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Ukraine calls on world to prevent Russia from using blackmail, threats

KYIV, Ukraine  Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, called on the international community Tuesday to prevent Russia from using blackmail and threats of a full-scale invasion against the country.  Lawmakers convened with...

39 missing after boat capsizes off Florida Coast

Houston, TEXAS  The United States Coast Guard is currently on a frantic search looking for survivors, after a boat capsized off the east coast of Florida.  Thirty-nine people are believed missing. Coast...

US State Department OKs $2.5B plane, radar sales for Egypt

WASHINGTON The US State Department notified Congress on Tuesday of potential sales to Egypt of aircraft and air defense radar systems valued at over $2.5 billion.  The two sales include Egypt's...

Iran jails French national for 8 years for spying

TEHRAN, Iran A court in Iran on Tuesday sentenced a French man to eight years in prison on spying charges, according to his lawyers. Benjamin Briere was arrested by Iranian police...

IMF calls on El Salvador to halt use of Bitcoin as legal tender

WASHINGTON The International Monetary Fund (IMF) "urged" the government of El Salvador to halt the use of Bitcoin as legal tender, citing what it said are "large risks" for that...

Biden ‘no different’ from Trump for Palestinians: Fatah official

RAMALLAH, Palestine A top Palestinian official criticized US President Joe Biden's policy on the Palestinian issue, saying he is "no different" from his predecessor Donald Trump. Sabri Saidam, a member of...

Russian invasion of Ukraine will be 'tragic, futile,' says UK premier

LONDON Britain's prime minister warned on Tuesday that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would be "tragic and futile" and would be met with a united response from NATO. In a statement...

NATO rejects Russian demand to withdraw from Bulgaria, Romania

BRUSSELS NATO on Friday rejected Russia’s demand to withdraw its troops from Bulgaria and Romania. “NATO will not renounce our ability to protect and defend each other, including with the presence...

Australia, New Zealand send aircraft to assess damage after Tonga eruption

ANKARA Australia and New Zealand deployed surveillance aircraft on Monday to assess the damage caused by a massive underwater volcano in the Pacific nation of Tonga. "We're helping our friends in...

French parliament approves vaccine pass

By Shweta Desai PARIS France’s parliament gave final approval Sunday to a contentious vaccine pass bill aimed at restricting the movement of unvaccinated people in public places as part of...

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Prince Andrew demands trial by jury in US civil sex abuse lawsuit

LONDON  Prince Andrew has demanded a trial by jury to clear his name against sexual abuse allegations, a legal document has shown according to British...

Heidelberg shooter had previous links to neo-Nazi party: German media

BERLIN  A teenage gunman who killed a fellow student and wounded three others at Heidelberg University in Germany before committing suicide had previous ties to...

Turkiye welcomes OECD decision to open accession discussions with 6 countries

ISTANBUL Turkiye on Wednesday welcomed a decision by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to open accession discussions with six candidate countries.  “We welcome...

Study highlights prevalence of antisemitism in France

ANKARA  A study on antisemitism in France has found that a vast majority of the Jewish community has been subjected to some form of “anti-Semitic...

Canada to send more troops to Ukraine in bid to deter war

TRENTON, Canada Canada will send more troops to Ukraine along with defensive weapons to help thwart a Russian invasion of the country, Prime Minister Justin...