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UAE organizers 'regret' philosopher Habermas' prize refusal

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The organizers of a high-priced literary award from the United Arab Emirates expressed regret Monday that prominent German philosopher Juergen Habermas had shunned the prestigious prize over political concerns.
US begins reuniting some families separated at Mexico border

US begins reuniting some families separated at Mexico border

SAN DIEGO — The Biden administration said Monday that four families that were separated at the Mexico border during Donald Trump's presidency will be reunited in the United States this week in what Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas calls

Germany busts international child porn site used by 400,000

BERLIN — German prosecutors announced Monday they have busted one of the world's biggest international darknet platforms for child pornography, used by more than 400,000 registered members.
Impact of devastating Indian virus surge spreads to politics

Impact of devastating Indian virus surge spreads to politics

NEW DELHI — As a catastrophic surge of the coronavirus sweeps through India, the leaders of 13 opposition parties urged the government to launch a free vaccination drive and ensure an uninterrupted flow of oxygen to all hospitals.
Pakistani journalists' group vows to fight for press freedom

Pakistani journalists' group vows to fight for press freedom

ISLAMABAD — The media is facing growing censorship, attacks and harassment in Pakistan that are threatening freedom of the press, a committee of journalists said Monday. The government said there are no curbs on journalists in the country.

Saudi king names new economy minister, eldest son as adviser

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia's King Salman appointed a new economy minister and named his eldest living son as a special adviser in a series of royal decrees issued early Monday.
At least 26 die when speedboat overturns in Bangladesh river

At least 26 die when speedboat overturns in Bangladesh river

DHAKA, Bangladesh — A speedboat carrying about 30 passengers overturned after hitting a sand-laden cargo boat in a Bangladeshi river on Monday, leaving at least 26 people dead, an official said.

Philippines protests `blocking' of its patrol ships by China

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government has protested the Chinese coast guard's harassment of Philippine coast guard ships patrolling a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday.
Tokyo Games need 500 nurses; nurses say needs are elsewhere

Tokyo Games need 500 nurses; nurses say needs are elsewhere

TOKYO — Some nurses in Japan are incensed at a request from Tokyo Olympic organizers to have 500 of them dispatched to help out with the games. They say they’re already near the breaking point dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
Russia, facing lags, turns to China to produce Sputnik shots

Russia, facing lags, turns to China to produce Sputnik shots

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Russia is turning to multiple Chinese firms to manufacture the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in an effort to speed up production as demand soars for its shot.