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Hawaii Residents Bracing to Return to Devastated Properties in Burn Zone


..."Now I feel like I have to have mental preparation to go there," the Rev. Ai Hironaka said. "I'm kind of afraid."... ...Soon after one of Maui's Japanese Buddhist temples, the Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, burned in the deadliest U.S. wildfire in more than a century,... ...Oliveira, Maui Emergency Management Agency interim administrator.... ...Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S....

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Taliban Pledge To 'Neutralize' Activities of Afghan-Based Pakistani Militants


...The assurance was given in a bilateral meeting Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi hosted Thursday with a high-level Pakistani delegation... ...Asif Durrani, Pakistan’s special representative on Afghanistan, led the delegation including senior military officials, among others.... ...The group’s leadership has publicly pledged allegiance to Hibatullah Akhundzada, the reclusive supreme leader of the Afghan Taliban.... ...We have seen a very significant increase in attacks directed at Pakistan," Tom West, the U.S. special representative on Afghanistan, told a seminar...

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India Passes Landmark Law Giving Women Quota in Parliament


...Both houses of the parliament have passed a bill reserving one third of seats in the lower house, the Lok Sabha, and state legislative assemblies... ...More than a quarter century after a proposal to give greater representation to women in the lower house of India’s parliament, the world’s largest... ...West Bengal state, for example, is headed by Mamata Banerjee, who founded the Trinamool Congress Party that has ruled the state since 2011.... ..."It is not historic as it is being touted, it is a sham," Mohua Moitra, a lawmaker from West Bengal, said. "Give us this day our equal rights."...

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Bank of England Joins US Fed in Avoiding Another Interest Rate Hike After Inflation Declines


...The decision was split, with four of the nine members of the Monetary Policy Committee voting for a hike.... ...In a development Thursday that few predicted just two days ago, the central bank kept its main interest rate unchanged at a 15-year high of 5.25%... ...The Swiss National Bank joined the Fed in holding rates steady on Thursday, but in a busy day for central bank action in Europe, Sweden's and Norway's... ...The European Central Bank, which sets interest rates for the 20 European Union countries that use the euro currency, last week hinted that its 10th...

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Zelenskyy Arrives in Canada


...Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was greeted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa late Thursday after a whirlwind visit to... ...Zelenskyy and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau are also scheduled to sign an agreement designed to strengthen economic ties between the two countries... ...Pentagon press secretary Brigadier General Patrick Ryder told reporters Thursday "everything is on schedule" for the delivery of M1 Abrams tanks... ...Pew Research Center survey....

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Biden’s Call to Expand UNSC Membership Likely to Go Unheeded


...President Joe Biden has again called for an increase in the number of permanent and non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.... ...General Assembly, Biden said the U.S. has "undertaken serious consultation with many member states.... ...Patrick, senior fellow and director of the Global Order and Institutions Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.... ...Anjali Dayal, associate professor of international politics at Fordham University, told VOA Mandarin, "Everybody agrees that the Security Council...

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Russian Attack Near Ukraine’s Eastern Front Injures 13


...Two airstrikes on the town caused a fire, Roman Padun, administrative head of the town of Kurakhove, told public broadcaster Suspilne.... ...A Russian attack on a town west of Donetsk close to Ukraine’s eastern front injured 13 people, a local official said early Friday in Ukraine.... ...Russia said Thursday it destroyed 19 Ukrainian drones over the annexed Crimean Peninsula and nearby Black Sea.... ...The statement from a government spokesman came a day after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced an end to weapons transfers to Ukraine...

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Kenyan President Reiterates His Country’s Commitment to Support Haiti


...At the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Kenyan President William Ruto reiterated the country’s commitment to support Haiti with a multinational... ...In August, some nations supported Kenya’s initiative to send police to Haiti, but others expressed uncertainty.... ...Irungu Houghton, executive director of Amnesty International Kenya, says while it would be an act of Pan-African solidarity for Nairobi to help bring... ...Johanna LeBlanc, an attorney with Washington-based firm Adomi Advisory Group and a former policy adviser to the Haitian government, says Haiti’s...

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Iran Sentences Tajik Man to Death Over Shiite Shrine Attack


...Mizan Online website reported.... ...The attack on the Shah Cheragh mausoleum in Shiraz, capital of Fars province in Iran's south, came less than a year after a mass shooting at the... ...The Shah Cheragh mausoleum is home to the tomb of Ahmad, brother of Imam Reza -- the eighth Shiite imam -- and is considered the holiest site in... ...The European Union and several countries including Iraq, Russia and France condemned the shooting and expressed their condolences....

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Acclaimed Uyghur Folklorist Rahile Dawut’s Life Sentence Confirmed


...Citing a Chinese government source, the Dui Hua Foundation in California announced Thursday that the acclaimed Uyghur scholar Dawut had been sentenced... ...in prison, a human rights group announced Thursday, marking yet another Uyghur academic whose life has been caught up in Beijing’s ongoing crackdown... ...from Earth," Zubayra Shamseden, who works at the Uyghur Human Rights Project in Washington, told VOA.... ...So when you strike at them, you strike at the very heart of Uyghur culture," John Kamm, executive director of the Dui Hua Foundation, told VOA....

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