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US envoy meets Taliban diplomat, presses women's rights

The US special envoy on Afghanistan met with the Taliban's chief diplomat on Saturday and stressed international opposition to the group's treatment of women and girls.

1 killed, 8 wounded in shooting at Southern California party

One person was killed and eight people were wounded following an overnight shooting at a large party in Southern California, police said Saturday.

US sees risk of COVID supply rationing without more funds

The White House is planning for ``dire'' contingencies that could include rationing supplies of vaccines and treatments this fall if Congress doesn't approve more money for fighting COVID-19.

Australian Labor topples conservatives, PM faces early tests

Australia's center-left opposition party toppled the conservative government after almost a decade in power, and Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese in his Saturday election victory speech promised sharper reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while he faces an early foreign policy test.

US, SKorea to consider expanded military drills vs NKorea

U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol said after meeting Saturday that they will consider expanded military exercises to deter the nuclear threat from North Korea at a time when there's little hope of real diplomacy on the matter.

France's Macron appoints new government for 2nd term

French President Emmanuel Macron announced a new-look Cabinet on Friday, with a new foreign minister part of the reshuffled line-up behind France's first female prime minister in 30 years.

What is monkeypox? A microbiologist explains what's known about this smallpox cousin

Massachusetts health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a single case of monkeypox in a patient who had recently travelled to Canada. Cases have also been reported in the United Kingdom and Europe.

France reports first monkeypox case

France on Friday reported its first case of monkeypox, joining a number of other European and North American nations in detecting the disease endemic in parts of Africa.

India turning Kashmir into surveillance state: AFP report

In Indian-administered Kashmir, shopkeepers are spending hundreds of dollars each to install security cameras mandated by authorities in a move activists say is aimed at creating a surveillance state -- and outsourcing the cost.

German intel chief says espionage at Cold War levels

The head of Germany's domestic intelligence service said Thursday that levels of espionage are as high as during the Cold War, or even higher.

Biden has an eye on China as he heads to South Korea, Japan

President Joe Biden departs on a six-day trip to South Korea and Japan aiming to build rapport with the two nations' leaders while also sending an unmistakable message to China: Russia's faltering invasion of Ukraine should give Beijing pause about its own saber-rattling in the Pacific.

European, Asian markets sink at open in global selloff

Europe's main stock markets opened sharply lower Thursday, after heavy losses in Asia and on Wall Street.

Biden warns of 'another tough hurricane season' this year

President Joe Biden warned Wednesday that the country will likely see ``another tough hurricane season'' this year, and he pledged that his administration was prepared to respond to the storms and help Americans recover from them.

US says 'possibility' of N.Korea nuclear test during Biden's Asia trip

The United States believes there is a "genuine possibility" that North Korea could conduct a nuclear test or other saber rattling while Joe Biden is on his first trip as president to Asia, a top US official said Wednesday.

NATO talks with Finland, Sweden falter but will continue

NATO envoys failed to reach a consensus Wednesday on whether to start membership talks with Finland and Sweden, diplomats said, as Turkey renewed its objections to the two Nordic countries joining.

Croatian President wants to block Sweden and Finland from joining NATO

President Zoran Milanovic of Croatia wants his country to follow Turkey's example by trying to block Sweden and Finland from joining NATO.

Pakistan Taliban extend truce for more talks with government

The Pakistani Taliban on Wednesday said they are extending a cease-fire with the government until May 30, after the two sides held an initial round of talks hosted by the Afghan Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan.

Reports: 4 European nations to build North Sea wind farms

Four European Union countries plan to build North Sea wind farms capable of producing at least 150 gigawatts of energy by 2050 to help cut carbon emissions that cause climate change, Danish media reported Wednesday.

Indian Supreme Court frees convict in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case

India's top court on Wednesday ordered the release of a man jailed over the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, more than 30 years after he was first arrested.

Global pollution kills 9 million people a year, study finds

A new study blames pollution of all types for 9 million deaths a year globally, with the death toll attributed to dirty air from cars, trucks and industry rising 55% since 2000.

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