queen Elizabeth

Elizabeth is majestic, hardy and “very fashionable”, said a top Singapore flower curator — referring not to the late monarch, but to an orchid named after the queen when she visited the former British colony. After Queen Elizabeth II’s death last week,…

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Paramilitary police officers head to Shimian county for search and rescue operations following a 6.8-magnitude earthquake, in Yaan, Sichuan province, China September 6, 2022. cnsphoto via REUTERS/File Photo

China’s Sichuan returning to normal as earthquake death toll hits 93

Officials in China’s Sichuan province, which was hit by an earthquake that killed 93 last week, lowered the emergency response level as most transportation, electricity and communication services resumed, state media reported…

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A Ukrainian service member stands on a Russian 2S19 Msta-S self-propelled howitzer captured during a counteroffensive operation, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv region, Ukraine, in this handout picture released September 12, 2022. Press service of the 25th Airborne Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS

Ukraine calls for more Western arms after Russia pullback

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is calling on the West to speed up deliveries of weapons systems as Ukrainian troops move to consolidate control over a large swath of northeastern territory…

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Test tubes labeled “Monkeypox virus positive and negative” are seen in this illustration taken May 23, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Los Angeles reports area’s first death due to monkeypox

The Los Angeles Department of Public Health said on Monday it had confirmed the area’s first death due to monkeypox, saying the individual was severely immunocompromised and had been hospitalized….

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Japan govt to waive tourist visa requirements as part of border easing

TOKYO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Japan’s government is planning to waive tourist visa requirements from some countries as part of a further easing of border controls enacted to stop the…

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Rules issued for those wanting to pay respects to the queen

LONDON (AP) — People wanting to pay their final respects to Queen Elizabeth II as she lies in state at the Houses of Parliament in London need to be prepared…

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9/11 terror attacks reverberate as US marks 21st anniversary

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans remembered 9/11 on Sunday with tear-choked tributes and pleas to “never forget,” 21 years after the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil. The loss still…

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Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO) Bangkok Office. (Photo by Veena Thoopkrajae)

South Korea and Thailand team up to drive tourism back to the boom times

Thailand and South Korea can add to their list of “things in common” their tourism industries, both of which are working to get back on track after COVID-19. Tourism exchanges…

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The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II covered with the Royal Standard of Scotland and a flowers is driven away from Balmoral Castle in Ballater, on September 11, 2022.(Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP)

Queen Elizabeth II begins solemn final journey

(AFP) – Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin on Sunday left the Scottish retreat where she died as the late monarch embarked on her final journey with thousands of her mourning subjects…

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(FILE) Radiologist Fredric Pedulla shows a nodule on a lung scan of a smoking person for the Acapulco experimentation in Ajaccio on December 16, 2021 on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. (Photo by Pascal POCHARD-CASABIANCA / AFP)

Scientists discover how air pollution triggers lung cancer

Scientists said Saturday they had identified the mechanism through which air pollution triggers lung cancer in non-smokers, a discovery one expert hailed as “an important step for science — and…

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Flames rise from a f​ire following a Russian attack in Pokrovsk, Ukraine, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Russia announces troop pullback from Ukraine’s Kharkiv area

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia’s Defense Ministry announced Saturday that it was pulling back troops from two areas in Ukraine’s eastern Kharkiv region where a Ukrainian counteroffensive has made significant…

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(L-R) Britain’s Catherine, Princess of Wales, Britain’s Prince William, Prince of Wales, Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022, before meeting well-wishers. (Photo by Kirsty O’Connor / POOL / AFP)

Princes reunited as Charles III officially proclaimed king

(AFP) – Princes William and Harry and their wives put on a rare united front Saturday to view tributes to Queen Elizabeth II, threatening to upstage their father Charles on…

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An aerial photograph showing a flooded area on the outskirts of Sukkur, Sindh province Aamir QURESHI AFP

UN chief says world paying ‘horrific price’ for fossil fuels folly

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said developing nations were paying a “horrific price” for the world’s reliance on fossil fuels, as he toured parts of Pakistan hit by floods blamed on climate change. Nearly 1,400 people…

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Tributes are placed following the passing of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, at the Victoria Memorial, in London, Britain, September 9, 2022. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Britain, facing economic crisis, pauses to mourn the queen

The death of Queen Elizabeth has stilled the business of state in Britain at a time when the government, Bank of England and companies are battling to contain inflation and mitigate a…

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Britain’s King Charles III makes a televised address to the Nation and the Commonwealth from the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace in London on September 9, 2022, a day after Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96. (Photo by Yui Mok / POOL / AFP)

King Charles III vows ‘lifelong service’ as crowds mourn queen

(AFP) – King Charles III pledged to follow his mother’s example of “lifelong service” in his inaugural address to Britain and the Commonwealth on Friday, after ascending to the throne…

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Britain’s King Charles III and Britain’s Camilla, Queen Consort greet the crowd upon their arrival Buckingham Palace in London, on September 9, 2022, a day after Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96. – Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history and an icon instantly recognisable to billions of people around the world, died at her Scottish Highland retreat on September 8. (Photo by Daniel LEAL / AFP)

‘God save the King!’ Smiling Charles greets crowd at palace

A smiling King Charles III shook hands with some of the thousands of well-wishers gathered outside Buckingham Palace Friday as he returned to London following the death of his mother…

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Residents use boats as they travel to their flooded villages, following rains and floods during the monsoon season on the outskirts of Sehwan, Pakistan September 8, 2022. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

UN chief appeals for “massive” help for flooded Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Sept 9 (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres appealed to the world for massive help for Pakistan on Friday as he arrived to support its response to a flood…

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N. Korea says it will never give up nukes to counter US

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stressed his country will never abandon the nuclear weapons it needs to counter the United States, which he accused…

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Rangsit municipality on evacuation alert as canal overflows cause heavy flooding

Rangsit municipal administration, in Bangkok’s neighbouring province of Pathum Thani, has set up five temporary shelters in five schools and three car parks after heavy flooding in the municipal area…

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TOPSHOT – Members of the public stop in the rain to study a huge picture of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II displayed at Piccadilly Circus in central London on September 8, 2022, after the announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, in central London. (Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP)

Queen Elizabeth II: record breaker

(AFP) – Queen Elizabeth II notched up a number of landmarks in her record-breaking 70 years on the throne. – Longevity – Elizabeth reigned for 70 years and nearly four…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 6, 2022 Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and new Conservative Party leader and Britain’s Prime Minister-elect Liz Truss meet at Balmoral Castle in Ballater, Scotland. (Photo by Jane Barlow / POOL / AFP)

UK PM mourns ‘second Elizabethan age’ after queen’s death

(AFP) – UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, only two days into the job, addressed the nation Thursday from the steps of 10 Downing Street shortly after news of Queen Elizabeth…

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US President Joe Biden signs the condolence book at the British Embassy in Washington to pay his respects following the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in Washington, DC on September 8, 2022. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP)

Biden pays tribute to queen as ‘stateswoman of unmatched dignity’

(AFP) – US President Joe Biden paid tribute Thursday to the late Queen Elizabeth II as a “stateswoman of unmatched dignity,” and said he looked forward to working with her…

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Britain’s Prince Charles meets local community groups after meeting volunteers and supporters of Caithness food bank at Carnegie Library in Wick, Scotland, Britain July 29, 2022. Andrew Milligan/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Charles III, Britain’s conflicted new monarch

LONDON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – With the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth on Thursday, Prince Charles has finally become king of the United Kingdom and 14 other realms, ending…

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A notice is placed on the gates of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, on September 8, 2022 following the announcement of the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by Lesley Martin / AFP)

Mournful ‘God Save the Queen’ rings out at Buckingham Palace

(AFP) – Tearful crowds outside Buckingham Palace sang a forlorn “God Save the Queen” as news broke of Elizabeth II’s death on Thursday. Hundreds braved torrential rain to stand at…

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Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history and an icon instantly recognisable to billions of people around the world, has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace said on September 8, 2022. (Photo by Eddie MULHOLLAND / AFP)

Queen Elizabeth II has died after 70 years on throne

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history and an icon instantly recognisable to billions of people around the world, has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday….

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Queen Elizabeth’s family rush to side of ailing monarch

Britain’s royal family rushed to be with Queen Elizabeth after doctors said they were concerned about the health of the 96-year-old monarch on Thursday and said she should remain under medical supervision. The queen, Britain’s longest-reigning sovereign…

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A South Korean war veteran holds the national flag during a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Cheorwon, South Korea, June 25, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

S.Korea offers talks with N.Korea to discuss reunion of separated families

South Korea on Thursday offered talks with North Korea to discuss a reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, in its first direct overture since President Yoon Suk-yeol…

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FILE / Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for a photograph during their meeting in Beijing, on February 4, 2022. / AFP

Xi and Putin to meet in Uzbekistan next week: Russian agencies

Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet next week during a regional summit in Uzbekistan, a Russian diplomat said Wednesday, as the Chinese leader makes his first trip…

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Britain’s newly appointed Prime Minister Liz Truss poses outside of 10 Downing Street, in central London, on September 6, 2022. / AFP

OPINION: PM Truss – be careful what you wish for

Now that Liz Truss has been elected by the Conservative Party to the helm of the United Kingdom, she will have to face myriad challenges, imposed by both domestic and…

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New British Prime Minister Liz Truss makes an address outside Downing Street in London, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 / AP

New UK PM Truss vows to tackle energy crisis, ailing economy

LONDON (AP) — Liz Truss became U.K. prime minister on Tuesday and immediately faced up to the enormous tasks ahead of her: curbing soaring prices, boosting the economy, easing labor…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 03, 2022, former US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in support of Doug Mastriano for Governor of Pennsylvania and Mehmet Oz for US Senate at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. / AFP

FBI found intel on foreign govt’s nuclear readiness at Trump home: report

One of the classified documents seized by the FBI at former US president Donald Trump’s Florida residence described the nuclear capabilities and military defenses of a foreign power, The Washington…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 13, 2021 Canadian singer Justin Bieber arrives for the 2021 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. – Justin Bieber said on September 6, 2022 he is once again taking a break from touring, months after revealing he’d been diagnosed with a syndrome that caused him partial facial paralysis. (Photo by Angela WEISS / AFP)

Justin Bieber scraps world tour over health issues, Bangkok performance in doubt

NEW YORK (AFP) – Justin Bieber, who is scheduled to perform in Bangkok in November, said on Tuesday he is once again taking a break from touring, months after revealing…

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Fighting near Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia atomic energy plant has raised fears of a nuclear disaster Ed JONES AFP/File

Shelling forces Ukraine nuclear plant off grid as Zelensky warns of ‘disaster’

The last working reactor at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant was disconnected from the grid after shelling caused a fire, with the UN’s atomic watchdog due to brief the Security Council…

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Wreath are placed during a ceremony, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the attack on the Israeli team at the 1972 Munich Olympics in which eleven Israelis, a German policeman and five of the Palestinian gunmen died takes place near the Olympic village in Munich, Germany, September 5, 2022. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

50 years on, Germany asks for forgiveness over 1972 Munich Games attacks

Germany’s president asked for forgiveness on Monday for his country’s failure to protect Israeli athletes and team memberswho were murdered 50 years ago at the 1972 Munich Olympics. “We cannot…

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In this file photo taken on Aug 30, 2022 facilities to receive and distribute natural gas are pictured on the grounds of gas transport and pipeline network operator Gascade in Lubmin, northeastern Germany. (File photo: AFP/Odd Andersen)

Russia pockets $158 bn in energy exports after war: report

Russia has raked in a whopping 158 billion euros ($158 billion) in energy exports in the six months following its invasion of Ukraine, with the EU accounting for more than half, a think tank said Tuesday. The…

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A signboard is seen damaged by Typhoon Hinnamnor in Changwon, South Korea, September 6, 2022. Yonhap/via REUTERS

Thousands evacuate as Typhoon Hinnamnor hits S.Korea

Thousands of South Koreans have evacuated as Typhoon Hinnamnor made landfall in the country’s south, authorities said on Tuesday, with heavy rain and strong winds expected to continue throughout the day. The typhoon,…

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New Conservative Party leader and Britain’s Prime Minister-elect Liz Truss delivers a speech at an event to announce the winner of the Conservative Party leadership contest in central London on September 5, 2022. – Truss is the UK’s third female prime minister following Theresa May and Margaret Thatcher. The 47-year-old has consistently enjoyed overwhelming support over 42-year-old Sunak in polling of the estimated 200,000 Tory members who were eligible to vote. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)

Liz Truss named as Britain’s next prime minister

LONDON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Liz Truss was named as Britain’s next prime minister on Monday, winning a leadership race for the governing Conservative party at a time when the…

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Conservative leadership candidate Liz Truss arrives at Broadcasting House ahead of her appearance on BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg show in London, Britain September 4, 2022. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Britain’s Truss expected to be named Conservative leader, new PM

LONDON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Liz Truss is expected to be named leader of the governing Conservative Party and Britain’s next prime minister on Monday, poised to take power at…

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A police forensics team investigates a crime scene after multiple people were killed and injured in a stabbing spree in Weldon, Saskatchewan, Canada. September 4, 2022. REUTERS/David Stobbe

Canada stabbing spree suspects on the loose after 10 killed, 15 wounded

WELDON, Saskatchewan, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Canadian police hunted for two suspects in a stabbing spree that killed 10 people and wounded at least 15 others mostly in a sparsely…

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General view of Gaza city May 29, 2022. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem/File Photo

Hamas authorities execute five Palestinians in Gaza

Gaza’s ruling Hamas Islamists executed five Palestinians on Sunday, two of them on charges of espionage for Israel that dated back to 2015 and 2009, the Interior Ministry said. The…

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NASA’s next-generation moon rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS) with the Orion crew capsule perched on top, stands on launch complex 39B as it is prepared for launch for the Artemis 1 mission at Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. September 3, 2022. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

Fuel leak to delay first launch of NASA’s Artemis moon rocket for weeks

For the second time in a week, NASA on Saturday aborted an attempt to launch its giant, next-generation rocketship, citing a stubborn fuel leak that the space agency said could delay the…

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The Artemis I unmanned lunar rocket sits on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center on September 2, 2022. – NASA will make a second attempt to launch its powerful new Moon rocket on September 3, after scrubbing a test flight earlier in the week. The highly anticipated uncrewed mission will bring the US a step closer to returning astronauts to the Moon five decades after humans last walked on the lunar surface. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP)

NASA Moon rocket ready for second attempt at liftoff

After technical issues halted its first launch attempt, NASA will try again on Saturday to get its new 30-story rocket off the ground and send its unmanned test capsule towards…

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Serena Williams loses to Tomljanovic in US Open farewell

Leave it to Serena Williams to not want to go quietly, to not want this match, this trip to the U.S. Open, this transcendent career of hers, to really, truly…

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Vehicles drive past a sign on the 110 Freeway warning of extreme heat and urging energy conservation during a heat wave in downtown Los Angeles, California on September 2, 2022. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

Thousands told to evacuate as rapid wildfire spreads in California

Thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes in northern California on Friday as a wildfire spread rapidly across more than 1,000 acres in extremely hot conditions.  Footage from…

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In this file photo taken on June 09, 2022, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken listens as US President Joe Biden speaks during a plenary session of the 9th Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California, June 9, 2022. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

Blinken denounces new three-year term for Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday denounced a new three-year sentence imposed on Myanmar’s ousted elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and urged further pressure on the country’s…

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People hold a demonstration in support of Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner outside the Argentine embassy in La Paz, on September 2, 2022. – Messages of shock and solidarity poured in from around the world Friday after a man tried to shoot Argentine Vice President Cristina Kirchner in an attack captured on video. Political and labor unions at home called for mass demonstrations countrywide to denounce Thursday’s assault against Kircher, who survived because the handgun aimed at her face from very close range failed to go off. (Photo by AIZAR RALDES / AFP)

Shock, anger after assassination attempt on Argentine VP Kirchner

Messages of shock and solidarity poured in from around the world Friday after a man tried to shoot Argentine Vice President Cristina Kirchner at point-blank range. As tens of thousands…

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Pedestrians walk past a poster in Pyongyang on September 2, 2022. (Photo by KIM Won Jin / AFP)

North Korea repression grows with anti-Covid measures: UN

Human rights violations in North Korea have increased further due to the reclusive country’s “harsh” anti-Covid measures, the UN chief said in a report that warns the situation could be…

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A US-made 155mm howitzer firing during a drill at Penghu islands. (Photo by Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense / AFP)

US announces $1.1 billion arms package for Taiwan

The United States on Friday announced a new $1.1 billion package of arms to Taiwan, vowing to keep boosting the island’s defenses as tensions soar with Beijing. The sale comes…

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This undated picture released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 31, 2022 shows people attending the 6th Workers-Peasants Red Guard Command members meeting in Pyongyang. (Photo by KCNA VIA KNS / AFP) / South Korea OUT / —EDITORS NOTE— RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE — /

North Korea says UN human rights expert is ‘US puppet’

Pyongyang on Friday accused the newly appointed UN special rapporteur on North Korean human rights of being a “puppet of the US” and making “unpardonable reckless remarks” against the regime. …

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Steven Silverman, Senior Technical Program Manager and Manager of Imagery Solutions for Google, shows off past Google Street View Camera devices at the Google Street View Garage in Mountain View, California on August 29, 2022. – 2022 marks the 15th anniversary of Google Maps’ Street View. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small / AFP)

Google’s immersive Street View could be glimpse of metaverse

Fifteen years after its launch, a Google Maps feature that lets people explore faraway places as though standing right there is providing a glimpse of the metaverse being heralded as…

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Residents line up for Covid-19 screening in Chengdu in southwestern China’s Sichuan province Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. (Chinatopix Via AP)

Chinese city of 21 million shuts down over Covid outbreak

Around 21 million people in the Chinese city of Chengdu effectively went into lockdown on Thursday as authorities raced to snuff out a new Covid-19 outbreak. China is the last…

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The AES Corporation’s coal-fired power plant is shown in Kapolei, Hawaii during a ceremony to mark the closure of the facility, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022. (AP Photo:Caleb Jones)

Hawaii quits coal in bid to fight climate change

The last bits of ash and greenhouse gases from Hawaii’s only remaining coal-fired power plant slipped into the environment this week when the state’s dirtiest source of electricity burned its…

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(FILES) This file photo taken on May 31, 2019 shows a watchtower on a high-security facility near what is believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, on the outskirts of Hotan, in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region. – The United Nations released a bombshell report late on August 31, 2022 into serious human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region, saying torture allegations were credible and citing possible crimes against humanity. (Photo by Greg Baker / AFP)

China slams UN report alleging litany of rights abuses in Xinjiang

China on Thursday accused the United Nations of becoming a “thug and accomplice of the US and the West” after the global body released a highly anticipated report warning crimes…

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Senior Mission Chief for Sri Lanka of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Peter Breuer (2R) speaks during a press conference next to Mission Chief for Sri Lanka (IMF) Masahiro Nozaki (2L) in Colombo on September 1, 2022. – Bankrupt Sri Lanka will receive a conditional $2.9 billion bailout to repair its battered finances, the International Monetary Fund said on September 1, following a bruising economic crisis that saw the island nation’s president chased from the country. (Photo by Ishara S. Kodikara / AFP)

IMF agrees to $2.9 bn bailout for bankrupt Sri Lanka

AFP – Bankrupt Sri Lanka will receive a conditional $2.9 billion bailout to repair its battered finances, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday, following a bruising economic crisis that saw the…

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This photo taken on August 17, 2022 shows people walking past a screen which is shut down to save energy in Chengdu, in China’s southwestern Sichuan province. (Photo by AFP) / China OUT

Chinese city of 16 million to shut down over new Covid outbreak

AFP – Around 16 million people in the Chinese city of Chengdu will be effectively under lockdown from Thursday as authorities race to snuff out a new Covid-19 outbreak. China…

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A man carries usable belongings salvaged from his flood-hit home across a flooded area in Shikarpur district of Sindh province, of Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. The U.N. weather agency is predicting the phenomenon known as La Nina is poised to last through the end of this year, a mysterious “triple dip” — the first this century — caused by three straight years of its effect on climate patterns like drought and flooding worldwide. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

UN weather agency predicts rare ‘triple-dip’ La Nina in 2022

The U.N. weather agency is predicting that the phenomenon known as La Nina is poised to last through the end of this year, a mysterious “triple dip” — the first…

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New launch attempt Saturday for NASA’s Moon rocket

NASA will make a second attempt to launch its powerful new Moon rocket on Saturday, after scrubbing a test flight earlier in the week, an official said Tuesday. The highly…

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Taliban supporters celebrate the first anniversary of the departure of US forces from Afghanistan on a street in Kabul on August 30, 2022. / REUTERS

Taliban celebrate anniversary of foreign troop withdrawal

The Taliban declared Wednesday a national holiday and lit up the capital with coloured lights to celebrate the first anniversary of the withdrawal of US-led troops from Afghanistan after a…

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People cross a river on a bridge damaged by floodwaters, in the town of Bahrain, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. / AP

UN seeks $160 million in emergency aid for Pakistan floods

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The United Nations and Pakistan issued an appeal Tuesday for $160 million in emergency funding to help millions affected by record-breaking floods that have killed more than…

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FILE / Late Mikhail Gorbachev attends the parade marking the World War II anniversary in Moscow. / REUTERS

Last Soviet leader Gorbachev, who ended Cold War and won Nobel prize, dies aged 91

Mikhail Gorbachev, who ended the Cold War without bloodshed but failed to prevent the collapse of the Soviet Union, died on Tuesday at the age of 91, hospital officials in Moscow said. Gorbachev,…

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Displaced people float belongings salvaged from flood-hit homes through a flooded area, on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022. Officials in Pakistan say deaths from widespread flooding have topped 1,000 since mid-June. Flash flooding from the heavy rains has washed away villages and crops as soldiers and rescue workers evacuated stranded residents to the safety of relief camps and provided food to thousands of displaced Pakistanis. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

Huge relief operation under way as Pakistan flood death toll rises

A huge relief operation was under way Monday and international aid began trickling in as Pakistan struggled to deal with monsoon flooding that has affected more than 33 million people. Officials said 1,061 people have died since June when…

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