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Why the Albanian opposition is disrupting parliament with flares, makeshift barricades and fires

For months, Albanian opposition parties have used flares and noise to disrupt Parliament, in protest at what they describe as the authoritarian rule of the governing Socialist Party.

UK says Russia’s intelligence service behind sustained attempts to meddle in British democracy

Britain’s government says Russia’s intelligence services have targeted high-profile British politicians, civil servants and journalists with cyberespionage and “malicious cyberactivity” as part of sustained attempts to interfere in U.K. political processes.

British poet and political activist Benjamin Zephaniah dies at age 65

Benjamin Zephaniah, a British dub poet and political activist who drew inspiration from his Caribbean roots, has died. He was 65.

South Korea Olympic committee pushes athletes to attend navy boot camp, triggering rebukes

South Korea’s Olympic committee is pushing to send hundreds of athletes to a navy training center to enhance their mental toughness ahead of the Paris Olympics.

A Netherlands court sets a sentencing date for a man convicted in Canada of cyberbullying

A court in the Netherlands says it will rule in two weeks on the sentence for a man convicted in Canada in a notorious cyberbullying case.

Ex-UK leader Boris Johnson rejects notion he wanted to let COVID-19 ‘rip’ through the population

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rejected suggestions that he wanted to let COVID-19 “rip” through the population as he defended his handling of the pandemic during a second day of testimony at a public inquiry into the crisis.

Azerbaijan to hold snap presidential election on February 7, shortly before Russia’s vote

President Ilham Aliyev has ordered Azerbaijan’s Central Election Commission to prepare for an early presidential election on Feb. 7, shortly ahead of Russia’s presidential election on March 17.

Russian schoolgirl shoots several classmates, leaving 1 dead, before killing herself

State news agencies and authorities in Russia say a girl shot several classmates before killing herself at a school in the city of Bryansk.

Turkish President Erdogan visits Greece in an effort to mend strained relations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting Greece in an effort to mend strained relations and reset ties with Western allies.

Former Polish President Lech Walesa, 80, says he is better but remains hospitalized with COVID-19

Polish Nobel Peace Prizer winner and former President Lech Walesa says he is improving after being hospitalized with COVID-19.

Twitch says it’s withdrawing from the South Korean market over expensive network fees

Twitch, a popular video service, will shut down its struggling business in South Korea, a decision its chief executive blamed on allegedly “prohibitively expensive” costs for operating in the country.

Stock market today: APshares fall, tracking Wall Street retreat, on worries over slowing growth

Shares have fallen in Europe and Asia, tracking a retreat on Wall Street as investors grow wary over signs growth is slowing in Germany and other major economies.

From SZA to the Stone of Scone, the words that help tell the story of 2023 were often mispronounced

Some of the words tied to this year’s hottest topics were also among the most mangled when it came to saying them aloud.

Indonesian maleo conservation faced setbacks due to development and plans for a new capital city

A critically endangered bird that only exists on a few Indonesian islands is facing a new threat as the country builds a new capital hundreds of miles away.

In 2023, calamities of war and disaster were unleashed again on an unsettled Middle East

War and natural disasters ravaged an increasingly unsettled Middle East throughout 2023, further straining countries already hit by worsening economic conditions and affected by extreme weather fueled by climate change.

J Balvin returns to his reggaeton roots on the romantic ‘Amigos’ — and no, it is not about Bad Bunny

J Balvin has released his latest single, “Amigos.” He calls it a “romantic reggaeton” track that takes him back to his roots. One thing that it isn’t?

China’s exports in November edged higher for the first time in 7 months, while imports fell

Customs data show that China’s exports rose in November, indicating that demand may be picking up following months of decline.

National security advisers of US, South Korea and Japan will meet to discuss North Korean threat

The national security advisers of the United States, South Korea and Japan will meet in Seoul this week to discuss North Korea’s military threat and other issues as they continue to promote trilateral cooperation in Asia.

Deputy US marshal detained after ‘inappropriate behavior’ while intoxicated on flight, agency says

A deputy U.S. marshal was detained in the United Kingdom on suspicion of acting inappropriately while intoxicated on a flight from New York, the agency said Wednesday.

Indonesia ends search for victims of eruption at Mount Marapi volcano that killed 23 climbers

Indonesian authorities have ended the search for any more victims among climbers who were caught by a weekend eruption of the Mount Marapi volcano that killed 23 people and injured several others.

Mexico’s Supreme Court lifts 2022 ban on bullfighting

Mexico’s Supreme Court has overturned a 2022 ban on bullfighting in Mexico City, opening the way for events to resume, possibly as soon as this month.

A former Ukrainian lawmaker who fled to Russia found shot dead outside of Moscow

A renegade Ukrainian lawmaker who fled to Russia shortly after Moscow’s invasion has been found dead near Moscow.

Australian Parliament rushes through laws that could see detention of freed dangerous migrants

The Australian government has rushed legislation through Parliament that could place behind bars some of the migrants freed after the High Court ruled their indefinite detention was unconstitutional.

Senior UN official denounces ‘blatant disregard’ in Israel-Hamas war after many UN sites are hit

The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees says there’s no safe haven in Gaza for civilians — not even U.N. shelters and “safe zones” designated by Israel.

Venezuela’s AG orders arrest of opposition members, accuses them of plotting against referendum

Venezuela’s top prosecutor has ordered the arrest of a dozen opposition members. Attorney General Tarek William Saab on Wednesday accused them of conspiring against a referendum the government held Sunday to claim sovereignty over a large swath of neighboring Guyana.

48 Haitian migrants have been detained on an uninhabited island west of Puerto Rico

U.S. federal authorities say they have detained 48 Haitian migrants who were abandoned by smugglers on an uninhabited island between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

US finds both sides in Sudan conflict have committed atrocities in Darfur

The Biden administration says it has determined that both sides in the ongoing conflict in Sudan have committed atrocities in the western region of Darfur.

Chaos at a government jobs fair in economically troubled Zimbabwe underscores desperation for work

HARARE, Zimbabwe (鶹ýapp) — A stampede at a government-organized job fair involving hundreds of young people in Zimbabwe desperate for work left some limping and others screaming in pain after being stomped on or beaten by security guards Wednesday.

A French investigating judge hands terror-linked charges to a man accused of killing tourist

Prosecutors say a man accused of fatally stabbing a tourist and injuring two other people over the weekend near the Eiffel Tower has been placed under investigation on charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with a terrorist organization.

3 killed at massive fire in Pakistan’s largest southern city of Karachi, officials say

Officials say a massive fire has swept through a multi-story commercial building in Pakistan’s largest southern port city of Karachi, killing at least three people and damaging several shops.