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Taiwan

Biden: US would intervene with military to defend Taiwan

Photo: U.S. President Joe Biden, left, and with Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, reviews an honor guard during a welcome ceremony for President Biden, at the Akasaka Palace state guest house in Tokyo, Japan President Joe Biden said Monday the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, declaring the commitment to protect

Haiti

Gangs strangle Haiti’s capital as deaths, kidnappings soar

Photo: A charred jawbone is seen in the debris of home set on fire during clashes between armed gangs in the Butte Boyer neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti It was about 6 a.m. when Venique Moïse flung open the door of her house and saw dozens of people running — their children in one hand and

International

Turkey’s leader opposes letting Finland, Sweden join NATO

Photo: In this photo made available by the Turkish Presidency, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media after Friday prayers, in Istanbul, Turkey Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that his country is “not favorable” toward Finland and Sweden joining NATO, indicating Turkey could use its membership in the Western military alliance

Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Taliban order women to cover up head to toe

Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers on Saturday ordered all Afghan women to wear head-to-toe clothing in public — a sharp, hard-line pivot that confirmed the worst fears of rights activists and was bound to further complicate Taliban dealings with an already distrustful international community. The decree says that women should leave the home only when necessary, and

International

Marcos redux? Dictator’s son may win Philippine presidency

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte smile and chat of their love of burgers and mango shakes on the election trail in a carefree YouTube video before breaking into a short rap penned for their campaign for president and vice president of the Philippines by a popular singer. Marcos Jr., the son of the late dictator who

France

Understanding the French Election Results – F. Roger Devlin

Photo: Emmanuel Macron As expected, incumbent Emmanuel Macron coasted to victory in France’s 2022 presidential election on April 24, receiving 58.5 percent of the vote vs. Marine Le Pen’s 41.5 percent. This, however, represents a significant improvement over the 33.9 percent Miss Le Pen won the last time in 2017. She also carried 23 of

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