COVID-19 outbreaks continue in Shanghai

As China rows back COVID curbs, virus fears spread


As many Chinese embraced new found freedoms on Thursday after the country dropped key parts of its tough zero-COVID regime, some cities warned residents to maintain vigilance against a virus that, until now, has been largely kept in check. Three years into the pandemic, many in China had been itching… Read


Iran executes first known prisoner arrested in protests


Iran said Thursday it executed a prisoner over his conviction for a crime allegedly committed during the country's ongoing nationwide protests, the first such death penalty carried out by Tehran. Iran's Mizan news agency reported the execution. It accused the man of blocking a street and attacking a security force… Read


South Korea orders striking steel, petrochemical truckers to return to work


South Korea ordered striking truckers in the steel and petrochemical industries to return to work on Thursday, widening a back-to-work decree beyond the cement industry amid a prolonged nationwide strike that has disrupted supply chains. During opening remarks at a televised meeting of the country's cabinet, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo… Read


Hawaii remembrance draws handful of Pearl Harbor survivors


A handful of centenarian survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor gathered at the scene of the Japanese bombing on Wednesday to commemorate those who perished 81 years ago. That's fewer than in recent years, when a dozen or more traveled to Hawaii from across the country to pay their… Read


Putin says Russia could be fighting in Ukraine for a long time


Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday his army could be fighting in Ukraine for a long time, but he saw no sense in expanding a call-up of 300,000 reservists from September and October after serious Russian battlefield setbacks. Earlier, Russia's ally Belarus said it was moving troops and military… Read


Climate activists hurl paint at La Scala entrance in Milan


Environmental activists hurled paint at the entrance of Milan's prestigious La Scala opera house on Wednesday, part of a series of recent protests across Europe to focus attention on climate change. The early morning protest came ahead of the gala opening of the new season on Wednesday night, with a… Read


Time magazine names Ukraine's Zelensky 'Person of the Year'


Time magazine named President Volodymyr Zelensky as well as "the spirit of Ukraine" as its 2022 person of the year on Wednesday, for the resistance the country has shown in the face of Russia's invasion. Calling Zelensky's decision to remain in Kyiv and rally his country "fateful," Time editor in… Read


25 arrested on suspicion of planning armed coup in Germany


Thousands of police officers carried out raids across much of Germany on Wednesday against suspected far-right extremists who allegedly sought to overthrow the government in an armed coup. Officials said 25 people were detained. Federal prosecutors said some 3,000 officers conducted searches at 130 sites in 11 of Germany's 16… Read


Taliban publicly execute man accused of murder


The Taliban administration on Wednesday put to death a man accused of murder in western Afghanistan, its spokesperson said, the first officially confirmed public execution since the hardline Islamist group seized power last year. The execution in Farah province was of a man accused of stabbing another man to death… Read


Peru swears in new president amid constitutional crisis

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Peru’s Congress removed President Pedro Castillo from office Wednesday and replaced him with the vice president, shortly after Castillo decreed the dissolution of the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to oust him. The national ombudsman's office, Constitutional Tribunal and Supreme Court called Castillo's move to dissolve the Congress a… Read

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