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Malaysia’s royal families have elected the powerful and wealthy ruler of southern Johor state as the country’s new king under a unique rotating monarchy system. The palace said Friday that the … more
Rights groups and lawyers in Nigeria say the West African nation's law enforcement authorities are using the country’s same-sex prohibition law to target the LGBTQ+ community while ignoring abuses … more
Abortion has had a complicated history in the Soviet Union and Russia. It was outlawed under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin but legalized and commonplace under later Kremlin leaders. Now, after less … more
Recent proposals by authorities to restrict access to abortion have touched a nerve across Russia, which has embraced increasingly conservative values. While abortion is still legal and widely … more
South Korean and U.S. troops have been conducting live-fire exercises to hone their ability to respond to potential “Hamas-style surprise artillery attacks” by North Korea. South Korea's military … more
The Turkish Republic, founded from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire by the national independence hero Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, turns 100 on Oct. 29. Ataturk established a Western-facing secular republic … more
A Chinese fighter jet came within 10 feet of an American B-52 bomber flying over the South China Sea, nearly causing an accident, the U.S. military says, underscoring the potential for a mishap as … more
Village schools have been shuttered across China's Tibet and replaced with centralized boarding schools that critics say represents forced assimilation. Activists estimate 1 million Tibetan children … more
European Union leaders are grappling with ways to use their combined leverage to ensure that more aid reaches Palestinians in need in Gaza. At a summit Thursday, they also worked on helping EU … more
“Stop the bombs and save lives!” the Palestinian ambassador pleaded at an emotional U.N. meeting on the war in Gaza. But Israel’s envoy was adamant, declaring again, “We will not rest until … more
As the Israel-Hamas war rages, international and local monitoring groups in Gaza have been unable to keep up. The only source reporting how many people have been killed in Hamas-ruled Gaza is the … more
Sweden has reportedly withdrawn the residence permit of an Iraqi man who staged a series of public desecrations of the Quran this year but has put his deportation on hold, saying his life would be in … more
A nonprofit organization in Afghanistan says the Taliban have freed an activist who campaigned for the education of girls. The group Pen Path said Matiullah Wesa was arrested seven months ago and … more
More than two weeks after Hamas' attack, many Israelis are furious at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, not just for failing to prevent the initial attack, but for failing to come to … more
A federal court in Pakistan’s capital has restored the appeals of the country’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif against his 2018 convictions in graft cases. Thursday's development comes less … more
An inquiry has opened into an apartment building fire that killed at least 76 people in South Africa in August and laid bare the deep problems of poverty and neglect in parts of Africa’s richest … more
The Palestinian Authority’s foreign minister says he fully supports an International Criminal Court investigation into alleged crimes in the Palestinian territories and by Palestinians who target … more
Nigeria’s Supreme Court has refused to void the election of President Bola Tinubu and dismissed the challenges brought by two losing candidates. The petitions had argued that February vote was … more
Prosecutors say an American man has been charged with murder and other offenses for attacking two women from the U.S. near Neuschwanstein castle in Germany in June and pushing them into a ravine. One … more
South Korea, the U.S. and Japan have strongly condemned what they call North Korea’s supply of munitions and military equipment to Russia. A joint statement issued Thursday by the top diplomats of … more
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