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+ Zelensky from Ukraine will visit Washington

+ The Taliban ban university education for women

+ Large crowds greet returning Argentine heroes

+ US lawmakers vote to release Trump’s tax returns

+ Masters will allow LIV golfers to compete

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to visit Washington for a possible meeting with Joe Biden and a speech to Congress, his first trip abroad since Russia invaded in February.

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Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers ban university education for women across the country, while hardline Islamists continue to crush their right to education and freedom.

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Millions of jubilant fans turn out to welcome home Argentina’s World Cup champions led by Lionel Messi, but most are disappointed when a parade of open-top buses is abandoned due to the massive crowd, in favor of a hastily arranged helicopter tour.

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US lawmakers vote to make Donald Trump’s tax returns public, ending a years-long battle by the former president to keep the returns private as his murky financial past continues to fuel controversy.

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LIV Golf League players will be able to compete in next year’s Masters after Augusta National president Fred Ridley said the event will maintain “current criteria” for 2023 entrants.

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Repairing damaged electrical installations and protecting newly repaired equipment has become a daily struggle for Ukrainian engineers working to save the country’s grid battered by Russian attacks.

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Kneeling before a turbaned judge in a tiny courtroom at the Ghazni Appeals Court in eastern Afghanistan, an elderly man sentenced to death for murder pleads for his life.

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Peru’s Congress votes to advance the 2026 general elections to April 2024 in a bid to ease political tensions and prevent deadly protests sparked by the ouster and arrest of President Pedro Castillo.

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Hundreds of Venezuelan migrants waiting miserably in Mexico for a chance to cross into the United States have been heartbroken by a Supreme Court decision that may extend a full entry ban.

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The US Congress is poised to pass a nationwide ban on the use of TikTok on government devices due to perceived security risks, putting the popular video-sharing platform in a delicate position over Washington’s ties to China.

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A court convicts a 97-year-old former Nazi camp secretary of complicity in the murder of more than 10,000 people in what could be Germany’s last Holocaust trial.

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With gunfights and threats against a princess and the prime minister, it sounds like a crime drama, but for the Dutch, the growing threat of drug cartels is all too real.

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The European Commission conditionally approves the nationalization of the troubled German gas giant Uniper after it was on the verge of collapse following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Europe has been hit by its “most devastating” outbreak of bird flu in the past year, European health authorities say as experts study the feasibility of vaccines.

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UK ambulance workers are set to go, a day after nurses went on their second walkout, in a widening dispute with the government that refuses to concede to above-inflation wage demands.

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Leaders from the Middle East and beyond pledge support for Iraq’s “stability” and call for the country to distance itself from foreign influence at a summit aimed at helping resolve regional crises.

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South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa vows to unite the deeply divided African National Congress and root out corruption after the ruling party re-elected him as leader despite anger over a growing scandal.

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The United Nations Security Council passes a resolution easing the arms embargo on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a move hailed by Kinshasa as “repared injustice.”

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All 33 suspected militant prisoners who seized a Pakistani police station over the weekend have been killed and their hostages released in a mopping-up operation by special forces, the defense minister says.

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The capping off England’s 3-0 series victory over Pakistan was the latest chapter in a remarkable renaissance, made all the more extraordinary by the woeful run of red-ball results that preceded the “Bazball” era.

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“Boys, we can dream again…”, the hit song that accompanied Argentina to their 2022 World Cup conquest, has found a deep resonance in a country desperate for a feel-good moment.

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Tens of thousands of Moroccans pack the capital to welcome their national soccer team, the first Arab or African team to reach the semifinal of a World Cup.

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Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk agree to fight each other next in a heavyweight world title unification fight, according to veteran boxing promoter Bob Arum.

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