India top court frees ex-PM Rajiv Gandhi's killer

India's Supreme Court has ordered the release of one of the convicts involved in the 1991 murder of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. read more...

Russia says nearly 700 more Mariupol fighters surrender

KYIV/MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 18 (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday nearly 700 more Ukrainian fighters had surrendered in Mariupol, but Kyiv was silent about their fate, while a pro-Russian separatist leader said commanders were still holed up in tunnels beneath the giant Azovstal steelworks. read more...

China Eastern plane crash likely intentional, US reports say

Flight data indicates a China Eastern Airlines plane that crashed in March was intentionally put into a nose-dive, according to US media reports. read more...

Election denier wins, bad behavior dooms Cawthorn

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Pennsylvania governor’s race, a candidate who has spread lies about the 2020 vote count won the Republican nomination, putting an election denier within striking distance of running a presidential battleground state in 2024. read more...

The secret girls school defying the Taliban

Hidden away in a residential neighbourhood is one of Afghanistan's new "secret" schools - a small but powerful act of defiance against the Taliban.Around a dozen teenage girls are attending a maths class. read more...

Hezbollah and allies lose majority in Lebanese parliament, final results show

(Reuters) - Iran-backed Hezbollah and its allies have lost their majority in Lebanon's parliament in a general election, a Reuters tally of final results showed on Tuesday, a major blow to the heavily armed group that reflects anger with Lebanon's ruling elite. read more...

MPs charged over Beirut blast re-elected, troubling families of victims

(Reuters) - Two Lebanese lawmakers charged in connection with the 2020 Beirut port blast have been re-elected in the first poll since the catastrophe, leaving some families of victims fearing further delays in a stalled investigation into the explosion. read more...

Mexico disappearances reach record high of 100,000 amid impunity

The number of people reported as disappeared in Mexico is at a record high of 100,000, figures suggest. Government data, which goes back to 1964, shows that almost all the disappearances have occurred since 2007, when then-President Felipe Calderón launched his "war on drugs". read more...

Japan to allow limited tour groups from May as step to full re-opening

(Reuters) - Japan said on Tuesday it would start conducting "test tourism" in the form of limited package tours in May as a way of gathering information prior to a full re-opening of the country to tourism. read more...

Myanmar resistance urges West to provide arms for fight against junta

(Reuters) - The defence chief of Myanmar's shadow government has called for international help to arm its resistance forces fighting the ruling military, requesting support similar to that being given to Ukrainians battling invading Russian troops. read more...

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