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Violent Unrest Continues in Iran; State TV Suggests 26 Dead

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — Protesters across Iran continued to clash violently with security forces early Friday following the death of a young woman in police custody, as Iranian state TV suggested the death toll from the unrest could be as...

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Pastor-led Group Seeks Missing Migrants in Border Desert

IRONWOOD FOREST NATIONAL MONUMENT, ARIZONA — After strapping on knee-high snake guards and bowing his head to invoke God's protection, Oscar Andrade marched off into a remote desert at dawn on a recent Sunday to look for a Honduran migrant missing...

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UN Refugee Agency Rushes Aid to Pakistan Amid Raging Floods

ISLAMABAD — The U.N. refugee agency rushed in more desperately needed aid Monday to flood-stricken Pakistan as the nation's prime minister traveled to the south where rising waters of Lake Manchar pose a new threat. Two UNHCR planes touched down in...

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UN: Thousands of Children Suffer Grave Abuses in War Zones

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations said Monday that thousands of children in war zones suffered grave abuses including rape, maiming and death last year, and that concerns are growing for children in new regions of conflict, including Ukraine....

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UN: Inflation Driven By Ukraine War Draws 71 Million into Poverty

A U.N. study released Thursday shows the first three months of the war in Ukraine has driven up the global cost of fuel and food, creating record inflation that has helped drive 71 million people into poverty. Speaking during a virtual news...

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Supreme Court Ends Constitutional Right to Abortion in America

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overruled a constitutional right to abortion in America, leaving it to states to decide whether to permit the procedure that has been legal nationwide for five decades. “The Constitution makes no...

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Nigeria Suspects Islamic State of Killing 40 in Catholic Church

ABUJA, NIGERIA — Nigerian authorities suspect the insurgent group Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) carried out a massacre in a Catholic church on Sunday in which 40 people were killed, Interior Minister Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola said on...

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Taliban Say No Christians Live in Afghanistan; US Groups Concerned

Husain Andaryas was a religious fighter in the war against the invading Soviet army in Afghanistan in the early 1980s, but almost a year after the Soviets left, he converted to Christianity. For the next nine years, Andaryas wandered in several...

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Christian Orthodox Spiritual Leader Says Indescribable Tragedy in Ukraine

ISTANBUL — Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual head of Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide, called overnight for the opening of humanitarian corridors in Ukraine where he said, "an indescribable human tragedy is unfolding."...

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Disaster Looms for Millions in Horn of Africa as Rains Fail

GENEVA — The World Food Program warns an estimated 20 million people in drought-affected parts of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia could face catastrophic levels of hunger if the region is hit with a fourth consecutive year of drought. The rains have...

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