Iran quake injures more than 500 people

TEHERAN – A 5.4-magnitude earthquake in northwestern Iran injured more than 500 people early on Wednesday, most of them lightly, state media reported. “The quake that hit at a depth…

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Putin ally compares Nord Stream sabotage to CIA-backed attacks of 1980s

MOSCOW – One of President Vladimir Putin’s top allies said on Wednesday that the sabotage of the Nord Stream offshore gas pipelines resembled the US Central Intelligence Agency-backed attacks on…

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Poland is in talks with US about joining nuclear weapons sharing scheme

WARSAW – Poland is in talks with the United States about participating in the nuclear weapons sharing programme to counter growing threats from Russia, President Andrzej Duda told the Gazeta…

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Russian cosmonaut hitching ride with SpaceX as part of next space station crew

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX was due to launch the next long-duration crew of the International Space Station into orbit on Wednesday, with a Russian cosmonaut…

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Ukraine claims rapid pushback of Russian troops on two fronts

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that his country’s military had made major, rapid advances against Russian forces and freed dozens of towns in the south and east…

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Mexico president denies spying on critics after Pegasus allegations

MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador denied on Tuesday that his administration spied on journalists or opponents after a report that the phones of at least three…

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Families of plane crash victims want the Canadian government to get tougher on Iran

Iranian-Canadians gathered on Parliament Hill Tuesday to mark 1,000 days of mourning their relatives, and the crowd made clear their displeasure at the federal government’s actions to date. “I already…

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Man sought in California kidnapping attempts suicide, family missing

LOS ANGELES – A man sought in connection with the kidnapping of four family members from central California was in custody on Tuesday after attempting to take his own life,…

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Why women age 50 and over could decide US midterm elections

WASHINGTON – A majority of US women age 50 and over – one of the largest and most reliable voting blocs – are still undecided in the final weeks leading…

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White House says has no indication Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON – The United States has no indication that Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons, despite “nuclear saber-rattling” by Russian President Vladimir Putin, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre…

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