Indian officials end rescue work for 2 wrecked passenger trains that killed over 300 people
With rescue work finished, authorities have begun clearing the mangled wreckage of two passenger trains that derailed in eastern India, killing over 300 people and injuring hundreds in one of the country’s deadliest rail accidents in decades.
China defends buzzing American warship in Taiwan Strait, accuses US of provoking Beijing
China’s defense minister has defended sailing a warship across the path of an American destroyer and Canadian frigate transiting the Taiwan Strait, telling a gathering of some of the world’s top defense officials in Singapore that such so-called “freedom of navigation” patrols are a provocation to China.
Homecoming on film: Award-winning Mariupol documentary screened for 1st time in Ukraine
The award-winning film “20 Days in Mariupol” made its premiere in Ukraine, attended by some Ukrainian medics and security officials who got their first look at the jarring documentary on how Russian forces bombed and blasted their way into the southeastern port city last year.
Protesters back on the streets of Belgrade as president ignores calls to stand down
Thousands of people have rallied for a fifth time in a month after two mass shootings in Serbia that shook the nation, even as the country’s populist president rejected any responsibility and ignored their demands to step down.
Key suspect in Natalee Holloway's case moved to new prison ahead of extradition tot US
The chief suspect in the unsolved 2005 disappearance of American student Natalee Holloway is being transferred to a prison near Peru’s capital ahead of his pending extradition to the United States to face charges linked to her vanishing.
India's deadly train crash renews questions over safety as government pushes railway upgrade
India’s prime minister had been scheduled to inaugurate an electrical semi-high-speed train equipped with a safety feature _ another step in the modernization of an antiquated railway that is the lifeline of the world’s most populous nation.
Fears rise for civilian safety as Ukraine investigates locked air-raid shelters
Concerns around civilian safety have spiked in Ukraine, as officials announced that an inspection had found nearly a quarter of the country's air-raid shelters locked or unusable, just days after Russian missiles allegedly killed a woman in Kyiv as she waited outside a shuttered shelter.
Emirati hosts want UN climate talks to deliver 'game-changing results,' with big oil at the table
A senior United Arab Emirates official says the Gulf nation wants a U.N. climate summit it’s hosting later this year to deliver “game-changing results” for international efforts to curb global warming.
US, allies clash with Russia, China over North Korea's failed military spy satellite launch
The United States and its allies clashed with Russia and China over North Korea’s failed launch of a military spy satellite this week in violation of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions, which Moscow and Beijing refused to condemn.
US Defense Secretary Austin says Washington won't stand for 'coercion and bullying' from China
American Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin says Washington would not stand for any “coercion and bullying” of its allies and partners by China, while assuring Beijing that the United States remains committed to maintaining the status quo on Taiwan and would prefer dialogue over conflict.
Brazil's prosecutors block zipline construction at Rio's iconic Sugarloaf Mountain
Prosecutors in Brazil have blocked a decision to authorize the installment of ziplines at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Sugarloaf Mountain, claiming they will damage the environment around one of the United Nations world’s heritage sites.
Panama launches operation in Darien jungle targeting organized crime and migrant smugglers
Panama has launched a security operation along its shared border with Colombia to combat organized crime groups and migrant smugglers involved in record-setting migration through the perilous Darien Gap this year.
Kremlin foe Navalny's demands in prison: moonshine, a balalaika and a pet kangaroo -- all denied
Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has released excerpts of his correspondence with prison administrators, detailing his sarcastic demands for things like a bottle of moonshine, a balalaika and even a kangaroo.
Macron to award top U.S. general France's highest honors
The French president's office says U.S. Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Mark Milley will receive France’s highest medal of honor for his role in coordinating support for Ukraine and for his more than 40-year military career spent in defense of democracy.
NATO chief heading to Turkey this weekend in fresh push on Swedish membership
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will hold talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other senior Turkish officials this weekend as pressure mounts on Turkey to lift its objections to Sweden joining the military organization.
U.S.: Tanks, F-16 jets part of long-term strategy for Ukraine, won't be ready for upcoming offensive
Training for Ukrainian forces on advanced U.S. Abrams tanks has begun, and while those systems will not be ready in time for Ukraine's near-term counteroffensive they will be critical in the longer-term, Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Mark Milley said.
Australian decorated hero quits corporate job after Afghanistan war crime revelations
Australia’s most decorated living war veteran Ben Roberts-Smith has quit his corporate job after a civil court blamed the national hero for unlawfully killing four Afghans and escalated calls for him to be stripped of his revered Victoria Cross medal.
Amid shrinking freedoms, Hong Kongers commemorate Tiananmen anniversary privately
As the 34th anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square crackdown approaches Sunday, many in Hong Kong are trying to mark the day in the shadow of a law that prosecuted leading activists in the city’s pro-democracy movement.
China Ukraine envoy urges governments to 'stop sending weapons to the battlefield,' negotiate peace
China’s Ukraine envoy has appealed to other governments to “stop sending weapons to the battlefield” and hold peace talks but gave no indication his trip to the region made any progress toward a settlement.
Top American, Chinese defense officials vie for influence in Asia-Pacific
As the United States and China vie to establish new partnerships and expand influence with Asia-Pacific nations, the top defense officials from both nations are preparing to try to win support this weekend from their regional counterparts, diplomats and leaders at a security forum in Singapore.
Brazil's Congress weakens pro-environment ministries in a rejection of Lula
In a rejection of early moves by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva who took office in January, Brazil’s Congress has stripped powers from the new Ministry of Indigenous Peoples and Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, both led by women environmentalists.
Jordan's capital turns into open-air party for first major royal wedding in years
Jordan’s capital has turned into an open-air party as crowds gathered to celebrate the desert kingdom’s first major royal wedding in years and bask in the event’s unmistakable demonstration of Jordan’s influence and importance.
Court rules Austria can't be held liable for early COVID infection at ski resort
An Austrian federal court says the state can’t be held liable for a COVID-19 infection from an outbreak at an Alpine ski resort as the coronavirus pandemic hit Europe The Supreme Court of Justice on Thursday announced its verdict in a long-running legal battle involving a German resident who traveled to Ischgl in March 2020 and visited several apres-ski venues before returning home six days later.
India pauses plans to add new coal plants for five years, bets on renewables, batteries
The Indian government will not consider any proposals for new coal plants for the next five years and focus on growing its renewables sector, according to an updated national electricity plan released Wednesday evening.
European summit opens in Moldova with Ukraine war, regional conflicts on agenda
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has arrived at a sprawling summit of some 50 European leaders in Moldova, becoming the focal point of an event that seeks to quell regional conflicts and shore up unity in the face of Russia’s war.
China and key US partner Singapore agree to top-level defense hotline
China and Singapore have laid the groundwork for a hotline between the two countries that would establish a high-level communications link between Beijing and a close American partner in Asia at a time when Chinese tensions with Washington are high and dialogue has stalled.
Bolivia government says trustee probing bank died by suicide, but some demand new investigation
The trustee of a bankrupt bank in Bolivia who died after falling from the 15th floor of an office building killed himself, a forensic investigation has concluded, in a case that has gripped Bolivia amid speculation over whether he jumped or was pushed.
North Korean leader's sister slams US for criticizing failed satellite launch
The sister of North Korean Kim Jong Un has accused the United States of “gangster-like” hypocrisy for criticizing her country’s failed launch of a military spy satellite and insisted a successful launch will be made soon.
Trial opens for 3 charged with aiding Chinese campaign to pressure expats into returning home
An American sleuth and two Chinese men are facing jurors in the first trial to come out of U.S. claims that China’s government has tried to harass, intimidate and arm-twist dissidents and others abroad into returning home.
Earth is 'really quite sick now' and in danger zone in nearly all ecological ways, study says
A new study says Earth has pushed past seven out of eight scientifically established safety limits and into “the danger zone,” not just for an overheating planet that’s losing its natural areas, but for well-being of people living on it.
Auschwitz museum criticizes use of death camp in politics after ruling party uses it in political ad
The Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial museum has denounced a political spot by Poland’s ruling party that uses the theme of the Nazi German extermination camp to discourage participation in an upcoming anti-government march.
China responds to US complaint over plane intercept with demand for end to surveillance flights
China has responded to complaints from the United States about a Chinese fighter jet's dangerous interception of an American Air Force plane in international airspace over the South China Sea by demanding an end to such flights.