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U.S. Speeds Up Reshaping of Taiwan’s Defenses to Deter China

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has accelerated its efforts to reshape Taiwan’s defense systems as it projects a more robust American military presence in the region to try to deter a potential attack by the Chinese military, current and former U.S. officials say.Russia’s war in Ukraine has made American and Taiwanese officials acutely aware that an autocrat can order an invasion of a neighboring territory at any moment. But it […]

todayMay 25, 2022

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Russian Forces Pummel Key Eastern Ukraine Town

SIEVIERODONETSK, Ukraine — A woman climbed down from the ambulance, wailing, her hands covered in blood. Police medics drew her inside their first aid post, as she appealed for help for her husband, who lay in the ambulance.“Please, God, let him live,” the woman, Olha, said. “You cannot imagine what a person he is. He is a golden person.”But the stretcher bearers were already standing down. Olha’s husband, Serhii, died […]

todayMay 25, 2022

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Law Requiring French in Quebec Becomes Stricter

OTTAWA — Quebec’s legislature on Tuesday passed a law to reinforce the primacy of the French language, limiting access to public services in English and enhancing government powers to enforce compliance, despite objections from some of the province’s English speakers, Indigenous people and members of other linguistic minorities.The provincial government says the law is needed to preserve the status of Quebec as the largest French-speaking enclave in the Americas, while […]

todayMay 24, 2022

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North Korea Launches Three Ballistic Missiles

SEOUL — North Korea launched three ballistic missiles toward the waters off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korea’s military said, as President Biden was wrapping up a trip to the region.It was North Korea’s 17th missile test this year. The two missiles were launched from Sunan, near Pyongyang, the North’s capital, at 6 a.m., 6:37 a.m. and 6:42 a.m., the South Korean military said. American and South Korean officials […]

todayMay 24, 2022

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Glencore Will Pay $1.1 Billion to Settle Bribery and Price-Fixing Charges

WASHINGTON — Glencore, the mining and commodity-trading giant, has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle charges that two of its units bribed officials in several countries and manipulated oil prices.The settlement, announced Tuesday by Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, followed months of negotiations between the company and prosecutors in the United States, Britain and Brazil over Glencore’s operations in the U.S., the Democratic Republic of Congo, Venezuela and Nigeria […]

todayMay 24, 2022

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Your Wednesday Briefing: Calls to Free Up Ukraine’s Grain Exports

We’re covering the food crisis caused by the war in Ukraine and the unequal toll of the coronavirus pandemic.Leaders accuse Russia of weaponizing hungerWorld leaders called for international involvement to free up 20 million tons of grain currently trapped in Ukraine, as fears of a global food crisis rise.Some Western officials, including Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, have accused Russia of weaponizing the crisis by […]

todayMay 24, 2022

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Omicron Subvariant BA.2.12.1 Becomes Dominant in U.S. Virus Cases

Another form of the Omicron subvariant BA.2 has become the dominant version among new U.S. coronavirus cases, according to federal estimates on Tuesday, a development that experts had forecast over the last few weeks.There was no indication yet that the new subvariant, known as BA.2.12.1, causes more severe disease than earlier forms did. BA.2.12.1 made up about 58 percent of all new U.S. cases, according to estimates by the Centers […]

todayMay 24, 2022

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Ukraine Charges 8 Russian Fighters in Killings of Village Mayor and Family

Eight Russian soldiers and mercenaries were charged on Tuesday with the murder of the mayor of a small Kyiv suburb and her family, Ukraine’s prosecutor general said.The mayor, Olha Sukhenko, was found in a shallow grave in her village, Motyzhyn, about 30 miles west of Kyiv, on April 2, after Russians withdrew from their positions around the capital. Her husband and son were buried with her.The prosecutor general, Irina Venediktova, […]

todayMay 24, 2022

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U.S. Will Start Blocking Russia’s Bond Payments to American Investors

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will start blocking Russia from paying American bondholders, increasing the likelihood of the first default of Russia’s foreign debt in more than a century.An exemption to American sanctions has allowed Russia to keep paying its debts since February. But that carve out will expire on Wednesday, and the United States will not extend it, according to a notice published by the Treasury Department on Tuesday. […]

todayMay 24, 2022

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