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People climb on a destroyed Russian tank during an open-air exhibition of destroyed military vehicles near St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery in Kyiv on October 16, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

Ukraine war pushes 4 million children into poverty: UN

(AFP) – Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the resulting economic fallout have thrown four million children into poverty across eastern Europe and Central Asia, the UN children’s agency said Monday….

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, former president Hu Jintao and Premier Li Keqiang arrive for the opening ceremony of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China October 16, 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

China’s Xi talks up security, reiterates COVID stance as congress opens

(Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping called for accelerating the building of a world-class military while touting the fight against COVID-19 as he kicked off a Communist Party Congress by…

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A view shows an office building of a car retailer destroyed during a Russian missile attack in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine October 11, 2022. REUTERS//Sergiy Chalyi

Gunmen kill 11 at Russian military base in latest blow to war in Ukraine

(Reuters) – Gunmen shot dead 11 people at a Russian military training ground on Saturday, the defence ministry said, in the latest blow to President Vladimir Putin’s forces since the…

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Officials mark World Food Day with call to “leave no one behind” in fight against global hunger

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) marked World Food Day in Rome on Friday with a call to “leave no one behind” in the fight against hunger, with the head of the organization calling for a united approach to confront “a looming global food crisis.”…

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A home is inundated by floodwaters, following heavy rains and severe flooding in the McGraths Hill suburb of Sydney, Australia, July 6, 2022. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo

Australia floods: why the country is battling weather again

Floods caused by torrential rain are hitting large swathes of southeast Australia, inundating hundreds of homes and forcing authorities to urge thousands of people to evacuate. Areas of three southeastern states – Victoria,…

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A general view of the coal mine after an explosion in Amasra in the northern Bartin province, Turkey November 14, 2022. Ihlas News Agency (IHA) via REUTERS

Turkish mine blast’s death toll rises to at least 28

An explosion in a coal mine in Turkey‘s northern Bartin province on Friday killed 28 people, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said, but it was not clear how many people were still…

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BTS pose on the red carpet as they attend the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., April 3, 2022. REUTERS/Maria Alejandra Cardona

BTS to hold free concert to support S.Korea’s bid to host World Expo

K-pop boy band BTS is reuniting on Saturday for a concert in the southern port city of Busan, which the city and the South Korean government hope will help win…

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A Russian military truck drives past an unexploded munition during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the Russia-controlled village of Chornobaivka, Ukraine July 26, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

Russia, under pressure in southern Ukraine, captures villages in east

Russian-backed forces have made some advances in eastern Ukraine, Britain said on Friday, even as Moscow’s hold weakens in the south, where a Russian-installed official has offered to help residents…

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An armoured truck of pro-Russian troops is parked near Ukraine’s former regional council’s building during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the Russia-controlled city of Kherson, Ukraine July 25, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

Ukraine says more than 600 settlements liberated in past month, including 75 in Kherson

Ukraine’s armed forces have liberated more than 600 settlements from the Russian occupation in the past month, including 75 in the highly strategic Kherson region, Ukraine’s Ministry for Reintegration of…

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Tesla founder Elon Musk attends Offshore Northern Seas 2022 in Stavanger, Norway August 29, 2022. NTB/Carina Johansen via REUTERS/File Photo

Elon Musk is under federal investigations, Twitter says in court filing

Elon Musk is being investigated by federal authorities over his conduct in his $44 billion takeover deal for Twitter Inc, the social media company said in a court filing released…

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North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un attends the opening ceremony of the Ryonpho Greenhouse Farm to mark the anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party, in North Korea, in this undated photo released on October 11, 2022 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS/File Photo

N.Korea fires missile, flies warplanes near border as South imposes sanctions

North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast on Friday, South Korea’s military said, the latest in a series of launches by the nuclear-armed…

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Thailand believes condemnation will reduce chances of resolving conflict in Ukraine

Thailand abstained during the UN vote to condemn Russia’s annexation of four regions of Ukraine because it believes that such condemnation, when the situation in Ukraine is escalating, will reduce…

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An aerial view shows a destroyed in a flooded area following heavy rainfalls near Kastamonu, on August 11, 2021. – From flash floods to forest fires, drought to “sea snot”, Turkey is bearing the brunt of increasingly frequent disasters blamed on climate change. (Photo by – / Demiroren News Agency (DHA) / AFP)

Half the world unprepared for disasters: UN

Even as extreme weather and climate disasters are multiplying, half of countries lack the advanced early warning systems needed to save lives, the United Nations warned Thursday. In a fresh report, the UN agencies for weather…

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A general view shows voting results during a UN General Assembly emergency meeting to discuss Russian annexations in Ukraine at the UN headquarters in New York City on October 12, 2022. The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to condemn Russia’s annexations of parts of Ukraine after Moscow vetoed a similar effort in the Security Council. Ed JONES / AFP

Thailand abstains in UN vote condemning Russia’s “illegal referenda” in Ukraine

Thailand has abstained, as did China and India, in a vote on the UN resolution not to recognise the four regions of Ukraine which Russia has claimed, following referenda held…

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Live video monitors show United Nations Ambassador from Russia, Vasily Nebenzya, addressing the U.N. General Assembly before a vote on a resolution condemning Russia’s illegal referendum in Ukraine, Wednesday Oct. 12, 2022 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

UN demands Russia reverse ‘illegal’ annexations in Ukraine

The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to condemn Russia’s “attempted illegal annexation” of four Ukrainian regions and demand its immediate reversal, a sign of strong global opposition to the…

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World’s 1st space tourist signs up for flight around moon

The world’s first space tourist wants to go back — only this time, he’s signed up for a spin around the moon aboard Elon Musk’s Starship. For Dennis Tito, 82,…

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) logo is seen outside the headquarters building in Washington, U.S., September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

IMF report indicates growing risks to global financial stability

The risks to global financial stability have increased across the world since April this year in face of high inflation and low interest rates, the latest semiannual Global Financial Stability…

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A satellite image shows a close up view of smoke rising from a fire on the Kerch bridge in the Kerch Strait, Crimea, October 8, 2022. Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS

Russia’s FSB arrests eight for Crimean Bridge bombing

Russia’s Federal Security Service said on Wednesday that it had detained five Russians and three citizens of Ukraine and Armenia in connection with the bombing of a vital bridge to Crimea,…

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Cars are on fire after Russia’s missile attack in Kyiv, Ukraine October 10, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Why Russia’s missiles on Ukraine have limited impact

Russia’s biggest air strikes against Ukraine since the start of the war killed at least 19 people, drove thousands of Ukrainians back into air raid shelters and knocked out electricity…

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Rescue personnel work to recover bodies of people swept away by devastating floods following heavy rain in Las Tejerias, Aragua state, Venezuela, October 11, 2022. REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria

Dozens missing after Venezuela floods, death toll rises

Hundreds of Venezuelans roamed the streets of Las Tejerias on Tuesday, digging and searching for missing relatives amid a rising death toll from devastating weekend floods that swept through the town,…

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A visitor walks by an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping shaking hands with then Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou, at the Museum of the Communist Party of China in Beijing, China September 3, 2022. REUTERS/Florence Lo/File Photo

Fearing war in Xi’s next term, Taiwan bolsters defences

Taiwan is bolstering its defences and steeling itself for the possibility of war with China as leader Xi Jinping readies to assume a third term in power and tries to…

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FILE / The United Nations headquarters building is pictured with a UN logo in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 1, 2022. / REUTERS

U.N. publicly rejects Russia’s call for secret vote on Ukraine

The United Nations General Assembly voted on Monday to reject Russia’s call for the 193-member body to hold a secret ballot later this week on whether to condemn Moscow’s move to annex four…

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An aerial view shows reef balls, made from a mixture of cement, sand and crushed oyster shells and part of the South Bay Native Oyster Living Shoreline Project, September 30, 2022 near the Chula Vista Wildlife Refuge in Chula Vista, California. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)

To save California coasts, scientists turn to the humble oyster

There are no pearls growing on the oyster reefs in San Diego Bay, but scientists hope they will yield an even more valuable treasure: protection against coastal erosion wrought by…

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North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un oversees a missile launch at an undisclosed location in North Korea, in this undated photo released on October 10, 2022 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS

N.Korea says missile tests simulate striking South with nuclear weapons

North Korea‘s recent flurry of missile tests were designed to simulate showering the South with tactical nuclear weapons as a warning after large-scale navy drills by South Korean and U.S. forces, state…

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People sit surrounded by belongings following floods due to heavy rains, in Las Tejerias, Aragua state, Venezuela October 9, 2022. REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria

Venezuela landslides kill four after flooding

At least four people died and 50 were reported missing after a river in central Venezuela flooded due to heavy rains, a Red Cross spokesperson said on Sunday. The El Pato River,…

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This infrared satellite image shows damage to the Kerch Bridge, which connects the Crimean Peninsula with Russia crossing a strait between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, and rail cars on fire on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. | Maxar Technologies via AP

Putin calls Kerch Bridge attack ‘a terrorist act’ by Kyiv

Russian news reports say President Vladimir Putin is calling the attack on the Kerch Bridge to Crimea a terrorist act carried out by Ukrainian special services. “There’s no doubt it…

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A pedestrian pushing a baby pram crosses a flooding intersection as heavy rains affect Sydney, Australia, October 6, 2022. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo

Heavy rains ease in Australia’s New South Wales, flood warnings remain

WELLINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Rains eased in Australia’s New South Wales on Sunday but authorities continued to warn people to be aware of rising flood waters, as days of…

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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 October 9, 2022. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP)

North Korea fires more missiles, seventh launch in two weeks

(AFP) – North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the sea early Sunday, Seoul’s military said, the seventh such launch in two weeks, just hours after a nuclear-powered American aircraft…

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People sit near a television showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on October 6, 2022. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Missile launches legitimate defence against US: North Korea

(AFP) – North Korea on Saturday defended its recent flurry of missile tests as a legitimate counter to US military threats. The reclusive communist country has conducted six sanctions-busting launches…

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This photograph taken on October 7, 2022 shows destroyed buildings in Yats’kivka, on the east bank of the Oskil River, eastern Ukraine. (Photo by SERGEY BOBOK / AFP)

IMF releases $1.3 bn in emergency aid for Ukraine

(AFP) – The International Monetary Fund announced Friday it will provide $1.3 billion in emergency aid to Ukraine through its new food crisis assistance program. The package will help meet…

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Berit Reiss-Andersen, head of the Nobel Committee, announces the winner of this year’s Peace Prize at the Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (Heiko Junge/NTB Scanpix via AP)

Nobel Peace Prize to activists from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine

Human rights activists from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, a strong rebuke to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose invasion of Ukraine ruptured decades of…

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Deal reached for civil aviation to try for net-zero emissions by 2050

(APF) – An agreement was reached on Friday to try to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in air travel by 2050, the International Civil Aviation Organization said. The assembly, which brought…

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Members of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry (Bottom L-R) Chair Professor of Theoretical Chemistry Johan Aqvist, Secretary General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Hans Ellegren and Professor in Chemistry Olof Ramstrom address a press conference to announce the winners of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, on October 5, 2022. / AFP

Nobel winner’s ingenious chemistry could lead to cancer breakthroughs

“All kinds of crazy things” is how Carolyn Bertozzi, a 2022 Nobel laureate, describes her life’s work. Actually performing “chemistry in cells and in people.” When she started her research…

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A TV screen showing a news program reporting about North Korea’s missile launch with file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is seen at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. / AP

North Korea launches more missiles as US redeploys carrier

North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles toward its eastern waters Thursday after the United States redeployed an aircraft carrier near the Korean Peninsula in response to Pyongyang’s previous launch…

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President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr. takes part in a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden in New York, New York, U.S., September 22, 2022. / REUTERS

Philippines’ Marcos open to buying Russian fuel, proposes new Myanmar approach

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr on Wednesday said his nation may need to turn to Russia to fulfil its fuel needs amid rising global energy prices, bucking pressure from Western allies for countries…

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‘Above the law’: Indonesia stampede puts focus on police force

The Indonesian stadium stampede that left 131 people dead has sparked anger against the nation’s police, whom critics have long accused of using excessive violence. Police, who described the unrest…

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Nobel Peace Prize could sound alarm over Ukraine war or climate

As speculation mounts ahead of Friday’s much-anticipated Nobel Peace Prize announcement, observers suggest the committee may sound the alarm over the war in Ukraine or climate change. Prize experts are…

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Runners pass near the large portrait of Chinese leader Mao Zedong on Tiananmen Gate near Tiananmen Square at the start of the Beijing Marathon on September 16, 2018. / AP

Beijing marathon to return after two-year Covid hiatus

Thousands of runners will line up for the Beijing marathon in November after a two-year Covid pause, organisers said, as sporting events gradually return to China. The world’s most populous…

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A customer looks at refrigerated items at a Grocery Outlet store in Pleasanton, Calif.,. on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. / AP

‘Best Before’ labels scrutinized as food waste concerns grow

As awareness grows around the world about the problem of food waste, one culprit in particular is drawing scrutiny: “best before” labels. Manufacturers have used the labels for decades to…

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OPEC+ expected to slash oil output

Major oil producers led by Saudi Arabia and Russia were set to meet Wednesday as reports said they were mulling an output cut of up to two million barrels per…

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In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, an Army Tactical Missile System or ATACMS, missile is fired during a joint military drill between U.S. and South Korea at an undisclosed location in South Korea, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. / AP

Seoul’s reprisal blows up after North Korean missile success

A malfunctioning South Korean ballistic missile blew up as it plowed into the ground Wednesday during a live-fire drill with the United States that was a reprisal for North Korea’s…

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(FILES) In this file photo illustration taken on April 14, 2022 a phone screen displays the Twitter account of Elon Musk with a photo of him shown in the background, in Washington, DC. / AFP

Musk offers to close Twitter buyout deal at original price

Elon Musk on Tuesday offered to push through with his buyout of Twitter at the original agreed price, as a trial over his efforts to withdraw from the deal loomed….

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French President Macron confirms APEC attendance

President Emmanuel Macron of France has officially confirmed that he will attend the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum scheduled for November 18-19, according to spokesman of the Foreign…

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SOUTH KOREA’S F-15K FIGHTER JETS AND U.S. F-15 FIGHTER JETS PARTICIPATING IN BOMBING DRILLS / FIGHTER JETS DROPPING BOMBS / EXPLOSION OVER TARGET / Reuters

US, S.Korea conduct ‘precision bombing drill’ after N.Korea missile launched

South Korean and US fighter jets carried out precision bombing drills Tuesday, Seoul’s military said, in response to North Korea firing an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile over Japan. “With the participation of four…

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Family members grieve the loss of journalist Percival Mabasa at their home in Las Pinas, suburban Manila on October 4, 2022. – Mabasa, a Philippine radio broadcaster was shot dead near his home in suburban Manila, police said on October 4, the latest in a long list of journalists killed in the country. (Photo by JAM STA ROSA / AFP)

Philippine media groups demand protection after journalist’s murder

A Philippine journalist has been shot dead while driving in the country’s capital, police said on Tuesday, prompting condemnation from media groups and activists, who described his assassination as a…

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North Korea fired a mid-range ballistic missile which flew over Japan Photograph: Richard A Brooks/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan

North Korea fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday, prompting Tokyo to activate the country’s missile alert system and order people to take shelter. The last time North Korea fired a missile over…

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A view of an entrance of Mohammad Ali Jinah Hospital, following a suicide attack at tutoring center, in the Dasht-e-Barchi district in west Kabul, Afghanistan September 30, 2022. REUTERS/Sayed Ramin/File Photo

Death toll rises in Afghanistan classroom attack

(AFP) – Forty-six girls and young women were among those killed in a suicide bombing on an Afghan education centre last week, the UN said Monday as it announced the…

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Oil pumpjacks are seen along a section of Highway 33 known as the Petroleum Highway north of McKittrick in Kern County, California on September 28, 2022. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

Crude prices rally as top producers mull big output cut

Oil prices jumped more than three percent in Asian trade Monday as OPEC and other top producers considered slashing output by a million barrels a day. WTI climbed 3.3 percent…

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Men ride a canoe among debris in the Matanzas Pass after Hurricane Ian caused widespread destruction in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, U.S., October 1, 2022. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Hurricane Ian death toll climbs to 83, officials defend response

MIAMI, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The death toll from Hurricane Ian climbed past 80 on Sunday as embattled residents in Florida and the Carolinas faced a recovery expected to cost…

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US, Australia and Japan vow to work together against China

(AFP) – The defense ministers of the United States, Australia and Japan agreed Saturday to boost military cooperation in the face of China’s growing ambitions. “We are deeply concerned by…

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A man looks on among debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Matlacha, Florida on October 1, 2022. (Photo by Ricardo ARDUENGO / AFP)

Florida takes stock of Hurricane Ian devastation as death toll rises

(AFP) – Shocked Florida communities on Saturday faced the full scale of the devastation brought by Hurricane Ian, as the death toll from one of the most powerful storms ever…

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Eseta Vusamu sits near the water Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in the village of Faleasiu on the island of Upolu in Samoa. When and if an island nation fully submerges due to climate change, what happens to the nationalities of its citizens? “If you ask our people to move, there is no way we would voluntarily leave,” Vusamu said. (AP Photo/Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson)

Amid rising seas, island nations push for legal protection

When and if an island nation fully submerges due to rising seas, what happens to the nationalities of its citizens? This and other related questions are being considered by island…

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A TV screen showing a news program reporting about North Korea’s missile launch with file imagery, is seen at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. On Saturday, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles toward its eastern waters, South Korean and Japanese officials said, making it the fourth round of weapons launches this week that are seen as a response to military drills among its rivals. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

North Korea fires 4th round of missile tests in 1 week

North Korea on Saturday fired two short-range ballistic missiles toward its eastern waters, South Korean and Japanese officials said, making it the North’s fourth round of weapons launches this week…

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A flooded street is seen in downtown as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, U.S. September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Hurricane Ian batters Florida’s Gulf Coast with catastrophic fury

Hurricane Ian plowed into Florida’s Gulf Coast with catastrophic force on Wednesday, unleashing howling winds, torrential rains and a treacherous surge of ocean surf that made it one of the most powerful…

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How real are Putin’s nuclear threats in Ukraine?

Russian President Vladimir Putin warns that he won’t hesitate to use nuclear weapons to ward off Ukraine’s attempt to reclaim control of Moscow-occupied areas that the Kremlin is about to…

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US Vice President Kamala Harris arrives in South Korea Thursday on a trip to strengthen Washington’s alliance with Seoul, a day after nuclear-armed North Korea tested more ballistic missiles. DC POOL / AFP

US VP Harris lands in S. Korea after North’s missile tests

US Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in South Korea Thursday to strengthen Washington’s alliance with Seoul, a day after nuclear-armed North Korea tested more ballistic missiles. Harris, who landed at Osan airbase after a trip to Tokyo to attend…

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Myanmar Beauty queen Han Lay speaks by video call during her arrival at Toronto Pearson International Aiport while she waits for a conection fly to Charlottetown in Toronto, September 28, 2022. (Photo by Jorge Uzon / AFP)

Outspoken Myanmar beauty queen lands in Canada, granted asylum

A Myanmar beauty queen who spoke out against the military coup in her homeland landed Wednesday in Canada, where she has been granted asylum after being stranded at an airport…

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A large disturbance in the sea can be observed off the coast of the Danish island of Bornholm Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 / AP

EU vows retaliation if energy network attacked

BRUSSELS – The European Union suspects that damage to two underwater natural gas pipelines was sabotage and is warning of retaliation for any attack on Europe’s energy networks, EU foreign…

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Rare protest in China tech hub over Covid lockdown

Dozens of people have taken part in a rare protest in the southern Chinese tech hub of Shenzhen, social media footage shows, after officials announced a snap lockdown over a handful of Covid cases. The megacity of more than 18 million…

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Supporters of same sex marriage carry banners and shout slogans as they march.(AFP)

Same-sex marriage and surrogacy: where is it legal?

Cubans have voted overwhelmingly to legalise same-sex marriage, making the country the 33rd to stop defining marriage as being exclusively between a man and a woman. Cuba’s landmark new family code also allows “altruistic” surrogacy,…

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People leave flowers and pay their respects to former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe outside the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022, ahead of his state funeral later in the day. Thousands of Japanese and foreign dignitaries have gathered in Tokyo on September 27 to honour Abe, at a rare state funeral that has sparked controversy and protest. Nicolas Datiche/Pool via REUTERS

Japan prepares to bid farewell to slain Abe with controversial state funeral

Japan will honour on Tuesday its assassinated former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a polarising figure who dominated modern-day politics as its longest-serving leader, with a rare state funeral that has become…

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A television at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, captures the final images from the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) just before it smashes into the asteroid Dimorphos on September 26, 2022. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

‘A new era’: NASA strikes asteroid in key test of planetary defense

Bullseye: A NASA spaceship on Monday struck an asteroid seven million miles away in order to deflect its orbit, succeeding in a historic test of humanity’s ability to prevent a…

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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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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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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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