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China pressures brands to reject reports of Xinjiang abuses

China pressures brands to reject reports of Xinjiang abuses

BEIJING — China stepped up pressure Monday on foreign shoe and clothing brands to reject reports of abuses in Xinjiang, telling companies that are targeted by Beijing for boycotts to look more closely and pointing to a statement by one that it found
Tributes paid to Czech billionaire killed in chopper crash

Tributes paid to Czech billionaire killed in chopper crash

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Politicians and friends in the Czech Republic have paid tribute to Petr Kellner, the country's richest man, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Alaska. He was 56.

Afghan group probes reports of 20 civilians killed in Khost

KABUL — A human rights group in Afghanistan said Monday it was probing a shooting last week in which CIA-trained Afghan forces reportedly killed 20 civilians during an anti-Taliban operation in eastern Khost province.
Call me by my name: Rome school backs transgender students

Call me by my name: Rome school backs transgender students

ROME — The Ripetta school of art in Rome recently joined a handful of high schools in Italy that give transgender students the right to be known by a name other than the one they were given at birth.
2 tugboats deploy to Egypt's Suez Canal as shippers avoid it

2 tugboats deploy to Egypt's Suez Canal as shippers avoid it

SUEZ, Egypt — Two additional tugboats deployed Sunday to Egypt's Suez Canal to aid efforts to free a skyscraper-sized container ship wedged for days across the crucial waterway, even as major shippers increasingly divert their boats out of fear the v
Rebels besiege town in northern Mozambique for fifth day

Rebels besiege town in northern Mozambique for fifth day

JOHANNESBURG — Rebels fought the Mozambican army Sunday for the fifth straight day for control of the strategic northern town of Palma, as reports came in that dozens of civilians have been killed and bodies were littering the streets.
Suicide bomb hits Palm Sunday Mass in Indonesia, 20 wounded

Suicide bomb hits Palm Sunday Mass in Indonesia, 20 wounded

MAKASSAR, Indonesia — Two attackers believed to be members of a militant network that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group blew themselves up outside a packed Roman Catholic cathedral during a Palm Sunday Mass on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island,

Cape Cod sees virus surge; Gov urges patience with website

A look at coronavirus developments around New England: MASSACHUSETTS Officials on Cape Cod are pleading with the state for more help as the vacation destination deals with another surge of COVID-19 cases, including multiple cases of new variants that
New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana

New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York is poised to join a growing number of states that have legalized marijuana after state lawmakers reached a deal to allow sales of the drug for recreational use.
Myanmar pageant contender calls for urgent international aid

Myanmar pageant contender calls for urgent international aid

BANGKOK — A pageant contestant from Myanmar has used her moment in the spotlight to appeal for urgent international help for her country as security forces suppressing protests against last month's coup killed more than 100 people.