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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.

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Pope Francis, left, reaches to embrace Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill after signing a joint declaration at the Jose Marti International airport in Havana, Cuba o Feb. 12, 2016. Pope Francis has sent a protocol greeting to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, wishing him prayers on a feast day, as the Vatican insists on maintaining cordial relations amid mounting criticism of its stance from within the Catholic hierarchy. The website of the Moscow Patriarchate published the brief letter of greetings Francis sent Patriarch Kirill on his name day Tuesday to mark the feast of St. Cyril, a saint important to both Catholics and Orthodox. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)

Pope greets Russian patriarch, criticized for 'naive' policy

- Associated Press

Pope Francis has sent a protocol greeting to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, assuring him of prayers on his patron's feast day and stressing the value of human life and wisdom, as the Vatican insists on maintaining cordial relations amid the war in Ukraine.

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner leaves a courtroom after a hearing, in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 13, 2022. Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was detained at the Moscow airport in February after vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were allegedly found in her luggage, which could carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.  (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Brittney Griner's wife tells ABC she wants WNBA star home

- Associated Press

Brittney Griner's wife Cherelle wants President Biden to secure her partner's release, doing whatever is necessary to get the WNBA star home from Russia where she has been detained for more than three months.

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.

Police walk near Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Live updates | Rifle used in Texas shooting modeled after M4

- Associated Press

The rifle used in the Texas elementary school shooting is known as a “DDM4 Rifle.” It's modeled after the M4 carbine, the U.S. military’s go-to rifle, according to a blog post by the gun’s maker, Daniel Defense.

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.