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Norway slams Afghan Taliban edict demanding women cover up head to toe in public

Norway has slammed the latest Afghan Taliban edict demanding women cover up head to toe in public and warned that Afghanistan’s new rulers are “steering the country toward a humanitarian, economic and human rights catastrophe.” The Taliban decree, announced on Saturday, ordered all Afghan women to wear all-covering clothing in public, the traditional burqa, and …

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Taiwan jets scramble as China air force enters air defense zone

Taiwan’s air force scrambled on Friday to warn away 18 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defense zone, Taiwan’s defense ministry said. Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory, has complained of repeated such missions by Chinese aircraft, which have become a common occurrence over the past two years or so. Developing

Kremlin declines to say whether Putin apologized to Israel over Hitler remarks

The Kremlin on Friday declined to say whether President Vladimir Putin had apologized to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett following an assertion from Russia’s foreign minister that Adolf Hitler had Jewish origins. Israel lambasted Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for the comment, describing the remarks as an “unforgivable” falsehood that minimized the horrors of the Nazi …

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Google urges EU court to scrap $1.6 billion antitrust fine

Alphabet unit Google on Monday urged Europe’s second-highest court to dismiss a 1.49-billion-euro ($1.6 billion) fine imposed by EU antitrust regulators three years ago for hindering rivals in online search advertising. The case is one of three that has resulted in a total of 8.25 billion euros in European Union antitrust fines on the world’s …

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Iran summons Swedish ambassador over ex-official’s trial

Iran said it had summoned Sweden’s ambassador following a request by prosecutors in the Nordic country for life imprisonment for a former Iranian official. The foreign ministry in Tehran late Sunday “strongly condemned” the arrest and trial of Hamid Noury, 61, as “illegal” and called for halting the proceedings and for his release. For the …

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