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Germany sets more ambitious climate goals after landmark ruling

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The German government said Wednesday it would set more ambitious targets to reduce CO2 emissions after a landmark ruling by the country's top court declared a flagship climate protection law "insufficient". Under the new targets, the government expects to slash emissions by 65 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels,… Read

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It's a wrap: Biden buys tacos in boost for U.S. restaurants

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President Joe Biden put his money where his mouth is Wednesday with a surprise lunch visit to a Washington tacos restaurant. The surprise jaunt from the White House saw Biden's heavily guarded motorcade descend on Taqueria Las Gemelas in Union Market. Biden was promoting the newly opened Restaurant Revitalization Fund,… Read

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Liz Cheney clings to GOP post as Trump endorses replacement

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No. 3 House Republican Liz Cheney was clinging to her post Wednesday as party leaders lined up behind an heir apparent, signaling that fallout over her clashes with former President Donald Trump was becoming too much for her to overcome. Trump issued a statement giving his “COMPLETE and TOTAL Endorsement”… Read

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Taliban issue threat to Afghan journalists

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The Taliban on Wednesday issued a threat to Afghan journalists they accuse of siding with Afghanistan's intelligence agency in Kabul, a warning that came amid a U.S. troop pullout and rising fears of more violence in the war-wrecked country. In a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid warned those Afghan journalists… Read

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Italian court hands U.S. tourists life sentences for murdering policeman

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Two American tourists were sentenced to life in prison by an Italian court on Wednesday for the 2019 murder of a policeman near their Rome hotel in a case that shook the nation. Finnegan Lee Elder, who was 19 at the time, had admitted to stabbing Mario Cerciello Rega in… Read

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Serbia to offer cash to those who get COVID vaccine

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Serbia's president said on Wednesday his country would pay each citizen who gets a COVID jab before the end of May, in what could be the world's first cash-for-jabs scheme. The Balkans country bought millions of doses -- from Western firms as well as China and Russia -- and briefly… Read

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Rise in new COVID-19 cases in France slows sharply

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The number of new COVID-19 infections in France is rising much more slowly and hospitalization declined on Wednesday, in the first week after the French government eased its third nationwide lockdown. The number of new positive cases rose by 26,000 for a total of 5.71 million, an increase of 2.52%… Read

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U.S. birthrate drops sharply in 2020

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A predicted baby boom failed to materialize in the United States in 2020, with births down four percent compared to the year before despite COVID-19 lockdowns, an official report said Wednesday. Some 3.6 million babies were born in 2020, according to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). It was… Read

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New Zealand declines to call China's Uighur treatment genocide

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New Zealand shied away from labeling China's treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority genocide on Wednesday, once again leaving Wellington out of step with its more forthright Western allies. Parliament unanimously passed a motion expressing "grave concern" at human rights abuses in Xinjiang province, but only after Prime Minister Jacinda… Read

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Myanmar's military seizing young men to crush uprising

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Myanmar’s security forces moved in and the street lamps went black. In house after house, people shut off their lights. Darkness swallowed the block. Huddled inside her home  in this neighborhood of Yangon, 19-year-old Shwe dared to peek out her window into the inky night. A flashlight shone back, and a man’s voice… Read

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