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Ukraine says it repels Russian attack as war grinds in east

Ukrainian authorities said Friday that their troops repelled a Russian attack in the east, as Moscow struggled to gain ground in the region that is now the focus of the war even while intensifying its campaign there.
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UN: 18 million facing severe hunger in West Africa's Sahel

The UN is warning that 18 million people in Africa's Sahel region face severe hunger in the next three months, citing the impacts of Russia's war in Ukraine, the coronavirus pandemic, climate-induced shocks and rising costs.
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Searchers find missing Arizona hiker dead, his dog alive with him

A missing hiker was found dead, his dog alive and lying next to him, in rugged forest in north-central Arizona five days after reporting he was lost, authorities said Thursday.
Searchers found the body of Donald Hayes on Wednesday near Mingus Mountain after six days of looking for the 74-year-old Prescott Valley man, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
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Biden's approval dips to lowest of presidency: poll

U.S. President Joe Biden's approval rating dipped to the lowest point of his presidency in May, a new poll shows, with deepening pessimism emerging among members of his own Democratic Party.
Only 39% of U.S.
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Norway: At least 3 injured in family-related stabbing attack

A suspect was arrested in Norway after at least three people were stabbed with a sharp object, leaving one critically injured Friday, police said.
Police at first said the attack in the village of Nore as random, but later clarified that there was “a family relationship” between the assailant and at least one of the victims.
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Canadian volunteer in Ukraine roots for the Calgary Flames

It means staying up until 4:30 a.m., but Steve Rock is cheering for the Calgary Flames from Ukraine. 
Rock, 34, was travelling in Europe when Russia invaded Ukraine. He wanted to find a way to be useful, so after several difficult conversations with family and friends, he decided to become a volunteer with organizations working in the war-torn country, including Calgary-founded Helping Ukraine Grassroots Support (HUGS), which provides aid to the country.
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A Los Angeles man is facing multiple charges after prosecutors allege he was part of a group of anti-abortion activists who targeted a women's health clinic and stalked a doctor who provides abortion services, the San Francisco District Attorney's Office announced Thursday.
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When 25-year-old Maria Kozlovskaya gazes out of the window, she sees the green fields of the west of Ireland. It's a far cry from the shelled apartment buildings of her home city of Zaporizhzhia in southeastern Ukraine.
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Ukraine updates: 12 killed in Russian attacks in Severodonetsk

What's happening in Ukraine today and how are countries around the world responding? Read live updates on Vladimir Putin and Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
KYIV, Ukraine -- Russian forces attacked the cities of Lysychansk and Severodonetsk in Ukraine's eastern region of Luhansk, the region's governor said Friday.
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North Korea is facing a COVID disaster. What does that mean for Kim Jong Un?

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks like he's in big trouble. His country has announced an "explosive" outbreak of COVID-19, reporting more than 2million cases of what it refers to as "fever" in little more than a week since its first reported case.
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Ukraine updates: Turkish president holds talks over NATO bids

What's happening in Ukraine today and how are countries around the world responding? Read live updates on Vladimir Putin and Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's president says he is engaged in "telephone diplomacy" with foreign counterparts over the bids by Sweden and Finland to join NATO.
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Sri Lanka closes schools, offices due to fuel shortage

Sri Lankan schools were closed and public officials were asked not to come to work in a desperate move to prepare for an acute fuel shortage that is expected to last days, with protests continuing amid the nation's worst economic crisis in decades.
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As Biden visits Asia, China launches South China Sea drills

China is holding military exercises in the disputed South China Sea coinciding with U.S. President Joe Biden's visits to South Korea and Japan that are largely focused on countering the perceived threat from Beijing.
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