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Nuclear submarine deal will reshape Indo-Pacific relations

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The U.S., Britain and Australia have announced they’re forming a new security alliance that will help equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines. The alliance will see a reshaping of relations in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. Here’s what it might mean for various players:. THE UNITED...

France kills ISIS leader behind deaths of U.S. soldiers, hails big victory

PARIS — France killed the leader of the Islamic State group in the Greater Sahara, French officials said Thursday, calling him “enemy No. 1” in protracted anti-terrorism efforts in the region. French President Emmanuel Macron announced the death of Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi overnight. According to Macron's office, al-Sahrawi personally...

Probe started after Elijah McClain's death finds pattern of racially biased policing, Colorado attorney general says

A civil rights investigation following the death of Elijah McClain found the Aurora Police Department displayed patterns of racially biased policing and excessive use of force, Colorado's attorney general said Wednesday. "These actions are unacceptable," Attorney General Phil Weiser said. "They hurt the people that law enforcement is entrusted to...

Latest: Some French health care workers suspended, no shot

PARIS — About 3,000 French health care workers were suspended for not meeting this week’s deadline to get mandatory coronavirus vaccinations, the health minister said Thursday. Most of those suspended work in support positions and were not medical staff, Health Minister Olivier Veran told RTL radio. The number suspended was...

Putin says 'several dozen' in his inner circle test positive for coronavirus

(CNN) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday morning that "not just one or two but several dozen people" from his inner circle had contracted coronavirus. Putin told a summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, via video link that he was unable to attend in person as he's in quarantine.

Southern Hemisphere's ozone hole now bigger than Antarctica

European Union (scientists said that the Southern Hemisphere’s ozone hole is larger than normal and is already bigger than the continent of Antarctica, according to a report by ABC News. The hole appears annually during spring in the Southern Hemisphere and allows more damaging radiation from the sun to reach...

For 200 years, Boston elected white men as mayor. Now, a woman of color will lead.

BOSTON — For the first time in 200 years, Boston voters have narrowed the field of mayoral candidates to two women of color who will face off against each other in November. City Councilors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George topped the five-person race in Tuesday’s preliminary runoff. They bested acting Mayor Kim Janey, City Councilor Andrea Campbell and John Barros, the city’s former economic development chief. All five were candidates of color — a major shift away from two centuries of Boston politics dominated by white men.

Trump's election fraud claims pose risks for GOP in midterms

Former President Trump 's insistence on spreading unfounded claims of election fraud is threatening to hurt the Republican Party in the upcoming 2021 and 2022 elections. The growing concerns among some Republicans come after Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) handily beat back an effort to recall him in California, where registered Democrats made up a disproportionately high number of mail-in votes.

Pope Francis on communion for 'controversial' Catholic politicians: Eucharist isn't 'prize for the perfect'

Pope Francis has cautioned bishops about wading into politics as U.S. bishops question whether or not to deny communion to pro-choice politicians such as President Biden. The pope spoke with reporters on a flight from Slovakia to Rome, during which reporters had asked about the debate that has returned to public focus following the passage of a new abortion law in Texas, which Biden has strongly opposed.

More than 200,000 stopped at border for second straight month

In August, for the second month in a row, more than 200,000 immigrants were stopped along the United States' southern border, according to data released by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Wednesday. There were a total of 208,887 migrants who were detained in August, the agency said. In July,...