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Russia scores points with vaccine diplomacy, but snags arise

Russia scores points with vaccine diplomacy, but snags arise

MOSCOW — Russia's boast in August that it was the first country to authorize a coronavirus vaccine led to skepticism at the time because of its insufficient testing.
Drones vs hungry moths: Dutch use hi-tech to protect crops

Drones vs hungry moths: Dutch use hi-tech to protect crops

MONSTER, Netherlands — Dutch cress grower Rob Baan has enlisted high-tech helpers to tackle a pest in his greenhouses: palm-sized drones seek and destroy moths that produce caterpillars that can chew up his crops.
Sri Lanka Catholics mark 'Black Sunday' for Easter victims

Sri Lanka Catholics mark 'Black Sunday' for Easter victims

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lankan Roman Catholics attended Mass dressed in black on Sunday, with prayers and protests calling for justice for those killed in co-ordinated suicide bomb attacks on Easter Sunday two years ago.
Rouhani: Iran ready to take steps when US lifts sanctions

Rouhani: Iran ready to take steps when US lifts sanctions

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday his country was prepared to take steps to live up to measures in the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers as soon as the United States lifts economic sanctions on Iran.
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama gets vaccine shot

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama gets vaccine shot

DHARMSALA, India — The Dalai Lama, the 85-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader, was administered the first shot of the coronavirus vaccine on Saturday at a hospital in the north Indian hill town of Dharmsala.
Biden, Dems prevail as Senate OKs $1.9T virus relief bill

Biden, Dems prevail as Senate OKs $1.9T virus relief bill

WASHINGTON — An exhausted Senate narrowly approved a $1.
Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric deliver message of coexistence

Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric deliver message of coexistence

PLAINS OF UR, Iraq — Pope Francis walked through a narrow alley in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf for a historic meeting with the country’s top Shiite cleric Saturday, and together they delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence in a country sti

Afghan officials say car bomber kills prosecutor, bodyguard

KABUL — A suicide car bombing killed the Afghan intelligence directorate’s chief prosecutor Saturday, an official said, amid an increase in violence in the war-ravaged country.
Mississippi history group honours scholars, flag commission

Mississippi history group honours scholars, flag commission

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Historical Society is honouring several scholars and groups, including a commission that designed a new state that voters adopted in November. The society presented awards during its annual meeting Friday.
Protests, tear gas in Myanmar after UN envoy urges action

Protests, tear gas in Myanmar after UN envoy urges action

YANGON, Myanmar — Security forces in Myanmar again used force Saturday to disperse anti-coup protesters, a day after a U.N.