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At UN, Spotlight on Global Consequences Of Russia’s War

UNITED NATIONS — The global consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine were in the spotlight Tuesday at the U.N. General Assembly, as the annual debate got underway. Leaders spoke of the urgency to get fertilizer, in particular, to the world’s farmers at a reasonable price and in time for the planting season, which in some parts of the world has started […]

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Mahsa Amini: Woman Dies After Arrest By Iran’s Morality Police

President Raisi orders an inquiry after Mahsa Amini, 22, died after being detained by Iranian morality police. A young woman has died after falling into a coma following her detention by Iran’s morality police, state media have reported, sparking fury on social media. Mahsa Amini, 22, was on a visit to Tehran with her family when she was detained by […]

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Ukraine Says ‘Torture Centers’ Found In Recaptured Territory; UN Wants To Investigate Mass Graves

Ukrainian officials say they’ve found at least 10 “torture centers” in territory recaptured from Russia in the country’s east. This follows the discovery of a mass grave containing about 450 bodies at a site near Izium. The Russians occupied the city in the Kharkiv region until a Ukrainian counteroffensive pushed Russian troops from the region last weekend. “This is just […]

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Germany Seizes Russian Energy Firm’s Subsidiaries

BERLIN — Berlin on Friday took control of the German operations of Russian oil firm Rosneft to secure energy supplies which have been disrupted after Moscow invaded Ukraine. Rosneft’s German subsidiaries, which account for about 12% of oil refining capacity in the country, were placed under the trusteeship of the Federal Network Agency, the economy ministry said in a statement. “The […]

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Trudeau Announces $4.5 Billion Inflation Relief Package For Low Earners

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced $4.5 billion in measures intended to provide low-income families with relief from high inflation. The measures include doubling a quarterly tax credit sent to individuals and families with low and modest incomes to offset sales tax and a $500, one-time top-up to a housing benefit that is provided to low earners who need […]

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Mass Firing At UAE Newspaper Raises Censorship Concerns

The closure of Al Roeya reflects the limits set on freedom of speech and local media in the UAE.  An Emirati newspaper ran a story about how citizens were struggling with higher fuel prices this summer. Within weeks the paper’s print edition had been shut down, and dozens of employees were sacked. Even under the strict press laws of the […]

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Senate Republican Graham Unveils Abortion Bill Ahead Of Midterms

WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham proposed new national restrictions on abortion on Tuesday, two months before the Nov. 8 midterm elections in which the abortion issue has emerged as potential albatross for Republican candidates. With control of the Senate up for grabs and some jittery Republican candidates softening their positions on abortion, Graham announced legislation that would ban the […]

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UN Says 50 Million People Worldwide Stuck In ‘Modern Slavery’

The pandemic, armed conflicts, and climate change have exacerbated conditions, trapping people in forced labor or marriage. The number of people trapped in forced labor or forced marriage and other crises has swelled by a fifth in recent years to about 50 million on any given day, the United Nations’ International Labor Organization (ILO) said on Monday. The study by […]

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Xi To Meet Putin In First Trip Outside China Since COVID Began 

LONDON/BEIJING — Xi Jinping will leave China for the first time in more than two years for a trip this week to Central Asia, where he will meet Russia’s Vladimir Putin, just a month before he is set to cement his place as the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. The trip, Xi’s first abroad since the start of the […]

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Britain’s New PM: Foreign Policy Hawk Facing Challenges At Home

LONDON — Liz Truss officially became Britain’s prime minister Tuesday, replacing Boris Johnson, who resigned in July. In a private meeting Tuesday in Balmoral, Scotland, with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Truss was asked to form a new government. The meeting, a formality, took place in Scotland as the 96-year-old monarch is not able to travel to London due to health problems. Truss […]