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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered a State of the Union Address at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France on Wednesday. Stung by the swift collapse of the Afghan army and the chaotic US-led evacuation through Kabul airport, the European Union unveiled new plans to develop its own defense capacities to try to ensure that it has more freedom to act in future crises.

Basking in vaccine success, EU promises to donate more COVID shots

As Europeans try to lock in gains made by inoculation campaigns, the European Union on Wednesday pledged to reinforce its preparedness for future health crises and to increase coronavirus vaccine donations to low- and middle-income countries.

People watched a television news broadcast showing file footage of a North Korean missile test at a railway station in Seoul on Sept. 15, after North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the sea according to the South's military.

Dueling ballistic missile tests on Korean Peninsula signal rising tensions

Both Koreas test-fired ballistic missiles hours apart from each other on Wednesday in the latest sign of the intensifying arms race on the peninsula amid stalled diplomatic efforts.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shown on a TV screen in Tokyo.

Rival Koreas test missiles hours apart, raising tensions

The rival Koreas test-launched ballistic missiles hours apart from each other on Wednesday in a display of military assets that came amid a faltering diplomatic push to strip North Korea of its nuclear program.

Haiti's chief prosecutor on Tuesday ordered Acting Prime Minister Ariel Henry not to leave the country until he answers questions about the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.

Haiti prosecutor says evidence links prime minister to president’s killing

Haiti’s chief prosecutor said Tuesday that there was evidence linking the acting prime minister to the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, and forbade him to leave the country until he answers questions about it.

A Taliban fighter stood at a checkpoint in Kabul on Sept. 15, 2021.

Minister pledges Taliban government won’t allow militant attacks

Afghanistan’s new foreign minister said Tuesday that the Taliban governing the country remain committed to not allowing militants to use their territory to launch attacks. But he refused to say when or if the country’s new rulers would create a more inclusive government.

AFP, M6, and CNews microphones are pictured during a press conference in April in eastern France.

Fox-style news network rides wave of discontent in France

CNews, the news network created by the billionaire Vincent Bolloré, topped the ratings in May by giving a new bullhorn for right-wing views on crime, immigration, climate, and the coronavirus.

Pope Francis during a meeting at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, in Qaraqosh, Iraq, on March 7, 2021.

‘Not a flag to wave’: Pope criticizes political use of Christianity

Pope Francis on Tuesday rejected in stark terms the use of the cross as a political tool, an apparent swipe at nationalist forces in Europe and beyond that have used the imagery of Christianity for personal gain.

Haiti's designated Prime Minister Ariel Henry, center, and interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, right, in front of a portrait of slain Haitian President Jovenel Moise at the National Pantheon Museum during a memorial service for Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in July.

Haiti prosecutor asks judge to charge prime minister in president’s assassination

Haiti’s chief prosecutor on Tuesday asked a judge to charge Prime Minister Ariel Henry in the slaying of the president and asked officials to bar him from leaving the country.