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Pandemic treaty plans thrashed out at WHO

Negotiators are meeting in Geneva this week to thrash out a pandemic treaty aimed at ensuring the flaws that turned Covid-19 into a global crisis could never happen again.

Turkey says Finland must end arms embargo to join NATO

Finland must publicly declare that it's lifting an arms embargo on Turkey to win Ankara's approval for its membership to NATO, the Turkish foreign minister said Tuesday.

Turkey again threatens Greece for arming Aegean islands

Turkey's foreign minister on Tuesday again threatened to ``take action'' against Greece if it continues to arm its Aegean islands which Ankara says should remain demilitarized in line with international treaties.

North Korea fires artillery again over South's drills

North Korea on Tuesday fired a barrage of artillery rounds into waters near rival South Korea for the second consecutive day in a tit-for-tat for the South's live-fire drills in an inland border region.

Australian MPs land in Taiwan, defying Beijing warning

A group of Australian lawmakers has landed in Taiwan, Taipei's foreign ministry confirmed Tuesday, defying warnings from Beijing over the visit at a time of rising tensions over the self-ruled island.

Taliban: Roadside bomb kills 6 people in north Afghanistan

A roadside bomb went off near a bus with government employees during rush hour on Tuesday morning in northern Afghanistan, killing six people, a Taliban official said.

US, EU meet with little progress on green plan tensions

US and European Union officials met for trade and technology talks Monday, but hanging in the balance are heightened tensions over American subsidies for its green industry that Europe considers anti-competitive.

Trump Organization tax fraud trial in jury's hands

Jurors started deliberating Monday in the Trump Organization's criminal tax fraud trial, weighing charges that former President Donald Trump's company helped executives dodge personal income taxes on perks such as Manhattan apartments and luxury cars.

Tension in Greece after police shoot Roma boy

Members of the Roma community in Greece scuffled with riot police on Monday after a Roma teenager shot by police was left in a critical condition, authorities said.

At least 27 killed in Colombia landslide: President

At least 27 people were killed when a landslide engulfed a road in northwest Colombia, trapping people in a bus and other vehicles, said President Gustavo Petro on Monday.

Trump rebuked for call to suspend Constitution over election

Former President Donald Trump faced rebuke Sunday from officials in both parties after calling for the "termination'' of parts of the Constitution over his lie that the 2020 election was stolen.

Indonesia's Mount Semeru volcano erupts, top alert status triggered

Indonesia's Mount Semeru erupted Sunday spewing hot ash clouds a mile into the sky and sending rivers of lava down its side, sparking the evacuation of nearly 2,000 people exactly one year after its last major eruption killed dozens.

El Salvador sends 10,000 police, army to seal off town

The government of El Salvador sent 10,000 soldiers and police to seal off a town on the outskirts of the nation's capital Saturday to search for gang members.

UN human rights chief decries new Myanmar death sentences

Myanmar's military-installed government has sentenced more critics to death, bringing the total to 139, and is using capital punishment as a tool to crush opposition, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights said Friday.

At Shanghai vigil, bold shout for change preceded crackdown: AP report

‚ÄčThe mourners in Shanghai lit candles and placed flowers. Someone scrawled ``Urumqi, 11.24, Rest in Peace'' in red on cardboard - referring to the deadly apartment fire in China's western city of Urumqi that sparked anger over perceptions the country's strict COVID-19 measures played a role in the disaster.

Thousands protest in South Korea in support of truckers

Thousands of demonstrators representing organized labor marched in South Korea's capital on Saturday denouncing government attempts to force thousands of striking truckers back to work after they walked out in a dispute over the price of freight.

WHO pleased to see China ease harsh zero COVID policies

A top official at the World Health Organization said the U.N. agency was ``pleased'' to see China loosening some of its coronavirus restrictions, saying ``it's really important that governments listen to their people when the people are in pain.''

UK opposition wins special election in blow to Sunak's party

Britain's opposition Labour Party has handily won a special election for a northwest England seat in Parliament, the first test of voter sentiment since Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak took office in October.

China further relaxes Covid rules after protests

Cities across China further unwound Covid restrictions Friday, loosening testing and quarantine rules in the wake of nationwide protests calling for an end to lockdowns and greater political freedoms.

Biden, Macron close ranks on Russia, China during state visit

US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron emerged from White House talks Thursday pledging to close ranks in helping Ukraine defend itself from Russia and in facing the "challenge" posed by China.

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