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Russia maintained a tough posture amid the tensions over its troop buildup near Ukraine, with a top diplomat warning Wednesday that Moscow will accept nothing less but “watertight” U.S. guarantees precluding NATO’s expansion to Ukraine.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who led the Russian delegation at the security talks with the U.S. in Geneva last week, reaffirmed that Moscow has no intentions of invading Ukraine as the West fears, but said that receiving Western security guarantees is the categoric imperative for Moscow.

The talks in Geneva and a related NATO-Russia meeting in Brussels last week were held as Russia has amassed an estimated 100,000 troops near Ukraine in what the West fears might herald an invasion.

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Sargon of Akkad got there first. He is the man who many historians crown as the world’s first great empire builder. Reigning from around 2334-2279 BC, the king subjugated all of southern Mesopotamia as well as Syria, Anatolia and Elam (part of modern Iran).
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Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Houthi group on the capital Sanaa killed at least 20 people overnight, including civilians, Houthi media and residents said, in one of its deadliest attacks since 2019.

Around 14 people were killed when coalition planes struck the home of a high-ranking Houthi military official, including his wife and son, according to neighbors and a medic.

The air strikes followed Monday’s drone and missile attack on coalition partner the United Arab Emirates that was claimed by the Iran-aligned Houthis and killed three people.

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Reuters – High demand for groceries combined with soaring freight costs and Omicron-related labor shortages are creating a new round of backlogs at processed food and fresh produce companies, leading to empty supermarket shelves at major retailers across the United States.

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When Leondra Garrett wanted to stock up on three new pairs of shoes early last year, the North Carolina resident split a $161 online purchase into four installments through a “buy now, pay later” service, in what seemed like a convenient deal.
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  • EUROPE

Europe’s natural gas crisis isn’t letting up. Reserves are low. Prices are high. Utility customers are facing expensive bills. Major Russian supplier Gazprom isn’t selling gas like it used to.

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  • RELIGION

“B ring the scroll and read it to me” King Jehoiakim commanded. His princes had just told him of a mysterious document written by one of God’s prophets. It was told to contain a disturbing prophecy concerning their fate.

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Musician Bobby Horton, 66, has an unusual vantage point on the debates that have roiled American cities in recent months. He has spent a lifetime studying and playing historically significant music and was among the contributors to director Ken Burns’ landmark 1990 miniseries “The Civil War.”
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  • WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT

As the sun set at 5 p.m. on December 10 in Paducah, Kentucky, National Weather Service staff were tracking a supercell storm and ready to send tornado warnings across the state. Over 200 miles away in Mayfield, workers at a candle factory were clocking in for overtime shifts to keep up with Christmas demand and earn bonus pay.

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  • ASIA

The president of Kazakhstan announced Tuesday that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the Central Asian nation in two days after completing its mission.

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The novel coronavirus has rattled the globe, causing economic hardship for millions and killing more than 800,000 Americans. As the pandemic and the restrictions that came with it stretch into their second year, we are left to consider deeper implications of the virus.
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  • EDUCATION

Parent Latonya Peterson sums up her frustration over Detroit schools returning—at least temporarily—to virtual learning in three short words: “I hate it.”

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  • AMERICAS

Nineteen people were killed, including nine children, and dozens were injured when a fire started by a malfunctioning space heater spread smoke through a low-income building in the Bronx borough of New York City on Sunday, city officials said.

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The local forecast on television announces another imminent cold front. Staring out a frost-covered window watching snowflakes accumulate on the ground, a heavy feeling squelches any sense of motivation you might have: the winter blues have officially settled in.
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As the 2020s dawn, a third of a century since the end of the Cold War, Moscow has Washington on its heels. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that his nation has become the only country in the world to deploy hypersonic weapons.
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  • EUROPE

Inflation in the 19 countries that use the euro currency hit its highest level on record, led by surging food and energy costs, figures released Friday show.

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  • ASIA

Protesters in Kazakhstan’s largest city stormed the presidential residence and the mayor’s office Wednesday and set both on fire, according to news reports, as demonstrations sparked by a rise in fuel prices escalated sharply in the Central Asian nation.

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