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    AP News

    Iran President Ebrahim Raisi, supreme leader's protégé, dies at 63 in helicopter crash

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    1. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the country's foreign minister, and other officials have died in a helicopter crash in a mountainous region of northwest Iran. Raisi was 63 years old.
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    AP News

    Helicopter carrying Iran's hard-line president apparently crashes in foggy, mountainous region

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    1. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's helicopter reportedly suffered a "hard landing" in the mountainous northwest region of Iran, sparking a large-scale rescue operation. The incident occurred near Jolfa, a city on the border with Azerbaijan.
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    NBC

    Israel's Netanyahu faces growing pressure over Gaza plan from his own war Cabinet

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    1. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing internal pressure to change his approach to the conflict with Hamas, with key members of his war Cabinet threatening to quit.
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    CNN

    Why Julian Assange’s fate matters

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    1. Alan Rusbridger, editor of Prospect Magazine, argues that efforts by the U.S. to extradite Julian Assange's should be a rallying point for journalists. That's because the case represents a threat to their freedom to investigate and publish sensitive information.
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    AP News

    As countries tighten anti-gay laws, more and more LGBTQ+ migrants seek safety and asylum in Europe

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    1. Ella Anthony and Doris Ezuruike Chinonso, a gay couple from Nigeria, have successfully sought asylum in Italy due to the threat of anti-LGBTQ+ persecution in their home country. Nigeria criminalizes same-sex relationships, with penalties including imprisonment and death.
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    CNN

    Putin’s lightning assault jolts Europe awake

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    1. Russian President Vladimir Putin's forces have launched a surprise attack on northeastern Ukraine, capturing several Ukrainian villages and drawing close to the country's second largest city, Kharkiv. This move is seen as a tactic to strengthen Russia's field position ahead of the arrival of promised U.S. weapons to Ukraine.
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    Neue Zürcher Zeitung

    Europe must give up its illusions about China and Russia

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    1. Russian President Vladimir Putin is seeking further Chinese support for his war in Ukraine, while China aims to avoid Western sanctions and expand trade with Russia.
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    TIME

    What Israel can learn from the Troubles

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    1. The Israeli government's approach to Hamas has been largely unsuccessful, with the recent attack on Oct. 7 highlighting the failure to protect Israeli citizens -- despite prior warning. The military defeat of Hamas remains elusive, and the response has resulted in significant Palestinian casualties, turning global opinion against Israel.
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    El Pais

    Fifteen countries ask Brussels to explore creating migrant centers outside the EU

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    1. A group of 15 European countries, led by Denmark, has called on the European Commission to find new ways to curb migrant arrivals in Europe. They propose that the EU signs new migration pacts -- similar to those with Tunisia -- which involve European funds in exchange for preventing departures.
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    CNN

    Putin gets red carpet welcome from Xi in China

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    1. Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin have pledged to deepen their strategic partnership, demonstrating their growing alignment as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine. The two leaders released a joint statement in Beijing outlining their alignment on various issues, including energy, trade, security and geopolitics.
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    CNN

    Slovakia’s Prime Minister Fico in life-threatening condition after being shot multiple times

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    1. Slovakia's Prime Minister, Robert Fico, is in a life-threatening condition after being shot multiple times in an assassination attempt. The shooting occurred after a government meeting in the town of Handlova.
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    TIME

    This 28-year-old is the new face of Europe’s far right

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    1. Jordan Bardella, the 28-year-old president of France's far-right National Rally party, is expected to win the European Union's parliamentary elections on June 9. He was handpicked by Marine Le Pen as her likely successor as party leader.
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    TIME

    Putin’s enemies are struggling to unite

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    1. Many Ukrainians blame not only Russian President Vladimir Putin for the war in Ukraine, but also the Russian public due to the weakness of the country'a anti-war movement and Putin's high approval rating.
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    NPR

    Why protesters in Georgia are opposed to a 'foreign agents' law and why it matters

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    1. Tens of thousands of protesters in Georgia are opposing a controversial "foreign agents" bill set to be passed by the country's parliament. The bill would require NGOs and media companies that receive more than 20% of their funding from abroad to register as "pursuing the interests of a foreign power" and provide financial statements about their activities.
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    El Pais

    Gaza war pushes US-Israel relations to ‘unprecedented low point’

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    1. The relationship between the U.S. and Israel has become strained due to the conflict in Gaza, with Joe Biden threatening to pause weapons shipments to Israel if it invades Rafah.
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    CNN

    The rest of the world wants the Ukraine war to go away. Putin has other ideas

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    1. The language used by the Ukrainian military in their daily updates has changed significantly over the past 72 hours, reflecting the worsening situation in the country. Russia is advancing in four different areas across the frontline, with the most troubling being the northern border near Kharkiv, Ukraine's second city.
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    DW

    Did China's Xi Jinping expose disunity in Europe?

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    1. Chinese President Xi Jinping completed his European tour on Friday after he visited three countries that have "special bilateral relationships" with Beijing: France, Serbia and Hungary. . He visited
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    AP News

    Israel pushes deeper into Rafah and battles a regrouping Hamas in northern Gaza

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    1. Israeli forces have pushed deeper into Gaza's southern city of Rafah, battling Hamas in areas previously cleared by the military. Rafah is considered Hamas' last stronghold and the last refuge for more than a million civilians in Gaza.
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    El Pais

    The risky task of investigating corruption in wartime Ukraine

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    1. Ilia Vitiuk, the former head of cybersecurity at the Security Services of Ukraine, was dismissed from his post after a journalist revealed alleged irregular real estate operations within Vitiuk’s family. The journalist was harassed by two soldiers and an SSU agent during his investigation.
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    Vox

    Israel’s other war

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    1. The conflict between Israel and Hezbollah -- a Lebanon-based military group -- has resulted in at least 4,400 combined strikes from both sides in the first six months, according to the U.S.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. This has resulted in the deaths of an estimated 250 Hezbollah members, 75 Lebanese civilians and 20 Israelis, and has displaced more than 150,000 people.
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