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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin calls nuclear weapons a tool of deterrence in Ukraine

- Associated Press

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hailed the annexation of Ukrainian territories as a major achievement and said his country's nuclear weapons serve as a tool of deterrence in the war that the Kremlin calls a "special military operation."

Local residents gather near a generator to charge their mobile devices in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces in Mariupol, Ukraine, Friday, April 22, 2022. When Russian forces two months ago launched a military campaign against infrastructure in Ukraine, it opened an urgent second front far from the contact line: Along power lines, water mains, and heating systems, and in places like homes, schools, offices and churches. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov, File)

Donors race to get generators, other aid to hard-hit Ukraine

- Associated Press

When Russian forces launched a military campaign against infrastructure in Ukraine nearly two months ago, they opened a front that carried the war along power lines, water mains and heating systems to homes, schools, offices and churches.

FBI agent holding a gun in his hand, rear view. File photo credit: Shutterstock

FBI slammed for 'inappropriate behaviors' in judging female agent trainees

- The Washington Times

A "permissive" culture at the FBI's training facility led to female candidates being dismissed and receiving harsher evaluations than their male counterparts, with half the women saying they were subject to sexist jokes or stories, according to a report released Tuesday by the Justice Department's internal watchdog.

Lina Abu Akleh, niece of fatally shot Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, waits outside the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, after Al Jazeera presented a letter requesting a formal investigation into the killing. Palestinian officials, Abu Akleh's family and Al Jazeera accuse Israel of intentionally targeting and killing the 51-year-old journalist, a claim Israel denies. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Al Jazeera wants court to probe Palestinian reporter's death

- Associated Press

News channel Al Jazeera on Tuesday formally asked the International Criminal Court to investigate the fatal shooting of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh as she was reporting from a Palestinian refugee camp in May.