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NKorea calls on unity to mark the anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death
NKorea calls on unity to mark the anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death

SEOUL, South Korea (AP), North Korea commemorated Friday the 10th anniversary the death of former leader Kim Jong Il with calls for greater loyalty to his son, current leader Kim Jong Un. He is currently struggling to steer the country through the pandemic-related hardships.

Australia remembers the child victims of the bouncy castle tragedy
Australia remembers the child victims of the bouncy castle tragedy

LONDON (AP) Christmas revelers across Europe are now laying low and changing plans because of new restrictions and fears about the omicron coronavirus. This raises concerns about another holiday season being lost for airlines, restaurants, and shops already affected by the pandemic.

24 people are dead after a suspected arson attack on a downtown Osaka building
24 people are dead after a suspected arson attack on a downtown Osaka building
EU facing nuclear rift over decision on energy funds and future
EU facing nuclear rift over decision on energy funds and future
Pope at 85: The Pope's Reform Hits Stride! Gloves Off!
Pope at 85: The Pope's Reform Hits Stride! Gloves Off!
An unstable partnership in Iraq attempts to stop IS revival
An unstable partnership in Iraq attempts to stop IS revival

LHEIBAN (Iraq) -- A backhoe excavated the ground to construct trenches. Iraqi soldiers scanned vast agricultural tracts looking for militants. Not far away, Kurdish soldiers did the same.

Eastern Europe's vaccine skeptics are having a change of heart
Eastern Europe's vaccine skeptics are having a change of heart

SARAJEVO (AP) -- Former vaccine skeptics from Eastern Europe are now on the sidelines as coronavirus cases rise. As a result, it is becoming more difficult for unvaccinated people to travel internationally and authorities fight against vaccine disinformation and distrust.

EU leaders call for coordinated travel rules and booster shots
EU leaders call for coordinated travel rules and booster shots
Ukrainian villagers in jittery fear a major war will begin
Ukrainian villagers in jittery fear a major war will begin
Powerful typhoon hits Philippines, nearly 100,000 evacuated
Powerful typhoon hits Philippines, nearly 100,000 evacuated
The AP Interview: Karzai invited’ Taliban to end chaos
The AP Interview: Karzai invited’ Taliban to end chaos

The Taliban did not take the Afghan capital. They were invited to it, according to the man who sent the invitation.

Lava Flows From Spanish Island's Volcano after New Vents Open
Lava Flows From Spanish Island's Volcano after New Vents Open

Mount Cumbre Vieja explodes, spewing smoke and ash. This was seen from Los Llanos de Aridane, Canary Island of La Palma, September 19, 2021.

Flood watches are issued in Northwest, and some are urged to evacuate
Flood watches are issued in Northwest, and some are urged to evacuate
Peru earthquake: Seismologists confirm that large 7.5 magnitude tremors struck the South American country.
Peru earthquake: Seismologists confirm that large 7.5 magnitude tremors struck the South American country.
Democrats ask Joe Biden for lower gas prices and support tax increases.
Democrats ask Joe Biden for lower gas prices and support tax increases.
Indian film star Puneeth Rajkumar passes away at 46.
Indian film star Puneeth Rajkumar passes away at 46.

After Puneeth Rajkumar's sudden death at 46, a crowd of thousands of mourning cine fans filled Bangalore streets on Friday.

Sudan's prime minister, detained after coup, returns home
Sudan's prime minister, detained after coup, returns home

According to a statement from his office, the deposed prime minister of Sudan and his wife were allowed back home Tuesday, just one day after being detained by the military during a coup.

Brazil senators recommend Bolsonaro face charges over COVID
Brazil senators recommend Bolsonaro face charges over COVID
Officials: Iran is behind the drone attack on US-based base in Syria
Officials: Iran is behind the drone attack on US-based base in Syria
China is the only major economy to have no real estate taxes, although its government may be forced to impose one.
China is the only major economy to have no real estate taxes, although its government may be forced to impose one.

This suggests that Xi is taking the most significant step in fulfilling his promise to control China's property market.

After marrying a non-royal, Japan's Princess Mako will move to New York.
After marrying a non-royal, Japan's Princess Mako will move to New York.

The scandal delayed the union by three years. The couple decided to forgo a formal ceremony and instead register their union at a local government agency.

A 5-hour bus trip is an ideal option for residents of Hong Kong who are tired.
A 5-hour bus trip is an ideal option for residents of Hong Kong who are tired.
Qantas increases flights as Australia anticipates tourists soon
Qantas increases flights as Australia anticipates tourists soon
Greenpeace chief warns against UN climate talks 'greenwashing'
Greenpeace chief warns against UN climate talks 'greenwashing'
UN climate conference offers Israeli minister an opportunity
UN climate conference offers Israeli minister an opportunity

Israel's new environment protection minister has ambitious goals. She believes her office can play an important part in the global fight against climate change and promote peace in volatile Middle East.

Strong storm in Poland causes 4 deaths, and damage throughout Europe
Strong storm in Poland causes 4 deaths, and damage throughout Europe

On Thursday, a powerful autumn storm battered parts of Europe. It killed four people in Poland and caused widespread damage to large areas of the continent.

Brazil senators are ready to call for Bolsonaro criminal prosecutions
Brazil senators are ready to call for Bolsonaro criminal prosecutions
N Korea confirms missile testing for submarine launch
N Korea confirms missile testing for submarine launch
School enrollment plummeted in 2020, data shows
School enrollment plummeted in 2020, data shows
New airstrikes hit capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray region
New airstrikes hit capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray region

NAIROBI -- A new airstrike has hit Nairobi in Kenya's Tigray area. Residents said the attack occurred Wednesday. Video showed people being rushed to their vehicles with bloodied faces and thick black smoke rising from the sky. Ethiopia's government claimed it attacked facilities for making and repairing weapons. A Tigray spokesman denied this.

Flooding in Venice worsens off-season amid climate change
Flooding in Venice worsens off-season amid climate change
Putin keeps Russian workers home for a week as deaths soar
Putin keeps Russian workers home for a week as deaths soar
Disqualifications lead to the dismissal of a top German tabloid editor
Disqualifications lead to the dismissal of a top German tabloid editor
Chinese-North Korean defectors face hardship in South Korea
Chinese-North Korean defectors face hardship in South Korea

Cho Guk-gyeong feels abandoned by three countries. He shows a visitor his South Korean immigration card. It describes him as "stateless" and is a fitting description of his life in South Korea 15 years after he fled North Korea.

Climate report: Africa's glaciers are on the verge of disappearing
Climate report: Africa's glaciers are on the verge of disappearing

Climate change will cause Africa's glaciers to disappear over the next 20 years, according to a report Tuesday. This comes amid dire predictions of pain for the continent which contributes the least to global warming but suffers the most.

North Korea tests a possible submarine missile amid tensions
North Korea tests a possible submarine missile amid tensions
'A dangerous time': Portland, Oregon, sees record homicides
'A dangerous time': Portland, Oregon, sees record homicides
Jumping on trucks to reach Britain: The day of the migrant
Jumping on trucks to reach Britain: The day of the migrant
Tens of thousands protest in Rome against neofascists
Tens of thousands protest in Rome against neofascists

Tens of thousands joined unions and Italians rallied in Rome Saturday to protest rising fascism. This was just a week after right-wing extremists stormed into the headquarters Italy's largest labor confederation, while protesting a COVID-19 certification requirement at workplaces.

There's nothing funny about Maine's clownish puffins in a bad year
There's nothing funny about Maine's clownish puffins in a bad year

A lack of small fish this summer caused Maine's beloved puffins to have one of their worst years of reproduction in decades.

China's Shenzhou-13 spacecraft docks with Earth for 6-month mission
China's Shenzhou-13 spacecraft docks with Earth for 6-month mission
Gambian Toufah Jaallow tells the story of how she survived rape by dictator
Gambian Toufah Jaallow tells the story of how she survived rape by dictator
Russian filmmakers land on the space station after shooting
Russian filmmakers land on the space station after shooting
NASA's Lucy, an asteroid hunter, soars into the sky with diamonds
NASA's Lucy, an asteroid hunter, soars into the sky with diamonds

NASA's Lucy spacecraft launched into the air Saturday morning with diamonds as part of a 12-year mission to discover eight asteroids.

South Texas's aging water system is meeting the needs of a growing population
South Texas's aging water system is meeting the needs of a growing population

Sonia Lambert gazed out at an open-air canal carrying mud-green water from Rio Grande to nearby villages and farms, while it was scorching in South Texas.

Cher sues Sonny Bono's heirs over song and record revenues
Cher sues Sonny Bono's heirs over song and record revenues