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Netanyahu negotiating plea deal in corruption trial

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is negotiating a plea deal in his corruption case

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Protesters clash with Greek police over university eviction

A protest march by 1,500 far-left activists in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki has turned violent

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Mexico gang leader sentenced to 60 years in prison

State authorities say the leader of a crime gang notorious for siphoning gasoline from government fuel pipelines has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for…

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An Australian state banned singing and dancing during covid. Then Hillsong megachurch held a ‘youth camp.’

New South Wales state prohibited singing and dancing at music festivals and nightclubs amid a major surge in coronavirus infections, but religious events are exempt from…

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Prince Andrew, accuser seek witnesses in sex abuse lawsuit

Lawyers for Prince Andrew and his accuser Virginia Giuffre have filed their initial requests for witnesses in her lawsuit accusing the British royal of sexually abusing…

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Italian high court faults prosecutors in Vatican-linked case

Italy’s supreme court has faulted Italian prosecutors for withholding evidence benefiting the key suspect in the Vatican’s fraud and embezzlement trial in a parallel case in…

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What’s next for Prince Andrew, cast out into the royal wilderness?

Legal experts say he’ll settle out of court. Courtiers say there is no way back for him.

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After a North Korean defector returned home, a struggle for clues to his life in the South

Homesick? Lonely? Spy? Investigators, fellow defectors and lawmakers grapple with why the defector raced back over the DMZ on New Year’s Day.

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Why Ukraine’s Turkish-made drone became a flashpoint in tensions with Russia

Russia is demanding that NATO halt military aid to Ukraine. The Western alliance says Moscow can never dictate its policies.

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Kosovo stops documents for Serbian referendum

Kosovo police have stopped at the country’s border documentation needed to allow the ethnic Serb minority to take part in a referendum

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Lisbon fined $1.4 million for sharing personal data of protesters with foreign countries including Russia

The mayor’s office violated the General Data Protection Regulation 225 times, the national data protection commission ruled.

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Underwater volcano erupts prompting tsunami warnings in Tonga and parts of New Zealand

The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano spewed ash, steam and gas up to 20 km (12 miles) into the air late on Friday.

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Russian troops return from Kazakhstan

Russia’s defense ministry says the troops that were deployed to Kazakhstan as violent demonstrations shook the country have returned home

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Aegean Airlines suspends Beirut flights after plane damage

Greece’s dominant Aegean Airlines says it has suspended its flights to and from Lebanon’s capital pending an investigation into the causes of damage to the fuselage…

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Deja vu for Novak Djokovic, detained again in Australian hotel before second court battle

A top Australian official said that the continued presence of Djokovic, who is unvaccinated and has expressed opposition to coronavirus vaccines, could exacerbate anti-vaccine sentiments and…

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Separatists in Cameroon use bullets and bombs in attempt to disrupt Africa’s biggest soccer tournament

At least 4,000 people have died since fighting erupted between the separatists and government forces in 2017. Nearly a million have lost their homes.

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ِEgypt arrests wanted man after plane’s emergency landing

Egyptian authorities say they arrested a prominent member of a U.S.-designated terrorist group

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Hundreds of migrants set off from Honduras toward US border

Some 600 migrants hoping to reach the United States have set off in a caravan from northern Honduras

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Iranian state TV: Omicron cause of death in 3 Iranians

Iranian state television says three Iranian citizens have died after they were infected with omicron, the new, more easily spread variant of the coronavirus

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Tonga issues tsunami warning after undersea volcano erupts

The Pacific nation of Tonga has issued a tsunami warning after an undersea volcano erupted

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Kazakhstan activists recall path from protest to bloodshed

The mass protests in Kazakhstan that began over New Year’s weekend because of high fuel prices were peaceful at first, but then something changed

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The AP Interview: Taliban pledge all girls in schools soon

The Taliban are promising to try to open all schools for girls across Afghanistan after the Afghan New Year, which starts in late March

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Jamaica arrests ex-Haiti senator sought in leader’s slaying

Haiti’s National Police says a former senator sought in the killing of President Jovenel Moïse has been arrested in Jamaica

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After crisis talks with Russia, the threat of war in Ukraine still looms. Here’s why.

Russia and NATO remain far apart with Ukraine in the middle.

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Teenager arrested in stabbing near Japan entrance exam venue

Tokyo police say that three people, including two students on their way to university entrance exams, have been stabbed near a test venue, and authorities arrested…

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Pakistan says militant attack on army post kills soldier

Pakistan’s military says militants attacked an army post in a former militant stronghold in the country’s northwest, bordering Afghanistan, triggering a shootout that killed a soldier

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In high-profile case against MIT’s Gang Chen, prosecutors seeking to drop charges

Chen was accused of fraud under the controversial China Initiative, which the Justice Dept. is reviewing.

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North Korea is test-firing missiles again. Here’s what to make of the launches.

North Korea has claimed advanced in “hypersonic” missile technology that is also being developed by the United States, China and Russia.

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Russia arrests 14 members of REvil ransomware gang that cost global companies millions

In a rare moment of U.S.-Russia cooperation on ransomware, Russia shuts down REvil ransomware gang, seizing cash, bitcoin, computers and luxury cars

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Bad luck: Pope acknowledges he got caught at record store

Pope Francis has long lamented that he can’t walk around town unnoticed like he used to before becoming pope

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Romania to launch COVID-19 jabs for children aged 5 to 11

Romanian authorities say children aged between 5-11 will be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 starting late January, as the country grapples with a virus surge…

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Downing Street apologizes to Buckingham Palace for holding lockdown parties on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral

One of the defining images of Prince Philip’s funeral was that of Queen Elizabeth II sitting alone in a pew, abiding by the strict covid restrictions…

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Russia backs away from unpopular anti-coronavirus measures

The Russian government has decided to delay a controversial bill requiring QR codes confirming vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 to access public places, despite surging cases…

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In the wake of unequal vaccine rollouts, countries face a ‘Wild West’ scramble for covid pills

Experts fear that despite generic versions of the drug already available, pills produced by Pfizer and Merck could end up largely bought up by rich countries.

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Mexico sees fake molnupiravir, 1 week after drug approved

Mexico is already seeing black-market or fake versions of molnupiravir circulating for sale, just one week after authorities approved the drug to treat those at risk…

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Iran’s Iraj Pezeshkzad, who wrote ‘My Uncle Napoleon,’ dies

An Iranian author whose bestselling comic novel, “My Uncle Napoleon,” lampooned Persian culture’s self-aggrandizing and paranoid behavior as the country entered the modern era, has died

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Ex-Mexican prosecutor so corrupt he betrayed drug cartel

A former Mexican state prosecutor was so corrupt that even the crooks who paid him off couldn’t trust him

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SKorean rescuers pull body from collapsed construction site

South Korean rescuers have pulled a body from a heap of rubble at the construction site of a 39-floor building that partially collapsed four days earlier…

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China touts support from Gulf states for Uyghur treatment

China says it gained support on issues including the treatment of Uyghur Muslims from a number of Persian Gulf states following talks between their foreign ministers…

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Unvaccinated pregnant women more likely to experience severe covid symptoms and newborn deaths, study says

The results of the Scottish study bolster calls to vaccinate more pregnant people to protect both parents and babies during the pandemic, experts say.

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Ethiopia objects to alleged “misconduct” of WHO chief Tedros

The government of Ethiopia has sent a letter to the World Health Organization accusing its Ethiopian director-general of “misconduct” after his sharp criticism of the war…

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Ukraine official websites hit by massive cyber attack, amid high tensions with Russia

With Russian troops massed on the border, there are fears the cyber attacks could be some kind of pressure tactic against Kyiv.

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Taiwan adds minelaying to defenses against China

Taiwan has commissioned new navy minelayers to add to its defenses against giant rival China

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Strong quake shakes Indonesia’s capital; no tsunami alert

A powerful earthquake has shaken parts of Indonesia’s main island of Java, causing buildings in the capital to sway, but there are no immediate reports of…

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Turkish, Armenian envoys meet in bid to end chilly relations

Turkish and Armenian envoys are in Moscow to try to end decades of bitterness between their two countries and to establish diplomatic ties

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Russia demands US, NATO response next week on Ukraine

Russia has strongly repeated its demand that NATO will not expand eastward, despite the rejection of that by the military alliance amid a Russian troop buildup…

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Israel says 500K have received 4th vaccine dose

Israel’s Health Ministry says more than 500,000 people have received a 4th vaccine dose

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Swedes step up military contingency, see no imminent threat

Sweden is seeing increased Russian activity in the Baltic Sea, saying there are “elements that deviate from the normal picture” and is increasing the country’s military…

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Ukraine: Government websites down after a hacking attack

Ukrainian officials and media reports say a number of government websites in Ukraine are down after a massive hacking attack

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UN council demands Yemen’s Houthis release UAE ship and crew

The U.N. Security Council is condemning the seizure of a United Arab Emirates ship and demanding that Yemen’s Houthi rebels immediately release the vessel and its…

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Britain to upgrade communications on Cyprus military base

A spokesman for Britain’s Defense Ministry says the U.K. will build a new communications facility on one of two bases it maintains on the eastern Mediterranean…

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Foreign seafarers say they were tricked into servitude on Iranian ships

Thousands of Indian men are lured to Iran each year and made to work in miserable conditions, say seafarers and maritime analysts.

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Elephants dying from eating plastic waste in Sri Lankan dump

Conservationists and veterinarians are warning that plastic waste in an open landfill in eastern Sri Lanka is killing elephants, after two more were found dead over…