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 2021-02-28 14:16 

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'Not a Good Idea:' Experts Concerned about Pope Trip to Iraq...

Infectious disease experts are expressing concern about Pope Francis' upcoming trip to Iraq, given a sharp rise in coronavirus infections there, a fragile health care system and the unavoidable likelihood that Iraqis will crowd to see him.No one wants...

 2021-02-28 14:07 

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Chinese Investment in Australia Plummets Amid Tensions...

Chinese investment in Australia fell by 61% in 2020 to the lowest level recorded by the Australian National University in six years, coinciding with a worsening diplomatic dispute. The annual tracking study from the university's East Asian Bureau of E...

 2021-02-28 13:37 

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Yemen Rebels Claim Saudi Strikes, Threaten New Attack...

Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels on Sunday claimed the attempted strikes that targeted neighboring Saudi Arabia overnight and threatened more attacks, as fighting in the grinding civil war escalates. Houthi fighters have intensified operations agains...

 2021-02-28 13:28 

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At Least 5 Deaths Reported in Bloodiest Day of Myanmar Coup Protests...

The crackdown against opponents of Myanmar's military takeover intensified Sunday as security forces were reported to have fired on protesters, killing at least five people in the deadliest day of demonstrations since the February 1 coup.Witnesses say...

 2021-02-28 12:13 

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Taliban Warn Turning Away from Afghan Peace Deal 'Doomed to Failure'...

The Taliban demanded Sunday that the United States and its foreign military allies leave Afghanistan by May 1, in line with a peace agreement the insurgent group signed with Washington a year ago, warning any attempt to change the path "is already doo...

 2021-02-28 10:44 

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At Least 5 Dead in Bloodiest Day of Myanmar Coup Protests...

Myanmar police opened fire on protesters on Sunday killing at least four people and wounding several in the bloodiest day of weeks of demonstrations across the country against a military coup, a doctor and a politician said.A woman also died of a suspecte...

 2021-02-28 10:28 

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Inside a Nigerian Bandit Camp...

In Nigeria, Friday's predawn abduction of 317 female students from a government school in Zamfara state was the latest in a surge of kidnappings in the country's north.It's not yet clear who was responsible for the girls' abduction....

 2021-02-28 09:32 

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Russia Seeks to Strengthen Old Ties with Myanmar Junta...

Russia's appetite for influence and lucrative arms sales in Southeast Asia has been whetted by the latest coup in Myanmar, where isolated generals remain distrustful of China but still require allies on the United Nations Security Council.Chinese inve...

 2021-02-28 08:47 

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Dozens of Hong Kong Democrats Charged Under National Security Law...

Hong Kong police say 47 Hong Kong democrats and activists have been charged with one count each of "conspiracy to commit subversion" under a new national security law.The democrats reported to local police stations across the city Sunday, as a cra...

 2021-02-28 08:02 

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US Report Documents Atrocities, Ethnic Cleansing in Tigray, NY Times Says...

An internal U.S....

 2021-02-28 06:59 

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2 Die as Myanmar Police Crack Down on Protests for Second Day...

Myanmar police opened fire Sunday on protests of military rule, killing at least two people and wounding several on the second day of a crackdown on demonstrations across the country, a doctor and a politician said.Myanmar has been in chaos since the army...

 2021-02-28 06:52 

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US Calls on African Union to Exert Pressure Over Worsening Crisis in Tigray...

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 2021-02-28 06:47 

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At Bicoastal Globes on Sunday, 'Borat' Could Triumph...

When drained of glamour, what's left of the Golden Globes?That's one of the biggest questions heading into the 78th annual awards on Sunday night. The show, postponed two months from its usual early-January perch, will have little of what makes th...

 2021-02-28 05:48 

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Virginia Lawmakers Vote to Legalize Marijuana in 2024...

Lawmakers in the southern U.S. state of Virginia gave final approval Saturday to a bill that will legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, but not until 2024, when retail sales of the drug would also begin.With a compromise bill clearing the House a...

 2021-02-28 05:17 

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US Calls on African Union to Exert Pressure Over Worsening Crisis in Tigray...

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 2021-02-28 02:38 

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Durham Remains Special Counsel Overseeing Trump-Russia Probe...

U.S. Attorney John Durham said Friday that he will resign from his position as the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut but is remaining as a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department's investigation into the origins of the Russia probe that ...

 2021-02-28 02:13 

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Dozens of Hong Kong Democrats Brace for National Security Charges...

Several dozen Hong Kong democrats are set to report to local police stations across the city Sunday, with some expecting to be charged with breaches of national security as a crackdown on the democratic opposition intensifies.Benny Tai, one of the organiz...

 2021-02-28 01:46 

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WWII Plane Flyby Honors Britain's 'Captain Tom' at Funeral...

Church bells rang and a World War II-era plane flew Saturday over the funeral for Captain Tom Moore, the veteran who single-handedly raised millions of pounds for Britain's health workers by walking laps in his backyard.Soldiers performed ceremonial d...

 2021-02-28 01:37 

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2 Skiers Defy Death in Descent of Yosemite's Half Dome...

Two skiers navigated a thin layer of snow with no margin for error down the precipitous shoulder of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park and alternately skied and rappelled back to the valley floor in an unusually daring feat.Jason Torlano, 45, and Zach Mi...

 2021-02-28 01:10 

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Saudi Arabia Says It Intercepted Missile Attack Over Capital...

Saudi Arabia said Saturday it intercepted a missile attack over its capital and bomb-laden drones targeting a southern province, the latest in a series of airborne assaults it has blamed on Yemen's rebel Houthis.The Saudi-led military coalition fighti...

 2021-02-28 01:10 

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Tunisians Protest Amid Political Standoff...

Tunisia's main parliamentary bloc Ennahdha rallied thousands of people Saturday in a demonstration of support for the government amid a tug-of-war with President Kais Saied.The Islamist-inspired Ennahdha and liberal Qalb Tounes parties pushed for a re...

 2021-02-28 00:48 

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Biden Promises Announcement Soon on Saudi Arabia...

The Biden administration will make an announcement Monday regarding Saudi Arabia, U.S. President Joe Biden said Saturday....

 2021-02-28 00:15 

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FDA Approves Johnson & Johnson Vaccine for Use in US...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration formally authorized the use of the Johnson & Johnson's one-dose vaccine Saturday, clearing the way for shots to go into arms as early as Monday.The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is 85% effective against serious illnes...

 2021-02-27 23:44 

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Nigerian Bandits Blame Crime on Government Neglect...

In Nigeria, Friday's predawn abduction of 317 female students from a government school in Zamfara state was the latest in a surge of kidnappings in the country's north.It's not yet clear who was responsible for the girls' abduction....

 2021-02-27 23:05 

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Republicans Hold Annual Conference With Trump Still at Center Stage...

Republicans are holding their annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for the first time since former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election, with Trump still at the center of the spotlight.Trump is scheduled to deliver ...

 2021-02-27 22:29 

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Internet Disruption Reported in Southeast Iran Amid Unrest...

Iran's impoverished southeast experienced wide disruptions of internet service over the past week, internet experts said Saturday, as unrest gripped a remote province after fatal border shootings.Several rights groups reported in a joint statement tha...

 2021-02-27 21:50 

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Archaeologists Find Intact Ceremonial Chariot Near Pompeii...

Officials at the Pompeii archaeological site in Italy announced Saturday the discovery of an intact ceremonial chariot, one of several important discoveries made in the same area outside the park near Naples following an investigation into an illegal dig....

 2021-02-27 21:28 

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Tigray Victim Pleads for Justice After Eritrean Soldiers Allegedly Massacre Civilians...

Guesh Liasanewerk's family had just gathered to celebrate the birth of his sister's child four days earlier. Sitting in their home in a rural area outside of the historic Ethiopian city of Axum, they were interrupted by Eritrean soldiers storming ...

 2021-02-27 21:00 

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Biden Urges Senate to Provide COVID-19 Relief as 3rd Vaccine Nears Approval...

U.S. President Joe Biden urged the Senate on Saturday to approve his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package as the U.S....

 2021-02-27 20:18 

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Somalia Issues First License to Mobile Money Service...

Somali officials on Saturday issued the country's first license to a mobile money service, bringing regulation to the widely used digital payment process for the first time.The Central Bank of Somalia awarded the license to the country's largest t...

 2021-02-27 18:39 

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As Mexico's Largest Migrant Camp Empties, New Tents Spring Up Along US Border...

Mexican authorities hope most of the asylum seekers living in a major encampment on the border will be allowed to enter the United States by the end of next week, according to a Mexican government source. The migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico, just across...

 2021-02-27 18:28 

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Botswana Eases COVID Restrictions Despite Rising Death Toll...

Botswana, which saw COVID-19 deaths surpass 300 this week, has lifted a ban on alcohol sales and eased curfew restrictions. But President Mokgweetsi Masisi extended an existing curfew.In a televised address, Masisi said rising COVID-19 cases mean the curf...

 2021-02-27 18:02 

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UN Launches Multimillion Dollar Appeal for Uprooted Central Africans...

The U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, is appealing for $164 million to assistance and protect nearly 1.5 million Central Africans uprooted by conflict and violence. Civil conflict in the Central African Republic has uprooted about one-third of the country's...

 2021-02-27 17:38 

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Myanmar Police Toughen Crackdown Against Anti-Coup Protesters...

The three-week crackdown against opponents of Myanmar's military coup intensified Saturday as security forces seemed more aggressive while deploying early to suppress protests in cities and towns across the country. Security forces appeared to have us...

 2021-02-27 16:59 

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Biden Calls on Senate to Pass $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Bill After House Approval...

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 2021-02-27 16:45 

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UN Rights Chief Cites Growing Human Rights Crisis in Nicaragua...

The U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Michele Bachelet, is warning that new laws adopted by Nicaragua's government are undermining fundamental freedoms and leading to a further erosion of the rule of law in the country. In a report submitted th...

 2021-02-27 15:54 

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Armenian President Refuses to Fire Armed Forces Chief at Center of Political Crisis...

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian has refused to fire the head of the general staff of the country's armed forces after he was dismissed by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, the presidential office said Saturday. Pashinyan dismissed the head of the ge...

 2021-02-27 15:19 

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Detroit Man Freed From Prison With Help of Student Reporters...

On February 18, Kenneth Nixon walked out of a Michigan state prison and into his mother's arms for the first time in more than 15 years.The reunion was bittersweet: Sentenced to life without parole at age 19, Nixon spent his twenties fighting to overt...

 2021-02-27 14:50 

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Biden to Address $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Bill After House Approval...

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 2021-02-27 14:14 

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Carter Center Battles Online Misinformation Ahead of Ethiopia Elections...

As Ethiopia prepares for parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in June, the contest to win the hearts and minds of voters is already under way on social media, which democracy activist Befeqadu Hailu is closely watching."Social media has off...

 2021-02-27 14:07 

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Journalist's Home Set Ablaze Amid Niger Violence...

The home of a Radio France International (RFI) reporter was burned down Thursday during post-election violence in Niger's capital, Niamey. RFI correspondent Moussa Kaka and his family were not harmed in the attack, but their house was badly damaged. T...

 2021-02-27 13:33 

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How Myanmar's Civil Disobedience Movement Is Pushing Back Against the Coup...

Myanmar professionals who are vital to the country's economy are spearheading the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) against the country's post-coup military regime. Anti-coup protests in Myanmar, attracting tens of thousands nationwide, have taken...

 2021-02-27 12:46 

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Kidnappers Release Nigerian Schoolboys as Search for 317 Abducted Girls Continues...

Gunmen in Nigeria on Saturday released 27 teenage boys who were kidnapped from their school last week in the northern state of Niger, while security forces continued to search for 317 schoolgirls abducted in a nearby state. Schools have become targets for...

 2021-02-27 12:33 

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'Be Careful': Biden Warns Iran After Striking Tehran-Backed Militias in Syria...

U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday warned Iran to tread carefully in Iraq following a U.S. airstrike that destroyed parts of a compound used by Iranian-backed militias as they travel between Syria and Iraq."You can't act with impunity," Biden ...

 2021-02-27 11:35 

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Tigray Victim Pleas for Justice After Eritrean Soldiers Allegedly Massacre Civilians...

Guesh Liasanewerk's family had just gathered to celebrate the birth of his sister's child four days earlier. Sitting in their home in a rural area outside of the historic Ethiopian city of Axum, they were interrupted by Eritrean soldiers storming ...

 2021-02-27 11:32 

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Myanmar Doctor Prevented from Treating Wounded Protesters...

A medical doctor told VOA on Saturday that Myanmar security forces stopped her from treating wounded protesters during a violent crackdown by security forces, even preventing her from caring for a protester who later died in police custody under unknown c...

 2021-02-27 11:28 

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3 Years After, Parents of Nigerian Girl AbductedbyBoko Haram Still Plead for Her Release...

Three years ago this month, Boko Haram abducted 110 girls from a school in Dapchi, in Nigeria's Yobe state....

 2021-02-27 11:26 

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US Peace Corps Marks 60 Years of Global Volunteerism...

The U.S. Peace Corps turns 60 Monday.Since its establishment through executive order by President John F. Kennedy on March 1, 1961, the Peace Corps has sent more than 240,000 volunteers to 141 countries....

 2021-02-27 10:10 

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Anger Brews Over Bangladesh Writer's Prison Death...

Hundreds of people in Bangladesh took part Saturday in a second day of demonstrations sparked by the death of a writer at a high-security prison in a case that has drawn international concern.Protesters marched at the University of Dhaka chanting slogans ...

 2021-02-27 09:59 

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Peace Corps Marks 60 Years of Global Volunteerism...

The U.S. Peace Corps turns 60 Monday.Since its establishment through executive order by President John F. Kennedy on March 1, 1961, the Peace Corps has sent more than 240,000 volunteers to 141 countries....

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