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An injured man is transported to a hospital after a bombing in Mazar-e-Sharif, northern Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. A series of explosions shook Afghanistan on Wednesday, the Taliban said, including a blast inside a mosque in the capital of Kabul that killed at least five worshippers and three bombings of minivans in the country's north that killed nine passengers. (AP Photo/Masih Paeiz)

Blast in Kabul mosque, IS bombs in north Afghanistan kill 14

- Associated Press

A series of explosions shook Afghanistan on Wednesday, the Taliban said, including a blast inside a mosque in the capital of Kabul that killed at least five worshippers and three bombings of minivans in the country’s north that killed nine passengers.

From left, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the Japan-U.S.-Australia-India Fellowship Founding Celebration event in Tokyo Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (Yuichi Yamazaki/Pool Photo via AP)

Biden: Leaders navigating ‘dark hour’ after Ukraine invasion

- Associated Press

President Biden told fellow Indo-Pacific leaders assembled for a four-country summit Tuesday that they were navigating “a dark hour in our shared history” due to Russia’s brutal war on Ukraine, and he urged the group to make a greater effort to stop Vladimir Putin’s aggression.

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FILE - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is seen on a screen as addresses the audience from Kyiv during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Monday, May 23, 2022. Ukraine's president said Wednesday, May 25, 2022 that Russia must pull back to its pre-war positions as a first step before diplomatic talks, a negotiating line that Moscow is unlikely to agree to anytime soon. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Ukraine: Russia must withdraw to pre-war positions for talks

- Associated Press

Ukraine's president said Wednesday that Russia must pull back to its pre-war positions as a first step before diplomatic talks, a negotiating line that Moscow is unlikely to agree to anytime soon as it focuses its fire on key regions in the east three months into the war.

A residents enters her home building ruined by shelling in Borodyanka, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. No matter where Ukrainians live, the 3-month-old war never seems to be far away. Those in towns and villages near the front lines hide in basements from constant shelling, struggling to survive with no electricity or gas — and often no running water. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Live updates | Turkey makes demands on Sweden, Finland

- Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey - A senior Turkish official has insisted after talks with Swedish and Finnish officials that Turkey will not agree to the two Nordic countries joining NATO unless specific steps are taken to address Ankara’s objections.

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, watches a military parade to mark the 90th anniversary of North Korea's army at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea on April 25, 2022. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday, May 25, the missile was fired toward waters near North Korea's eastern coast. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

Seoul: North Korea launches 3 ballistic missiles toward sea

- Associated Press

North Korea launched three ballistic missiles toward the sea on Wednesday, South Korea's military said, the Norths' first weapons firings in about two weeks as the country makes a much-disputed claim that its first domestic COVID-19 outbreak is weakening.

FILE - Masked Palestinians carry Palestinian and Hamas flags during Eid al-Fitr celebrations next to the next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem on May 2, 2022. Israeli authorities said Tuesday, May 24, they have foiled a wide-ranging plot by Hamas militants to shoot a member of parliament, kidnap soldiers and bomb Jerusalem's light rail system during a surge of violence that has left dozens dead in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Israel says 5 Palestinians arrested in alleged attack plots

Associated Press

Israeli authorities said Tuesday they have foiled a wide-ranging plot by Palestinian militant Hamas group to shoot a member of parliament, kidnap soldiers and bomb Jerusalem's light rail system during a surge of violence that has left dozens dead in recent weeks.