World
February 23

Improper storage, use of explosives killed 10 Chinese miners

Improper storage and use of explosives caused a massive blast at a gold mine in eastern China that killed 10 people last month, state media reported Tuesday.
World
February 23
Simon Bowes-Lyon, the Earl of Strathmore, arrives at Dundee Sheriff Court ahead of sentencing, in Dundee, Scotland, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021.

Relative of British queen jailed for sex assault at castle in Scotland

A relative of Queen Elizabeth II was sentenced Tuesday to 10 months in prison for sexually assaulting a woman at his ancestral castle in Scotland.
World
February 23

Lam backs Hong Kong electoral changes excluding opponents

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam gave her clear support Tuesday to electoral reforms that would likely further exclude opposition voices and cement Beijing's control over the semi-autonomous Chinese city's politics.
World
February 23
A police officer escorts Richard Daschbach, center, a former missionary from Pennsylvania, U.S. upon his arrival for a trial at a courthouse in Oecuss

Ex-US priest on trial in East Timor on sex abuse charges

A defrocked American priest went on trial Tuesday to face charges he sexually abused young girls at his shelter for orphans and children from impoverished families, in the first clergy sex case to emerge in East Timor — the most Catholic place in the world outside the Vatican.
World
February 23

Dutch arrest suspect in 3 armed robberies in Germany

A German man suspected in three heists against money transporters, including one at Cologne-Bonn airport, was arrested in the Netherlands on Tuesday, German investigators said.
World
February 23

9 women accused of suspected Abu Sayyaf suicide bomb plots

Philippine forces have arrested nine women who were related to Abu Sayyaf commanders and militants in the south and could have been "potential suicide bombers," the military said Tuesday.
World
February 23

Afghan peace talks resume, but path is anything but certain

With violence spiking, Afghanistan's warring sides have returned to the negotiation table, ending more than a month of delays amid hopes that the two sides can agree on a reduction of violence - and eventually, an outright ceasefire.
World
February 23

Jews split over storied charity's support for settlements

Generations of Jews have dropped spare change into the iconic blue boxes of the Jewish National Fund, a 120-year-old Zionist organization that acquires land, plants trees and carries out development projects in the Holy Land.
World
February 23

UN says Afghan civilian casualties down by 15% last year

The number of civilians killed and wounded in violence across war-weary Afghanistan fell by 15% last year compared to 2019, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.
Business
February 22

Asian shares mostly higher amid coronavirus vaccine optimism

Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday despite a sell-off of shares in technology companies on Wall Street.
World
February 22

Japan emperor shows concern to those suffering in pandemic

Japan's Emperor Naruhito expressed concern about the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on people's health and livelihoods, noting that he has used online meetings to connect with people he could not console in person.
World
February 22
In this photo provided by Project Jonah, rescuers work to save pilot whales beached at Farewell Spit at the top of the South Island of New Zealand, Mo

New Zealand volunteers refloat 28 whales in rescue effort

Volunteers in New Zealand were optimistic they could save the 28 whales that remain from a mass-stranding after refloating them Tuesday for the second time in two days.
World
February 22
Anti-coup protesters hold posters that read “#Reject Military Coup #Save Myanmar” as they gather under an elevated roadway just outside the Hleda

Protests swell after Myanmar junta raises specter of force

Protesters gathered in Myanmar's biggest city on Monday despite the ruling junta's threat to use lethal force against people who join a general strike against the military's takeover three weeks ago.
World
February 22

Haiti's president: despite coup attempts he backs democracy

Haiti's president blamed powerful oligarchs on Monday for seven attempts in his four-year term to overthrow Haiti's democratic system, most recently an attempted coup on Feb. 7, but said he remains committed to democracy.
Business
February 22

Huawei unveils flagship foldable smartphone for China market

Struggling under U.S. sanctions, Huawei unveiled a folding smartphone with an 8-inch (20-centimeter) -wide screen Monday to show off its tech prowess but said it will be sold only in China.
World
February 22

Canada's Trudeau, Cabinet abstain from China genocide vote

Canada's House of Commons voted Monday to declare that China is committing genocide against more than 1 million Uighurs in the western Xinjiang region but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Cabinet abstained from the vote.
World
February 22

Guatemalans outraged by fake COVID-19 tests

Lawmakers and rights official in Guatemala called Monday for an investigation into 30,000 fake COVID-19 tests that were bought by public health officials.
World
February 22

Italian ambassador among 3 killed in attack on Congo convoy

The Italian ambassador to Congo, an Italian Carabinieri police officer and their Congolese driver were killed Monday when gunmen attacked a U.N. convoy traveling to a school in eastern Congo, the Italian Foreign Ministry and residents said.
World
February 22

Angry youths rattle Spain in support of jailed rap artist

The imprisonment of a rap artist for his music and tweets praising terrorist violence and insulting the Spanish monarchy has set off a powder keg of pent-up rage this week in the southern European country.
World
February 22

Mexican president defends costly pet building projects

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador lashed out Monday at audits of some of his pet infrastructure projects by the country's equivalent of the congressional office of management and budget.