Palestinians mourn slain Al Jazeera journalist, blame Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Thousands gathered to mourn a slain Al Jazeera journalist in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday, as the head of the Palestinian Authority blamed Israel for her death and rejected Israeli calls for a joint investigation. read more...

Biden urges world to renew COVID fight as US nears 1M deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden appealed to world leaders on Thursday for a renewed international commitment to attacking COVID-19 as he led the U.S. in marking the approaching “tragic milestone” of 1 million deaths at home from the virus. He ordered flags lowered to half-staff and warned against “complacency” around the globe. read more...

Plane veers off runway in China and catches fire; 36 injured

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese passenger jet veered off the runway during takeoff and caught fire on Thursday, sending black smoke billowing into the air and injuring more than 30 people. read more...

Russia hits east Ukraine, Finland moves toward joining NATO

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces pounded areas in Ukraine’s east on Thursday, including the last pocket of resistance in besieged Mariupol, as a war that is redrawing Europe’s security map pushed Russia’s neighbor Finland closer to joining NATO. read more...

One of the Catholic Church's most senior members has been arrested in Hong Kong for breaking China's national security law, police have confirmed. read more...

French court investigates Interpol chief over torture claims

PARIS (AP) — French judges at the Paris Tribunal on Wednesday opened an investigation into torture allegations against Interpol President Maj. Gen. Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi of the United Arab Emirates. read more...

Iran detains 2 Europeans; EU envoy in Tehran about nuke deal

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Shortly before the European Union envoy met Iran’s nuclear negotiator in Tehran on Wednesday in a last-ditch attempt to salvage Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, Iran’s Intelligence Ministry announced it had detained two Europeans. read more...

What the Marcos' return to power means for the Philippines

(BBC) A ruling family which was driven out of power 36 years ago, accused of spectacular greed and brutality, is all but set to return to Malacañang - the presidential palace. It is a stunning blow to those in the Philippines who have campaigned for accountability for the abuses of the old Marcos era. The Marcos family has never apologised for those abuses, nor given back much of the treasure they are accused of stealing from the national purse. How has Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr done it? And what are the implications for the 110 million people of the Philippines, and for its place in the world? read more...

Sri Lanka deploys troops in capital after violence, protests

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities deployed armored vehicles and troops in the streets of the capital on Wednesday, two days after pro-government mobs attacked peaceful protesters, triggering a wave of violence across the country. read more...

US, Western Europe fret over uncertain Ukraine war endgame

WASHINGTON (AP) — An interminable and unwinnable war in Europe? That’s what NATO leaders fear and are bracing for as Russia’s war in Ukraine grinds into its third month with little sign of a decisive military victory for either side and no resolution in sight. read more...

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