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Productivity Surge Helps Explain US Economy’s Surprising Resilience 

Productivity Surge Helps Explain US Economy’s Surprising Resilience 

Washington — Trying to keep up with customer demand, Batesville Tool & Die began seeking 70 people to hire last year....

Protesters Rally All Over World To Demand Putin End War in Ukraine

Protesters Rally All Over World To Demand Putin End War in Ukraine

Police Find 10th Body in Charred Spanish Apartment Block

Police Find 10th Body in Charred Spanish Apartment Block

VALENCIA, Spain — The death toll from a dramatic fire that left two residential buildings charred in the Spanish city of...

UK Lawmaker Suspended After Accusing London Mayor of Being Controlled by Islamists

UK Lawmaker Suspended After Accusing London Mayor of Being Controlled by Islamists

london — The U.K.’s governing Conservative Party has suspended ties with one if its lawmakers after he accused London Mayor Sadiq...

WWII-Era Bomb Prompts One of Largest Peacetime Evacuations in UK History

WWII-Era Bomb Prompts One of Largest Peacetime Evacuations in UK History

LONDON — A World War II-era bomb whose discovery prompted one of the largest peacetime evacuations in British history has been...

Mother Receives Body of Russian Opposition Leader Navalny, Aide Says

Mother Receives Body of Russian Opposition Leader Navalny, Aide Says

Eiffel Tower Staff Strike Ends; Site to Reopen Sunday

Eiffel Tower Staff Strike Ends; Site to Reopen Sunday

PARIS — A strike by staff at the Eiffel Tower has ended, the company that runs one of the most visited...

Chip Giant TSMC Shifts From Hotspot Taiwan With Japan Plant

Chip Giant TSMC Shifts From Hotspot Taiwan With Japan Plant

TOKYO — Chip giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. opened its first semiconductor plant in Japan Saturday as part of its ongoing...

Ukraine Marks Second Anniversary of Russia’s Full-Scale Invasion

Ukraine Marks Second Anniversary of Russia’s Full-Scale Invasion

Anna Chernikova reports from Kyiv on the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. …

UNICEF Says Ukraine War Wreaks Havoc on Children’s Mental Health

UNICEF Says Ukraine War Wreaks Havoc on Children’s Mental Health

GENEVA — The two-year-old Ukraine war is causing widespread suffering, anxiety and distress among affected children, many of whom have been...

Russian Drone Hits Odesa, Kills 1, on War’s Anniversary

Russian Drone Hits Odesa, Kills 1, on War’s Anniversary

Kremlin Weaponizes Russian History To Justify War in Ukraine

Kremlin Weaponizes Russian History To Justify War in Ukraine

TALLINN, Estonia — Earlier this month, when Tucker Carlson asked Vladimir Putin about his reasons for invading Ukraine two years ago,...

Angry French Farmers With Tractors Hold Another Paris Protest

Angry French Farmers With Tractors Hold Another Paris Protest

PARIS — Angry farmers were back in Paris on their tractors in a new protest Friday demanding more government support and...

Questions Abound on Whether Kyiv Can Sustain Fight Against Russia

Questions Abound on Whether Kyiv Can Sustain Fight Against Russia

KYIV, Ukraine — The future looks bleak for war-weary Ukraine: It is beset by shortages in soldiers and ammunition, as well...

Biden Announces 500 New Sanctions on Russia

Biden Announces 500 New Sanctions on Russia

U.S. President Joe Biden has announced 500 new sanctions on Russia as the world marks two years since Moscow launched...

US Army in Europe Dips Into Own Funds to Cover Ukraine Training 

US Army in Europe Dips Into Own Funds to Cover Ukraine Training 

pentagon — The U.S. military has been forced to dip into its own funding to cover American training of Ukrainian forces,...

Hungary Buys Swedish Jets, Prepares to Approve Sweden’s NATO Bid

Hungary Buys Swedish Jets, Prepares to Approve Sweden’s NATO Bid

BUDAPEST, Hungary — The prime ministers of Hungary and Sweden concluded a defense industry agreement Friday that will expand Budapest’s fleet...

Chinese Companies Hit by US, EU Sanctions on Russia

Chinese Companies Hit by US, EU Sanctions on Russia

London — U.S. and European Union sanctions announced Friday on hundreds of people and companies for supporting Russia’s war in Ukraine...

Ukrainian Soccer Star Joins Armed Forces as Soldier, Paramedic 

Ukrainian Soccer Star Joins Armed Forces as Soldier, Paramedic 

Once a defender on the soccer field, Ukrainian athlete Vladyslav Vashchuk now defends his country. Vashchuk joined the National Guard...

On Invasion Anniversary and After Navalny’s Death, US and Allies Sanction Those Supporting Russia

On Invasion Anniversary and After Navalny’s Death, US and Allies Sanction Those Supporting Russia

Ukraine’s War-Battered Economy Shows Signs of Recovery

Ukraine’s War-Battered Economy Shows Signs of Recovery

Ukraine’s economy shrank 29% in 2022, the year Russia launched its full-scale invasion. In addition, Ukrainian businesses were destroyed, exports...

Suspected Gas Leak at Swedish Intel Service Sends 7 to Hospital

Suspected Gas Leak at Swedish Intel Service Sends 7 to Hospital

STOCKHOLM — Sweden’s Security Service office was evacuated Friday after a suspected gas leak that saw seven people treated at a...