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Strikes, protests hit France in round 2 of pension battle

French labor leaders hope to bring more than 1 million demonstrators again into the streets Tuesday in the latest clash of wills with the government over its plans to push back France’s retirement age.

Recent extremist attacks kill 32 people in Burkina Faso

Multiple jihadi attacks across Burkina Faso over several days have resulted in the death of at least 32 people, including soldiers and civilians, government authorities said Monday.

US to increase weapons deployment to counter North Korea

South Korea’s security jitters have risen since North Korea test-fired dozens of missiles in 2022, including potentially nuclear-capable ones designed to strike targets in South Korea and the US mainland.

Cyprus picks new president amid economic doubt, ethnic split

Cypriots are voting Sunday for a new president who they’ll expect to decisively steer the small island nation through shifting geopolitical sands and uncertain economic times that have become people’s overriding concern, eclipsing stalemated efforts to remedy the country’s ethnic division.

Death toll from Pakistan mosque suicide bombing rises to 74

The death toll from previous day’s suicide bombing at a mosque in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday jumped to 74 after rescuers retrieved 15 more bodies from the rubble, police and rescue official said.

Blinken reaffirms ‘vision’ for two states as Israeli-Palestinian violence surges

Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for calm at a time of cascading violence during his visit to Jerusalem on Monday, the most high-profile US engagement with Israel since the inauguration of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right government last month.

5 Ukrainian civilians killed as warring sides mull next move

Fighting remained largely deadlocked Monday in eastern Ukraine where Russian shelling killed five civilians over the past day, according to Ukrainian officials, as the warring sides sized up their needs for renewed military pushes expected in coming weeks.

Suicide bombing tears through Pakistan mosque, killing dozens

A powerful suicide bombing Monday ripped through a mosque frequented by police officers in a highly secured part of the city of Peshawar, killing at least 59 people and wounding nearly 160 in the worst attack in Pakistan in months, police and hospital officials said.