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Australian man sentenced to 9 years in prison for gay American’s 1988 manslaughter

An Australian man who admitted killing a gay American by punching him off a cliff top in Sydney in 1988 was sentenced on Thursday to nine years in prison, ending the victim’s family’s 35-year battle for justice.

Russia shells Ukrainian city inundated by dam collapse after Zelensky visits area

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has arrived in the flood-hit region of Kherson to evaluate response to damage caused by a dam breach.

Young children among three critically wounded in knife attack in French Alpine town; suspect detained

As bystanders screamed for help, a man with a knife stabbed several very young children, including at least one in a stroller, and also assaulted adults in a lakeside park in the French Alps.

Russia says top UN court should dismiss Ukraine’s case over Crimea and terrorism funding

Russia is urging judges at the United Nations’ highest court to throw out a case brought by Ukraine against Moscow focussed on the 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and the arming of rebels in eastern Ukraine in the years before Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022.

Blinken announces $150 million in aid for Syria, Iraq at Saudi conference on combatting Islamic State group

Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the US will provide nearly $150 million in aid for areas in Syria and Iraq that were liberated from the Isamic State extremist group.

Bomb explodes in Afghanistan during a memorial ceremony for a Taliban official

Local sources who spoke on condition of anonymity say the blast happened inside the mosque where Taliban officials and local people attended the memorial ceremony.

Pope spends first night in hospital after surgery to remove intestinal scar tissue, repair hernia

Pope Francis has spent a good first night in the hospital following a three-hour operation to remove intestinal scar tissue and repair a hernia in his abdominal wall.

From British Columbia to Nova Scotia, wildfires spread across Canada

More than 400 active wildfires were burning across Canada on Wednesday, according to authorities, exacerbating a wildfire season that has forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people, created a sense of anxiety across the sprawling country, and triggered air quality alerts hundreds of miles south in the United States.