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Pilots from the 69th Bomb Squadron board B-52H Stratofortress bomber "Wham Bam II" in preparation for a flight over the Mideast on March 6, 2021, at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. A pair of B-52 bombers flew over the Mideast on Sunday, March 7, 2021, the latest such mission in the region aimed at warning Iran amid tensions between Washington and Tehran. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Josh W. Strickland via AP)

U.S. deploys B-52 bombers to Middle East in warning to Iran

- The Washington Times

The U.S. military on Sunday delivered a pair of clear warnings to Iran, with the Air Force dispatching two B-52H “Stratofortress” bombers to the Middle East while Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin vowed to “hold people accountable for their acts” if Americans are targeted.

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- Associated Press

The Biden administration said Monday it is offering temporary legal residency to several hundred thousand Venezuelans who fled their country’s economic collapse and will review U.S. sanctions intended to isolate the South American nation.

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Biden order could change how colleges handle sex misconduct

- Associated Press

In a first step toward reversing a contentious Trump administration policy, President Joe Biden on Monday ordered his administration to review federal rules guiding colleges in their handling of campus sexual assaults.

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2019 file photo, Guatemalan judge for high-risk crimes Erika Aifan poses for photos at her courtroom in Guatemala City. On March 8, 2021, the U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will virtually host the annual ceremony for the International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards to honor a group of exceptional women from around the world, including Aifan. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

3 female Guatemalan judges defend rule of law

- Associated Press

Three female judges in Guatemala have emerged as critical figures in the fight for the rule of law in a justice system seen as under attack by powerful interests.

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Trump policy that weakened wild bird protections is revoked

- Associated Press

The Biden administration on Monday reversed a policy imposed under former President Donald Trump that drastically weakened the government's power to enforce a century-old law that protects most U.S. bird species.

Flower protest in Paris for Iranian no-headscarf activist

Associated Press

Activists laid flowers near the Iranian Embassy in Paris on Monday to show support for a women's rights campaigner sentenced to prison after handing out flowers to women on the Tehran metro while not wearing a headscarf.

Taiwan President Tsai visits naval base amid Chinese threats

Associated Press

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen visited a naval base on Monday to thank sailors and marines for their dedication to protecting the island amid renewed threats from China, vowing not to allow the loss of “any single inch" of territory.

As US mulls Afghan exit, activist sees long fight for women

- Associated Press

Prominent activist Sima Samar has been fighting for women’s rights in Afghanistan for the past 40 years. She believes her struggle is far from over - especially at a time when violence is on the rise, peace talks between rival Afghan groups are stuck and the U.S. mulls a May departure from her country.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a remote video press conference held on the sidelines of the annual meeting of China's National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Sunday, March 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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Associated Press

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Australia ends defense cooperation with Myanmar over coup

- Associated Press

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