Ukraine says it repels Russian attack as war grinds in east

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities said Friday that their troops repelled a Russian attack in the east, as Moscow struggled to gain ground in the region that is now the focus of the war even while intensifying its campaign there. read more...

Biden Secret Service agents sent home after drunk assault report in South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - Two U.S. Secret Service agents who were working on Joe Biden's trip to Asia are being sent home after one was accused of drunkenly assaulting a South Korean the day before the president arrived in Seoul, officials said. read more...

Afghanistan's female TV presenters must cover their faces, say Taliban

The Taliban have ordered female Afghan TV presenters and other women on screen to cover their faces while on air. read more...

Turkey’s leader says ‘no’ to Sweden and Finland’s NATO bid

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey will oppose Sweden and Finland joining NATO, the country’s president flatly stated in a video released Thursday. read more...

Bush mistakenly calls Iraq invasion 'brutal, unjustified'

Former US president George W Bush accidently condemned Vladimir Putin's invasion of "Iraq", before correcting himself by saying he was talking about Ukraine. read more...

Biden visits Japan, South Korea carrying warning to China

WASHINGTON/SEOUL/TOKYO, (Reuters) - Joe Biden will visit Japan and South Korea on his first Asian trip as U.S. president, carrying a clear message to China, advisers and analysts say - don't try what Russia did in Ukraine anywhere in Asia, and especially not in Taiwan. read more...

Red Cross registers hundreds of Ukrainian POWs from Mariupol

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Russian military said Thursday that more Ukrainian fighters who were making a last stand in Mariupol have surrendered, bringing the total who have left their stronghold to 1,730, while the Red Cross said it had registered hundreds of them as prisoners of war. read more...

Militant attacks hurt Pakistan relations with Afghan Taliban

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Faced with rising violence, Pakistan is taking a tougher line to pressure Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to crack down on militants hiding on their soil, but so far the Taliban remain reluctant to take action — trying instead to broker a peace. read more...

China's silenced feminist: How Sophia Huang Xueqin went missing

(BBC) In the summer of 2021, Sophia was awarded a prestigious Chevening scholarship funded by the British government to pursue gender studies at the University of Sussex. But in September, on the way to the airport to catch her flight to the United Kingdom, Sophia and fellow activist Wang Jianbing “vanished.” read more...

Afghanistan's Taliban mediate ceasefire between Pakistan, local militants

(Reuters) - The Taliban in Afghanistan have mediated a temporary ceasefire between Pakistan and a local Pakistani Taliban militant group following talks between the two sides in Kabul, an official said on Wednesday read more...

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