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Russia suspends its mission to NATO, foreign minister says

Russia says it's suspending its mission at NATO and ordering the closure of the alliance’s office in Moscow in retaliation to NATO’s expulsion of Russian diplomats
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In this photo provided by the Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks to the media on the side of the 7th World Congress of Russian Compatriots Living Abroad in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)
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Norway: Bow-and-arrow attack victims likely stabbed to death

Norwegian police say the Danish man suspected of killing five people and injuring three in an attack in the southern town of Kongsberg last week may have used “stabbing weapons” in the massacre along with a bow and arrow
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Police Inspector Per Thomas Omholt holds a press conference about the development in the murder case in Kongsberg, Norway, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. The suspect in a bow-and-arrow attack that killed five people and wounded three in a small Norwegian town is facing a custody hearing Friday. He won’t appear in court because he has has confessed to the killings and has agreed to being held in custody. (Terje Bendiksby/NTB via AP)
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30 killed as gunmen attack rural area in Nigeria's northwest

A state governor in Nigeria's troubled northwest region says that at least 30 people have been killed in a midnight attack by gunmen in Sokoto state
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At UN court, Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of ethnic cleansing

Azerbaijan’s deputy foreign minister has accused Armenia of “ethnic cleansing” and continuing to lay landmines in Nagorno-Karabakh even after a cease-fire ended a six-week war in the disputed region late last year
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FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 file photo, forest burns in the mountains after shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery during a military conflict outside Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenia accused neighboring Azerbaijan of systematically promoting ethnic hatred against Armenia citizens, as the two nations that fought a six-week war last year faced off at a United Nations court on Thursday Oct. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/File)
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Burundi starts COVID jabs; just North Korea, Eritrea remain

One of the world’s last three countries to administer COVID-19 vaccines has started giving out doses as the East African nation of Burundi launched its national campaign
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Burundi's Minister of Health Dr Thaddee Ndikumana, right, and China's ambassador to Burundi Zhao Jiangping, left, attend a ceremony to mark the arrival of the first COVID-19 vaccines to the country, in Bujumbura, Burundi, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. The arrival of the shipment of Sinopharm vaccine from China marked the end of the country's status as one of the last few in the world to have adopted coronavirus vaccines. (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)
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Italy's president criticizes violent COVID-19 pass protests

Italy’s president is criticizing the violent protests that have erupted against Italy’s new coronavirus health pass requirement to enter workplaces
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Judges postpone trials of 3 Egypt activists, lawyer in Cairo

The trials of three Egyptian activists and a rights lawyer, who have been held in prison for over two years on a number of charges, have been postponed
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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo, Egypt's leading pro-democracy activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah takes a moment as he speaks about his late father Ahmed Seif, one of Egypt's most respected human rights lawyers, during a conference held at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. The trial of Egyptian activists Alaa Abdel-Fattah, Mohamed Ibrahim and Yahia Hussein Abdel-Hadi and lawyer Mohammed el-Baker, who have been imprisoned for over two years, began Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, Khalid Ali, their lawyers said. The four face charges ranging from disseminating false news and misuse of social media platforms to joining a terrorist group, a reference to the Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt designated as a terrorist group in 2013. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)
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Swedish FM visits Israel to mend ties after diplomatic rift

Sweden’s foreign minister is visiting Israel in an effort to mend ties after years in which the two countries have been at odds over the conflict with the Palestinians
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Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde, second from right, pauses at a display at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
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Witnesses: Ethiopian military airstrikes hit Tigray capital

Witnesses say Ethiopian military airstrikes have hit the capital of the country’s Tigray region and killed at least three people, returning the war abruptly to Mekele after several months of peace
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FILE - In this Thursday, May 6, 2021 file photo, the city of Mekele is seen through a bullet hole in a stairway window of the Ayder Referral Hospital, in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia. Ethiopian military airstrikes have hit the capital of the country's Tigray region Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, according to witnesses. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
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Philippine forces kill 4 suspected Chinese drug dealers

Philippine police say law enforcers backed by troops have killed four suspected Chinese drug dealers who opened fire at them during a sting operation
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UK prime minister to lead tributes to slain lawmaker Amess

Boris Johnson will lead tributes in the House of Commons to David Amess.
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A person takes a photograph of 'Why', a mural of David Amess by local Artist Madmanity, at a skate park in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lead tributes in Parliament to David Amess, a Conservative lawmaker stabbed to death as he met constituents. The attack shocked Britain, and it has fueled concern about politicians’ safety and the level of vitriol directed at them. It came five years after Labour Party lawmaker Jo Cox was murdered by a far-right extremist. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
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French ambassador ordered out of Belarus in diplomatic spat

France says that its ambassador to Belarus has been ordered out of the country
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Pro-business party OKs formal talks on new German government

Germany’s pro-business Free Democrats on Monday became the last of three parties to back the start of formal coalition talks on forming a new government
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Christian Lindner, parliamentary group leader and party leader of the FDP, comes to a joint meeting of the FDP federal executive and the newly elected members of the Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. They will discuss the start of coalition negotiations with the SPD and the Greens. Earlier, the party executive committee had already met. (Paul Zinken/dpa via AP)
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Bomb hits police bus in SW Pakistan, killing 1, wounding 15

A provincial minister says a roadside bomb exploded near a police bus parked outside a university in southwest Pakistan
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Paramedics transport a police officer who was injured in a deadly bomb blast, following his initial treatment at a hospital, in Quetta, Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. A roadside bomb exploded near a police bus parked outside the Baluchistan University in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province in southwest Pakistan, killing and wounding people, a provincial home minister said. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)
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Rome waits to learn who's its new mayor after runoff voting

Romans are waiting to learn who will be their next mayor, following runoff elections that ended Monday in the Italian capital
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Roberto Gualtieri speaks during a Rome mayoral election campaign rally in Rome, on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. Romans are waiting to learn who will be their next mayor, following runoff elections that ended Monday in Italian capital. The top vote-getters in the first round of balloting two weeks earlier, Enrico Michetti, a novice politician backed by a far-right leader, and Roberto Gualtieri, a Democrat and former finance minister,  competed in the runoff  Sunday and Monday. (Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via AP)
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Officials: Iraq arrests mastermind of deadly 2016 bombing

Iraq says it has detained the mastermind behind a deadly 2016 bombing in a Baghdad shopping center, which killed around 300 people and wounded 250
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FILE - In this July 4, 2016 file photo, people gather at the scene of a massive car bomb attack on a busy shopping district where people were shopping for the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday, in the Karradah district of Baghdad, Iraq. Authorities in Iraq said Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, that the mastermind behind the deadly 2016 bombing which killed around 300 people and wounded 250 has been detained. Two Iraqi intelligence officials said the man identified as Ghazwan al-Zobai, an Iraqi, was detained during a complex operation that was carried out with the cooperation of a neighboring country they did not name. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)
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South Korea aims to cut carbon emissions by 40% in 2030

South Korea has set a new goal for fighting climate change over the next decade, saying it will aim to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 2018 levels by 2030
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An environmental activist speaks during a press conference on the effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions as part of the climate strike in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. The banners read: "Greenhouse gas, 50 percent down." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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Australia fights ruling of duty to prevent climate change

The Australian government has begun its legal challenge to a judge’s landmark decision that the administration has a duty of care to prevent future climate change in a case brought by eight teenagers
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2012, file photo coal is stacked at a Whitehaven Coal mine outside Narrabri, Australia. The Australian government on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, began its legal challenge to a judge's landmark decision that the administration has a duty of care to prevent future climate change. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)
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Sites where Germans killed Jews are dedicated in Poland

During the German occupation of Poland during World War II, the Germans imprisoned Jews in ghettoes and murdered them in death camps like Auschwitz, Treblinka and Sobibor
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A man lays a candle at a new memorial at a mass grave to some 60 Jews, executed during the Holocaust in Wojslawice, Poland, on Thursday Oct. 14, 2021. It is one of many mass grave sites to be discovered in recent years in Poland, which during World War II was occupied by Adolf Hitler’s forces. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
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Floods, landslides kill at least 28 people in southern India

Officials are predicting more rain as the death toll from floods and landslides in the southern Indian state of Kerala rose to 28
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Rescuers search for bodies of victims amist the debris of a landslide following heavy rains atKoottickal in Kottayam district, southern Kerala state, India, Sunday, Oct.17, 2021. More than two dozen people have died in the state due to intense rains which have triggered floods and landslides. (AP Photo)
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Syria buries former lawmaker shot near Israeli border

A former Syrian lawmaker allegedly shot dead by an Israeli sniper has been laid to rest following an official funeral attended by hundreds of people near the Syrian capital
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Volunteers from the Baath battalions carry the Syrian flag-wrapped coffin of former Syrian Druze lawmaker Midhat Saleh, allegedly shot by Israeli sniper fire, in Ein el-Tineh, a village along the Israeli frontier in the Golan Heights, during his funeral procession in Jaramana, southeast of Damascus, Syria, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Saleh was born in Majdal Shams, in the Israeli-controlled side of the Golan, and was jailed several times by Israel, most recently for 12 years until 1997. (AP Photo)
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Witnesses say Ethiopian military airstrikes hit capital of country's Tigray region, kill at least 3 people

Witnesses say Ethiopian military airstrikes hit capital of country's Tigray region, kill at least 3 people
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Thailand hit with more flooding amid heavy rains

Heavy rains in central and northeastern Thailand have caused new flooding.
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A woman wades through floodwaters in Nakhon Rachasima province, northeastern of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Heavy rains in central and northeastern Thailand have caused fresh flooding, causing authorities to release water into one already swollen river after a reservoir reached its capacity, and others facing the same possibility. (AP Photo/Apimook Svanperthan)
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Russia's foreign minister says the country is suspending its mission to NATO

Russia's foreign minister says the country is suspending its mission to NATO
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Egypt to require virus vaccinations for civil servants

Egypt's government says it will require public servants to have a vaccination certificate or show a weekly negative COVID-19 test before entering their workplaces
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Artist recruits 200 for nude photo near Dead Sea in Israel

A group of 200 male and female volunteers have stripped naked and donned white body paint for an artistic installation near the Dead Sea
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Hindus denounce violence amid new attacks in Bangladesh

Protests are continuing in Bangladesh’s capital to denounce a wave of violence against Hindus following an image posted on social media that was perceived as insulting to the country’s Muslim majority
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Hundreds of Hindus protesting against attacks on temples and the killing of two Hindu devotees in another district shout slogans in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Oct.18, 2021. A viral social media image perceived as insulting to the country's Muslim majority last week triggered protests and incidents of vandalism at Hindu temples across Bangladesh. About 9% of Bangladesh’s 160 million are Hindus. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)
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Trial to open of alleged killers of Dutch reporter De Vries

Peter R. de Vries was gunned down in the center of Amsterdam.
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FILE - In this Thursday, July 8, 2021 file photo, a photo and floral tributes mark the spot where journalist Peter R. de Vries was shot in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The trial opens Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 of two men charged with murder in the killing of Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries, who was gunned down in the center of Amsterdam, a brazen attack that sent shockwaves through the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
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Ford to make electric power units in northwest England

Ford plans to turn a transmission factory into a plant makes electric motors.
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 27, 2021 file photo, a view of a Ford logo on signage at Country Ford in Graham, N.C. Ford Motor Co. plans to spend up to 230 million pounds ($315 million) to turn a transmission factory in northwest England into a plant that will make electric power units for cars and trucks sold throughout Europe. The carmaker said Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 that the Halewood plant would begin producing the power units, which replace the engine and transmission used in internal combustion engines, by mid-2024. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
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Myanmar leader says ASEAN blind to opposition's violence

The leader of Myanmar’s military-installed government says other Southeast Asian countries should share responsibility for failing to help quell the violence that has engulfed his nation since the army seized power in February
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FILE - In this June 23, 2021, file photo, Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar's armed forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing delivers his speech at the IX Moscow conference on international security in Moscow, Russia. Min Aung Hlaing said Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, that fellow members of a regional grouping of Southeast Asian countries should share responsibility for failing to help quell the violence that has engulfed his nation since the army seized power in February. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)
October 18

German reporters protest nixing of probe into tabloid editor

Journalists at one of Germany’s largest newspaper groups have protested their publisher’s decision to nix a lengthy investigation into alleged abuse of power by the chief editor of the country’s top-selling tabloid newspaper
October 18
FILE - In this March 11, 2009 file photo, the headquarters of Axel Springer AG, the publisher of Germany's biggest newspaper BILD, are pictured in Berlin, Germany. BILD chief editor Julian Reichelt faced scrutiny over his management style. (AP Photo/Franka Bruns, File)
October 18

Rare Sumatran tiger found dead in animal trap in Indonesia

A critically endangered Sumatran tiger has been found dead in a trap.
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Members of Natural Resources Conservation Agency inspect a Sumatran tiger found dead after being caught in a snare trap in Pekanbaru, Riau province, Indonesia, Sunday, Oct 17, 2021. Authorities said Monday, that the death is the latest setback to a species whose numbers are estimated to have dwindled to about 400. (AP Photo/Rifka Majjid)
October 18

Smartphone producer Foxconn announces electric car venture

The Taiwanese company that manufactures smartphones for Apple Inc. and other global brands says it plans to make electric cars for auto brands under a similar contract model
October 18
One of the electric cars unveiled by Foxconn is seen during a press event held in Taipei, Taiwan Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. The Taiwanese company that manufactures smartphones for Apple Inc. and other global brands announced Monday plans to produce electric cars for auto brands under a similar contract model. (AP Photo/Wu Taijing)
October 18

EU mulling ways to end jet lease to Belarus’ airline

European Union foreign ministers are considering ways to stop illegal flows of migrants into the 27-nation bloc from neighboring Belarus, including stopping companies from leasing jets to Belarusian airline Belavia
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International police operation seizes cocaine worth $232M

An international police operation has nabbed cocaine with a street value of around 200 million euros ($232 million) on a yacht in the Atlantic Ocean
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Indonesia, Malaysia concerned about Australia's nuclear subs

The foreign ministers of Malaysia and Indonesia are concerned that Australia’s plan to obtain nuclear-powered submarines may increase the rivalry of major powers in Southeast Asia
October 18
FILE - In this file photo provided by U.S. Navy, the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility, Sept. 1, 2021. The foreign ministers of Malaysia and Indonesia expressed concern Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, that Australia’s plan to acquire nuclear-powered submarines from the U.S. in a security alliance may increase the rivalry of major powers in Southeast Asia. (Amanda R. Gray/U.S. Navy via AP, File)
October 18

Kosovo opposition wins, but most communes in runoffs

Preliminary results show that center-right opposition parties have dominated in Kosovo’s municipal elections but more than half the communes will go to runoffs in a month's time
October 18
A man casts his ballot at a polling station in Pristina, Kosovo, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. Kosovo is holding municipal elections Sunday in which the eight-month-old leftwing governing party aims at capturing the capital Pristina's city hall. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
October 18

Fire erupts at Kuwait oil refinery; minor injuries reported

Kuwait's state-owned oil company says a fire has erupted at a major oil refinery and left some workers with light injuries
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October 18

Afghan Taliban's victory boosts Pakistan's radicals

The Taliban win in Afghanistan is giving a boost to militants in Pakistan.
October 18
FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2021 file photo, Pakistan Army troops patrol along the fence on the Pakistan Afghanistan border at Big Ben hilltop post in Khyber district, Pakistan. The Taliban win in Afghanistan is giving a boost to militants in neighboring Pakistan. The Pakistani Taliban, known as the TTP, have become emboldened in tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)
October 18

US, Haiti seek release of 17 missionaries snatched by gang

U.S. officials are working with Haitian authorities to try to secure the release of 12 adults and five children with a U.S.-based missionary group who were abducted by a gang notorious for killings, kidnappings and extortion
October 18
Children stand in the courtyard of the Maison La Providence de Dieu orphanage it Ganthier, Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, where a gang abducted 17 missionaries from a U.S.-based organization. The 400 Mawozo gang, notorious for brazen kidnappings and killings took the group of 16 U.S. citizens and one Canadian, after a trip to visit the orphanage. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)
October 18

China's economic growth weakens amid construction slowdown

China’s economic growth sank in the last quarter as a slowdown in construction and curbs on energy use weighed on its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic
October 18
People walk along a riverbank near a commercial office buildings under construction in Tongzhou, outskirts of Beijing, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. China’s economy is losing steam as President Xi Jinping's government cracks down on corporate debt and energy use in pursuit of more stable, sustainable growth. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
October 17

17 missionaries, including 5 children, kidnapped in Haiti, ministry says

The group was visiting an orphanage in the town of Ganthier.
October 17
Christian Aid Ministries in Berlin, Ohio is seen here, Oct. 17, 2021.
October 17

China's economic growth sinks to 4.9% over a year ago in latest quarter amid construction slowdown, energy controls

China's economic growth sinks to 4.9% over a year ago in latest quarter amid construction slowdown, energy controls
October 17
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Japan PM says Fukushima wastewater release can't be delayed

Japan's new prime minister has visited the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant and said a planned mass disposal of wastewater stored at the complex cannot be delayed, despite concerns from local residents
October 17
FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, file photo, Nuclear reactors of No. 5, center left, and 6 look over tanks storing water that was treated but still radioactive, at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Sunday, Oct. 17 visited the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant and said a planned disposal of the massive wastewater stored on the complex cannot be delayed and that his government will explain the safety of the project with scientific evidence to gain understanding from local residents. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae, file)
October 17

Gang with past abductions blamed for kidnapping missionaries

A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children has been kidnapped in Haiti.
October 17
Christian Aid Ministries located on Ohio 39 in Berlin, Ohio is seen here on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. A group of 17 missionaries including children has been kidnapped by a gang in Haiti, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. The message from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries said the missionaries were on their way home from building an orphanage. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)
October 17

Japan's premier sends offering to controversial Tokyo shrine

Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has donated religious offerings to a Tokyo shrine viewed by Chinese and Koreans as a symbol of Japanese wartime aggression
October 17
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga leaves the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. Suga who stepped down at the end of September, prayed at the shrine during the shrine's autumn festival. The shrine is viewed by China and the Koreas as a symbol of Japanese wartime aggression. (Kyodo News via AP)
October 17

Small-town mayor to lead Hungary opposition bloc in election

Independent conservative Peter Marki-Zay has won a primary contest to become the joint canddate of a six-party opposition coalition that will challenge right-wing populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Hungary’s elections next spring
October 17
Conservative independent candidate Peter Marki-Zay celebrates in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, after he won an opposition primary race, making him nominee of a six-party opposition coalition who will lead a challenge to right-wing populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban in national elections next spring. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)
October 17

Celebrities join Prince William for Earthshot Prize award

Celebrities have joined Prince William in London for the inaugural awards ceremony of his Earthshot Prize
October 17
FILE - In this Thursday, July 16, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prince William speaks with service users during a visit to the Garden House in Peterborough, England. Prince William has criticized some of the world’s richest men for using their wealth to fund a new space race and space tourism, and called on the world's great minds to fix the planet first. The Duke of Cambridge spoke to the BBC about climate anxiety, COP26, space travel, and his family's long-standing commitment to environmental issues ahead of his inaugural Earthshot prize awards ceremony Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)
October 17

4 weeks on, no sign Spanish volcano eruption is close to end

Officials say there is no sign that a volcanic eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma is coming to an end, four weeks after it began
October 17
A volcano continues to erupt on the Canary island of La Palma, Spain on Saturday Oct. 16, 2021. Officials say there is no sign that a volcanic eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma is coming to an end, one month after it began. The volcano on one of the Canary Islands off northwest Africa has so far destroyed more than 1,800 buildings, mostly homes. (AP Photo/Daniel Roca)
October 17

Rescuers: Last Jew of Kabul making his way to Israel

The man known as the last Jew of Kabul could soon be heading to Israel, after agreeing to grant his estranged wife a religious divorce in a Zoom call
October 17
FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2009 file photo, Zebulon Simentov, the last known Jew living in Afghanistan, sits in his Kabul home. Simentov could soon be heading to Israel, after agreeing to grant his estranged wife a religious divorce in a Zoom call — a precondition for entry to the Holy Land. Simentov, who fled Afghanistan last month after the Taliban takeover, landed Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 in Turkey on what his rescuers say is a final stop before landing in Israel. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)