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Iran’s Shiite Muslims mark Ashoura with mourning, processions

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian Shiite Muslims on Tuesday commemorated Ashoura, a remembrance of the 7th century martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Hussein, that gave birth to their faith. More than 1,340 years after Hussein’s death, Tehran and other cities across the country were adorned with symbols of Shiite piety and repentance. Red flags represented Hussein’s blood, black funeral tents and clothes indicated mourning, and processions …

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Britain launches review of ‘hollowed-out’ military 

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Pakistan says 4 nationals killed in Oman attack

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan said Tuesday four of its nationals were killed and 30 others injured in an unprecedented gun attack targeting a Shi’ite Muslim minority mosque in Oman’s capital, Muscat. Omani authorities said, based on initial reports, the shooting resulted in the killings of four worshipers and injuries to “several others” in the otherwise peaceful Sunni Muslim-majority sultanate. There were no immediate claims of responsibility. In …

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French PM poised to take caretaker role in deadlocked France       

Paris — French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal was set to resign but stay on as head of a caretaker government Tuesday, officials said, with no replacement in sight as divided parliamentary groups succumb to infighting. President Emmanuel Macron is expected to accept Attal’s resignation after Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting — the first since his allies got roundly beaten in a snap National Assembly election called to “clarify” …

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New accord establishes China-Philippines hotline to stop clashes at sea

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Interview: More Patriots and F-16s for Ukraine, but no deep strikes in Russia

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Russia reports destroying 13 Ukrainian drones

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Israel continues military offensive in Gaza

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North Korean diplomat in Cuba defected to South Korea in November, Seoul says

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s spy agency said Tuesday that a senior North Korea diplomat based in Cuba has fled to South Korea, the latest in a series of defections by members of the North’s ruling elite in recent years. The National Intelligence Service said media reports on the defection of a North Korean counselor of political affairs in Cuba were true. A brief statement …

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Nickel hub ‘apocalyptic’ for uncontacted Indonesia tribe, say NGOs

Jakarta, Indonesia — Deforestation at one of Indonesia’s largest nickel processing hubs is threatening an Indigenous group that is among the country’s last uncontacted tribes, rights groups allege. Nickel is a key component in the batteries of electric vehicles, and Indonesia is both the world’s largest producer and home to the biggest known reserves globally. The government is keen to boost output, but there are growing …

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Germany says it saw fewer security problems than expected during Euro 2024

BERLIN — German authorities had fewer security problems and crimes to deal with than they expected at the European Championship, the country’s top security official said Monday. The tournament ended on Sunday with Spain beating England 2-1 in the final in Berlin and no reports of serious disturbances. That capped a month-long event that mostly saw only isolated and relatively minor incidents, a contrast with violence …

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Lebanese man arrested in Germany, accused of supplying drone parts to Hezbollah

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Russian court orders general under house arrest on fraud charges 

moscow — A court in Moscow ordered house arrest Monday for a general in custody on fraud charges, in a ruling that represents an about-face from just weeks ago, when the same court refused to release the general from jail. Major General Ivan Popov was ordered to be placed under house arrest until at least October 11 by the 235th Garrison Military Court. Popov, who had …

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Yemen’s Houthi rebels suspected in 2 attacks on ships in Red Sea

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Two suspected attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels targeted ships in the Red Sea on Monday, as a new U.S. aircraft carrier approached the region to provide security for the key international trade route that has been under assault since the Israel-Hamas war erupted nine months ago. The captain of the first targeted ship reported being attacked by three small vessels off …

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Russian missile destroys school in Ukraine’s largest children’s hospital

The deadly July 8 Russian missile attack that damaged Ukraine’s largest children hospital also destroyed its school for seriously ill patients trying to keep up with their studies. The School of Superheroes, launched at Kyiv’s Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital, is now offered at other children’s hospitals in Ukraine. Anna Kosstutschenko has more from Kyiv. (Camera and Produced by: Pavel Suhodolskiy) …

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EU slaps sanctions on 5 Israeli individuals, 3 entities over ‘rights abuses’

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Hungary’s Orban briefed EU leaders on his meetings with Putin and Xi, ally says

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has sent a letter to the heads of other European Union countries briefing them on a recent set of foreign visits he made that angered other leaders in the bloc, Orban’s political director said Monday. Orban this month visited Ukraine, Russia, Azerbaijan, China, and the United States on a world tour he’s touted as a “peace mission” aimed …

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Tanker seized by Iran in 2023 anchors near UAE, tracking shows

London — A Chevron-chartered oil tanker seized by Iran more than a year ago has dropped anchor near the United Arab Emirates port of Khor Fakkan, ship tracking data showed Monday. The Marshall Islands-flagged Advantage Sweet was boarded by Iran’s military in the Gulf of Oman in April 2023 after an alleged collision with an Iranian boat. After sailing away from Iran last week, its latest …

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After 9-months of Israel-Hamas war, efforts to secure cease-fire continue

As the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza entered its ninth month Sunday, the Palestinian militant group said it is waiting for an Israeli response after dropping a key demand in its response to a U.S.-backed cease-fire proposal. VOA’s Arash Arabasadi has the story. …

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Syrians vote for next parliament, which may pave way for Assad to extend rule 

DAMASCUS — Syrians were voting for members of a new parliament in an election Monday that was expected to hold few surprises but could pave the way for a constitutional amendment to extend the term of President Bashar Assad. The vote is the fourth in Syria since mass anti-government protests in 2011 and a brutal crackdown by security forces spiraled into an ongoing civil war and …

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World’s rarest whale may have washed up on New Zealand beach

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Azerbaijan reopens its embassy in Iran as the two countries try to ease tensions

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New alliance to boost the economic power of First Nations Australians  

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UN alarmed as childhood immunization levels stall

Geneva — Global childhood vaccination levels have stalled, leaving millions more children un- or under-vaccinated than before the pandemic, the U.N. said Monday, warning of dangerous coverage gaps enabling outbreaks of diseases like measles. In 2023, 84% of children, or 108 million, received three doses of the vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP), with the third dose serving as a key marker for global immunization …

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