Biden Warns Republicans At Ukraine Aid Talks

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Washington in December
President Joe Biden warned Republicans Wednesday that blocking vital US military aid for Ukraine threatened the "free world" as talks with congressional leaders at the White House failed to produce a breakthrough.
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Smoke billows over Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on January 17

Medicine For Hostages, Civilians Bound For Gaza After Night Of Deadly Strikes

Forty-five hostages are expected to receive medication under the agreement, according to the French presidency. After the drugs arrive at a hospital in the southern Gaza border town of Rafah on Wednesday, it said, they will be received by the International Committee of the Red Cross, divided into batches and immediately transferred to the hostages.
The row has overshadowed Macron's cabinet reshuffle

France's New Education Minister Under Fire Over Swipe At Schools

France's new Education Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera is coming under increasing pressure over her decision to have her children attend a private school, a row overshadowing President Emmanuel Macron's attempt to relaunch his second term with a government reshuffle.
Kim Jong Un (L), seen inspecting a munitions factory, has called for constitutional changes allowing for South Korea's 'occupation' in event of war

N. Korea Abolishes Agencies Working For Reunification With South

The North Korean leader also said Pyongyang would not recognize the two countries' de facto maritime border, the Northern Limit Line, and called for constitutional changes allowing the North to "occupy" Seoul in war, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
Smoke billows over Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip during Israeli bombardment on January 16

Israel Pounds Gaza As Fears Grow Of Widening War

The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come under mounting international pressure to end its offensive in Gaza launched in response to Hamas's unprecedented October 7 attacks.
The Rwanda bill is a key test of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's authority

UK Parliament Braces For Rwanda Migrant Law Battle

Britain's plan to send migrants to Rwanda returns to the spotlight on Tuesday, when lawmakers debate the controversial scheme, testing leader Rishi Sunak's authority with a general election around the corner.
Lev Rubinstein talking to journalists in 2018

Russian Dissident Poet Rubinstein Dead At 76

Rubinstein is considered as one of the founders of the Russian conceptualist movement, a literary "avant-garde" that mocked the official doctrine of socialist realism in the 1970s-1980s.
The storm, dubbed Belal, could hammer the island with winds of up to 250 kilometres per hour (155 miles per hour)

One Dead As Storm Hits French Indian Ocean Island

Hundreds of thousands of people on France's Indian Ocean island of Reunion hunkered down in their homes under a strict lockdown on Monday as a devastating storm that has already left one dead started to rip along its north.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects a major munitions factory at an undisclosed location in a photo provided by state-run news agency KCNA

North Korea Says It Test-fired Hypersonic Missile

The launch, Pyongyang's first known weapons test this year and its first ever test of a solid-fuel hypersonic intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), was detected by Seoul's military Sunday afternoon.
President-elect Lai Ching-te (L) and his running mate Hsiao Bi-khim attend a press conference in Taipei on the poll day

Taiwan President-elect Hails 'Solid' US Ties

Taiwan's president-elect Lai Ching-te hailed the island's "solid partnership" with Washington on Monday as he welcomed a US delegation -- which China said it "firmly opposed".
'A recent wave of attacks underscores the devastating civilian cost of the war,' the UN said

UN Seeks $4.2 Billion For Ukraine Aid In 2024

The United Nations said on Monday it needs $4.2 billion this year to provide humanitarian aid in Ukraine and help millions who have fled, urging people not to forget the war-torn country's plight as the Gaza war dominates attention.