Secretary of State Antony Blinken greets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before their meeting, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Geneva, Switzerland.

US, Russia to try more diplomacy amid tensions over Ukraine

Top U.S. and Russian diplomats agreed Friday to keep talking in the standoff over Ukraine, even though their meeting produced no movement in the crisis that has seen Moscow mass tens of thousands of troops at the border and the West ramp up supplies of weapons to Kyiv.

Norway killer Breivik tests limits of lenient justice system

January 21
Anders Behring Breivik attends the last day of his appeal case in Borgarting Court of Appeal at Telemark prison in Skien, Norway, Jan. 18, 2017.
Convicted mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik spends his days in a spacious three-room cell, playing video games, exercising, watching TV and taking university-level courses in mathematics and business.

Sending books to Rwanda turned Bloomington woman's grief to hope

January 21
Kim Harms contributed books and dental training to Rwanda.
Kim Harms, a retired dentist, has raised money to send 254,000 books, as well as dental instruction materials, to Rwanda.
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Houthis, aid group: Death toll from prison airstrike at 82

The death toll from a Saudi-led coalition airstrike that hit a prison run by Yemen's Houthi rebels climbed to at least 82 detainees, the rebels and an aid group said Saturday.
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Thich Nhat Hanh, influential Zen Buddhist monk, dies at 95

Thich Nhat Hanh, the revered Zen Buddhist monk who helped spread the practice of mindfulness in the West and socially engaged Buddhism in the East, has died. He was 95.
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US-backed fighters chase IS gunmen near prison in Syria

Kurdish-led fighters advanced slowly Saturday under the cover of U.S.-led coalition air power in Syria's northeast. Intense clashes with Islamic State militants took place around a prison where thousands of extremists were held, officials said.
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First flights leave Chinese city Xi'an as travel curbs ease

The first commercial airline flights in one month took off Saturday from Xi'an in western China as the government eased travel curbs imposed after a coronavirus outbreak ahead of next month's Winter Olympics in Beijing.
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Russia toughens its posture amid Ukraine tensions

With tens of thousands of Russian troops positioned near Ukraine, the Kremlin has kept the U.S. and its allies guessing about its next moves in the worst security crisis to emerge between Moscow and the West since the Cold War.
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Ex-Malaysia PM Mahathir, 96, hospitalized at heart institute

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, 96, was hospitalized for the third time in just over a month, his spokesperson said Saturday, sparking concerns over his health.
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China's success taming virus could make exit strategy harder

The sweeping "zero-tolerance" strategy that China has used to keep COVID-19 case numbers low and its economy functioning may, paradoxically, make it harder for the country to exit the pandemic.
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Australia delivers water, telecommunications aid to Tonga

Three flights from Australia carrying food, water, medical supplies and telecommunications equipment landed in Tonga on Saturday, as the Pacific nation continues to grapple with the aftermath of an underwater volcanic eruption and tsunami.
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British Conservatives set to go for top job if Johnson falls

Revelations that Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his staff partied while Britain was in a coronavirus lockdown have provoked public outrage and led some members of his Conservative Party to consider ousting their leader.
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Fire in residential building kills 6, injures 15 in Mumbai

A major fire in a 19-story residential building killed at least six people and injured 15 others on Saturday in Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital, officials said.
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January 21

'Wuhan, I Am Here': Film follows volunteers in sealed city

The homeless, the sick, the elderly: For people who fell through the cracks of the official system, the then-unprecedented decision to isolate the central Chinese city of Wuhan and its 13 million people was a matter of life or death.
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January 21

Despite key win, Venezuela's opposition split over strategy

Iglenda Monzón lost her restaurant to Venezuela's protracted economic crisis. Her daughters then emigrated to Colombia to find work and left behind two children. She and the boys sometimes go hungry and often do not have running water, electricity or gas.
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January 21

Canada, US and allies talk aid for Haiti at meeting

Haiti's spiraling insecurity and growing concerns about its ability to hold general elections following the killing of President Jovenel Moïse prompted two dozen international senior officials to meet Friday and agree to increase aid.
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January 21
People inspect the wreckage of buildings that were damaged by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. The coalition f

Yemeni rebels say Saudi-led airstrike on prison killed 70

A Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a prison run by Yemen's Houthi rebels on Friday, killing at least 70 detainees and wounding dozens, a rebel minister said. The strike was part of a pounding aerial offensive that knocked the Arab world's poorest country off the internet.
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January 21

Mexican president undergoes cardiac catheterization

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador underwent cardiac catheterization Friday afternoon at a military hospital, the government announced.
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January 21

2 Canadians killed, 1 wounded in Mexico resort shooting

Two Canadians were killed Friday and one more wounded in a shooting at a hotel along Mexico's Caribbean coast, state authorities said.
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January 21

Rio de Janeiro delays Carnival parades as omicron spreads

The world-famous Carnival festivities in Rio de Janeiro will be held in late April rather than the final weekend of February, as the number of coronavirus cases in Brazil spikes and the omicron variant spreads across the country.
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January 21

UN chief: World more unpredictable than during the Cold War

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday the current world is "much more chaotic, much less predictable" than during the Cold War between the former Soviet Union and the United States, and it's dangerous because there are no "instruments" to deal with crises.
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January 21

Latin America, Asia latest to get hit with omicron surge

In Costa Rica, officials are encouraging those infected with the coronavirus to skip voting in upcoming national elections. On the other side of the world, Beijing is locking down residential communities as the country anxiously awaits the start of the Winter Olympics on Feb. 4.
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January 21

Honduras new leader sees 'betrayal' before taking office

Honduran President-elect Xiomara Castro saw her prospects of a successful administration take a hit on Friday even before she has been sworn in: A battle for leadership of the newly elected Congress devolved into shouting and shoving among her own allies.