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Death threats, mock hangings and a used condom: Anti-vaxxers target Australian politicians

Recent developments have highlighted a serious edge to the country’s small but angry anti-vaccination movement.

Taliban wages campaign of targeted killings against former members of Afghan security forces

The killings come despite a pledge to grant amnesty to former Afghan security forces and officials, demonstrating that international pressure for the group to respect human rights has done little to sway the Taliban.

Brazil’s far-right Bolsonaro reaches for an unlikely title: President of the Poor

To the surprise of some, Jair Bolsonaro, the same welfare critic who once suggested that one cure for poverty was birth control has also sought to reinvent himself as something of a fiscal Robin Hood, taking from Brazil’s public coffers to give to the poor.

Honduras elects democratic socialist as first female president, unseating conservative ruling party

Xiomara Castro's main rival conceded the race Tuesday, two days after the vote. Castro is the wife of former president Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted by the military in 2009.

U.S. removes terrorist designation for Colombia’s FARC

The State Department added terrorist designations for two splinter groups that abandoned the country’s 2016 peace deal.

Wife of Mexican drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ sentenced to 3 years in prison

In court in Washington, Emma Coronel Aispuro apologized to ‘all the citizens of this country’ for aiding the murderous Sinaloa Cartel.

How abortion laws in the U.S. compare to those in other countries

Countries around the world have made it easier to get an abortion legally, but policies in many parts of the United States are making it harder.

Netherlands says omicron variant was within its borders a week before South African flights prompted panic

The variant had a foothold in multiple countries in Europe before travel restrictions were imposed.

Never-ending series of storms brings more flood fears to western Washington state, British Columbia

Seattle recorded its wettest autumn on record with over a foot and a half of rain from the onslaught of atmospheric rivers.

How the omicron variant unsettled the world in just one week: A visual timeline

In less than a week, the detection of the omicron variant has disrupted global travel, ratted financial markets and posed a reminder that the pandemic is far from over.

Nursing unions around the world file U.N. complaint as debate over vaccine patent waivers stalls

The groups accuse wealthy nations of violating human rights by blocking waivers that they say are critical to equitable vaccine access and to keeping health workers safe.

German court gives life in prison to ex-ISIS fighter for death of 5-year-old in first ‘genocide’ trial

The landmark case marks the first conviction over the genocide perpetrated against the Yazidi minority.

With echoes of Trump, far-right commentator Éric Zemmour announces bid to become French president

President Emmanuel Macron leads in opinion polling, but with only about a quarter of the vote.

Existing vaccines might not be as effective against omicron variant, Moderna CEO says

Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said that while more data is needed on the omicron variant, all the scientists he has talked to say, “This is not going to be good.”

Japan’s prince decries ‘terrible’ comments about daughter’s decision to marry commoner

Crown Prince Akishino's daughter suffered PTSD following a barrage of social media criticism over her relationship.

Barbados declares Rihanna a national hero after ditching Queen Elizabeth II as head of state

Prince Charles, who attended the transition ceremony, said slavery was an “appalling atrocity which forever stains" British history.

As omicron variant spreads, China senses vindication over ‘zero covid’ strategy

Chinese experts say the country won’t risk mistakes and has no need for a new approach.

Sweden’s first female prime minister quit after several hours. Less than a week later, she’s back.

Magdalena Andersson of the center-left Social Democrats now has to conquer the obstacles of minority government and an election due to be held in less than a year.

As omicron variant alarm spreads, countries mull a radical ‘pandemic treaty’

The proposal could see countries promise to work better together during a pandemic, but the reaction to a new variant shows how hard that may be in practice.
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Japan starts booster COVID vaccinations amid omicron scare

Japan has started offering coronavirus vaccine booster shots to health care workers amid growing concerns over a new variant of the virus that has already been detected in the country
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Despite variants, Singapore's COVID-19 strategy on track

When Singapore embarked upon its strategy of living with COVID-19, backed by one of the world’s leading vaccine programs, the wealthy city-state saw a spike in its rate of infections, leading many to question whether the time was right
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Japan emperor's daughter Aiko turns 20, throne not in sight

Japanese Princess Aiko, the daughter of Emperor Naruhito, has turned 20, ready for a debut as a new adult member to take a share of official duties for the royal family whose population continues to shrink under the male-only succession law
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Unique effort reopens girls' schools in an Afghan province

While most high school girls in Afghanistan are forbidden to attend class by the Taliban rulers, one major exception is in the western province of Herat
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EXPLAINER: What are Colombia's ex-FARC splinter groups?

The Biden administration has  revoked the terrorist designation of Colombia’s former FARC guerrilla army, five years after the rebel group signed a peace deal with the government
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