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3h ago

China sends warplanes near Taiwan as both move to join Pacific trade deal

Taiwan said 24 Chinese military aircraft had menaced the self-ruling island after it followed Beijing in applying for membership in the trade agreement.
Two Chinese J-16 air fighters take off at a training base of PLA's naval aviation force in Ningbo in east China's Zhejiang province on Jan. 14, 2021.
Two Chinese J-16 air fighters take off at a training base of PLA's naval aviation force in Ningbo in east China's Zhejiang province on Jan. 14, 2021.
3h ago

Biden admin sends 'negative sign' by keeping sanctions on Tehran, says new Iranian foreign minister

Iran’s foreign minister says his government will return to nuclear talks “very soon” after it finishes a review of previous negotiations.
Image: Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian during an interview with Andrea Mitchell of NBC News on Sept. 23, 2021.
Image: Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian during an interview with Andrea Mitchell of NBC News on Sept. 23, 2021.

A daily pill to treat Covid could be just months away, scientists say

At least three promising antivirals that could prevent symptoms and limit transmission of Covid-19 are in clinical trials.
Image: molnupiravir
Image: molnupiravir

Mexico Supreme Court decriminalizes abortion

Mexico is the second-most Catholic country in the world and the Supreme Court there has decriminalized abortion. NBC News' Priscilla Thompson explains what this means for people in the country. 
Mexico Supreme Court decriminalizes abortion
Mexico Supreme Court decriminalizes abortion

Covid cases are slowly on the decline. Here's what the next few months could look like.

New cases have been gradually dropping nationwide, although experts caution that new infections are still at a high rate and further decline will be slow.
19h ago

Russian plane enters NATO member Estonia's airspace for 6th time this year

"Such a series of repeated violations is by no means acceptable," Estonia's Foreign Ministry said.
The Russian embassy in Tallinn, Estonia, Feb. 17, 2020.
The Russian embassy in Tallinn, Estonia, Feb. 17, 2020.
22h ago

Where's Wally? Wandering celebrity walrus spotted in Iceland

"We are absolutely over the moon that he's not only still alive and well, but he is well on his way home to the Arctic," said Seal Rescue Ireland.
Image: Walrus identified by Seal Rescue Ireland as Wally sits in harbour in Hofn
Image: Walrus identified by Seal Rescue Ireland as Wally sits in harbour in Hofn

'Grow up': U.K.'s Boris Johnson says world must face climate change

The British prime minister is due to host a major United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland in six weeks’ time.
Image: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City
Image: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City
1d ago

Mexico files lawsuit in U.S. against former security chief linked to Sinaloa Cartel

Genaro García Luna led Mexico’s Federal Investigation Agency from 2001 to 2005, but U.S. prosecutors say the Sinaloa cartel bribed García Luna throughout his time in government.
Mexico's Secretary of Public Safety Genaro Garcia Luna attends a press conference in Mexico City on Oct. 8, 2010.
Mexico's Secretary of Public Safety Genaro Garcia Luna attends a press conference in Mexico City on Oct. 8, 2010.

Climate change may trigger migrations around the world. They've already started in Guatemala.

Starving and in debt, farmers whose land has been destroyed by climate-related weather events are becoming migrants.
Malnourished children,
Malnourished children,
2d ago

Australia's koalas are in trouble. The question is how much.

Nearly a third of the koalas were wiped out in just the past three years, according to new figures released by a conservation group, although some experts say real numbers are difficult to establish.
Koala joey Humphrey is comforted by mother Willow at Taronga Zoo on March 2, 2021, in Sydney, Australia.
Koala joey Humphrey is comforted by mother Willow at Taronga Zoo on March 2, 2021, in Sydney, Australia.