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UN kicks off selection of next secretary-general

UN kicks off selection of next secretary-general

CAMEROON, Cameroon — The United Nations kicked off the selection of its next secretary-general on Friday, asking the 193 U.N. member states to submit candidates to be the world organization’s chief diplomat and operating officer.
US, China top diplomats discuss key issues, show differences

US, China top diplomats discuss key issues, show differences

BEIJING — The top American and Chinese diplomats spoke Saturday in the first major exchange between the countries since President Joe Biden took office and touched on several critical issues that have strained their ties.
India restores 4G mobile internet in Kashmir after 550 days

India restores 4G mobile internet in Kashmir after 550 days

SRINAGAR, India — India ended an 18-month-long ban on high speed internet services on mobile devices in disputed Kashmir, where opposition to New Delhi has deepened after it revoked the region's semi-autonomy.
Afghan officials: Separate blasts in Kabul kill 3, wound 4

Afghan officials: Separate blasts in Kabul kill 3, wound 4

KABUL — Two separate explosions rocked the Afghan capital of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least three people including members of the minority Sikh community and wounding four others, Afghan officials said.
Cowboys for Trump leader released from jail pending trial

Cowboys for Trump leader released from jail pending trial

SANTA FE, N.M. — Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin is headed home to New Mexico after nearly three weeks in a Washington jail, after a judge on Friday said she will trust Griffin to show up for trial in connection with the Jan. 6 siege on the U.
Judge rules Republican Tenney won last open US House race

Judge rules Republican Tenney won last open US House race

ALBANY, N.Y. — A New York judge ruled Friday that Republican Claudia Tenney defeated U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi by 109 votes in the nation's last undecided congressional race.
ICC clears way for war crimes probe of Israeli actions

ICC clears way for war crimes probe of Israeli actions

JERUSALEM — The International Criminal Court said Friday that its jurisdiction extends to territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, potentially clearing the way for its chief prosecutor to open a war crimes probe into Israeli military a
Oscar winner, ‘Sound of Music’ star Christopher Plummer dies

Oscar winner, ‘Sound of Music’ star Christopher Plummer dies

NEW YORK — Christopher Plummer, the dashing award-winning actor who played Captain von Trapp in the film “The Sound of Music” and at 82 became the oldest Academy Award acting winner in history, has died. He was 91.
Pentagon deploys troops to fuel COVID-19 vaccine drive

Pentagon deploys troops to fuel COVID-19 vaccine drive

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will deploy more than 1,100 troops to five vaccination centres in what will be the first wave of increased military support for the White House campaign to get more Americans inoculated against COVID-19.

New Orleans to shut down bars during Mardi Gras weekend

New Orleans bars will be shut down, even for takeout service, throughout next week's Mardi Gras weekend — usually among their busiest times of the year — in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Friday.