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North Korea, slimmed-down Kim Jong Un, enjoy toned-down parade

North Korea, slimmed-down Kim Jong Un, enjoy toned-down parade

Military search dogs and goose-stepping trainers. Health workers wearing gas masks and red hazmat suits. And a slimmed-down, beaming Kim Jong Un in a cream-colored business suit. The parade marking North Korea’s celebration of its 73rd anniversary was a marked departure from past militaristic displays, with a domestic audience worried about the pandemic likely in mind. The parade late…

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Bishop quits church after falling in love with satanic erotica writer

Bishop quits church after falling in love with satanic erotica writer

This church official has chosen corsets over crucibles. A Spanish bishop, known for supporting gay conversion therapy and performing exorcisms, has left the Roman Catholic Church after becoming smitten with a writer of Satanic erotic fiction, Silvia Caballol. “I have fallen in love and want to do things properly,” said the now-ex-bishop, Xavier Novell, according to a report by…

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Pentagon chief: al-Qaida may seek comeback in Afghanistan

Pentagon chief: al-Qaida may seek comeback in Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Thursday the al-Qaida extremist group that used Afghanistan as a staging base to attack the United States 20 years ago may attempt to regenerate there following an American withdrawal that has left the Taliban in power. Austin spoke to a small group of reporters in Kuwait City at the conclusion of a four-day…

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Afghanistan’s last Jew leaves country after Taliban takeover

Afghanistan's last Jew leaves country after Taliban takeover

Afghanistan’s last member of the Jewish community, a man who was born in the country and considered it his home, has finally left following the Taliban’s takeover last month.  Zebulon Simentov, 62, lived in a dilapidated synagogue in Kabul, kept kosher and prayed in Hebrew, while enduring decades of war as the country’s centuries-old Jewish community dwindled.  FILE: Zebulon…

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EXPLAINER: What’s at stake in the 2015 Paris attacks trial?

EXPLAINER: What's at stake in the 2015 Paris attacks trial?

Twenty men accused in the Islamic State group’s 2015 attacks on Paris that left 130 people dead and hundreds injured are on trial in the French capital. The proceedings began Wednesday in an enormous custom-designed chamber. Nine gunmen and suicide bombers struck within minutes of each other at the national soccer stadium, the Bataclan concert hall and restaurants and…

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China chases ‘rejuvenation’ with control of tycoons, society

China chases 'rejuvenation' with control of tycoons, society

An avalanche of changes launched by China’s ruling Communist Party has jolted everyone from tech billionaires to school kids. Behind them: President Xi Jinping’s vision of making a more powerful, prosperous country by reviving revolutionary ideals, with more economic equality and tighter party control over society and entrepreneurs. Since taking power in 2012, Xi has called for the party…

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Gadhafi’s son freed after 7-plus years in detention, officials say

Gadhafi's son freed after 7-plus years in detention, officials say

CAIRO — Libyan authorities on Sunday released one of Muammar Gadhafi’s sons after more than seven years of detention in the capital of Tripoli following his extradition from neighboring Niger, the country’s interim leader said. Prime Minister-designate Abdul Hamid Dbeibah said in a tweet early Monday that al-Saadi Gadhafi had been released in compliance with a previous court order….

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20 Paris terror suspects from attacks that killed 130 in 2015 face trial beginning Wednesday

20 Paris terror suspects from attacks that killed 130 in 2015 face trial beginning Wednesday

PARIS — In a secure complex embedded within a 13th-century courthouse, France on Wednesday will begin the trial of 20 men accused in the Islamic State group’s 2015 attacks on Paris that left 130 people dead and hundreds injured. Nine gunmen and suicide bombers struck within minutes of each other at France’s national soccer stadium, the Bataclan concert hall…

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