• Olympic gold medalist Griner released in prisoner swap with RussiaOlympic gold medalist Griner released in prisoner swap with Russia
    Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner was freed from prison in Russia and on her way home Thursday, President Joe Biden said at the White House. The United States agreed to release imprisoned Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, Biden said, in a swap of prisoners that ends nearly 10 months of detainment for Griner. Read more »
  • Covid spread fears grow as China unwinds zero-tolerance curbsCovid spread fears grow as China unwinds zero-tolerance curbs
    As many Chinese embraced new freedoms on Thursday after the country dropped key parts of its tough zero-Covid regime, there was mounting concern that a virus that had largely been kept in check could soon run wild. Read more »
  • Ukraine detains couple suspected of spying for Russia in OdesaUkraine detains couple suspected of spying for Russia in Odesa
    The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has detained a married couple suspected of spying for Russia in the Black Sea city of Odesa, one of Ukraine's largest ports. An SBU statement issued on Thursday did not name the couple but accused them of collecting intelligence for Russia on locations for possible military deployments and the movement of air defence units. Read more »
  • Chinese hackers stole millions worth of Covid relief money in US: ReportChinese hackers stole millions worth of Covid relief money in US: Report
    Hackers linked to the Chinese government are from a Chengdu-based group known as APT41. The report said other federal investigations of pandemic fraud also seem to point back to foreign state-affiliated hackers. Read more »
  • Uganda receives 1,200 doses of Ebola vaccine candidates for trialsUganda receives 1,200 doses of Ebola vaccine candidates for trials
  • First King Charles 50 pence coins enter circulation in UKFirst King Charles 50 pence coins enter circulation in UK
    The first coinage featuring King Charles III will start to appear in circulation at Post Offices around the UK from Thursday, with millions of the new 50-pence coins bearing the new monarch's portrait given out as change to customers. The coin with the 74-year-old monarch's image reflects a transition from the Elizabethan age of the late Queen Elizabeth II to the Carolean era of Charles. Read more »
  • Suspected German coup plot spawns dozens of arrestsSuspected German coup plot spawns dozens of arrests
    German police rounded up dozens of people including a self-styled prince, a retired paratrooper and a former judge on Wednesday, accusing the suspects of discussing the violent overthrow of the government but leaving unclear how concrete the plans were. Read more »
  • China's Xi Jinping to meet Saudi royals on high-stakes visitChina's Xi Jinping to meet Saudi royals on high-stakes visit
  • 15 suspected drug smugglers killed by Thai border patrol15 suspected drug smugglers killed by Thai border patrol
    Thai soldiers clashed with suspected drug smugglers in a forested area in the country's north near the Myanmar border, killing 15, authorities said on Thursday. Read more »
  • Taliban carry out 1st public execution since Afghan takeoverTaliban carry out 1st public execution since Afghan takeover
    The Taliban authorities on Wednesday executed an Afghan convicted of killing another man, the first public execution since the former insurgents took over Afghanistan last year, a spokesman said. The execution, carried out with an assault rifle by the victim's father, took place in western Farah province before hundreds of spectators and many top Taliban officials, according to a top Taliban government spokesman. Read more »
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