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A computer screen displays a notice blocking the Wikipedia website through an online news site in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. Pakistan's media regulator said Monday it blocked Wikipedia services in the country for hurting Muslim sentiment by not removing allegedly blasphemous content from the site. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Wikipedia again up and running as Pakistan lifts ban on site

- Associated Press

Pakistan lifted its ban on Wikipedia services before dawn Tuesday, after the country's media regulator blocked the site last week for not removing purportedly blasphemous content, claiming it hurts the sentiments of Muslims.

People and emergency teams search for people in the rubble in a destroyed building in Gaziantep, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. A powerful quake has knocked down multiple buildings in southeast Turkey and Syria and many casualties are feared. (AP Photo/Mustafa Karali)

Quake deaths pass 5,000 as Turkey, Syria seek survivors

- Associated Press

Rescuers raced Tuesday to find survivors in the rubble of thousands of buildings brought down by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and multiple aftershocks that struck eastern Turkey and neighboring Syria, with the discovery of more bodies raising the death toll to more than 5,000.

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a plenary meeting of the Workers’ Party of Korea at the party headquarters in Pyongyang, North Korea Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. 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)

Kim Jong-un orders North Korea's military to improve war readiness

- Associated Press

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered his military to expand its combat exercises and strengthen war preparedness as he looks to escalate an already provocative run in weapons demonstrations in the face of deepening tensions with its neighbors and Washington.

Military attendees leave after the opening ceremony of the 20th National Congress of China's ruling Communist Party at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 16, 2022. In a speech that used the word security 26 times, Chinese leader Xi Jinping said Beijing will "work faster" to modernize the party's military wing, the People's Liberation Army, and "enhance the military's strategic capabilities." (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Balloons serve multiple roles in Chinese warfare

- The Washington Times

China's People's Liberation Army plans to use high-altitude balloons to counter long-range U.S. drones and for psychological warfare operations in addition to intelligence-gathering, a review of Chinese military and technical writings reveals.

This photo provided by Jason Sellers shows U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft shooting down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023.   President Joe Biden said on Saturday that he ordered U.S. officials to shoot down the suspected Chinese spy balloon earlier this week and that national security leaders decided the best time for the operation was when it got over water.  (Jason Sellers via AP)

Biden aide: Ramped-up surveillance after Trump years uncovered more Chinese spy balloon incursions

- The Washington Times

A defensive Biden administration on Monday insisted that the long delay in downing a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that traversed the country last week allowed U.S. analysts to collect valuable intelligence, while also claiming that officials didn't learn of previous Chinese incursions until after former President Trump left office in early 2021.

Russian army soldiers practice on a military training ground in Russian-controlled Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)

Russia sentences popular cookbook author over Ukraine posts

Associated Press

A Moscow court on Monday sentenced a popular cookbook author and blogger to nine years in prison after convicting her in absentia of spreading false information about the country's military. The trial was part of the Kremlin's sweeping, monthslong crackdown on dissent.

NATO's Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana, left, and Norway's Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store, speak at the Leangkollen Security Conference 2023 in the university hall in Oslo, Norway, Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. (Terje Pedersen/NTB Scanpix via AP)

Norway looks to donate $7.3 billion in aid to Ukraine

Associated Press

Oil-rich Norway is looking to donate 75 billion kroner ($7.3 billion) to Kyiv as part of a five-year support package that would make the Scandinavian country one of the world's biggest donors to war-torn Ukraine, the Norwegian government said Monday.

A woman walks out from a residential building that was hit by a Russian rocket, in the city center of Kharkiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrii Marienko)

Russian forces keep up pressure as Ukraine anniversary nears

- Associated Press

Russian forces are keeping Ukrainian troops tied down with fighting in the eastern Donbas region as Moscow assembles additional combat power there for an expected offensive in the coming weeks, Ukrainian officials said Monday.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, right, Pope Francis,left, and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland Iain Greenshields meet the journalists during an airborne press conference aboard the airplane directed to Rome, at the end of his pastoral visit to Congo and South Sudan, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023. (Tiziana Fabi/Pool Photo Via AP)

Pope, Anglican, Presbyterian leaders denounce anti-gay laws

- Associated Press

Pope Francis was backed by the ceremonial head of the Anglican Communion and top Presbyterian minister in calling for gays to be welcomed by their churches as he again decried laws that criminalize homosexuality as unjust.

Residents wait in line to receive the Ebola vaccine in Beni, Congo DRC on July 13, 2019. A confidential U.N. report into the alleged missteps by senior World Health Organization in the way they handled a sexual misconduct case during an Ebola outbreak in Congo found their response did not violate the agency’s policies because of what some officials described as a “loophole.” The report, which was submitted to the WHO Director-General on Jan. 2023, and was not released publicly, was obtained by the Associated Press. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

'Loophole' excuses WHO officials accused of misconduct

- Associated Press

A confidential U.N. report into the alleged missteps by senior World Health Organization staffers in the way they handled a sexual misconduct case during an Ebola outbreak in Congo found their response didn't violate the agency's policies because of what some officials described as a "loophole" in how WHO defines victims of such behavior.