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In Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict Leaves Raw Wounds

The commander of the victorious army watched on in triumph as his troops goose-stepped in columns through the central square of the former breakaway capital they had captured in a brazen attack just weeks before. The commander, President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, was taking a victory lap last week around the Nagorno-Karabakh city of Stepanakert, […]

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Israel Blocks Palestinian Americans From Entering From West Bank

Israel is preventing Palestinian Americans from entering the country from the West Bank, an apparent violation of a recent agreement in which citizens from the United States and Israel can travel to the other nation without a visa. The Homeland Security and State Departments, which manage the program, said American officials were trying to resolve

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For Biden, a Subtle Shift in the Power Balance With China’s Xi Jinping

When President Biden met President Xi Jinping on Wednesday on the edges of Silicon Valley, there was a subtle but noticeable shift in the power dynamic between two countries that have spent most of the past few years denouncing, undercutting and imposing sanctions on each other. For the first time in years, a Chinese leader

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Day After Xi Meeting, Biden Says U.S. Has ‘Real Differences’ With China

President Biden said Thursday that the United States has “real differences with Beijing,” one day after he after he held an hourslong meeting with President Xi Jinping of China at a moment of deep tension between the two countries. Speaking to executives at the APEC summit in San Francisco, Mr. Biden noted that he and

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International Court Orders Syria to Stop Torture of Political Opponents

Judges at the U.N.’s highest court on Thursday ordered Syria’s government to stop torturing its imprisoned opponents, seeking to stop the abuses that have become a notorious hallmark of the country’s long civil war that has left hundreds of thousands dead. In the first ruling from an international court on the abuses of the war,

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Pressure Mounts as Israel Searches Al-Shifa Hospital for Hamas Presence

Israeli troops on Thursday scoured the largest hospital in Gaza for a second day, searching for a Hamas presence or any evidence that the armed Palestinian group had used tunnels underneath it as a secret base, even as Israel came under increasing pressure from Western allies to curtail civilian deaths and ease the suffering of

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Ukrainians Fleeing Russian Occupation Cross Through Russia Back to Their Own Country

The Russian soldiers turned up at her home close to midnight with an ominous message. “They said, ‘If in two weeks you don’t have a Russian passport, we will talk to you in a different way,’” recalled Evelina, a social worker who until this month lived under Russian occupation in southeastern Ukraine. She didn’t wait

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Friday Briefing: Israel Continues to Search Al-Shifa

Israeli forces search Al-Shifa for the second day Israeli soldiers yesterday were still combing Al-Shifa hospital, which the Israeli military has said concealed a secret Hamas base. The Gaza health ministry said that thousands of people remained inside the Al-Shifa Hospital compound with little food and water. A communications blackout swept through Gaza, making it

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How Osama bin Laden’s viral ‘Letter to America’ struck a chord among Gen Z Americans

Osama bin Laden wrote ‘Letter to America’ in 2002 to rationalise the 9/11 attack that killed thousands Screenshots of TikToker talking about the letter (right and left) and Osama Bin Laden (middle).—X/file  A letter penned by Osama bin Laden justifying the 9/11 attacks in 2001 has gone viral on TikTok, with users expressing support for

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Pedro Sánchez Secures New Term to Lead a Divided Spain

Pedro Sánchez, the Spanish progressive leader, secured a second term as prime minister on Thursday after a polarizing agreement granting amnesty to Catalan separatists gave him enough support in Parliament to govern with a fragile coalition over an increasingly divided nation. With 179 votes, barely more than the 176 usually required to govern, Mr. Sánchez,

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Cameron Meets Zelensky on His First Visit to Ukraine as U.K. Secretary

Former Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, in his new role as foreign secretary, has vowed in a surprise visit to Ukraine, announced on Thursday, that his country will maintain military support for Kyiv “however long it takes,” an effort to offer reassurance amid fears that Ukraine is being forgotten as much of the world’s

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Finland Will Close 4 Border Crossings With Russia to Stem Migrants

Finland said on Thursday that it was closing part of its border with Russia after a dramatic increase in migrant crossings that it blamed on Moscow, the latest sign of deteriorating relations between the neighbors since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The announcement followed days of warnings from the authorities in Finland over an increase

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US Senate passes stopgap bill, averts government shutdown — for now

Bill provides just over two months of breathing room until the next deadline on January 19 People walk past the US Capitol building in Washington, US, November 15, 2023. —Reuters The US Senate averted a looming partial government shutdown by passing a stopgap spending bill with an 87-11 vote, which now awaits President Joe Biden’s

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Israel-Hamas War: Live Updates and Latest News

The Israeli military was solidifying its hold on the Gaza Strip’s largest hospital on Wednesday, after storming the complex overnight. Soldiers were conducting searches and interrogations inside, and Israeli officers said they had found rifles, ammunition, body armor and other military equipment in a radiology building. In a video filmed at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza

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TikTokers prompt UK’s Guardian to delete 21-year-old letter by Osama bin Laden

Spokesperson for Guardian says letter taken down to direct readers to news article that ‘contextualised it instead’ Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. — Reuters/File A famous UK newspaper site made an unusual move Wednesday by deleting a 21-year-old letter written by Osama bin Laden from their site after several TikTokers urged followers to read

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After Days Trapped in a Tunnel, Workers Wait for a Rescue’s Plan B

Four days after 40 workers became trapped in a Himalayan road tunnel, the Indian authorities were still trying on Thursday to find a way through debris and rescue them, as anguished family members and colleagues protested outside to demand faster action. The workers became stranded on Sunday about 500 feet from the tunnel’s entrance after

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U.N. Security Council Calls for Days-Long Humanitarian Pauses in Gaza

The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution on Wednesday calling for immediate and urgent dayslong humanitarian pauses in the Israel-Hamas war to allow desperately needed aid to reach civilians in Gaza. The resolution put forth by Malta passed after weeks of division and inaction over the Israel-Gaza war. It stopped short of calling for

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Joe Biden nominates Pakistan-born lawyer for US federal appeals court

If approved, Adeel Mangi would become the first Muslim American to serve on a US federal appellate court Adeel Mangi. — Courtesy NBC News Adeel Mangi is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Oxford.  He actively pursued religious freedom cases during Trump’s tenure. Lawyer Adeel Manqi belongs to Karachi. US President Joe Biden on Wednesday

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Biden, Xi’s ‘blunt’ talks yield deals on military, fentanyl

Biden and Xi met for about four hours on the outskirts of San Francisco to discuss issues that have strained US-Chinese relations US President Joe Biden shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Filoli estate on the sidelines of the APEC summit, in Woodside, California, US November 15, 2023. — Reuters Joe Biden says

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Israel Seizes Gaza Hospital That Became Symbol of the War Itself

What Israel finds — or doesn’t — in the hospital could affect international sentiment about the invasion and influence the negotiations taking place on freeing more than 200 hostages being held by Hamas. Eighteen hours after the raid on the hospital began, the Israeli military released photos and video that it said backed its assertions.

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So Thieves Nabbed Your Catalytic Converter. Here’s Where It Ended Up.

One morning in September, a truck disgorged its load of pulverized rock with a resounding bang inside Stillwater Mining’s metallurgical plant north of Yellowstone National Park. The mined ore contains platinum, palladium and rhodium, three of the earth’s rarest, most expensive metals — and vital components in the millions of catalytic converters that reduce polluting

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Antisemitic and Anti-Muslim Hate Speech Surges Across the Internet

Some of the antisemitic and anti-Islam posts have been shared and liked hundreds of thousands of times, even though they appear to violate the rules of social media platforms, many of which ban hate speech. The content has been most prominent on X, according to the Anti-Defamation League and other researchers. In an analysis by

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Israel and Hamas Appear to Be Near Hostage Deal, Officials Say

Israel believes that Wednesday’s raid on Al-Shifa Hospital will put pressure on Hamas to finish a deal to trade dozens of Israeli captives for Palestinian prisoners, according to two senior Israeli officials. Negotiations for a deal are underway, with the various players working on a framework of an agreement, according to the two Israeli officials,

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Seeks to Nullify His Purchase of Toronto House

The six bedroom, 10,000 square-foot house on Lake Ontario that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, a star player with the Oklahoma City Thunder, bought for just over 8.4 million Canadian dollars, or $6.1 million, should have been a dream home. But in May, two days after Mr. Gilgeous-Alexander, 25, moved into the house, near Toronto, with his partner,

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Joe Biden, Xi Jinping seek to ease friction in landmark meeting

Xi called the US-China relationship “the most important bilateral relationship in the world US President Joe Biden greets Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ week. —AFP  WOODSIDE: US President Joe Biden met Chinese leader Xi Jinping for the first time in a year on Wednesday for talks

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Russian Payments to Top Journalist Hubert Seipel Jolts Germany

After Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022, Germany went through a period of uncomfortable soul-searching about the close ties that some of its political and business leaders had to Moscow. That self-examination spilled into the country’s journalistic establishment this week after published reports revealed that an award-winning television broadcaster and author who has extensively covered Russia’s

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‘Absolute Chaos’: Residents Evacuated From Public Housing Tower in England

Shaban Ali has lived in a public housing tower in Bristol, in southwest England, for seven years. On Tuesday, the plan was to stay in: dinner, a bath and watching “Paddington” with his two young children. Instead, they and other residents of Barton House were ordered to pack a bag and immediately evacuate the building

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U.S. Says Hamas Operates Out of Gaza Hospitals, Endorsing Israel’s Allegations

The United States has intelligence that shows that Hamas has been using hospitals in Gaza, including Al-Shifa, as command centers and ammunitions depots, a spokesman for the National Security Council said on Tuesday. John F. Kirby, the spokesman, said that the intelligence, gathered from American-generated sources, supported Israel’s allegation that Hamas has been operating out

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Israel Shows Videos of Gaza’s Al-Rantisi Hospital, Claiming It Was Used by Hamas

Israel is pressing its case that Hamas is using hospitals as cover, releasing a pair of videos from inside Gaza’s main children’s hospital that showed weapons and explosives purportedly found in the medical center, and a room where the military said hostages were kept. While the Health Ministry in Gaza, which is run by Hamas,

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