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Poland triggers an existential crisis for Europe

A senior E.U. official cast Poland's gambit as Europe’s Jan. 6 moment, a brazen assault on the legal and political consensus that unites the continental bloc.

Brazilian Senate committee to accuse Bolsonaro of crimes against humanity for covid negligence

A lawmaker who is leading the probe has accused Bolsonaro and other officials of making deliberate decisions that allowed the coronavirus to spread, resulting in unnecessary deaths.

Edita Gruberova, dazzling operatic soprano, dies at 74

Born in Bratislava, she reigned over world opera stages for decades, thrilling audiences with her shimmering pianissimos and vocal pyrotechnics.

Leslie Bricusse, Oscar-winning composer and lyricist for ‘Doctor Dolittle,’ dies at 90

He co-wrote hit stage musicals, worked on James Bond scores including ‘Goldfinger’ and composed music for the Hollywood film ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.’
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Top German tabloid Bild removes leading editor over abuse-of-power allegations

Bild is owned by media company Axel Springer, which recently bought Politico.

North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile from a submarine, South says

Tuesday’s test, detected by Seoul and Tokyo, was the latest in a series conducted by Pyongyang in recent weeks.

Czech police investigate hospitalized president’s inner circle in latest twist to deepening constitutional crisis

A Senate report accuses the president's entourage of concealing his condition since he was hospitalized.

Russia to host international talks with Taliban as Putin looks for gains in U.S. absence

Wednesday’s planned gathering is a test for Russia’s effort to boost its regional influence but keep the Taliban at a distance.

Haitian gang that kidnapped 17 from missionary group seeks $1 million ransom per person, justice minister says

The 16 Americans and one Canadian national with the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries organization were kidnapped Saturday by 400 Mawozo, a street gang notorious for violent mass kidnappings and a history of targeting religious figures and churches.

Norway revises account of deadly attack: No bow and arrow, and doubts over terrorism

Police now say “illness” is the likely motive after calling it an apparent “terrorist act.”

In secret vaccine contracts with governments, Pfizer took hard line in push for profit, report says

With control over one of the world’s most-sought products comes great power.

Who is 400 Mawozo, the Haitian gang accused of kidnapping American missionaries?

For Haitians rich and poor, gang violence and kidnappings for ransom have become a tragically common facet of life.

Victims of a 1981 mass cooking-oil poisoning occupy Madrid museum, threaten suicide

“Toxic oil syndrome” killed hundreds and left thousands with chronic conditions, many of which are severe.

India’s floods force couple to sail to their wedding in a giant cooking pot

"My father swam to the temple and my mother, grandmother and sisters used another pot," the groom said.

Afghanistan’s war is over, but the Taliban faces a new hurdle: Enforcing the law — and protecting Afghans from ISIS

Transforming a village-based guerrilla insurgency into a national security force that can secure urban areas is proving challenging.

Chinese police say he killed two people in a land dispute. On the Internet, he was seen as another victim.

Ou Jinzhong's situation drew widespread sympathy, with many seeing him as having suffered from local government neglect until he was apparently pushed over the edge.

Australian territory leader slams Ted Cruz for vaccine mandate criticism: ‘You know nothing about us’

Michael Gunner, chief minister of the Northern Territory, took to Twitter to set Cruz straight on “a few facts” after the senator from Texas lamented the territory's vaccine mandate as “Covid tyranny.”

Israeli diver finds 900-year-old sword, said to be Crusader knight’s weapon, on Mediterranean seabed

A resident came across the roughly four-foot-long weapon while scuba diving Saturday off the Carmel coast in northern Israel.

Stripped naked, beaten, forced to shout ‘Viva Fidel!’: Inside Cuba’s crackdown on dissent

The crackdown hangs over Cubans as a major test of dissent looms: a Nov. 15 protest called by actors, artists and dissidents, backed by Cuban exiles but banned by the Cuban state.
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Beirut clash fires up sectarian anger in echo of civil war

The shootout on the streets of Beirut between rival Christian and Muslim groups last week revived memories of the country’s 1975-90 civil war
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Roadside bombs hit military bus in Syrian capital, kill 13

Syrian state TV says two roadside bombs have exploded near a bus carrying troops in the Syrian capital Damascus, killing 13 people and wounding three others
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Police answering 4-year-old's call confirm his toys are cool

An emergency call made by a 4-year-old New Zealand boy asking for police to come over and check out his toys prompted a real-life callout and confirmation from an officer that the toys were, indeed, pretty cool
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Wave of killings triggers memories of dark past in Kashmir

A spate of recent killings has rattled Indian-controlled Kashmir, with violence targeting local minority members and Indian civilians from outside the disputed region
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Negotiations drag on over 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Negotiations are stretching into a fourth day seeking the return of 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group kidnapped over the weekend in Haiti by a gang that is demanding $1 million ransom per person
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