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Wagner mercenary group recruits Africans held in Russian prisons

In recent months, reports have emerged that at least two men, one from Zambia and another from Tanzania, were killed while fighting for the Wagner group in Ukraine. Wagner reportedly recruited the men from Russian prisons, promising them amnesty. 

Wagner mercenary group recruits Africans held in Russian prisons
In this June 19, 2017, file photo, a person types on a laptop keyboard in North Andover, Massachusetts. 

'Ransomware Diaries:' Going undercover with the leader of LockBit

'Ransomware Diaries:' Going undercover with the leader of LockBit
A general view of Mes Aynak valley is seen some 25 miles southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan, March 2, 2022. Buildings on top are offices of Chinese mining company MCC that won the contract to exploit the world's second-largest copper mine.

A Chinese company strikes a deal with the Taliban to extract oil from Afghanistan

A Chinese company strikes a deal with the Taliban to extract oil from Afghanistan
One of the main dishes at The Pork House includes a crunchy roasted pork with beans and fresh vegetables and is paired with the Brazilian national drink: caipirinha. 

Pork paradigm shift: This high-end São Paulo restaurant features pig ears and tails

Pork paradigm shift: This high-end São Paulo restaurant features pig ears and tails
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LGBTQ Russians are fleeing to Central Asia

LGBTQ Russians are fleeing to Central Asia
A security personnel speaks to people from inside the main gate of Jamia Millia Islamia university in New Delhi, India

Blocking BBC documentary on Gujarat riots goes against India's democratic values, journalist says

A new BBC documentary looking at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's role in the 2002 Gujarat riots has sparked controversy in India. The government is trying to ban it while students and activists are finding ways to watch it in defiance. Rana Ayyub, author of the book "Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up," discussed the situation with The World's host Marco Werman.

Blocking BBC documentary on Gujarat riots goes against India's democratic values, journalist says
Antonio Trujillo holds a cigarette while resting on a bench, in Pamplona, northern Spain

Big tobacco is forced to pay for cigarette butt pollution in Spain, but smokers may soon be on the hook

They’re tiny, they’re toxic, they’re everywhere. Cigarette butts are a huge source of pollution in Spain and lawmakers have said, enough. They're ordering cigarette makers to pay for the cleanup, but smokers worry they’ll end up footing the bill.

Big tobacco is forced to pay for cigarette butt pollution in Spain, but smokers may soon be on the hook
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Peru protests reveal ethnic and regional divides

More than 50 people have been killed in southern Peru in protests that broke out in December, and have resulted in street battles between police forces and largely Indigenous groups of protesters who have fought back with rocks, slingshots and homemade rockets.

Peru protests reveal ethnic and regional divides
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Court orders Canada to take back its citizens from camps in Syria

A court in Canada has ordered the government to repatriate 23 of its citizens who have been detained in camps for suspected ISIS members and their families in northeastern Syria. If not challenged, this would be the largest repatriation of Canadians from Syria so far.

Court orders Canada to take back its citizens from camps in Syria
Syrian children who are refugees in Turkey face many barriers to learning.

In Turkey, refugee children face hurdles to school enrollment

Many Syrian families in Turkey face school enrollment challenges due to a Turkish law that says no more than 30% of schoolchildren in a single class can be foreigners. Families in border cities like Gaziantep say their children are being turned away with few alternatives.

In Turkey, refugee children face hurdles to school enrollment
Many Taipei residents visit the city's historic Dihua Street to buy goods for the Lunar New Year.

Taiwan and China celebrate Lunar New Year amid vastly different COVID levels

Taiwan has reopened to international travel, and has lifted some other restrictions, as people celebrate Lunar New Year with family and friends.

Taiwan and China celebrate Lunar New Year amid vastly different COVID levels
Yuxin Wu plays the Chinese gehu string instrument.

Chinese musician works to revive the gehu instrument

Yuxin Wu, a second-generation gehu player at the Berklee College of Music, is on a mission to revive the Chinese string instrument with its unique vibrational sound.

Chinese musician works to revive the gehu instrument
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New Cate Blanchett film 'Tár' divides opinion among female conductors 

“Tár,” about a virtuoso female conductor, has shone a spotlight on the continuing dearth of women leading major orchestras worldwide.

New Cate Blanchett film 'Tár' divides opinion among female conductors 
An audience watches actors Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol on the big screen.

This beloved Bollywood film gets a new life on Broadway

The 1995 Bollywood film “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge,” or "DDLJ," is the longest-running film in India’s history, screening daily for 27 years. Now, the irresistible love story is heading to Broadway.

This beloved Bollywood film gets a new life on Broadway
Shakira poses for portrait photographs for "Elvis" at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, May 25, 2022.

Shakira's latest hit slamming her ex breaks records for Latin artists on YouTube

Shakira's release this week shot up to the top of the charts. It's a scathing breakup song with her ex: Spanish soccer star Gerard Piqué.

Shakira's latest hit slamming her ex breaks records for Latin artists on YouTube