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Pope Francis leaves hospital; ‘Still alive,’ he quips

A chipper-sounding Pope Francis was discharged Saturday from the Rome hospital where he was treated for bronchitis, quipping to journalists before being driven away that he’s "still alive."

Israeli police fatally shoot man at Jerusalem’s holiest site

Israeli police shot and killed a man who they alleged tried to snatch an officer’s gun at an entrance to a Jerusalem holy site early Saturday, raising fears of further violence during a time of heightened tensions at the flashpoint compound.

Russia might put strategic nukes in Belarus, leader says

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced last week that his country plans to deploy tactical, comparatively short-range, and small-yield nuclear weapons in Belarus.

Taiwan, like Ukraine, is fighting for democracy, Tsai says in New York

Taiwan’s core values — freedom, democracy, human rights, and rule of law — are in peril in the face of increasing authoritarianism, the democratic island’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, said on Thursday, drawing direct parallels between Taiwan and Ukraine.

Pope is expected to be released from hospital Saturday

The pope, 86, will be permitted to leave the hospital after being treated with antibiotics for bronchitis and undergoing some final tests Friday, according to the Vatican, which has otherwise given few details about his condition.

Ukraine marks grim Bucha anniversary, calls for justice

Elsewhere in Ukraine, fighting continued Friday; Russia used its long-range arsenal to bombard anew several areas, killing at least two civilians and damaging homes.

Stampede at food distribution center kills 11 in Pakistan

At least 11 women and children were killed in a deadly stampede at a Ramadan food and cash distribution center in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi on Friday, police and rescue officials said, as the country struggles with surging food prices.

Sudanese officials say 14 workers dead in gold mine collapse

At least 14 workers are dead after a gold mine collapsed in northern Sudan, state mining authorities said Friday.