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Weather Delays SpaceX Launch Taking US, Russians to ISS

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Raye Sets Record at BRIT Awards, Britain’s Pop Music Honors

LONDON — Singer-songwriter Raye was the big winner Saturday at the BRIT Awards, the biggest night in British music, setting a new record for most prizes in one night at the annual ceremony. Raye won six awards, including for artist of the year, album of the year for My 21st Century Blues and song of the …

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Germany Investigates Leak of Recording of Its Officers Discussing Ukraine Aid

WARSAW, Poland — German authorities said Saturday they were conducting an investigation after an audio recording in which German military officers purportedly discussed support for Ukraine, including the potential use of Taurus missiles, was published in Russia.  Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who was in Rome on Saturday, called it a “very serious matter” and said that German …

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Norway’s King Gets Pacemaker After Falling Ill on Vacation in Malaysia

helsinki — King Harald V of Norway was implanted with a temporary pacemaker Saturday at a hospital in Malaysia’s resort island of Langkawi, where Europe’s oldest monarch was being treated for an infection during a vacation this week, the Norwegian royal house said.  “The pacemaker was implanted due to a low heart rate,” the Royal House …

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Armenia Says It’s Ready for Peace Deal If Azerbaijan Shows Political Will

ANTALYA, TURKEY — Armenia is ready to sign a peace agreement with Azerbaijan if Baku shows the same political will and is keen to make progress on normalizing relations with Turkey, a senior Armenian official said on Saturday.  Yerevan and Baku said in December they wanted to reach a peace deal after decades of being at …

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Pope Francis Asks Aide to Read Ceremonial Speech Due to Bronchitis

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis, who has been suffering from influenza, said he delegated the reading of a speech at a ceremony Saturday to an aide because he was unable to read it due to bronchitis.  “I have prepared a speech but as you can see, I am unable to read it because of bronchitis. I …

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2 Killed, 8 Injured in Odesa Drone Crash

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Ethiopia Releases French Journalist After Week of Imprisonment  

WASHINGTON — French journalist Antoine Galindo, who was detained for a week in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, was released Thursday ahead of his scheduled second appearance in court Friday, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said. Angela Quintal, head of CPJ’s Africa program, told VOA that Galindo, a reporter for Paris-based news site Africa Intelligence, left …

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Thousands Defy Putin to Pay Respects to Navalny 

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Thousands Defy Putin to Attend Russian Opposition Leader Navalny’s Funeral

Under a heavy police presence, thousands of supporters of Alexey Navalny bid farewell to the prominent Russian opposition leader outside his funeral Friday in Moscow. VOA Senior Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports. …

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US Says Airstrikes, Naval Convoys Help Thousands of Ships Transit Red Sea

Washington — Attacks by Iranian-backed Houthi militants in Yemen on international shipping in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden may have put a dent in global trade. But U.S. officials argue a combination of airstrikes and naval convoys are allowing thousands of ships to still make the journey unscathed. Over the past three months, an …

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Netherlands Pledges $2.2 Billion in Military Aid for Ukraine

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Navalny’s Family Holds Funeral for Russian Opposition Leader

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For China, North Korea Is ‘Card to Play’ in Competition With US, Experts Say

washington — Beijing is unlikely to help Washington disrupt military cooperation between North Korea and Russia because China sees that move as undermining itself while bolstering U.S. goals in Europe and Asia, analysts said. “Given U.S. policy in Asia and Washington’s ongoing effort to contain Chinese power in the region, Beijing has no reason to assist …

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France to Enshrine Abortion Right in Constitution

France is poised to become the first country to inscribe the freedom for women to have abortions in its constitution. Lawmakers from the Senate and lower house will meet at Versailles Palace on March 4 for a final vote on the measure. Lisa Bryant reports. …

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Freedom House: Civil Liberties Decline Globally for 18th Year

washington — Civil liberties declined globally for the 18th consecutive year in 2023, with conflict and flawed elections the biggest factors, a new report has found.   Political rights and civil liberties deteriorated for more than one-fifth of the population, the non-profit group Freedom House found. And only one-fifth of the 210 countries and territories the …

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Turkey, Italy Eye Cooperation in Bid for Influence in Africa

Turkey and Italy are seeking to expand their influence in Africa, economically and diplomatically. Analysts say both nations see opportunities as French influence on the continent declines, creating common ground for cooperation between Rome and Ankara. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul. …

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Artificial Intelligence Is Game Changer for Election Interference, FBI Warns

WASHINGTON — U.S. security officials are bracing for an onslaught of fast-paced influence operations, from a wide range of adversaries, aimed at impacting the country’s coming presidential election. FBI Director Christopher Wray issued the latest warning about attempts to meddle with American voters as they decide whom to support when they go to the polls come …

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1 Dead, 5 Injured in Norway Helicopter Crash

OSLO, Norway — One person died and five were injured when a helicopter crash-landed in the ocean off western Norway, police said on Thursday, leading to a temporary halt in transport to and from the country’s offshore oil and gas platforms. The Sikorsky S-92 aircraft operated by Bristow Norway was on a search and rescue training …

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EU Moves to End Standoff With Poland Over Anti-EU Policies, Begins to Release Billions in Funds

BRUSSELS — The European Union took a major step in ending its standoff with member state Poland on Thursday by announcing it will begin releasing billions of euros to it that were frozen over the previous government’s policies that the bloc said amounted to widespread backsliding on fundamental democratic principles. The move is an important reward …

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Media, Spy Agencies Await UK Court’s WikiLeaks Ruling

The eyes of free press advocates and U.S. intelligence officials are on London, where the High Court is set to rule on the fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Washington wants him extradited to face 18 charges tied to the hacking and theft of classified material. VOA’s Jeff Seldin reports. …

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Zelenskyy Says Russian Loss in Ukraine ‘Critical for All Free Nations’ 

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Pro-Russian Narratives Rise Among Latin American X Users, Research Shows

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Breakaway Moldovan Region Asks Russia for ‘Protection’

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Navalny Funeral Set for Friday in Moscow

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Judge Rules Prince Harry Was Not Unfairly Stripped of UK Security Detail after He Moved to US

London — Prince Harry was not improperly stripped of his publicly funded security detail during visits to Britain after he gave up his status as a working member of the royal family and moved to the U.S., a London judge ruled Wednesday. Justice Peter Lane said in the High Court that the decision to provide security …

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