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Biden visits Japan, South Korea carrying warning to China
Biden departs for the five day trip on Thursday, after spending several months organizing allies to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a "special operation." He meets new South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol in Seoul and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo, leaders who share anxieties about North Korea and China and are eager to build on their long alliances with Washington.
Brazil's Lula ties the knot months before presidential election
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the front-runner in Brazil's October presidential elections, took a break from campaigning Wednesday to marry his fiancee and fellow Workers' Party member, sociologist Rosangela da Silva. The former president posted a photo on Instagram Wednesday night in which he appears to be saying his vows to Da Silva while placing a wedding ring on her finger.
China relaxes some Covid test rules for US, other travellers
From Friday, travellers from the United States will no longer need an RT-PCR test seven days before flying, according to notices from the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States. Requirements for antibody tests have also been scrapped.
US reopens embassy in Kyiv after closure forced by war
The United States reopened its embassy in Kyiv Wednesday after closing it for three months due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the state department said. "We stand proudly with, and continue to support, the government and people of Ukraine as they defend their country from the Kremlin's brutal war of aggression," secretary of state Antony Blinken said.
Elon Musk says he 'can no longer support' Democrats
"In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party. But they have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican," Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday.
'How to murder your husband' writer on trial for murder of husband
It is a case that has all the hallmarks of classic detective fiction -- a huge insurance payout, an impecunious suspect who claims to have amnesia, a missing weapon, and surveillance footage that seems to have caught the culprit red-handed.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari raises Jammu and Kashmir issue with UN chief
India's decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in 2019 outraged Pakistan, which downgraded diplomatic ties and expelled the Indian high commissioner in Islamabad. India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 in 2019 by the country's Parliament was its internal matter.
Israel approves ultranationalist Jewish march in Jerusalem
Israeli authorities said they have given the go-ahead for Jewish nationalists to march through the main Palestinian thoroughfare in Jerusalem's Old City on May 29, in a decision that threatens to re-ignite violence in the holy city. Each year, thousands of Israeli nationalists participate in the march, waving flags, singing songs and in some cases, chanting anti-Arab slogans, as they pass by Palestinian onlookers and businesses.
Ukraine: Russian soldier pleads guilty of murder in war crimes trial
Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old Russian tank commander held in Ukraine, is charged with murdering a 62-year-old civilian in the northeast Ukrainian village of Chupakhivka on Feb. 28. He told the court that he pleaded guilty. If convicted Shishimarin faces up to life imprisonment.
Pakistan govt led by PM Shehbaz Sharif decides to complete tenure until next year: Report
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif-led coalition government has decided to complete its constitutional tenure till August next year, a media report has said, ending weeks of speculation about early elections as demanded by ousted premier Imran Khan.
Russia touts new generation of 'blinding' laser weapons
Russia on Wednesday touted its new generation of laser weapons including a mobile laser system which Moscow said had advanced so far it could blind orbiting satellites and destroy drones. Yury Borisov, deputy prime minister in charge of military development, told a conference in Moscow that the laser weapon Peresvet was already being widely deployed and it could blind satellites up to 1,500 km above Earth.
German ex-leader Schroeder loses privileges over Russia ties
Germany's three governing parties plan to strip former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder of his office and staff after he maintained and defended his long-standing ties with Russia despite the war in Ukraine. Schroeder has become increasingly isolated in recent months due to his work for Russian state-controlled energy companies.