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Beijing registered its “strong discontent and protest” after the U.S. shot down a Chinese spy balloon on Saturday. But there may be little it can do to retaliate.

A fierce fight was raging Sunday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, where a Russian paramilitary leader said Ukrainian forces were defending “every street, every house, every stairwell” to deny Moscow its first major battlefield success in months.

A plan to build 50,000 homes in a protected green space surrounding Toronto has led to strident opposition and debate over where to house a projected influx of immigrants in the coming years.

Significant casualties are likely from a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Turkey, the United States Geological Survey said.

A state in Austria has a law that favors light-colored local bees — and the bees judged “too dark” risk eradication. The law’s opponents see it as “racial fanaticism.”

After Covid ripped uncontrolled through China, the government announced that 80,000 people had died. But that is likely a vast undercount. We scoured obituaries of China's top academics for clues about the true toll of the outbreak.

"These kids are fending for themselves." Britain has spent years cutting services for young people. In the neighborhoods hit hardest by austerity, residents say a rise in youth violence is no coincidence.

Pervez Musharraf, the onetime military ruler of a nuclear-armed Pakistan who promised critical support for Washington’s campaign against Al Qaeda after the 9/11 attacks, but faced growing resistance at home, died on Sunday at 79.

The girl, 16, had been Jet Skiing with friends on the Swan River in Western Australia, and she may have jumped into the water to swim with a pod of dolphins when she was attacked by a shark, the authorities said.

After a surge in violence, there are fears of a wider escalation in the occupied West Bank. Israeli settlers see an opportunity, and Palestinians fear what’s next.


Thai officials imposed an emergency decree in Bangkok, banning gatherings of five or more people. At least three protest leaders were arrested.

Thousands of students are taking part in a youth revolt in Thailand against the powerful military’s influence in schools. “They want us to be like robots,” said one of the students.

Jair Bolsonaro has consistently claimed Brazil's electronic voting system is rife with fraud. Millions of his supporters have lost faith in their nation’s elections. Many claim they are prepared to take to the streets at his command.

Breaking News: Former Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan was wounded at a rally after at least one unidentified man opened fire on his convoy, in what aides have called a targeted attack.

Angry young voters gathered in Manila on Tuesday to protest Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the former dictator, who clinched a landslide victory this week in one of the most divisive presidential elections in modern Philippine history.

King Juan Carlos came to Spain's throne with almost no money in 1975. Now the family's wealth is up to $2.3 billion

Nigerian security forces opened fire at demonstrators against police brutality, escalating the crisis that has gripped the country