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Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Biden to host leaders of Finland, Sweden after NATO bids

The two countries' bids to join the Western military alliance are facing an early challenge from Turkey, which has expressed objections.
A Russian soldier patrols a destroyed part of the Illich Iron & Steel Works in Mariupol on May 18, 2022.
A Russian soldier patrols a destroyed part of the Illich Iron & Steel Works in Mariupol on May 18, 2022.

Those returning to Kyiv’s suburbs face new hardship after Russian forces leave: Homelessness

Local governments are relying on foreign aid to help house people whose homes in the Kyiv suburbs were destroyed during the Russian occupation.
Galina Kovalenko's home in Irpin was destroyed when Russian forces set fire to it.
Galina Kovalenko's home in Irpin was destroyed when Russian forces set fire to it.

Beijing students protest lockdown amid rising scrutiny of China’s ‘zero-Covid’ policy

Students at Peking University successfully challenged an effort to erect a wall around their off-campus dormitory, saying they should have the same freedoms as staff.
Image: CHINA-HEALTH-VIRUS-RIGHTS
Image: CHINA-HEALTH-VIRUS-RIGHTS
8h ago

Soldier pleads guilty in war crimes trial; Nordic neighbors submit NATO bids

If Turkish objections to Finland’s and Sweden’s joining can be overcome, the boost to the Western military alliance would be a major setback for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
NATO holds ceremony to mark Sweden's and Finland's application for membership in Brussels
NATO holds ceremony to mark Sweden's and Finland's application for membership in Brussels
20h ago

U.K. reveals rainbow coin to mark 50th anniversary of Pride

The 50-pence coin, honoring the anniversary of the first official Pride UK event in 1972, is the first to be dedicated to Britain’s LGBTQ community.
The Royal Mint has released a 50p coin designed by Dominique Holmes to celebrate Pride.
The Royal Mint has released a 50p coin designed by Dominique Holmes to celebrate Pride.

In Mexico, Guerrero is now ninth state that voted to allow abortions

The drive to provide stronger safeguards for women seeking to end their pregnancies has picked up steam in Mexico.
Image: International Day for the Decriminalization of Abortion
Image: International Day for the Decriminalization of Abortion
23h ago

Mexican archaeologist who led landmark Aztec Temple excavation wins major award

Spain's notable Princess of Asturias Award honored Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, whose work on the Great Aztec Temple was a major event for over 20 years.
Image: Eduardo Matos Moctezuma
Image: Eduardo Matos Moctezuma

Picasso portrait of lover as a sea creature sells for $67.5M in New York auction

Walter was 17 years old when she first met Picasso, who was 45 at the time. She inspired some of his most famous works.
Image: Sotheby's Exhibition of New York Auction Highlights
Image: Sotheby's Exhibition of New York Auction Highlights
1d ago

Russian gymnast gets 1-year ban for wearing pro-war 'Z' symbol

Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak taped the symbol — seen on Russian tanks and military vehicles in Ukraine — to his vest for a medal ceremony at a World Cup event.
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Covid is 'explosively' spreading through North Korea. What does this mean for Kim Jong Un?

The outbreak comes as President Joe Biden is set to arrive in Seoul on Friday for a visit to South Korea and Japan, his first trip to Asia since taking office.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on May 17, 2022.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on May 17, 2022.
1d ago

U.S. sues casino mogul Steve Wynn over relationship with China

Officials seek to compel Wynn to register as a foreign agent because of lobbying work they say he performed on behalf of the Chinese government during the Trump administration.
Steve Wynn
Steve Wynn