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US aims to turn Taiwan into giant weapons depot, officials say

American officials are intensifying efforts to build a giant stockpile of weapons in Taiwan after studying recent naval and air force exercises by the Chinese military around the island, according to current and former officials.

Detained Iranian-American, 85, leaves Iran for major surgery

An 85-year-old Iranian-American held by Iran left the country Wednesday for Oman, state media reported.

Chess site alleges ‘likely’ cheating by embattled Magnus Carlsen rival Hans Niemann

In a 72-page report released Tuesday, a major online chess platform found that Hans Niemann “likely cheated” on its site more frequently and at a later age than he has publicly acknowledged.

Nobel Prize awarded to three chemists who made molecules ‘click’

Three scientists were jointly awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for developing a way of “snapping molecules together” that can be used to design better medicines, including ones that target diseases such as cancer more precisely.

Putin signs annexation of Ukrainian regions as losses mount

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed laws absorbing four Ukrainian regions into Russia, a move that finalizes the annexation carried out in defiance of international law.

Basketball fan, keyboard player, and now Nobel Prize winner in chemistry: Mass. native caps pioneering career with highest honor

This year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded in equal parts to Carolyn Bertozzi, Morten Meldal, and K. Barry Sharpless for developing way of “snapping molecules together” that can be used to design medicines. Bertozzi grew up in Lexington.

Taiwan vows to respond to China’s military flight incursions

Taiwan’s defense minister on Wednesday said the island will respond to incursions into its airspace by Chinese warplanes and drones, but gave no details on specific actions.

Bus plunges into gorge in India; kills 25 on board

A bus in northern India plunged into a gorge, leaving at least 25 dead and over a dozen others injured, officials said.