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Russia’s Supreme Court has effectively outlawed LGBTQ+ activism, in the most drastic step against advocates of gay, lesbian and transgender rights in the increasingly conservative country. In a … more
In the depths of captivity in Gaza, they formed an unlikely but prized friendship. Danielle Aloni and her 5-year-old daughter Emilia had been seized from a kibbutz by Hamas in its Oct. 7 rampage into … more
Israel and Hamas agreed to extend a temporary truce by another day, just minutes before it was set to expire, said Qatar, which has been mediating between the two sides. The truce was set to expire … more
The alliance with the United States has allowed South Korea to build a strong democracy with citizens confident Washington would protect them if North Korea ever acted on its dream of unifying the … more
It has become an Israeli mantra throughout the latest war in Gaza: Hamas is ISIS. Since the bloody Hamas attack on Oct. 7 that triggered the war, Israeli leaders and commanders have likened the … more
Ukraine's foreign minister insists that NATO allies are showing no sign of war fatigue and remain committed to helping his country defend itself against Russia. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba also … more
A gay couple in Nepal on Wednesday became the first in the nation to receive official same-sex marriage status. The Himalayan nation is one of the first in Asia to allow it. Earlier this year, … more
The United Nations' rights office says at least 40 civilians were killed last weekend by al-Qaida-linked rebels trying to take control of a besieged town in Burkina Faso’s hard-hit northern region. … more
Pope Francis has presided at his weekly audience with the public at the Vatican. But the pontiff said that he’s still unwell and he asked an aide to read his remarks for him a day after canceling … more
International mediators worked Wednesday to extend the truce in Gaza, which will otherwise expire within a day. Israel says it will maintain the truce if Hamas keeps freeing hostages, but its other … more
Officials say that hundreds of stray cats that roam a historic seaside tourist area of Puerto Rico’s capital will be removed over the coming year.  The plan to remove the cats, who are considered … more
A truce between Israel and Hamas is holding for a fifth day, and the militant group is promising to release more civilian hostages to delay the expected resumption of the war. Israel is under growing … more
Pope Francis has decided to take measures to punish Cardinal Raymond Burke, who is one of his highest-ranking critics. Two people briefed on the measures say Francis has decided to revoke Burke's … more
Officials in India say rescuers are 5 meters (about 16.4 feet) away from the 41 construction workers who have been trapped in a collapsed mountain tunnel in the country’s north for over two weeks, … more
An Israeli hostage freed by Hamas has said in an interview that she was initially fed well in captivity until conditions worsened and captives became hungry. She was kept in a “suffocating” room … more
Relatives and a friend of Israelis kidnapped and killed by Hamas are visiting Australia this week and sharing personal stories in an effort to lobby for international support for all hostages to be … more
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will return this week to the Middle East as the U.S. hopes to find a way to extend a cease-fire in Gaza and get more hostages released. It will be his third … more
A year ago, Li Houchen was on the streets of Shanghai, hollering “Freedom!” to protest China’s harsh “zero COVID” controls and growing authoritarianism. He was one of thousands of people … more
The hostage deal had seemed on the verge of unraveling. Hamas had accused Israel of failing to keep its side of the bargain and Israel threatened to resume its lethal onslaught on the Gaza Strip. … more
A critically endangered Sumatran rhino was born in Indonesia’s western island Sumatra on Saturday, becoming the second Sumatran rhino born in the country this year. A female rhino named Delilah … more
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