Pope Francis, making the first trip by a pontiff to Iraq, made an impassioned call on Friday for an end to the militant violence, fratricide and religious strife that has plagued the country for decades, saying peacemakers should finally be given a chance.
Pope urges Iraqis to shun past violence and give peace a chance
The Kremlin takes into account a threat of new sanctions against Russia and works out various scenarios to protect interests of citizens and business, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Friday.
Russia works out various scenarios to respond to possible new sanctions
Police in Myanmar on Friday opened fire on protesters against last month’s military coup, killing one man, as international condemnation rained down on the junta ahead of a United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss the crisis.
Myanmar police kill anti-coup protester ahead of UNSC meeting
After two straight days of record COVID-19 deaths in Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday told Brazilians to stop “whining” and move on, in his latest remarks attacking distancing measures and downplaying the gravity of the pandemic.
Bolsonaro tells Brazilians to ‘stop whining’ after COVID-19 deaths hit record high
At least 10 rockets slammed into a military base in western Iraq hosting US-led coalition troops on Wednesday, security sources said, leaving one civilian contractor dead.
One dead in rocket attack on Iraq base hosting foreign troops
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said on Wednesday she launched a formal probe into alleged crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories, a move strongly opposed by Israel.
ICC opens war crimes probe in Palestinian territories
Myanmar security forces opened fire on protests against military rule on Wednesday killing nine people, witnesses and media reported, a day after neighboring countries called for restraint and offered to help Myanmar resolve the crisis.
Nine killed in Myanmar as police fire to break up protests
Kuwait’s new cabinet was sworn in Wednesday, state-run media reported, weeks after the government quit amid a deepening deadlock with Parliament that has blocked badly needed reforms in the tiny oil-rich Persian Gulf Arab state.
Kuwait swears in new government amid dispute over reforms
An explosion struck a Dutch coronavirus test center in a "cowardly act of destruction" on Wednesday, shattering windows but causing no injuries, police and government officials said.
'Insane' blast damages Dutch coronavirus test center

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