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Jack's back: Chinese e-tycoon ends silence with online video

BEIJING — China’s highest-profile entrepreneur, Jack Ma, appeared Wednesday in an online video, ending a 2 1/2-month absence from public view that prompted speculation about the future of the e-commerce billionaire and his Alibaba Group.
Israel pushes settlement construction as Trump leaves office

Israel pushes settlement construction as Trump leaves office

JERUSALEM — An Israeli watchdog group said Tuesday that the government approved nearly 2,600 new housing units in east Jerusalem and the West Bank settlements a day before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
Netanyahu courts Arab voters in election-year turnabout

Netanyahu courts Arab voters in election-year turnabout

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has spent much of his long career casting Israel's Arab minority as a potential fifth column led by terrorist sympathizers, is now openly courting their support as he seeks reelection in the country'

Outreach by Tunisian leaders fails to quell youth unrest

TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisian youth clashed with police overnight, maintaining their protests and riots over economic difficulties despite efforts by the president and the prime minister to calm tensions.

Fire, blast at ammunition warehouse in western Libya kills 3

CAIRO — A fire, followed by an explosion at an ammunition warehouse at a naval academy in western Libya killed three people, including two officers, a Libyan spokesman said Wednesday.
EXPLAINER: Why US accused China of genocide and what's next

EXPLAINER: Why US accused China of genocide and what's next

BEIJING — The U.S. secretary of state's accusation of genocide against China touches on a hot-button human rights issue between China and the West.
Popular Thai politician charged with defaming monarchy

Popular Thai politician charged with defaming monarchy

BANGKOK — Thai officials on Wednesday filed criminal charges against a popular former politician, accusing him of defaming the monarchy by broadcasting criticism of government efforts to secure supplies of coronavirus vaccines.

Man detained for throwing snowballs at Berlin US consulate

BERLIN — Police say a 26-year-old was detained in Berlin twice after throwing snowballs and other projectiles at the American consulate and scuffling with security personnel while yelling slogans against outgoing President Donald Trump.
Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop pandemic

Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop pandemic

GENEVA — A panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization has criticized China and other countries for not moving to stem the initial outbreak of the coronavirus earlier and questioned whether the U.N.
Biden's nominees promise fresh approach on national security

Biden's nominees promise fresh approach on national security

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden’s nominees to lead his national security team promised a turnabout from the Trump administration’s approach on the world stage, saying Tuesday they would keep partisan politics out of intelligence agencies, rest