SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Haitians are fleeing in greater numbers to the neighboring Dominican Republic, where they step onto rickety wooden boats as they attempt to reach Puerto Rico — a trip in which 11 Haitian women drowned this week, with dozens of other migrants believed missing.

WASHINGTON (BP) – The unmatched, global refugee crisis calls for the United States to increase its support for the tens of millions of people who have fled their homes because of religious persecution and other causes, a bipartisan commission says.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A total lunar eclipse will grace the night skies this weekend, providing longer than usual thrills for stargazers across North and South America. The celestial action unfolds Sunday night into early Monday morning.

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian and British officials say Russia suffered heavy losses when Ukrainian forces destroyed the pontoon bridge enemy troops were using to try to cross a river. That's another sign of Moscow’s struggle to win decisive victories and salvage a war gone awry.

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say three passengers on a regional train have overpowered an Iraq-born man who wounded five people with a knife.

HELSINKI (AP) — A Swedish government report says the Nordic country can expect to be the target of Russian cyberattacks and other aggressive measures if it opts to join NATO. Meanwhile, Finland’s leaders said they’re in favor of rapidly applying for NATO membership, paving the way for a historic expansion of the alliance.

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The first trial of a Russian soldier for alleged war crimes since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine has opened in Kyiv.

Moldova’s foreign minister says the small eastern European country is on alert for any signs the conflict in neighboring Ukraine could spill across the border.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police moved in on a crowd of mourners at the funeral of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, beating demonstrators with batons and causing pallbearers to briefly drop the casket.

NEW DELHI (AP) — With one brother president, another prime minister and three more family members cabinet ministers, it appeared that the Rajapaksa clan had consolidated its grip on power in Sri Lanka after decades in and out of government. But as a national debt crisis spirals out of control it looks like the dynasty is near its end.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says six people have died and 350,000 have been treated for a fever that has spread explosively across the country. The announcement Friday came a day after it acknowledged its first COVID-19 cases of the pandemic.

TAVRIISKE, Ukraine (AP) — The staff of the facility for mentally and physically disabled people in the village of Tavriiske, near the front line in Ukraine's war, face a daunting dilemma: Do they evacuate and how can it be done with minimum of disruption to the residents, for whom any change of environment will be extremely stressful?

BEIJING (AP) — A passenger jet veered off the runway during takeoff and caught fire, sending black smoke billowing into the air and injuring more than 30 people.

BRUSSELS (AP) — Finland appears on the cusp of joining NATO. Sweden could follow suit. By year's end, they could stand among the alliance's ranks. Russia's war in Ukraine has provoked a public about face on membership in the two Nordic countries.

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s leaders say they’re in favor of rapidly applying for NATO membership. It paves the way for a historic expansion of the alliance that could deal a serious blow to Russia as its military struggles with its war in Ukraine.

BUCHA, Ukraine (AP) — One boy's extraordinary account alleging an attempted killing by Russian soldiers stands out as international justice experts descend on Bucha, a center of the horrors and possible war crimes in Ukraine.

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia pounded areas in Ukraine’s east, including the last pocket of resistance in besieged Mariupol, as the war pushed Finland closer to seeking NATO membership.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has imposed a nationwide lockdown to control its first acknowledged COVID-19 outbreak of the pandemic.

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's top prosecutor says the country plans to hold its first war crimes trial of a captured Russian soldier.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The wives of two Ukrainian soldiers defending the Mariupol steel mill have met with Pope Francis. They are asking him to intervene to arrange for a third-party evacuation of the troops before Russian soldiers capture or kill them.

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday defended sticking to its strict “zero-COVID” approach, calling critical remarks from the World Health Organization “irresponsible.”

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The fast-growing population of Jewish immigrants to the United Arab Emirates may feel freer than ever to express their identity in the autocratic Arab sheikhdom, which has sought to brand itself as an oasis of religious tolerance. But plans to build a permanent Jewish sanctuary for Dubai’s fast-expanding congregation have sputtered to a standstill, religious leaders say.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities have deployed armored vehicles and troops in the streets of the capital two days after pro-government mobs attacked peaceful protesters, triggering a wave of violence across the country.

JERUSALEM (AP) — A veteran journalist for the Al Jazeera network was shot and killed while covering an Israeli raid in the West Bank town of Jenin. Shireen Abu Akleh, a well-known Palestinian reporter for the broadcaster’s Arabic language channel, was shot and died soon afterward early Wednesday.

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine stopped the flow of Russian natural gas through one hub that feeds European homes and industry. Meanwhile, a pro-Kremlin official in a southern region seized by Russian troops said it would ask Moscow to annex it. The remarks could be another sign of Russia’s broader plan for Ukraine as it tries to salvage an invasion that has so far gone awry.

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