Putin tries to claim Mariupol win but won’t storm holdout

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to claim victory in the strategic port of Mariupol on Thursday, even as he ordered his troops not to storm the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the war’s iconic battleground. read more...

Sri Lanka crisis: One killed after police fire live bullets at protesters

(BBC) Outrage has erupted over the death of a Sri Lankan man who was killed when police fired live bullets at protesters, also injuring 14 others. read more...

Macron, Le Pen face off in crucial election debate

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron and far-right challenger Marine Le Pen will face off on Wednesday in a debate which could be decisive in the tight race to decide who will run the country for the next five years. read more...

Over 500 Rohingya flee Malaysian detention, 6 die on highway

More than 500 Rohingya refugees escaped from detention in Malaysia early Wednesday following a protest but most have been rearrested, immigration officials said. read more...

Russia hits Ukrainian cities, pours more troops into war

Russia hurled its military might against Ukrainian cities and towns and poured more troops into the war, seeking to slice the country in two in a potentially pivotal battle for control of the eastern industrial heartland of coal mines and factories read more...

Authorities riding bulldozers razed a number of Muslim-owned shops in New Delhi before India’s Supreme Court halted the demolitions Wednesday, days after communal violence shook the capital and saw dozens arrested. read more...

French elections: EU apprehensive of Le Pen ahead of French run-off vote

(BBC) European Union officials return to work on Tuesday after basking in a balmy bank holiday. But, just over the border, the EU's future is being fought over in the French presidential election. read more...

Mexico shuts elite investigations unit in blow to U.S. drugs cooperation

Mexico has disbanded a select anti-narcotics unit that for a quarter of a century worked hand-in-hand with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to tackle organized crime, two sources said, in a major blow to bilateral security cooperation. read more...

Cheers, fear as judge strikes down U.S. transit mask mandate

A federal judge’s decision to strike down a national mask mandate was met with cheers on some airplanes but also concern about whether it’s really time to end one of the most visible vestiges of the COVID-19 pandemic. read more...

In France’s election, a meaty issue unites Jews and Muslims

As she cooks lunch and talks politics, Sarah Gutmann has a nasty feeling — of would-be French president Marine Le Pen invading the privacy of her home and meddling with her Jewish faith and the plates of chicken and kosher sausages that she is frying for her husband and their eldest son. read more...

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