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Blinken calls for unity in the fight against'relentless Russian aggression'

Blinken calls for unity in the fight against'relentless Russian aggression'

KYIV, Ukraine (AP), U.S. Secretary Antony Blinken urged the west Wednesday to stand united against what he called "relentless Russian aggression" against Ukraine. He also assured Ukraine's leader that they are there for them.

Watchdog for Afghanistan warned of the possibility of an air force collapse before pullout

Watchdog for Afghanistan warned of the possibility of an air force collapse before pullout

KABUL (AP) -- Several months before President Joe Biden declared the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Washington's watchdog warned the Afghan air force that it would collapse without vital American training, maintenance, and aid. Tuesday's declassification of the report allowed it to be released.

North Korean missile tests signify a return to brinkmanship

North Korean missile tests signify a return to brinkmanship

Australia's record COVID-19 death, hospital under stress

Australia's record COVID-19 death, hospital under stress

North Korea: Latest test of tactical guided missiles

North Korea: Latest test of tactical guided missiles

After hamsters receive COVID-19, Hong Kong will kill 2,000 animals

After hamsters receive COVID-19, Hong Kong will kill 2,000 animals

HONG KONG (AP), -- Authorities in Hong Kong said Tuesday that about 2,000 small animals will be killed after they tested positive for coronavirus at a pet shop where an employee was also infected.

As tensions between the US and Russia escalate, Blinken will visit Ukraine.

As tensions between the US and Russia escalate, Blinken will visit Ukraine.

WASHINGTON (AP), -- As tensions between Russia and the U.S. escalate over a possible Russian invasion, Secretary of State Antony Blinken plans to visit Ukraine and meet with President Volodymyr Zilenskyy, the State Department announced Tuesday.

3 killed in drone attack on Abu Dhabi by rebels from Yemen

3 killed in drone attack on Abu Dhabi by rebels from Yemen

China's Xi condemns the 'Cold War mentality' and encourages cooperation

China's Xi condemns the 'Cold War mentality' and encourages cooperation

Texas rabbi says he, 2 hostages escaped synagogue standoff

Texas rabbi says he, 2 hostages escaped synagogue standoff

In war-stricken Gaza, rubble brings both opportunity and risk

In war-stricken Gaza, rubble brings both opportunity and risk

GAZA CITY (Gaza Strip) -- Gaza Strip is a poor place with few jobs, very little electricity, and virtually no natural resources. It has lots of rubble after the four brutal wars it fought with Israel in just over 10 years.

French teachers strike over pandemic response

French teachers strike over pandemic response

PARIS (AP), -- French teachers expressed anger at how the French government handled the pandemic in schools. They denounced confusing rules, and demanded more protection during a nationwide strike that took place on Thursday.

Dutch King won't use carriage to criticize colonial image

Dutch King won't use carriage to criticize colonial image

Italy celebrates 10 years since the Costa Concordia shipwreck that killed ten thousand people

Italy celebrates 10 years since the Costa Concordia shipwreck that killed ten thousand people

EXPLAINER - How Europe is dealing with its gas crisis

EXPLAINER - How Europe is dealing with its gas crisis

Kazakhstan: Russia-led forces prepare for withdrawal

Kazakhstan: Russia-led forces prepare for withdrawal

MOSCOW (AP), - Troops from a Russia led security alliance were planning to withdraw from Kazakhstan on Thursday, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. They are withdrawing just one week after being deployed to Kazakhstan on the order of the president. He was trying to end violent mass protests.

China is facing omicron testing weeks before the Beijing Olympics

China is facing omicron testing weeks before the Beijing Olympics

TAIPEI (AP) -- Access to most of Taiwan's major cities was suspended on Thursday as China attempted to control an outbreak the highly contagious omicron variant. This is a test for its COVID-19 policy, which China considers "zero tolerance", and the country's ability to host the Winter Olympics.

Russia will not rule out military deployments to Cuba and Venezuela

Russia will not rule out military deployments to Cuba and Venezuela

China's Tianjin orders additional testing for 14 million residents

China's Tianjin orders additional testing for 14 million residents

After violent unrest, Kazakhstan holds nearly 1,700 more

After violent unrest, Kazakhstan holds nearly 1,700 more

Protesters against vaccination attempt to storm the Bulgarian Parliament

Protesters against vaccination attempt to storm the Bulgarian Parliament

SOFIA (Bulgaria) -- Wednesday saw protesters against COVID-19 restrictions in Bulgaria clash with police when they attempted to storm the Parliament in Sofia, the capital.

There has been no breakthrough in Ukraine, but NATO and Russia are open to more discussions

There has been no breakthrough in Ukraine, but NATO and Russia are open to more discussions

BRUSSELS, (AP) -- While the United States and NATO rejected key Russian security requests for easing tensions in Ukraine, they left open the possibility that future talks could be held with Moscow to discuss other issues, such as arms control, missile deployments, and ways to prevent any military incidents.