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Nobel Prize season arrives amid war, nuclear fears, hunger

This year's Nobel Prize season approaches as Russia's invasion of Ukraine has shattered decades of almost uninterrupted peace in Europe and raised the risks of a nuclear disaster.
The secretive Nobel committees never hint who will win the prizes in medicine, physics, chemistry, literature, economics or peace.
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Gunfire heard in Burkina Faso, sparking coup fears

Gunfire rang out early Friday in Burkina Faso's capital and the state broadcaster went off the air, sparking fears that another coup attempt may be underway, nine months after the democratically elected president was ousted from power.
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Putin accuses the West of sabotaging Baltic Sea pipelines

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of sabotaging the Russia-built gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea to Germany.
Speaking Friday in Moscow at a ceremony to annex four regions of Ukraine into Russia, Putin said the "Anglo-Saxons" in the West have turned from sanctions to "terror attacks," sabotaging the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines in what he described as an attempt to "destroy the European energy infrastructure.
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Gunfire heard in Burkina Faso, sparking fears of new coup

Gunfire rang out in Burkina Faso's capital and the state broadcaster went off the air Friday, sparking fears that another coup attempt could be underway nine months after the democratically elected president was ousted from power.
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West rejects Putin's claim it sabotaged Baltic pipelines

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday accused the West of sabotaging Russia-built gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea to Germany, a charge that has been vehemently denied by the United States and its allies.
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Army officers appear on Burkina Faso TV, declare new coup

More than a dozen members of Burkina Faso's army seized control of state television late Friday, declaring that the country's coup leader-turned-president, Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba, had been overthrown after only nine months in power.
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West rejects Putin's claim it sabotaged Baltic gas pipelines

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday accused the West of sabotaging Russia-built natural gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea to Germany, a charge vehemently denied by the United States and its allies.
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Finnish border closed to Russians with tourist visas, cutting access to Europe

Finland's border with Russia was closed to Russians with tourist visas Friday, curtailing one of the last easily accessible routes to Europe for Russians trying to flee a military mobilization aimed at bolstering the Kremlin's war in Ukraine.
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French Catholic Church starts compensating sex abuse victims

France's Catholic Church has paid financial compensation to 23 victims of child sexual abuse under a recently launched reparation process, the body in charge of compensation decisions said Friday.
Representatives of the Independent National Authority for Recognition and Reparation said during a news conference that over 1,000 victims have come forward to claim compensation since the body was established this year.
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South Korea, U.S. and Japan hold anti-North Korean submarine drills

South Korea, U.S. and Japanese warships launched their first trilateral anti-submarine drills in five years on Friday, after North Korea renewed missile tests this week in an apparent response to bilateral training by South Korean and U.S.
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Virginia (Ginni) Thomas, the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, stood by the false claim that the 2020 election was fraudulent during an interview Thursday with the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection, the panel's chairman said.
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Swedes don't know if pipeline ruptures damaged power cable

Swedish officials do not yet know if an undersea power cable that runs between southern Sweden and Poland was damaged when the Nord Stream gas pipelines some 500 metres (547 yards) away ruptured from what Western and Russian officials both claimed was intentional tampering.
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Russian strike kills 25 as Kremlin to annex Ukraine regions

Russia pounded Ukrainian cities with missiles, rockets and suicide drones, with one strike reported to have killed 25 people, as it moved Friday to annex Ukrainian territory and put it under the protection of Moscow's nuclear umbrella despite international condemnation.
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