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Gunman targets Taiwanese faith with long pro-democracy link

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The recent deadly shooting at Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in California didn’t just violate a sacred space. Taiwanese Americans across the country say it ripped through their cultural bastion. It is where the congregation in Laguna Woods worshiped. But it was also where their native language and support for a democratic …

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Battle for Mariupol draws toward close after surrender

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The battle that turned Mariupol into a worldwide symbol of defiance and suffering drew toward a close as Russia said nearly 1,000 last-ditch Ukrainian fighters who held out inside a pulverized steel plant had surrendered. Meanwhile, the first captured Russian soldier to be put on trial by Ukraine on war-crimes charges …

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Mali pullout from counterterrorism force `unfortunate’

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The UN’s top political official for Africa called Mali’s decision to withdraw from the Sahel regional counterterrorism force “unfortunate and regrettable” Wednesday, especially at a time of increasing terrorist activity and insecurity. Assistant Secretary-General Martha Pobee told the UN Security Council that this week’s decision by Mali’s ruling junta to leave …

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Crews slow New Mexico fires, brace for dangerous conditions

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) — More than 2,000 firefighters battling the largest US wildfire dug back-up fire lines and rearranged fire engines around homes in northeast New Mexico on Wednesday in anticipation of a return to windy, dangerous conditions in the days ahead. After a break in the weather allowed for significant progress on the ground …

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Biden administration criticizes China for failing to take part in UN food shortage meeting: ‘Not surprising’

EXCLUSIVE: The Biden administration is criticizing China for failing to take part at the United Nations’ Food Security Ministerial led by Secretary of State Antony Blinken Wednesday, with an official calling the move “disappointing, but sadly not surprising.” Blinken, on Wednesday, traveled to New York City to convene meetings to mobilize action on global food …

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North Korea’s suspected COVID-19 caseload nears million

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday reported 262,270 more cases of people with suspected symptoms of COVID-19 as its pandemic caseload neared 2 million — a week after the country acknowledged the outbreak and scrambled to slow the rate of infections despite a lack of health care resources. The country is also …

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4 critical climate indicators raised red flags in 2021

Four key climate indicators set new records in 2021, underscoring the importance to curb emissions from human activity and sparking criticism from the United Nations for “humanity’s failure to tackle climate disruption” despite sustainable technology being readily available for governments and cheaper to use than fossil fuels. . Greenhouse gas concentrations, sea-level rise, ocean heat …

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Kim Jong Un blasts North Korea’s poor response to COVID crisis amid explosive outbreak and rising ‘fever’ cases

People sit near a screen showing a news broadcast at a train station in Seoul on May 12, 2022, of North Koreas leader Kim Jong Un.Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images During a meeting on Tuesday, Kim Jong Un criticized the way his country has handled the pandemic. Since first acknowledging a COVID outbreak last week, …

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UN chief `hopeful’ of Ukraine grain deal to help food crisis

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With global hunger levels at a new high, the United Nations chief said Wednesday he is in “intense contacts” with Russia and other key countries hoping for an agreement to allow the export of grain stored in Ukrainian ports and ensure Russian food and fertilizer have unrestricted access to global markets. …

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