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Biden to direct Education Dept. to review Title IX changes

President Joe Biden is set to sign an executive order on Monday directing the Department of Education to review policies implemented by Donald Trump's administration, including changes to Title IX regulations that prohibit sex discrimination in federally funded institutions, according... See full article

Huge explosions rock Equatorial Guinea's main city

At least 17 people died and hundreds more were injured in the city of Bata on Sunday, officials say. See full article

Global $29.08 Billion Environmental Consulting Services Markets, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F

Dublin, March 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Environmental Consulting Services Global Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Impact and Recovery to 2030" report has been added to's offering. The global environmental consulting services market is expected to grow from $29.08... See full article

Remote-Working Consultants and Bankers Party Hard in No-Lockdown Zanzibar

ReutersZANZIBAR, Tanzania—“I fully support lockdowns and COVID restrictions, I just choose not to follow any of them” said Simon, who knew he’d be fired if he allowed The Daily Beast to publish his real name, before finishing off a pint-sized... See full article

Myanmar security forces kill 2 anti-coup protesters

Security forces shot dead two people in northern Myanmar on Monday, local media reported, as the military government continued its attempt to stamp out opposition to its Feb. 1 coup. Graphic video on social media showed protesters in the street... See full article

America warns Afghan government to consider new peace proposals or face May 1 troop pullout

America has warned the Afghan president he may face a renewed Taliban spring onslaught without US troops, unless he considers urgent new proposals to try to jump start stalled negotiations. A full withdrawal of American troops is still being mulled,... See full article

Protesters paralyze Lebanon amid political, economic crisis

Protesters closed all major roads leading to the Lebanese capital on Monday, causing traffic jams and triggering a call by the head of the hospitals union who warned that such moves are preventing oxygen supplies from reaching medical centers treating... See full article

Report: U.S. urges UN-led Afghan peace talks and warns of Taliban "territorial gain" threat

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a letter outlining a plan to accelerate peace talks with the Taliban that the U.S. is "considering" a full troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Afghan outlet TOLOnews first reported Sunday. Why it matters: In... See full article

As US mulls Afghan exit, activist sees long fight for women

Prominent activist Sima Samar has been fighting for women’s rights in Afghanistan for the past 40 years. Samar, 64, worries about the future, noting that insecurity and instability in Afghanistan have reached frightening levels. "No one knows what will happen... See full article

After historic whirlwind visit, Pope leaves Iraq for Rome

Pope Francis on Monday wrapped up his historic whirlwind tour of Iraq that sought to bring hope to the country's marginalized Christian minority with a message of coexistence, forgiveness and peace. The pontiff and his traveling delegation were seen off... See full article

U.S. and South Korea reach cost-sharing deal on troops

The U.S. and South Korea announced Sunday they've reached an agreement "in principle" on a new cost-sharing plan for the American troop presence on the Korean Peninsula.Driving the news: The State Department's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs said in a Twitter... See full article

US and South Korea agree on new cost-sharing deal for troops

The United States and South Korea have reached agreement in principle on a new arrangement for sharing the cost of the American troop presence, which is intended as a bulwark against the threat of North Korean aggression, both countries announced.... See full article

UPDATE 2-U.S. says all options on table for a decision on Afghanistan

The U.S. government said on Sunday all options remain on the table for its remaining 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, saying it has made no decisions about its military commitment after May 1. The State Department comments came after reports emerged... See full article

U.S. and South Korea agree on cost-sharing deal for troops

The United States keeps about 28,000 troops in South Korea to help deter potential aggression from North Korea. See full article

Report: Blinken offers plan to bolster Afghan peace process

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is proposing a series of steps to help jumpstart Afghanistan’s stalled peace process between the government and Taliban, according to a letter from Blinken to Afghanistan’s president Ashra Ghani published Sunday by Afghanistan’s TOLONews. The... See full article

U.S. pushes new peace effort, may withdraw all forces from Afghanistan after May 1 - letter

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for a 90-day reduction in violence in Afghanistan and a new United Nations-led peace effort as he warned the United States could withdraw all forces after May 1, according to a letter to... See full article

Carla Wallenda, member of famed high-wire act, dies at 85

Carla Wallenda, a member of “The Flying Wallendas” high-wire act and the last surviving child of the famed troupe's founder, has died at the age of 85. Carla Wallenda was born on Feb. 13, 1936, and appeared in a newsreel... See full article

UN says fire in Yemeni migrant detention center kills 8

A fire broke out Sunday in a detention center for migrants in Yemen’s capital, killing at least eight people and injuring more than 170 others, the U.N. migration agency said. The International Organization for Migration said the cause of the... See full article

Cuomo defiant as top New York lawmakers call on him to quit

The two top Democrats in New York’s legislature withdrew their support for Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday amid mounting allegations of sexual harassment and undercounting COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins became the first senior Democrat... See full article

Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin suggests U.S. could again carry out retaliatory strike after Iraqi base attack

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told ABC News' Martha Raddatz on Sunday that the United States still doesn't have a clear assessment of who may have been behind a rocket attack against Iraq's Ain al-Asad base, which is used by U.S.-led... See full article

Senegal protests: The country is ‘on the verge of an apocalypse’

A top official gives a stark warning after at least five people die in anti-government protests. See full article

Blinken offers plan to bolster Afghan peace process, report indicates

His letter calls for a conference facilitated by the United Nations. See full article

Hawaii missile defense radar is still in limbo

Mar. 7—The Missile Defense Agency is back seeking public comment on two possible locations for a powerful ballistic missile defense radar on either the North Shore of Oahu or the west side of Kauai—both looking toward North Korea—with Congress most... See full article

Floyd's cause of death, ex-cop's force will be keys at trial

A Minneapolis police officer was swiftly fired and charged with murder after bystander video showed him pressing his knee into George Floyd's neck, ignoring the Black man's cries that he couldn't breathe. Jury selection begins Monday in Derek Chauvin's trial,... See full article

For Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the end of her sentence may not mean freedom

After five years of imprisonment and house arrest, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe must have felt a surge of elation when Iranian prison officials finally removed her ankle tag on Sunday. But relief will be tempered by the knowledge that the end of... See full article