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Chinese Spy Balloon, South Sudan Clashes, Oldest Dog Ever
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Chinese Spy Balloon, South Sudan Clashes, Oldest Dog Ever

👋 ഹലോ*

Welcome to Friday, where the Pentagon is tracking a suspected Chinese spy balloon flying over Montana, clashes kill 27 in South Sudan a day before the Pope’s visit, and Portugal’s Bobi is a very good (and very old!) boy. Meanwhile, for Russian-language independent website Vazhnyye Istorii/Important Stories, Lydia Mikhalchenko gains rare access to Chechen war veterans fighting for Ukraine.

[*Halēā - Malayalam, India]

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Photo of the ​USS Antietam maneuvering in the Philippine Sea, just as the U.S. and Philippines forces announce the reinforcement of a defense pact, which will provide the United States with expanded access to Filipino military bases.
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Top EU Officials In Kyiv, U.S. Philippines Pact, King-less Banknotes

👋 Bone die!*

Welcome to Thursday, where top European officials arrive in Ukraine for talks, Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza, and Australia snubs King Charles on its new banknote. Meanwhile, Claudio Andrade in Buenos Aires-based daily Clarin reports on the armada of 500 fishing boats who gather yearly off the coast of southern Argentina for an "industrial harvest."

[*Sardinian, Italy]

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The last Boeing 747, also known as the “Queen of the Skies,” left the company’s widebody factory in Washington and was delivered to cargo carrier Atlas Air, marking the end of an era for the first-ever “jumbo jet.”
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New $2 billion Ukraine Aid Package, Peshawar Suspects Arrested, The Last 747

👋 Ekamowir omo!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where the U.S. is readying another $2 billion in military support to Ukraine, suspects are arrested in the Peshawar mosque bombing and the long (jumbo) life of Boeing’s 747 reaches a final milestone. Meanwhile, French daily Les Echos reports on the emerging haute cuisine culture rising around gluten-free.

[*Nauruan, Nauru]

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Major Russian Advance, Pakistan Mosque Toll Rising, Bear On Mars
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Major Russian Advance, Pakistan Mosque Toll Rising, Bear On Mars

👋 Konta!*

Welcome to Tuesday, where Russian forces reportedly advance in southeastern Ukraine, the death toll in yesterday's mosque attack in Pakistan rises to 92 and NASA snaps a beary odd photo on the red planet. Meanwhile, Aytug Özçolak in independent online Turkish news site Diken looks at the economic evidence of the chumminess between Russia’s Putin and Turkey’s Erdogan.

[*Papiamento, Dutch Caribbean]

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Photo of a damaged building in Kharkiv, after Russian missiles hit the city in northeastern Ukraine, killing at least one woman and injuring three others.
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Missiles Hit Kharkiv, Peshawar Mosque Blast, God’s Racket

👋 Sawubona!*

Welcome to Monday, where Russian missiles hit residential buildings in Kharkiv, a blast at a Peshawar mosque kills at least 28, and Serbia celebrates “God’s racket.” Meanwhile, we have a look at how the world had long viewed California as the epitome of the American Dream, but is now worrying about the Golden State’s many woes — including the first-ever major layoffs at the internet giants of Silicon Valley.

[*Swati, Eswatini and South Africa]

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Hungary’s Russia Energy Veto, Palestine Flare-Up, Asteroid Close Shave
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Hungary’s Russia Energy Veto, Palestine Flare-Up, Asteroid Close Shave

👋 Azul!*

Welcome to Friday, where Viktor Orbán says Hungary will veto any European sanctions aimed at Russian nuclear energy, violence erupts in the West Bank a day after nine Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops, and phew, a minibus-sized asteroid brushes past the Earth. Meanwhile, Hong Kong-based digital media The Initium looks at how China’s poor management and distribution of COVID-19 medication have led people to turn to generic drugs of questionable safety.

[*Tarifit, Northern Morocco]

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Deadly Strikes On Kyiv, Nine Killed In Israel West Bank Raid, Trump’s Meta Comeback
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Deadly Strikes On Kyiv, Nine Killed In Israel West Bank Raid, Trump’s Meta Comeback

👋 ආයුබෝවන්*

Welcome to Thursday, where Kyiv is facing a new barrage of Russian missiles, Israel troops kill nine Palestinians in Jenin, and Donald Trump is allowed back on Facebook and Instagram. Meanwhile, Niccolò Zancan and Giuseppe Legato in Italian daily La Stampa take us to Campobello di Mazara, the quiet Sicilian village where Italy's most-wanted fugitive Matteo Messina Denaro was hiding in plain sight.

[*Ayubōvan - Sinhala, Sri Lanka]

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Anti-riot officers advance through tear-gases in the streets of Peru’s capital city Lima during a protest to demand the resignation of President Dina Boluarte
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Germany OKs Tanks For Ukraine, Peru Protests Reignite, 90 Seconds To Armageddon

👋 Yumalundi!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where Germany finally confirms it will be sending combat tanks to Ukraine, North Korea orders a five-day lockdown in Pyongyang over an “unspecified respiratory illness,” and Justin Bieber sells his music rights for a hefty sum. Meanwhile, we look at why the MeToo movement has repeatedly failed to take off in Italy.

[*Ngunnawal, New South Wales and ACT, Australia]

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Kyiv Government Shakeup, Second California Mass Shooting, Korean Cold
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Kyiv Government Shakeup, Second California Mass Shooting, Korean Cold

👋 Lumela!*

Welcome to Tuesday, where Volodymyr Zelensky aims to crackdown on corruption, seven are killed in the second California mass shooting in three days, and Ticketmaster blames hackers for its recent Taylor Swift debacle. Meanwhile, Ana da Cunha in Lisbon-based news website Mensagem says world cities ought to rethink urban planning to better fit their aging, dementia-prone populations.

[*Sesotho, Lesotho, South Africa and Zimbabwe]

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Photo of ​Protesters in Krakow, Poland, asking Germany to “free the leopards” — a reference to the Leopard tanks, whose sale Berlin is being pressured to authorize by European neighbors.
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German Tank Pressure, LA Shooting Suspect Found Dead, Machu Picchu Shutdown

👋 Pialli!*

Welcome to Monday, where pressure continues on Germany to authorize sending tanks to Ukraine, the suspect is found dead in a shooting that killed 10 near Los Angeles and Machu Picchu is shut down amid violent Peru protests. Meanwhile, Turkish online news website Diken takes us to the historic urban gardens of Yedikule, in Istanbul, now put at risk by a city restoration project.

[*Nahuatl, Mexico]

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NATO Tank Meeting, Greta At Davos, RIP David Crosby
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NATO Tank Meeting, Greta At Davos, RIP David Crosby

👋 Daag!*

Welcome to Friday, where NATO leaders gather in Germany to speed up future military aid to Ukraine, Greta Thunberg wags her finger at Davos, and U.S. folk-rock legend David Crosby dies at 81. Meanwhile, in the wake of the arrest of Italy’s most-wanted mafia boss, Worldcrunch takes you on a tour of international villains’ secret hideouts and what was found in them.

[*Limburgish, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany]

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On Wednesday morning, a helicopter carrying senior government officials, crashed near a kindergarten and a residential building, killing 14 people including Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky.
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Ardern Resigns, Chopper Crash Probe, French Strikes

👋 नमस्कार*

Welcome to Thursday, where New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces her surprise resignation, a probe is opened into the helicopter crash that killed Ukraine’s interior minister and French workers go on a nationwide strike. Meanwhile, feminist digital media outlet LatFem reports on a women-led agricultural program that offers valuable lessons on sustainable farming methods in southern Ecuador.

[*Namaskār - Marathi, India]

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