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Ukrainian soldiers fire in the recently retaken Kupiansk in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. Russian and Ukrainian forces exchanged missile and artillery barrages on Thursday as both sides refused to concede ground despite recent military setbacks for Moscow and the toll on the invaded country after seven months of war. (AP Photo/Kostiantyn Liberov)

Russians strike Ukraine as Kremlin-staged votes continue

- Associated Press

Russian forces launched new strikes on Ukrainian cities Saturday as Kremlin-orchestrated votes continued in occupied regions of Ukraine to pave the way for their annexation by Moscow.

A cemetery worker takes a rest from working on the graves of civilians killed in Bucha during the war with Russia, in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, April 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)

U.N. rights experts cite signs of war crimes in Ukraine

- Associated Press

A team of experts commissioned by the U.N.’s top human rights body to look into rights violations in Ukraine said Friday its initial investigation turned up evidence of war crimes in the country following Russia’s invasion nearly seven months ago.

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A woman shows to Pope Francis a t-shirt supporting former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during the 'Economy of Francesco' meetings with young entrepreneurs for a more inclusive and human economy, in Assisi, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope appeals to the young to save the planet, find peace

Associated Press

Pope Francis, visiting Assisi, the birthplace of his namesake saint who was close to nature, called on Saturday for "courage" in abandoning fossil fuels and lamented that older generations didn't know how to protect the planet and secure peace.

Iranian dissident Masih Alinejad gestures as she speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Dissident: 'Iranian women are furious' over headscarf death

Associated Press

The tears come quickly to Masih Alinejad when she talks about the messages she's received in recent days from women in Iran protesting against their government after a young woman died in police custody over a violation of the country's strict religious dress code.

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Professor, NASA researcher pleads guilty in China ties case

- Associated Press

A NASA researcher and Texas A&M University professor has pleaded guilty to charges related to hiding his ties to a university created by the Chinese government while accepting federal grant money.

Cars queue to cross the border from Russia to Finland at the Vaalimaa border check point in Virolahti, Finland, Friday Sept. 23, 2022. (Sasu Makinen/Lehtikuva via AP)

Russian men join exodus, fearing call-up to fight in Ukraine

- Associated Press

Military-aged men fled Russia in droves Friday, filling planes and causing traffic jams at border crossings to avoid being rounded up to fight in Ukraine following the Kremlin's partial military mobilization.

In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, protesters chant slogans during a protest over the death of a woman who was detained by the morality police, in downtown Tehran, Iran, Sept. 21, 2022.  (AP Photo, File)

U.S. allows tech firms to boost internet access in Iran

- Associated Press

The Treasury Department said Friday it was allowing American tech firms to expand their business in Iran, one of the most sanctioned countries in the world, to boost internet access for the Iranian people.

FILE - Mink look out from a pen at a breeding farm near Naestved, Denmark, Friday Nov. 6, 2020. Denmark's government said, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 that a temporary ban on mink breeding will expire Jan. 1, allowing mink production to resume in the country but at a ”significantly reduced" level than before the coronavirus pandemic. The Danish government nearly two years ago ordered a cull of millions of minks to minimize the risk of the small mammals retransmitting the virus.(Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP, File)

Denmark to allow 'significantly reduced' mink production

- Associated Press

Denmark's government said Friday that a temporary ban on mink breeding will expire Jan. 1, allowing mink production to resume in the country but at a "significantly reduced" level than before the coronavirus pandemic.

Passengers queue up at the arrival hall for buses going to quarantine hotels from Hong Kong international airport in Hong Kong, Friday, Sep. 23, 2022. Hong Kong’s leader announced the city would no longer require incoming travelers to quarantine in designated hotels as the city seeks to open up globally after nearly two years. The measures will come into effect Monday.(AP Photo/Lam Yik)

Hong Kong to end mandatory hotel quarantine for travelers

- Associated Press

Hong Kong's leader announced the city would no longer require incoming travelers to quarantine in designated hotels as it seeks to remain competitive and open up globally after nearly two years.