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A medical staff member, right, works at a desk in Infectious Hospital No. 23 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021.

As virus cases rise, so do pleas for Russians to get vaccine

The low vaccine acceptance is of increasing concern as Russia suffers a sharp rise in cases, setting records for infections and deaths nearly every day this month. On Thursday, the national coronavirus task force reported 1,036 deaths and more than 36,000 new infections over the past 24 hours.

New Zealand’s chief coroner opens new inquiry into mosque attacks

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The name of the man who waged a terrorist attack on two Christchurch mosques in 2019 has been all but erased from New Zealand’s collective memory. Most details of his mass shooting never became public. An official investigation held behind closed doors concluded that authorities could not have prevented, except by chance, the massacre of 51 Muslims at prayer by the attacker, Brenton Tarrant.

Haiti gang leader threatens to kill kidnapped missionaries

PORT-AU-PRINCE — The leader of the 400 Mawozo gang that police say is holding 17 members of a kidnapped missionary group is seen in a video released Thursday saying he will kill them if he doesn’t get what he’s demanding.

Haiti gang leader threatens to kill kidnapped missionaries

PORT-AU-PRINCE — The leader of the 400 Mawozo gang that police say is holding 17 members of a kidnapped missionary group is seen in a video released Thursday saying he will kill them if he doesn’t get what he’s demanding.

Primary school students writing Chinese calligraphy in Shenyang, Liaoning Province of China.

As Chinese women seek to crack male professions, schools stand in the way

When Vincy Li applied to a prestigious police academy graduate program in China, she knew her odds of success were low. After all, the school set quotas, typically capping the number of female students at no more than one-quarter of the student body.

The Collinsville coal mine in Queensland, Australia, on July 5, 2017.

In Australia, it’s ‘long live King Coal’

At a time when climate change and those who fight it demand that coal be treated like tobacco, as a danger everywhere it is burned, Australia is increasingly seen as the guy at the end of the bar selling cheap cigarettes and promising to bring more tomorrow.

Floral tributes to Sir David Amess MP outside Parliament on October 19, 2021 in London.

U.K. charges man for murder of British lawmaker

The UK has charged a man with the murder of British lawmaker David Amess.

Believers of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate hold icons and placards reading "No medical experiments, Protect our children" as they hold rally outside the city mayor's office on October 19, 2021, against Covid-19 vaccination.

Ukraine hits all-time death record amid vaccine hesitancy

Authorities reported 22,415 new confirmed infections and 546 deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest numbers since the start of the pandemic.