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US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia

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The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups.

New US envoy starts challenge to restore US on world stage

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Linda Thomas-Greenfield presented her credentials as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday, officially taking on one of the most challenging jobs for the Biden administration of helping to restore the United States as a top multilateral player on the global stage after former President Donald Trump’s unilateral “America First” policy.

Kremlin critic Navalny sent to prison outside Moscow

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sent to a prison outside Moscow to serve his sentence, his lawyer said Thursday, a move that comes despite a demand by Europe's top human rights court for his release.

Brazil death toll tops 250,000, virus still running rampant

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Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll, which surpassed 250,000 on Thursday, is the world’s second-highest for the same reason its second wave has yet to fade: Prevention was never made a priority.

Ties with Saudis at stake as US releases findings on killing

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The United States has pledged to tell the world its conclusions on what role Saudi Arabia's crown prince played in the brutal killing and carving up of a U.S.-based journalist, but as important is what comes next — what the Biden administration plans to do about it.

Explainer: Mount Etna puts on its latest spectacular show

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Mount Etna, the volcano that towers over eastern Sicily, evokes superlatives. It is Europe’s most active volcano and also the continent’s largest.

The Latest: China OKs 2 more virus vaccines for wider use

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China has approved two more COVID-19 vaccines for wider use, adding to its growing arsenal of shots.

Italy honors slain ambassador, bodyguard and prays for Congo

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Italy paid tribute Thursday to its ambassador to Congo and his bodyguard who were killed in an attack on a U.N. convoy, honoring them with a state funeral and prayers for peace in Congo and all nations “torn by war and violence.”

Armenian PM slams ‘coup attempt’ as political tensions rise

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Armenia's prime minister accused top military officers on Thursday of attempting a coup after they demanded he step down, adding fuel to months of protests calling for his resignation following the country's defeat in a conflict with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Facebook bans all Myanmar military-linked accounts and ads

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Social media giant Facebook announced Thursday it was banning all accounts linked to Myanmar’s military as well as ads from military-controlled companies in the wake of the army’s seizure of power on Feb. 1.

Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after Fed pledge

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Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher Thursday after the Federal Reserve chairman said the U.S. central bank is in no hurry to withdraw support for the economy.

Australia passes law to make Google, Facebook pay for news

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Australia’s law forcing Google and Facebook to pay for news is ready to take effect, though the laws' architect said it will take time for the digital giants to strike media deals.

The Latest: Biden plans to get face masks to hard-hit areas

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President Joe Biden plans to distribute millions of face masks to Americans in communities hard-hit by the coronavirus.

A shot in the arm: EU vaccine program struggles to speed up

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Two months after its first vaccine shots, the European Union is still struggling to get its COVID-19 inoculation drive up to speed.

World shares retreat as investors study inflation risks

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World shares fell on Wednesday as investors weighed the possibility that inflation might prompt central banks to adjust their ultra-low interest rate policies.

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Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls taken in mass abduction

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Gunmen abducted 317 girls from a boarding school in northern Nigeria on Friday, police said, the latest in a series of mass kidnappings of students in the West African nation.