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Sen. Raphael Warnock defeats scandal-prone Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate runoff

Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock defeats Republican Herschel Walker, a Trump endorsee plagued by scandal, in the Senate runoff election in Georgia.


Catfishing Virginia cop accused of killing California family was detained in 2016 after violent threats

Austin Lee Edwards made violent threats in 2016 after experiencing relationship troubles, according to a police report.


TikTok influencer who hit golf ball into Grand Canyon takes deal for a $285 fine

Katie Sigmond appeared in a TikTok video in late October that showed her hitting a golf ball off the rim of the Grand Canyon before flinging the club into the chasm as well.


Georgia Senate race between Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker: 5 things to watch

In Georgia's Senate runoff between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker, will Democrats mobilize and win an absolute majority?


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Association Head Says Rohingya Still Face Genocide
The head of a Rohingya organization urgently called for the U.N. Security Council to prevent what it described as genocide against the Rohingya in Myanmar. Tun Khin, president of the Burmese Rohingya Organization UK (BROUK), told VOA that the Rohingya in Rakhine state, Myanmar's far west region, continue to face a genocidal program that puts their very survival at risk. Tens of thousands of Rohingya people were displaced between August and late September and the evidence points to a...

Indonesia's Parliament Votes to Ban Sex Outside of Marriage
Indonesia's Parliament unanimously passed a long-awaited revision of the country's penal code on Tuesday that criminalizes sex outside of marriage for citizens as well as foreigners, prohibits promotion of contraception and bans defamation of the president and state institutions. The amended code also expands an existing blasphemy law and maintains a five-year prison term for deviations from the central tenets of Indonesia's six recognized religions: Islam, Protestantism,...

Mongolians Protest Alleged Theft of Coal Sold to China
Protesters angered by allegations of corruption linked to Mongolia's coal trade with China tried to force their way into the State Palace in the capital, demanding dismissals of officials involved in the scandal. The U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar issued an alert Monday saying that several hundred protesters had gathered in the freezing cold in the city's Sukhbaatar Square during the weekend and marched to the presidential residence.  The demonstrators chanted and sang, stamping...

China Begins to Revive Arctic Scientific Ground Projects After Setbacks
Beijing is taking its first steps toward recovering from years of setbacks to its scientific, land-based projects in the Arctic, sending personnel to two outposts that have been vital to its policy of establishing China as a "near-Arctic" state. China’s Arctic policy document, published in 2018, said scientific research to “explore and understand” the Arctic is the "priority and focus" of Chinese participation in Arctic affairs. Over a 14-year period since 2004, China...

Taiwanese Follow Chinese Protests with Interested but Muted Support  
For two weeks, small groups of Taiwanese have gathered in support of a wave of protests across China against the government’s strict COVID-19 restrictions and ongoing lockdowns in the largest movement of civil disobedience since the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Rallies at Taipei’s Liberty Square and the campus of National Taiwan University have been attended by anywhere from 100-200 attendees, mainly students but also more politically minded members of the Democratic Progressive Party,...

N. Korea Fires Artillery Near Border in Warning to S. Korea
North Korea fired about 130 artillery rounds on Monday into the water near its western and eastern sea borders with South Korea, the latest military action contributing to worsening relations between the neighbors.      North Korea's military said the firings were a warning against ongoing South Korean artillery exercises near the inland border town of Cheorwon and blamed the South for worsening tensions.       South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North Korean weapons,...

New Zealand to Launch Inquiry into Handling of COVID Pandemic
New Zealand is launching a royal commission of inquiry into its handling of the COVID pandemic. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the results of the inquiry will help future governments prepare for similar situations. "We had no playbook by which to manage COVID but, as a country, we united in an extraordinary way, and we did save lives and livelihoods," the prime minister said Monday. Ardern said Monday that the COVID pandemic "was the most significant threat to the...

Work Starts on World's Largest Radio Telescope in Australia
In a remote corner of the Western Australian outback, work has begun on the world's largest radio telescope. Astronomers say the Square Kilometre Array will be capable of searching the stars for signals of intelligent life and listening back to the start of the universe. It is an international scientific collaboration. 130,000 antennas and 200 satellite dishes will make up the Square Kilometre Array project, or SKA. It will comprise two giant and super sensitive telescopes at...

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Indonesian parliament approves legislation banning sex outside marriage
Indonesia's parliament approved Tuesday legislation that would outlaw extra-marital sex while making other sweeping changes to the criminal code – a move critics described as a setback to the country's freedoms. 

China comes to standstill in tribute to late leader Jiang Zemin
Chinese President Xi Jinping and other current and previous top officials paid their respects Monday to former leader Jiang Zemin, who died last week at age 96.

Debunking claims that Chinese state TV is blurring maskless World Cup supporters
During massive zero-Covid protests that took place in China recently, Chinese state TV found witty ways to cut away from maskless football supporters in World Cup broadcasts. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake. 

Iran to disband morality police amid ongoing protests, says attorney general
Iran has scrapped its morality police after more than two months of protests triggered by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, the country's attorney general was quoted as saying on Sunday, in remarks yet to be confirmed by other officials.

Iran to review mandatory headscarf law following Mahsa Amini protests
Iran said Saturday it is reviewing a decades-old law that requires women to cover their heads, as it struggles to quell more than two months of protests linked to the dress code.

Indonesia's Mount Semeru volcano erupts, prompting evacuations
Indonesia's Mount Semeru erupted Sunday spewing hot ash clouds a mile high and rivers of lava down its side while sparking the evacuation of nearly 2,000 people exactly one year after its last major eruption killed dozens.

Iran state body says 200 dead in ‘riots’ as Raisi hails 'freedoms'
President Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday hailed Iran's Islamic Republic as a guarantor of rights and freedoms, defending the ruling system amid a crackdown on anti-government protests that the United Nations says has cost more than 300 lives.

Beijing, Shenzhen scrap Covid-19 tests for public transport
Chinese authorities on Saturday announced a further easing of COVID-19 curbs with major cities such as Shenzhen and Beijing no longer requiring negative tests to take public transport.

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