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Riot police officers cordon off the area after migrants arrive on Spanish soil and crossing the fences separating the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco in Melilla, Spain, Friday, June 24, 2022. Dozens of migrants stormed the border crossing between Morocco and the Spanish enclave city of Melilla on Friday in what is the first such incursion since Spain and Morocco mended diplomatic relations last month. (AP Photo/Javier Bernardo)

Groups in Spain and Morocco push for border deaths inquiry

- Associated Press

Human rights organizations in Spain and Morocco called on both countries to investigate the deaths of at least 18 Africans and injuries suffered by dozens more who attempted to scale the border fence that surrounds Melilla, a Spanish enclave in North Africa.

Pope Francis presides over a mass celebrated by U.S. Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for the participants into the World Meeting of Families in Rome, Saturday, June 25, 2022. The World Meeting of Families was created by Pope John Paul II in 1994 and celebrated every three years since then in different cities. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope hails families, blasts ‘culture of waste’ after Roe

- Associated Press

Pope Francis celebrated families Saturday and urged them to shun “selfish” decisions that are indifferent to life as he closed out a big Vatican rally a day after the U.S. Supreme Court ended constitutional protections for abortion.

FILE - The Warehouse nightclub, where needle attacks had been reported, is pictured Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in Nantes, western France. In recent days, several suspects around France have been given preliminary charges of purposefully pricking people with a needle at nightclubs or concerts, in connection with a surge of mysterious needle attacks across France. Since January 1.004 people have filed formal complaints to authorities about such needle pricks, told the Ministry of Interior to the Associated Press. (AP Photo/Jeremias Gonzalez, File)

Suspects charged over puzzling needle attacks in France

- Associated Press

Several suspects around France have been detained or given preliminary charges in recent days for allegedly pricking people with a needle in nightclubs or at concerts, following a surge in needle attacks that have confounded authorities and seeded panic among young club-goers.

From right, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel and French President Emmanuel Macron address a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, June 23, 2022. The European Union's leaders have agreed to make Ukraine a candidate for EU membership, setting in motion a potentially years long process that could draw the embattled country further away from Russia's influence and bind it more closely to the West. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

Ukraine gets EU invite, in rebuke to Putin

- The Washington Times

The European Union on Thursday formally made Ukraine a candidate for membership in the 27-nation alliance, delivering what could be a major morale boost for Ukrainian troops while dealing a significant blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s drive to pull Kyiv away from the West.

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Ukrainian soldiers camouflage a U.S.-supplied M777 howitzer with tree branches after they fired at Russian position in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region Saturday, June 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Russians focus firepower to seize 2 villages in east Ukraine

- Associated Press

The Russian military expanded its grab of territory in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, capturing two villages and vying for control of a key highway in an offensive that could cut supply lines and encircle some frontline Ukrainian forces, British and Ukrainian military officials said.

This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. The World Health Organization will convene an emergency committee of experts to determine if the expanding monkeypox outbreak that has mysteriously spread outside its usual zones should be considered an international public health emergency. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP, File)

WHO considers declaring monkeypox a global health emergency

- Associated Press

As the World Health Organization convenes its emergency committee Thursday to consider if the spiraling outbreak of monkeypox warrants being declared a global emergency, some experts say WHO's decision to act only after the disease spilled into the West could entrench the grotesque inequities that arose between rich and poor countries during the coronavirus pandemic.

FILE - In this photo released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry, military personnel stand near the flag-draped coffin of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a scientist who was killed on Friday, during a funeral ceremony in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. A court in Iran on Thursday, June 23, 2022 ordered the United States government to pay over $4 billion to the families of Iranian nuclear scientists who have been killed in targeted attacks in recent years, state-run media reported. (Iranian Defense Ministry via AP, File)

Iran orders U.S. to pay compensation for slain nuke scientists

- Associated Press

A court in Iran on Thursday ordered the United States government to pay over $4 billion to the families of Iranian nuclear scientists who have been killed in targeted attacks in recent years, state-run media reported.

FILE - Populist Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, speaks during a mews conference in Najaf, Iraq,  Nov. 18, 2021. Iraq’s Parliament is set to hold a session Thursday, June 23, 2022, to vote in replacements for 73 lawmakers who resigned earlier this month. The collective walkout by followers of al-Sadr, Iraq’s most influential Shiite politician, threw Iraq into further uncertainty, deepening a months-long political crisis over government formation. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil, File)

Tension in Iraq as cleric accuses Iran's allies of meddling

- Associated Press

Iraq's Parliament is set to hold a session Thursday to vote in replacements for 73 lawmakers who resigned earlier this month. The collective walkout by followers of Iraq's most influential Shiite politician threw Iraq into further uncertainty, deepening a months-long political crisis over government formation.

Afghans stand among destruction after an earthquake in Gayan village, in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Thursday, June 23, 2022. A powerful earthquake struck a rugged, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, flattening stone and mud-brick homes in the country's deadliest quake in two decades, the state-run news agency reported. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Nooroozi)

Afghans bury dead, dig for survivors after quake kills 1,000

- Associated Press

Villagers rushed to bury the dead Thursday and dug by hand through the rubble of their homes in search of survivors of a powerful earthquake in eastern Afghanistan that killed at least 1,000 people. The Taliban and the international community that fled their takeover struggled to bring help to the disaster's victims.

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, attends a meeting of the Central Military Commission of the ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea Wednesday, June 22, 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)

N. Korea talks of new army duties suggest nuclear deployment

- Associated Press

North Korea discussed assigning additional duties to front-line army units at a key military meeting, state media said Thursday, a move that analysts said indicates it plans to deploy battlefield nuclear weapons targeting South Korea along the rivals' tense border.

In this May 7, 2020, file photo Charles Q. Brown, Jr., nominated for reappointment to the grade of General and to Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee nominations hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate on Tuesday, June 9, unanimously confirmed Gen. Charles Brown Jr. as chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, making him the first black officer to lead one of the nation's military services. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP, File) **FILE**

Air Force chief says service must adapt for future battles

- The Washington Times

After more than 20 years focused on the Middle East, the U.S. Air Force must evolve if it is to stay relevant on future battlefields against near-peer adversaries like China and Russia, one of the service's top officials acknowledged Wednesday.