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On eve of election, Italy braces for potential far-right win

Italians on Saturday braced for seismic change, on the eve of an election forecast to hand Italy the most right-wing government since World War II.

NASA scraps Tuesday Moon launch due to storm

NASA has called off the scheduled Tuesday launch of its historic uncrewed mission to the Moon due to a tropical storm that is forecast to strengthen as it approaches Florida.

EXPLAINER: Italian election only part of picking government

Sunday's parliamentary election will determine who governs next in Italy. But it might take weeks before a coalition government is actually in place to run the major industrial economy and key NATO member.

Blinken urges calm on Taiwan in talks with China

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Friday for calm over Taiwan as he met his Chinese counterpart, as soaring tensions showed signs of easing a notch.

'Knocking on famine's door': UN food chief wants action now

The U.N. food chief warned Thursday that the world is facing ``a perfect storm on top of a perfect storm'' and urged donors, particularly Gulf nations and billionaires, to give a few days of profits to tackle a crisis with the fertilizer supply right now and prevent widespread food shortages next year.

Four killed in blast near Kabul mosque: Hospital

A blast outside a mosque attended by Taliban members in the Afghan capital killed four people minutes after Friday prayers had ended, according to a hospital.

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Benchmark U.S. crude oil for November delivery rose 55 cents to $83.49 a barrel Thursday. Brent crude for November delivery rose 63 cents to $90.46 a barrel.

US stocks fall broadly as global central banks raise rates

Stocks fell on Wall Street in afternoon trading on Thursday and added to weekly losses for major indexes as central banks around the world hiked interest rates to fight inflation.

'We're still in the tunnel': WHO chief says pandemic not over

The head of the World Health Organization on Thursday tempered his assertion that the end of the Covid-19 pandemic was near, warning that declaring the crisis over was "still a long way off".

6.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Mexico, 2 dead

A powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Mexico early Thursday, causing at least two deaths, damaging buildings and setting off landslides.

Bank of England rate hike avoids more aggressive step

Britain's central bank has raised its key interest rate by another half-percentage point, avoiding more aggressive steps to tame inflation that the U.S. Federal Reserve and other banks have taken.

Reviewing relocation of UK embassy to Jerusalem: Truss to Lapid

According to the British newspaper, The Telegraph, Liz Truss has told her Israeli counterpart she is reviewing moving the British embassy in Tel Aviv to the contested holy city of Jerusalem.

UK government lifts energy fracking ban in England

The UK government on Thursday lifted England's moratorium on fracking, a controversial method to dig for fossil fuels, to boost energy output after key supplier Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Asia stocks follow Wall Street down as Fed fights inflation

Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower on Thursday after the Federal Reserve delivered another big interest rate hike and raised its outlook for more to cool galloping inflation.

US, UK join Pacific allies in Fijian military exercise

A military exercise in Fiji involving the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand ends this week as the traditional allies counter China's growing influence in the region.

UNICEF renews Pakistan flood appeal as 10 more people die

Devastating floods in Pakistan's worst-hit province have killed 10 more people in the past day, including four children, officials said Wednesday as the U.N. children's agency renewed its appeal for $39 million to help the most vulnerable flood victims.

UK government caps energy bills for businesses for 6 months

Britain's government said Wednesday it will cap wholesale energy bills for businesses this winter to ensure companies don't go bust amid soaring energy prices.

Markets drop as Fed hike looms, Putin move lifts dollar and oil

Stocks fell Wednesday ahead of what many expect to be a third successive jumbo interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve, while the dollar hit fresh multi-decade highs against the pound and euro after Moscow stepped up its war in Ukraine.

World leaders call for urgent action on food security

World leaders called Tuesday for urgent efforts to address global food insecurity, with fears mounting of a disastrous harvest next year due largely to the war in Ukraine.

Biden formally nominates new ambassador to Russia

President Joe Biden on Tuesday formally nominated a veteran foreign service officer with years of experience in Russian affairs to be the next US ambassador to Russia.

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