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Kem Sokha, former leader of the now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), gestured as he heads towards Phnom Penh Municipal Court for the resumption of his trial on treason charges in Phnom Penh on January 19, 2022.

Treason trial of Cambodian opposition head Kem Sokha resumes

Kem Sokha was head of the Cambodia National Rescue Party when he was arrested in September 2017 on the basis of an old video showing him telling a seminar about receiving advice from US pro-democracy groups.

In this photo provided by the New Zealand Defense Force, volcanic ash covered roof tops and vegetation in an area of Tonga on Monday.

An island nation covered in ash now worries about a COVID intrusion

A local cleanup and evacuation operation has begun in Tonga after an epic volcanic eruption set off a tsunami, as the island nation’s government, after days of silence, told of an “unprecedented disaster,” and the first aerial photos emerged showing the normally green and verdant isles blanketed with gray dust and ash.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken waves as he arrives at Boryspil International Airport, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Blinken will meet with Russia as US pushes for more diplomacy

Seeking to head off a potential assault on Ukraine, Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with Russia’s foreign minister Friday as the two sides explore whether there is still a diplomatic path to avoiding a conflict in Eastern Europe.

The new head of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola made a speech following her election.

European Parliament, jostling for relevance, elects a new leader

The European Parliament elected a new president on Tuesday, with Roberta Metsola, a 43-year-old Maltese deputy, picked to lead the institution as it seeks to gain a more prominent place in the European Union power structure.

In this Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 file photo, Anders Behring Breivik looks on during the last day of his appeal case in Borgarting Court of Appeal at Telemark prison in Skien, Norway.

Norway mass killer seeks parole 10 years after attacks

Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian far-right fanatic who killed 77 people in bomb-and-gun massacres in 2011, argued Tuesday for an early release from prison, telling a parole judge he had renounced violence even as he professed white supremacist views and flashed Nazi salutes.

A nurse inoculated a woman with the third dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 at a vaccination center for people over 50 years old set up at the Sport City, in Mexico City, on January 18, 2022.

Mexico City’s hospital occupancy rate has doubled in two weeks

Hospital occupancy rates are shooting up fast in Mexico City as Omicron, the highly contagious COVID-19 variant, tears through the country, setting new daily records for infections.

The town of Blackburn, in northwestern England, is where Malik Faisal Akram, identified by the FBI as the man who took hostages at a Texas synagogue, was raised.

Texas hostage taker was known to British intelligence

The British man who took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue over the weekend before being killed was known to British intelligence services, according to a US official and British news media reports.

Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia moves more troops westward amid Ukraine tensions

Ukrainian officials have warned that neighboring Russia could launch an attack from various directions, including from the territory of Belarus.