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FILE - A TV screen shows a file image of North Korea's military exercise during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022. South Korea's military says North Korea has fired around 130 suspected artillery rounds Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, in waters near the rivals' western and eastern sea borders in another display of belligerence.

N. Korea fires artillery near border in warning to S. Korea

FILE - A TV screen shows a file image of North Korea's military exercise during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022. South Korea's military says North Korea has fired around 130 suspected artillery rounds Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, in waters near the rivals' western and eastern sea borders in another display of belligerence.

December 5, 2022, 8:08am Nation & World

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. Read story

Putin drives across repaired bridge to Crimea

December 5, 2022, 8:06am Nation & World

Russian President Vladimir Putin has driven a vehicle across a bridge to Crimea that was damaged by a truck bomb attack in October. Read story

Residents wearing face masks line up for their routine COVID-19 tests along a wall displaying the words "Xi Jinping rule of law ideology learning ground" in Beijing, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. China is easing some of the world's most stringent anti-virus controls and authorities say new variants are weaker. But they have yet to say when they might end a "zero-COVID" strategy that confines millions of people to their homes and set off protests and demands for President Xi Jinping to resign.

China eases controls, gives no sign when ‘zero COVID’ ends

Residents wearing face masks line up for their routine COVID-19 tests along a wall displaying the words "Xi Jinping rule of law ideology learning ground" in Beijing, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. China is easing some of the world's most stringent anti-virus controls and authorities say new variants are weaker. But they have yet to say when they might end a "zero-COVID" strategy that confines millions of people to their homes and set off protests and demands for President Xi Jinping to resign.

December 5, 2022, 8:05am Nation & World

China is easing some of the world’s most stringent anti-virus controls and authorities say new variants are weaker. But they have yet to say when they might end a “zero-COVID” strategy that confines millions of people to their homes and set off protests and demands for President Xi Jinping to… Read story

Villagers stand on an area covered in volcanic ash as Mount Semeru looms in the background in Kajar Kuning village in Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Indonesia's highest volcano on its most densely populated island released searing gas clouds and rivers of lava Sunday in its latest eruption.

Indonesia’s Mt. Semeru eruption buries homes, damages bridge

Villagers stand on an area covered in volcanic ash as Mount Semeru looms in the background in Kajar Kuning village in Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Indonesia's highest volcano on its most densely populated island released searing gas clouds and rivers of lava Sunday in its latest eruption.

December 5, 2022, 8:05am Nation & World

Improved weather conditions Monday allowed rescuers to resume evacuation efforts and a search for possible victims after the highest volcano on Indonesia’s most densely populated island erupted, triggered by monsoon rains. Read story

Michael Avenatti facing more prison time for stealing millions of dollars from clients

December 5, 2022, 8:04am Nation & World

Michael Avenatti, the once swaggering celebrity lawyer who was undone by his proclivity for embezzlement and fraud, faces a potentially long prison term when he is sentenced Monday for dodging taxes and stealing millions of dollars from clients. Read story

FILE - In this photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Chinese troops line up (march) during the Vostok 2022 military exercise at a firing range in Russia's Far East, on Aug. 31, 2022. A Japanese government-commissioned panel said in a report to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, that drastic defense buildup including possession of pre-emptive strike capability is "indispensable" amid growing threats in the region, calling for the public's understanding to bear the financial burden for the defense of their country.

Japan aims to boost 5-year defense spending to $318 billion

FILE - In this photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Chinese troops line up (march) during the Vostok 2022 military exercise at a firing range in Russia's Far East, on Aug. 31, 2022. A Japanese government-commissioned panel said in a report to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, that drastic defense buildup including possession of pre-emptive strike capability is "indispensable" amid growing threats in the region, calling for the public's understanding to bear the financial burden for the defense of their country.

December 5, 2022, 7:34am Nation & World

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday set a new target for military spending over the next five years to 43 trillion yen ($318 billion), or 1.5 times the current level, as the country seeks defense buildup including the use of preemptive strike. Read story

FILE  - Italian communications expert Francesca Chaouqui talks to journalists July 7, 2016, after a Vatican court convicted her and a Vatican monsignor for having conspired to pass documents to two Italian journalist.  A Vatican trial into a money-losing investment has been jolted by revelations that a key prosecution witness was apparently manipulated into changing his story and cooperating with prosecutors.

Vatican vendettas: Alleged witness manipulation jolts trial

FILE  - Italian communications expert Francesca Chaouqui talks to journalists July 7, 2016, after a Vatican court convicted her and a Vatican monsignor for having conspired to pass documents to two Italian journalist.  A Vatican trial into a money-losing investment has been jolted by revelations that a key prosecution witness was apparently manipulated into changing his story and cooperating with prosecutors.

December 5, 2022, 7:33am Churches & Religion

The text message to the Vatican monsignor offered forgiveness along with a threat: “I know everything about you … and I keep it all in my archives,” it read. “I pardon you, Perlasca, but remember, you owe me a favor.” Read story

FILE An oil tanker is moored at the Sheskharis complex, part of Chernomortransneft JSC, a subsidiary of Transneft PJSC, in Novorossiysk, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, one of the largest facilities for oil and petroleum products in southern Russia. The European Union reached a deal Friday for a $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil, a key step as Western sanctions aim to reorder the global oil market to prevent price spikes and starve President Vladimir Putin of funding for his war in Ukraine.

Russian oil price cap, EU ban aim to limit Kremlin war chest

FILE An oil tanker is moored at the Sheskharis complex, part of Chernomortransneft JSC, a subsidiary of Transneft PJSC, in Novorossiysk, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, one of the largest facilities for oil and petroleum products in southern Russia. The European Union reached a deal Friday for a $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil, a key step as Western sanctions aim to reorder the global oil market to prevent price spikes and starve President Vladimir Putin of funding for his war in Ukraine.

December 5, 2022, 7:32am Business

Oil prices rose Monday as the first strong measures to limit Russia’s oil profits over the war in Ukraine took effect, bringing with them uncertainty about how much crude could be lost to the global economy through the new sanctions or Russian retaliation. Read story

Francisco Contreras, a migrant from Guatemala, stands outside Casa Indi, a sprawling migrant shelter in the industrial city of Monterrey, Mexico. He works day jobs as he raises money to cross into Texas, he hopes.

This affluent city in Mexico has become a way station for migrants with eyes on Texas

Francisco Contreras, a migrant from Guatemala, stands outside Casa Indi, a sprawling migrant shelter in the industrial city of Monterrey, Mexico. He works day jobs as he raises money to cross into Texas, he hopes.

December 5, 2022, 6:02am Nation & World

Graced with Lone Star brands like H-E-B, Whataburger and 7-Eleven, this affluent city in northeastern Mexico is home to global conglomerates and posh neighborhoods, enjoying strong economic and cultural ties to Dallas-Fort Worth. It’s a mere two-hour drive from the Texas border. Read story

Cars ride past anti-tanks hedgehogs which were installed to protect the city from the Russian troops, in the main square in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.

The weaponization of winter: Ukraine aims to stop Russia from regrouping as temperatures drop

Cars ride past anti-tanks hedgehogs which were installed to protect the city from the Russian troops, in the main square in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.

December 5, 2022, 6:00am Nation & World

On the desolate battlefronts of southern and eastern Ukraine, the clinging, clay-like mud of late autumn is beginning to congeal into iciness. As snow flurries and freezing temperatures set in, the last thing this country’s leaders want is for the war’s front lines to harden in place as well. Read story