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    China is softening its tone on the severity of COVID-19 and easing some coronavirus restrictions even as its daily case toll hovers near record highs, after anger over the world's toughest curbs fuelled protests across the country. However, there is no sign of the country easing its security…

      On Wednesday, domestic abuse activist Ngozi Fulani of Sistah Space took to Twitter to note that she had "mixed feelings" about a recent visit to Buckingham Palace. Fulani alleged Lady Susan Hussey repeatedly asked her where in Africa she was from despite her explaining that she was born in t…

        The Ukrainian city of Bakhmut has been the focus of unrelenting Russian attacks for almost six months, creating apocalyptic scenes of dead soldiers in trenches. As winter sets in, Russian troops are mounting an aggressive counter offensive to recapture the city.

        The Prince and Princess of Wales are making their first overseas trip since the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September. The trip that began Wednesday is an occasion for Prince William and his wife, Kate, to show the world as much about who they are not as who they are. With their three-day visit to Boston, the couple hope to demonstrate that they aren’t the last remnants of a dying institution. Their foray is focused on William’s initiative to find the next generation of environmental entrepreneurs and will be supplemented with trips to an anti-poverty program, child development researchers and local flood defenses.

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        Belgium on Wednesday opened its biggest-ever criminal trial, of suspected jihadists linked to March 2016 suicide bombings in Brussels and its airport that killed 32 people. The proceedings, held under tight security in NATO's former headquarters, have nine defendants -- five of whom have alr…

        As Russian forces poured across Ukraine's borders, Palych knew that pain, suffering and injuries would follow in the ensuing war and his training as a paramedic would be needed. "I could not sit on the sidelines, so I went to the front as a volunteer," says Palych, the nom de guerre for the …