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Brittney Griner: Russian trial of American basketball star begins

Brittney Griner: Russian trial of American basketball star begins

Griner, 31, a Phoenix Mercury player who plays in Russia during the WNBA’s offseason, was arrested February 17 at a Moscow airport. Russian authorities accused her of smuggling significant amounts of a narcotic substance, an offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Griner is currently being kept at a pre-trial detention center north …

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Berlin preps 'huge thermos' to help heat homes this winter

Berlin preps ‘huge thermos’ to help heat homes this winter

BERLIN (AP) — The rust-colored tower rising from an industrial site near the banks of Berlin’s Spree river looks nothing like the sleek flasks Germans use for coffee, yet its purpose is similar: to provide some warmth throughout the day, especially when it’s cold outside. With a height of 45 meters (almost 150 feet) and …

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Dogs Could Have Joined Humans More Than Once, Ancient Wolf DNA Has Revealed

Dogs Could Have Joined Humans More Than Once, Ancient Wolf DNA Has Revealed

The beloved pooch snoring on your couch or sticking a snoot under your arm at dinner time came from a much wilder origin. At some point, dogs diverged from gray wolves under the guidance of domestication, to become the diverse fuzzbutts that fill our homes and hearts with such joy today. Exactly when and how …

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Snake Island: Russian forces have drawn from the territory, both sides confirm

Snake Island: Russian forces have drawn from the territory, both sides confirm

CNN — Russian troops have left Snake Island in the Black Sea, the Ukrainian Armed Forces said Thursday, after they carried out what they said was a “successful” operation. The small but strategic territory was the scene of one of the opening salvos of the war in Ukraine, with demands from a Russian warship calling …

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US boosting military presence in Europe amid Russia threat

US boosting military presence in Europe amid Russia threat

MADRID (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday the US will significantly expand its military presence in Europe, the latest example of how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has reshaped plans for the continent’s security and prompted a reinvestment in NATO. Among the changes will be a permanent US garrison in Poland, for the first time …

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Biden speaks ahead of leaving highly consequential NATO summit

Biden speaks ahead of leaving highly consequential NATO summit

CNN — President Joe Biden and his fellow NATO leaders depart a highly consequential summit on Thursday that rendered the defense alliance larger, more muscular and more focused. In a news conference held before his departure, Biden touted the historic nature of the summit, which saw formal invitations extended to Sweden and Finland and promises …

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Russia and China slam NATO after alliance raises alarm

Russia and China slam NATO after alliance raises alarm

MADRID (AP) — NATO faced rebukes from Moscow and Beijing on Thursday after it declared Russia a “direct threat” and said China posed “serious challenges “to global stability. The Western military alliance was wrapping up a summit in Madrid, where it issued a stark warning that the world has been plunged into a dangerous phase …

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Lone survivor attacker in Paris massacre guilty of murder

Lone survivor attacker in Paris massacre guilty of murder

PARIS (AP) — The lone survivor of a team of Islamic State extremists who terrorized Paris in 2015 was convicted Wednesday of murder and other charges and sentenced to life in prison without parole for the deadliest peacetime attacks in French history. The special terrorism court also convicted 19 other men involved in the assault …

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Sweden and Finland are on the cusp of joining NATO.  Here's why that matters, and what comes next

Sweden and Finland are on the cusp of joining NATO. Here’s why that matters, and what comes next

That breakthrough came during a NATO summit in Madrid that has already become one of the most consequential meetings in the history of the military alliance. The two countries are now expected to become full NATO members quickly, shoring up the bloc’s eastern flank within months of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Here’s all you need …

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