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U.S. and EU positions on China are converging, top official says

The EU and U.S. positions on China have converged, due in part to Beijing’s growing assertiveness and burgeoning partnership with Russia, according to Stefano Sannino,…

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Russian airstrikes cause electricity outages, but Ukraine says it shot down missiles

Russian airstrikes caused electricity outages in some Ukrainian cities. However, Ukraine says it shot down many missiles, and the damage was substantially less than in…

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China is partly adjusting its zero COVID policy

China is partly adjusting its zero COVID policy by ramping up vaccinations for senior citizens. But vaccine hesitancy may be a problem for the authorities….

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The latest on Iran’s protests, morality police and a silent majority

NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly talks with New York University Associate Professor Azadeh Moaveni about the state of Iran’s protests and the alleged removal of the…

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Judge drops corruption charges against former New York Lt. Gov. Benjamin

A federal judge dropped bribery and corruption charges against former New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin Monday, ruling the “indictment fails to allege an explicit…

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Explosions reported at 2 air bases deep inside Russia

Explosions rocked two Russian air bases hundreds of miles from the Ukrainian border on Monday morning, Russian media reported. Driving the news: Russia’s Defense Ministry…

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What’s the secret sauce that lets some poor countries prosper?

In his new book, Gambling on Development, economist Stefan Dercon argues that the key to a low-resource country’s success is not what you might think….

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Week in Ukraine war: new Russian strikes, oil price cap, no Biden-Putin talks (Dec. 5)

Catch up on key developments and the latest in-depth coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (Image credit: Pete Kiehart for NPR) Source: https://www.npr.org/2022/12/05/1139880140/russia-ukraine-war-oil-cap-russian-strikes-putin-biden-dec-5 Droolin’ Dog…

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How ‘goblin mode’ became Oxford’s word of the year

The slang term means “behavior which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms.” It was the landslide…

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Russia launches fresh round of missile strikes at Ukraine’s energy system

Russia unleashed a new wave of airstrikes at Ukraine on Monday, the latest in a series of such attacks aimed at destroying the power grid….

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments in Colorado same-sex discrimination case

The case of an evangelical Christian designer from Colorado who refuses to build websites for same-sex couples lands in the U.S. Supreme Court Monday for…

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CEO optimism fading as economy teeters

Data: Business Roundtable; Chart: Axios Visuals The chief executives of America’s biggest companies have downgraded their view of the economy — though not to the levels…

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Scoop: Dominican Republic snags first MLB players union office outside U.S.

The Dominican Republic will host the first international office for the Major League Baseball Players Association, Axios has learned. The big picture: The new office,…

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From Tesla to Twitter, 2022 was a year of losing for Elon Musk

Elon Musk’s year-end balance sheet for 2022 is full of red ink. Why it matters: The world’s richest man has been an icon of technological…

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The world’s response to hunger crisis in East Africa is inadequate, say aid workers

A crisis of extreme hunger is threating millions in East Africa. However, international aid has not been able to meet the need. (Image credit: Tony…

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“Saboteurs”: House Republicans opposing McCarthy face severe conservative blowback

Key hard-right influencers are backing Kevin McCarthy for House speaker, despite a rebellion by some right-wing members. Why it matters: In a leadership fight, it’s…

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Ukrainians say they hid orphaned children from Russian deportation

The staff at the children’s regional hospital in Kherson city, Ukraine, say they began fabricating orphans’ medical records to make it appear like they were…

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Congress considering repeal of military’s coronavirus vaccine mandate

Congress may consider legislation later this week that would scrap the Pentagon’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for military service members, Politico reports. Why it matters: A…

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The Georgia Senate runoff is Raphael Warnock’s to lose

Polls and conversations with top strategists in both parties suggest Tuesday’s Georgia Senate runoff will be close — but that Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) holds…

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Trump is losing altitude after GOP’s midterm disappointment

Former Trump’s unfavorable rating has surged to 67% among registered voters, with one-third of Republicans and GOP-leaning voters now viewing him negatively, according to a…

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The top presidential surrogate in the Georgia runoff

Look who hasn’t campaigned in Georgia ahead of Tuesday’s runoff for Senate: President Biden and former President Trump. Driving the news: Sen. Raphael Warnock is…

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Japan’s Disney store sells merchandise of Winnie the Pooh supporting China’s protests

The online store offers shirts, mugs and other products that can be customized with an image of Pooh holding up a blank white sheet of…

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