Building collapse in China's Changsha kills 53

(Reuters) - Fifty-three people died when a housing block collapsed in the Chinese city of Changsha last week, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Friday after days of rescue efforts. read more...

Oil jumps $5 a barrel as EU nears ban on Russian oil

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices jumped on Wednesday, as the European Union, the world's largest trading bloc, spelled out plans to phase out imports of Russian oil, raising concerns about further market tightness as those nations hunt for adequate supply. read more...

Defenders inside Ukrainian steel mill refuse to surrender

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian fighters battling Russian forces in the tunnels beneath Mariupol’s immense steel plant refused to surrender in the face of relentless attacks, with the wife of one commander saying they had vowed to “stand till the end.” read more...

Philippines election a rematch of late dictator's son and rights lawyer

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine voters head to the polls on Monday in a presidential election shaping up as a rematch between the son and namesake of the country's late dictator and the human rights lawyer who narrowly beat him in the 2016 vice presidential contest. read more...

Johnson's Conservatives lose London strongholds in local elections

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party lost control of traditional strongholds in London and suffered losses elsewhere in local elections, early results showed on Friday, as voters punished his government over a series of scandals. read more...

Abuse-clouded prison gets attention, but will things change?

DUBLIN, Calif. (AP) — For months, inmates and staff say, their calls for help were ignored. And in this aging prison of deep despair — a place where sexual abuse has been rampant, authorities acted with utter indifference and the workforce was deeply demoralized — the cries for help had been many and varied. read more...

Families of detained Americans to Biden: Put patriotism over politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Families of more than a dozen Americans detained abroad pressed the administration of President Joe Biden on Wednesday to act more decisively to secure the release of their loved ones and called on the government to "put patriotism over politics." read more...

Live updates | Spain arrests Ukrainian politician-blogger

MADRID — Spanish authorities have arrested a Ukrainian politician-blogger accused of treason in his home country. read more...

Israel tightens grip on West Bank with planned restrictions

JERUSALEM (AP) — If, during your travels in the Holy Land, you decide to take the next step with your Palestinian sweetheart, you should notify the Israeli military within 30 days. read more...

Belarus admits Russia’s war ‘drags on’

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko defended Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, but he said he didn’t expect the 10-week-old conflict to “drag on this way.” read more...

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