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North Korea fires more artillery shells into sea in response to South Korea drills

The firing comes a day after Pyongyang said it fired more than 130 shells into the sea off its east and west coasts, some of which landed in a buffer zone near the sea border between the two Koreas.
FILE - A TV screen shows a file image of North Korea's military exercise during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022. South Korea’s military says North Korea has fired around 130 suspected artillery rounds Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, in waters near the rivals’ western and eastern sea borders in another display of belligerence. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)
FILE - A TV screen shows a file image of North Korea's military exercise during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022. South Korea’s military says North Korea has fired around 130 suspected artillery rounds Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, in waters near the rivals’ western and eastern sea borders in another display of belligerence. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)
8h ago

Dozens are killed in Colombia after mudslide buries bus

The mudslide late Sunday divided a highway in two in the town of Pueblo Rico in central Colombia as rescuers Monday were trying to help those trapped in the wreckage.
Rescue teams organize the search at the scene of landslide in Colombia
Rescue teams organize the search at the scene of landslide in Colombia

Oxford Dictionaries names 'goblin mode' its word of the year

It defines the term as “a type of behavior which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations.”
A cos-player dressed as the Green Goblin at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif.
A cos-player dressed as the Green Goblin at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif.

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17h ago

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Hackers linked to Chinese government stole millions in Covid benefits, Secret Service says

The theft of state unemployment funds is the first pandemic fraud tied to foreign, state-sponsored cybercriminals that the U.S. government has acknowledged publicly.
Hand typing on keyboard.
Hand typing on keyboard.
18h ago

2,500 dead seals found on Russia’s Caspian coast

Authorities in the Russian province of Dagestan said it was unclear why the mass die-off happened but that it was likely due to natural causes.
About 700 endangered seals were found dead on the coast of the Caspian Sea in Dagestan. According to the local authorities, the reason for the death has not been established yet, and the number of dead animals may increase. Specialists of the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency and the Environmental Prosecutor's Office are inspecting the coastline and collecting data for laboratory research.
About 700 endangered seals were found dead on the coast of the Caspian Sea in Dagestan. According to the local authorities, the reason for the death has not been established yet, and the number of dead animals may increase. Specialists of the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency and the Environmental Prosecutor's Office are inspecting the coastline and collecting data for laboratory research.
19h ago

North Korea fires over 130 artillery rounds as warning after South Korea-U.S. drills

Some of the shells landed in a buffer zone near the sea border between the two Koreas in what Seoul said was a violation of a 2018 agreement.
A TV screen shows a file image of North Korea's missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. North Korea early Friday launched a short-range ballistic missile toward its eastern waters and flew warplanes near the border with South Korea, further raising animosities triggered by the North's recent barrage of weapons tests. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
A TV screen shows a file image of North Korea's missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. North Korea early Friday launched a short-range ballistic missile toward its eastern waters and flew warplanes near the border with South Korea, further raising animosities triggered by the North's recent barrage of weapons tests. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Belgium begins trial over 2016 Brussels bombings

The country’s largest-ever trial will determine whether 10 men played a part in the Islamist suicide bombings, which killed 32 people and injured over 300.
Both the November 13, 2015 Paris attacks and the March 22, 2016 suicide bombings in Brussels were claimed by the Islamic State group, and investigators believe they were carried out by the same Belgium-based cell.
Both the November 13, 2015 Paris attacks and the March 22, 2016 suicide bombings in Brussels were claimed by the Islamic State group, and investigators believe they were carried out by the same Belgium-based cell.
19h ago

Indonesia set to pass new criminal code that will ban sex outside marriage

Critics say the revisions could wind back hard-won democratic freedoms and police morality in the Southeast Asian nation.
A groom puts a ring on his wife's finger during their wedding ceremony at a mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia on June 3, 2020.
A groom puts a ring on his wife's finger during their wedding ceremony at a mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia on June 3, 2020.

China eases controls but gives no sign when ‘zero Covid’ will end

Health experts and economists warn it will be mid-2023 and possibly 2024 before vaccination rates are high enough and hospitals are prepared to handle a possible rash of infections.
China Daily Life Amid Global Pandemic
China Daily Life Amid Global Pandemic
20h ago

Protests in Malta as parliament debates abortion amendment

Malta is the only member of the European Union which bans abortion in all circumstances, even when a woman’s life or health is endangered.
Prudente will be airlifted to a Spanish island on Thursday for a procedure to prevent infection because Maltese law prohibits abortion under any circumstances, the woman's partner said.
Prudente will be airlifted to a Spanish island on Thursday for a procedure to prevent infection because Maltese law prohibits abortion under any circumstances, the woman's partner said.
23h ago

A year after deadly eruption, Indonesia’s Mount Semeru volcano blows up again

Rescuers have resumed evacuation efforts and a search for possible victims of the eruption, which destroyed a bridge that had just been rebuilt after a deadly explosion last year.
Villagers stand on an area covered in volcanic ash as Mount Semeru looms in the background in Kajar Kuning village in Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Indonesia's highest volcano on its most densely populated island released searing gas clouds and rivers of lava Sunday in its latest eruption. (AP Photo/Imanuel Yoga)
Villagers stand on an area covered in volcanic ash as Mount Semeru looms in the background in Kajar Kuning village in Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Indonesia's highest volcano on its most densely populated island released searing gas clouds and rivers of lava Sunday in its latest eruption. (AP Photo/Imanuel Yoga)