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What you should know from the opening of China's legislature

China’s Premier Li Qiang promoted an image of confidence as he announced modest economic growth goals for the country at one of its most important political gatherings
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Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrive for the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, China, Tuesday, March 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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Thousands of Korean doctors face license suspensions as Seoul moves to prosecute strike leaders

Thousands of striking junior doctors in South Korea are facing proceedings to suspend their medical licenses Tuesday
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Doctors stage a rally against the government's medical policy in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, March 3, 2024. South Korean officials said Tuesday they are seeking to get the leaders of thousands of striking junior doctors to face police investigations as part of legal repercussions for their walkouts that have disrupted hospital operations. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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Panamanian electoral court bars former president Martinelli's candidacy in May elections

Panama’s Electoral Tribunal has disqualified former president Ricardo Martinelli’s candidacy in the country’s May 5 presidential election because of a 10-year prison sentence for money laundering he received last year
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FILE - Panama's former President Ricardo Martinelli speaks to supporters during a campaign rally, in Panama City, Feb. 3, 2024. Panamanian authorities on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, ordered the arrest of Martinelli, who has been holed up in the Nicaraguan Embassy since receiving political asylum from that country earlier this month. (AP Photo/Agustin Herrera, File)
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El Salvador's former leftist strongholds contemplate party's demise

San José Las Flores, a town nestled in the mountains of northern El Salvador, near the Honduras border, has been a bastion of leftist resistance for decades
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José Carlos Navarrete, a veteran fighter of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) stands with his dog at home in San Jose Las Flores, El Salvador, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024. El Salvador held its mayoral elections on March 3. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)
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A Vietnamese property tycoon accused of embezzling $12.5 billion begins her trial

Real estate tycoon Truong My Lan faces the death penalty for allegedly embezzling $12.5 billion
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People stand before Vietnamese real estate tycoon Truong My Lan enters a courtroom in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Tuesday, March 5, 2024. Lan faces the death penalty in a trial that began Tuesday over alleged fraud amounting to $12.5 billion, nearly 3% of the country’s 2022 GDP. (Phan Thanh Vu/VNA via AP)
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AP Month in Pictures: Middle East

February 2024 Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip entered its fifth month as the toll on Gaza’s civilians mounted. Israel and the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group continued exchanging of fire over the border. The United States mounted retaliatory strikes against the Iran-backed rebel Houthis in Yemen and militias in Iraq. Pakistan held heavily contested general elections. This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made by The Associated Press' photographers in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Pakistan in February 2024. It was curated by Oded Balilty, the AP's chief photographer for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, and Dusan Vranic, deputy news director for photography for the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Follow AP visual journalism: AP Images blog: http://apimagesblog.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews AP Images on X: http://twitter.com/AP_Images
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Palestinians rescue survivors after an Israeli strike on Shaheen family house in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)
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Philippine and Chinese boats collide in their latest confrontation over a South China Sea shoal

Chinese and Philippine coast guard vessels have collided in the South China Sea in the two nations' latest confrontation over a disputed shoal
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FILE - A Chinese coast guard vessel maneuvers beside the Philippine coast guard ship BRP Cabra as they approach the Second Thomas Shoal, locally known as Ayungin Shoal, during a resupply mission on the disputed South China Sea on Nov. 10, 2023. Chinese coast guard ships blocked Philippine vessels from a disputed South China Sea shoal Tuesday, March 5, 2024, causing a minor collision, Philippine officials said. (AP Photo/Jim Gomez, File)
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Filipino official says Chinese coast guard blocked Philippine vessels off a disputed shoal and caused a minor collision

Filipino official says Chinese coast guard blocked Philippine vessels off a disputed shoal and caused a minor collision
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Taylor Swift deal overshadows diplomacy at Asia summit as Singapore defends exclusive Eras Tour stop

Taylor Swift is stealing the show at an Asian summit after Singapore’s leader defended his tiny country’s lucrative concert deal that could cause bad blood with neighboring nations
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FILE - In this July 10, 2019 file photograph, singer Taylor Swift performs at Amazon Music's Prime Day concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Powered by big stadium tours from artists like Swift and Beyoncé, ticket sales are booming and it appears likely that live acts will continue to draw massive crowds after the pandemic closed down concert venues globally for close to two years. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
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UN report finds 'clear' evidence Israeli hostages experienced sexual violence in Gaza

The report comes after a visit to Israel and the West Bank.
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Israel tanks roll along the border with the Gaza Strip, Feb. 23, 2024, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
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Terrorist group Kataib Hezbollah and the push for a hostage release

ABC News' Jay O'Brien reports on the Iran-backed terrorist group Kataib Hezbollah and the women held for nearly a year by the group.
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VIDEO: Terrorist group Kataib Hezbollah and the push for a hostage release
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China raises defense budget 7.2% as it pushes for global heft and regional tensions continue

China is increasing its defense budget 7.2% this year in a similar increase to last year's
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Chinese Premier Li Qiang deliver his opening speech during the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Tuesday, March 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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China will boost its defense budget 7.2% as it pushes for global heft while having tensions with U.S. and neighbors

China will boost its defense budget 7.2% as it pushes for global heft while having tensions with U.S. and neighbors
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China sets an economic growth target of around 5% but acknowledges it will not be easy to achieve

China’s economic growth target for this year is around 5%, in line with last year’s performance despite forecasts for a slowdown
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Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, talks with Chinese Premier Li Qiang during the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Tuesday, March 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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Chinese premier says country will seek to provide stable, transparent and predictable policies

Chinese premier says country will seek to provide stable, transparent and predictable policies
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Chinese premier says the economic growth target for 2024 is about 5%, on par with last year’s rate

Chinese premier says the economic growth target for 2024 is about 5%, on par with last year’s rate
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US professor taught Ukrainian students about the art of peace

"Five minutes into class, the air raid sirens started," the professor said.
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In a bomb shelter under Kyiv, as the war continued above them, 18 undergraduates learned the art of peace.
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North Korea threatens to take military moves in response to US-South Korean drills

North Korea has called the ongoing South Korean-U.S. military drills a plot to invade the country, as it threatens to take unspecified “responsible” military steps in response
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U.S. Army Apache helicopters take off at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Monday, March 4, 2024. North Korea called the ongoing South Korean-U.S. military drills a plot to invade the country, as it threatened Tuesday to take unspecified "responsible" military steps in response. (Kwon June-woo/Yonhap via AP)
March 04

Transit of migrants through the Darien Gap resumes as Colombian boat companies end work stoppage

Migrants bound for the U.S. are once again crossing the Darien Gap in large numbers after being stranded for much of last week in a small Colombian town due to a work stoppage by local boat captains
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FILE - Migrants gather in Necocli, Colombia, a stopping point for migrants taking boats to Acandi which leads to the Darien Gap, Oct. 13, 2022. The flow of thousands of migrants daily through the migratory highway, the Darien Gap, has been cut off following the Feb. 26, 2024 capture in Necoclí of some boat captains who had been ferrying the migrants to the starting point of their jungle trek. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)
March 04

Number of children dying in Gaza 'will skyrocket' without cease-fire: UNICEF

The situation is "deteriorating every hour" the UNICEF spokesman said.
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Palestinians gather at the site of an Israeli strike, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip Mar. 4, 2024.
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Greek authorities rescue 100 migrants found in vessel off southern mainland

Greek authorities say they have rescued 100 migrants found on a smuggling vessel in distress off the country’s southern mainland
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Israel escalates its criticism of a UN agency in Gaza. It says 450 of its workers are militants

Israel has ramped up its criticism of the embattled U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees
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Smoke rises following an explosion in the Gaza Strip as seen from southern Israel, Monday, March 4, 2024. The army is battling Palestinian militants across Gaza in the war ignited by Hamas' Oct. 7 attack into Israel. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)
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Puerto Rico's power company holds a massive debt. A key hearing to restructure it has started

A key hearing over the future of Puerto Rico’s crumbling power company and its staggering $9 billion debt has begun following years of acrimonious talks between the U.S. territory’s government and creditors seeking to recover their investments
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FILE - A worker from the Puerto Rico Power Authority works to restore power in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, July 12, 2018. A key hearing over the future of Puerto Rico’s crumbling power company and its $9 billion debt began on March 4, 2024, in federal court following years of talks between the U.S. territory's government and creditors seeking to recover their investments. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo, File)
March 04

Thousands of Belarusians convicted on politically driven charges in sweeping crackdown on dissent

Thousands of Belarusians have been convicted on politically driven charges over the last three years as part of a relentless crackdown on dissent
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FILE - Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko speaks during a meeting of the Union State Supreme Council with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. A bill in Belarus that would outlaw the promotion of homosexuality and other behavior is set to land on lawmakers' desks amid an unwavering crackdown on dissent initiated by authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko in 2020. (Pavel Bednyakov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
March 04

Mexican president acknowledges that 7 National Guard recruits drowned in an army training accident

Mexico’s president has acknowledged for the first time that seven National Guard recruits drowned in an army training accident in February
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Nine people are dead following a van crash in a largely Indigenous area on Mexico's Caribbean coast

Nine people are dead following a van crash on a highway in a largely Indigenous area on Mexico’s Caribbean coast
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There's chaos in Haiti. Powerful gangs are attacking key targets like prisons as alliances shift

Gangs in Haiti are increasingly powerful, and they've been attacking prisons and the main international airport
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Workers put down a fire set at an office of Haiti's power company during a protest to demand the resignation of the Prime Minister Ariel Henry in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, March 1, 2024. (AP Photo/Odelyn Joseph)
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Father buries 6-year-old child at sea after a migrant boat went adrift for days, Cyprus police say

Cyprus police say a Syrian man admitted to burying one of his four children at sea after the 6-year-old died aboard a boat loaded with migrants that had gone adrift for many days without food or water
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As France guarantees the right to abortion, other European countries look to expand access

France has become the only country to explicitly guarantee the right to abortion in its constitution and other Europeans wonder whether a rollback of rights like the 2022 U.S. Supreme Court decision could happen in their countries
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FILE - People stage a protest on 'International Safe Abortion Day' to ask for more guarantees on the enforcement of the abortion law that they claim is seriously endangered by the high rate of doctors' conscientious objection in the country, in Milan, on Sept. 28, 2022. Italy resisted Vatican pressure and guaranteed access to abortion starting in 1978, allowing women to terminate pregnancies upon request in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, or later if her health or life is endangered. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
March 04

Kamala Harris calls on Israel to increase flow of aid into Gaza

Vice President Kamala Harris called for an “immediate cease-fire” in Gaza as the U.S. began food airdrops over the weekend for those affected by the war.
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VIDEO: Kamala Harris calls on Israel to increase flow of aid into Gaza
March 04

A look at Taurus missiles, the weapon at the heart of a leaked audio and Russian-German tensions

On the day that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was laid to rest in Moscow, Russian state media leaked an audio recording of German military officers discussing the hypothetical use of Taurus long-range missiles in Ukraine
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German Minister of Defense Boris Pistorius speaks in the Bundestag, Berlin, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024. German lawmakers on Thursday approved a motion calling on the government to deliver “further necessary long-range weapons systems and ammunition” to Ukraine, but voted down an opposition call explicitly to send Taurus long-range cruise missiles. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)
March 04

U.N. envoy says there are "reasonable grounds" to believe Hamas raped women during Oct. 7 attacks on Israel

U.N. envoy says there are "reasonable grounds" to believe Hamas raped women during Oct. 7 attacks on Israel
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Teen suspect in stabbing of Jewish man in Zurich expressed solidarity with Islamic State group

Swiss police say the 15-year-old suspect in the stabbing of an Orthodox Jewish man in Zurich over the weekend had appeared in a video expressing solidarity with the banned Islamic State group and called himself as a “soldier” in its self-described cali...
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People take part in vigil at the Helvetia square in Zurich, Switzerland, Sunday, March 3, 2024. On Saturday evening, a young man had stabbed an orthodox Jew. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)
March 04

Malaysia may reopen MH370 search pending new evidence

Malaysia said it would reopen the search if there's "credible evidence."
March 04
A woman writes a message during an event held by relatives of the passengers and supporters to mark the 10th year since the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 carrying 239 people disappeared from radar screens on March 8, 2014, while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, in Subang Jaya on March 3, 2024.
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Aviation officials raises new hope for missing Malaysia airlines flight

The Boeing 777 disappeared shortly after takeoff in 2014 with more than 200 people on board. The Malaysian government is promising to re-start the search as an American company claims it can help.
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VIDEO: SEARCH FOR MH730-RULLI
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Vice President Harris calls for 'immediate ceasefire' in Gaza

U.S. planes started airdropping food and aid in Gaza over the weekend.
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VIDEO: AMERICAN AID DROPS-WANG
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3 men suspected in the disappearance of a US sailing couple ordered deported from St. Vincent

A judge in the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent has ordered the deportation of three men from Grenada suspected in the disappearance of a U.S. couple whose catamaran was hijacked
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Escaped prisoner Ron Mitchell sits next to a police officer inside a police pickup as he waits to be taken back to prison, along with two other escapees, sitting in the truck bed, in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Monday, March 4, 2024. The three men from Grenada had escaped from a police holding cell in Grenada on Feb. 18 and are suspected of hijacking a catamaran while Ralph Hendry and Kathy Brandel, who disappeared, were aboard. (AP Photo/Kenton Chance)
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In a historic vote, French lawmakers approve a bill that makes abortion a constitutional right in France

In a historic vote, French lawmakers approve a bill that makes abortion a constitutional right in France
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Church of England aims to raise over $1 billion to address its past links to slavery

An advisory panel says the Church of England should create a fund of 1 billion pounds, or $1.27 billion, to address its historic links to slavery
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FILE - Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby delivers his speech as Pope Francis presides over the first vespers on the day the Catholic church celebrates the conversion of St. Paul, in the St.Paul's Basilica, in Rome, on Jan. 25, 2024. An advisory panel says the Church of England should create a fund of 1 billion pounds ($1.27 billion) to address its historic links to slavery. That's 10 times the amount the church has already set aside. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
March 04

Netanyahu leaned on his top rival to help unify Israel. Now, Benny Gantz is more popular

Benny Gantz, who is in Washington this week for meetings with U.S. leaders, is a crucial member of Israel’s War Cabinet
March 04
FILE - Benny Gantz speaks at the announcement of former IDF chief Gadi Eisenkot's election bid in Ramat Gan, Israel, on Aug. 14, 2022. Gantz, Eisenkot and Gideon Sa'ar have teamed up for the November elections, called the National Unity Party. Benny Gantz, who is in Washington this week for meetings with U.S. leaders, is a crucial member of Israel’s War Cabinet. He is also the top political rival to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Gantz is a centrist politician who joined Netanyahu’s ultranationalist and religious government soon after Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on southern Israel. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File)
March 04

Search for missing girl in South Africa ramps up as news of bloodied items found heightens emotions

The South African navy has been brought in to help with a search for a 6-year-old girl who has been missing for two weeks in a case that has captured national attention
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This photo supplied by the South African Police Services shows a photo of Joshlin Smith who went missing on Feb. 19 in the Saldanha Bay area on South Africa's west coast, sparking a search by police. The South African navy was brought in Monday to help with the f6-year-old who has been missing for three weeks in a case that has captured national attention. (South African Police Services via AP)
March 04

International Criminal Court to hold first ever in absentia hearing over Ugandan rebel leader Kony

International Criminal Court prosecutors will present evidence against notorious fugitive Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony at the global court’s first ever in absentia hearing later this year
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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2006 file photo, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army Joseph Kony answers journalists' questions following a meeting with UN humanitarian chief Jan Egeland at Ri-Kwangba in Southern Sudan. International Criminal Court prosecutors will present evidence against notorious fugitive Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony at the global court’s first ever in absentia hearing later this year. (AP Photo/Stuart Price, File)
March 04

Police in Belgium arrest 4 suspected of planning attack against Brussels concert hall

The federal prosecutor’s office in Belgium says police have arrested four people suspected of plotting an attack against a concert hall in Brussels
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Apple fined $2 billion by EU

The tech giant will pay $1.95 billion for preventing companies from promoting alternative products outside its app store, the European Union antitrust regulator said.
March 04
The tech giant will pay $1.95 billion for preventing companies from promoting alternative products outside its app store, the European Union antitrust regulator said.
March 04

Haiti declares state of emergency, imposes nighttime curfew amid surging violence

Gangs attacked the country's two largest prisons and freed scores of inmates.
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This screen grab taken from AFPTV shows tires on fire near the National Penitentiary in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on March 3, 2024, after armed gangs attacked the country's largest prison and freed scores of inmates.
March 04

Carlos Acosta brings the streets of Havana to 'The Nutcracker' with new take on holiday ballet

Carlos Acosta, the Cuban-born ballet star, has danced “The Nutcracker” countless times in his glittering career
March 04
International ballet superstar Carlos Acosta speaks at a presentation for media about his brand-new production 'Nutcracker in Havana' at the Carlos Acosta Dance Studios in London, Monday, March 4, 2024. Nutcracker in Havana will have its world premiere on Nov. 1, 2024 at Norwich Theatre Royal, before embarking on a UK tour including a week at London's Southbank Centre in Dec. 2024, with further venues to be announced. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
March 04

In ethnically split Cyprus, buffer zone tensions persist after decades, a UN official says

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping force in ethnically divided Cyprus says more than five decades on, tensions persist along a 180-kilometer (120 mile) buffer zone that separates breakaway Turkish Cypriots from Greek Cypriots in island’s inter...
March 04
Two veterans who served with the United Nations peacekeeping force in ethnically-divided Cyprus (UNFICYP) walk during a parade marking the 60th anniversary of the force's inception, inside a U.N. controlled buffer zone that separates breakaway Turkish Cypriots in the north and Greek Cypriots in the internationally recognized south, on Monday, March 4, 2024. More than 150,000 peacekeepers from 43 countries have served with UNFICYP since 1964 with 187 soldiers and staff losing their lives while serving with the mission. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
March 04

Strikes along Israel-Lebanon border kill 4 people as US envoy visits Beirut to press a cease-fire

State media in Lebanon says an Israeli airstrike in southern Lebanon has killed three paramedics from the militant group Hezbollah
March 04
Senior Advisor to U.S. President Biden, Amos Hochstein, left, meets with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, March 4, 2024. Hochstein, a senior adviser to U.S. President Joe Biden, discussed with Lebanese officials Monday a diplomatic solution for the Lebanon-Israel border saying that if a truce is reached in the Gaza Strip it will not automatically mean that there will be calm along Lebanon's southern border. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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The UN atomic watchdog's director says he's heading to Moscow for talks on nuclear safety in Ukraine

The U.N. atomic watchdog agency’s director said that he’s due to depart for a trip to Moscow on Tuesday for high-level talks with Russian officials to discuss the issue of nuclear safety in Ukraine
March 04
FILE - IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi attends a joint press conference with head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Mohammad Eslami in Tehran, Saturday, March 4, 2023. Iran has further increased its total stockpile of uranium, according to a report by the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog seen by The Associated Press on Monday, and continues to bar several of the most experienced inspectors from monitoring its nuclear program. The IAEA report estimated that as of Feb. 10, Iran’s total enriched uranium stockpile was at 5,525.5 kilograms, an increase of 1038.7 kilograms since the last quarterly report in November 2023. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
March 04

Thousands of flights and trains will be canceled again this week in Germany with new strikes

Thousands of flights and trains are expected to be canceled again this week in Germany after two unions called for more strikes over wages and working conditions
March 04
FILE - A Lufthansa aircraft is parked at the airport in Munich, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024. Two German unions on Monday again called on their members — German airline Lufthansa's ground staff and German rail operator's Deutsche Bahn train drivers — to go on strike this week following ongoing negotiations over wages and working conditions. Thousands of flights and trains are expected to be canceled Thursday and Friday — the two days that German train drivers’ union GDL and Ver.di called for the strikes. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)
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