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Donald Trump to be allowed back on Facebook after 2-year ban

Facebook parent Meta said Wednesday it will restore former President Donald Trump 's personal account in the coming weeks, ending a two-year suspension it imposed in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Man held for knife attack on German train; 2 dead, 7 injured

A knife-wielding man described as a stateless Palestinian fatally stabbed two passengers and injured seven others on a train in northern Germany Wednesday before being grabbed by members of the public and arrested by police, officials said. The motive of the attack was not immediately known.

German economy to avoid recession in 2023, says Berlin

Germany is set to narrowly escape a recession this year, the government said Wednesday, as Europe's biggest economy weathers the fallout from the Ukraine war better than expected.

Iran slaps new sanctions on EU, UK in tit-for-tat move

Iran on Wednesday imposed sanctions on 34 individuals and entities from the European Union and Britain in reaction to similar measures taken over Tehran's response to months-long protests.

Slovakia parliament changes constitution to enable snap vote

Slovakia's parliament amended the country's constitution Wednesday to make it possible to hold early elections.

EU grapples with asylum reform as migrant entries surge

Eight years after facing a refugee crisis in 2015, the European Union is still struggling with how to reform its asylum system, just as migrant entries are once again rising.

Berlin airport cancels all flights over strike

All passenger flights were cancelled at Berlin Brandenburg airport (BER) on Wednesday, as staff walked out in a dispute over higher pay.

Hipkins sworn in as New Zealand PM, pledges focus on economy

Chris Hipkins was sworn in Wednesday as New Zealand's 41st prime minister, following the unexpected resignation last week of Jacinda Ardern.

South Korea, Japan grapple with heavy snow chaos, flights delays

Thousands of travelers swarmed a small airport in South Korea's Jeju island on Wednesday in a scramble to get on following delays by snowstorms as frigid winter weather gripped East Asia for the second straight day.

Aide to former Pakistan PM Khan arrested for election criticism

An aide to former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan was arrested on Wednesday for criticising election officials, police said, the latest case brought against the opposition as it tries to force early polls.

The Pope on "patience" in China: AP Interview

Saying ``we must walk patiently in China,'' Pope Francis views continued dialogue with Beijing as the guiding principle in his efforts to safeguard his flock, who are a small minority in that Asian nation.

7 dead as California mourns 3rd mass killing in 8 days

A gunman killed seven people at two agricultural businesses in Northern California, plunging the state into mourning again in the wake of its third mass killing in eight days.

Biden urges assault weapons ban after California shootings

US President Joe Biden called Tuesday for Congress to act quickly to ban assault weapons, as California reeled from two deadly mass shootings in less than 48 hours.

Busy Paris station suffers total traffic shutdown after cable sabotage

One of the busiest train stations in Paris suffered a total traffic shutdown on Tuesday after vandals triggered a major signal malfunction by setting cables on fire.

Bulgaria to hold 5th election in 2 years after talks fail

Bulgaria will hold another parliamentary election - its fifth in two years - after the Socialist Party on Tuesday announced that it had failed to form a government and had returned the unfulfilled mandate to the country's president.

Death toll from LA-area dance hall massacre climbs to 11

The death toll from the dance hall massacre blamed on a 72-year-old gunman has risen to 11 on after one of the 10 people who were wounded died.

French bakers protest over surging power prices

Dressed in aprons and brandishing baguettes, hundreds of bakers demonstrated in the streets of Paris on Monday to warn that the country's beloved bread and croissant makers were under threat from surging electricity and raw material costs.

Nursing federation slams UK recruitment from poorer nations

Britain's recruitment of nurses from poorer countries as a quick fix for its own underinvestment in the profession is a serious cause of concern, the global nurses' federation said Monday.

Turkey's president says no support for Sweden's NATO bid

Turkey's president said Monday that Sweden shouldn't expect support for NATO membership following weekend protests in Stockholm by an anti-Islam activist and pro-Kurdish groups.

Lights out in Pakistan as energy-saving move backfires

Much of Pakistan was left without power Monday as an energy-saving measure by the government backfired. The outage spread panic and raised questions about the cash-strapped government's handling of the country's economic crisis.

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