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The U.S.-Iran World Cup matchup puts a spotlight on Iran’s protest movement

Iran’s players have at times appeared to show solidarity with the protests, even as they say their focus is football. Thousands of protesters have been arrested and hundreds killed, rights groups say.

What’s at stake as the U.S. faces Iran at the World Cup

The U.S. has to beat Iran to advance, while Iran only has to tie. The match comes after controversy over flags, Iran’s national anthem, and ongoing protests in Iran.

Iran acknowledges more than 300 are dead from unrest from nationwide protests

The estimate from a military general of people dead from protests is considerably lower than the toll reported by a U.S.-based group that has been closely tracking the protests.

Protesters in China call for the end of the ‘zero COVID’ policy

Protesters in China have been calling for the end of the country’s “zero COVID” policy and political reform.

Ukraine remembers a famine under Stalin, and points to parallels with Putin

Ukraine marked 90 years since a terrible famine that killed at least 4 million of its people. The event was especially poignant this year as Ukraine deals with its present crisis.

A cartel allegedly responsible for a third of Europe’s cocaine has been busted

“The scale of cocaine importation into Europe under the suspects’ control and command was massive,” Europol said, adding that the suspects used encrypted communications to organize drugs shipments.

Week in Ukraine: Power back on for many but more Russian strikes expected (Nov. 28)

Catch up on key developments and the latest in-depth coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

For Afghans who fought against the Taliban, life is fraught under their rule

Those who put their lives on the line in the Afghan National Army and can’t find a way out of Afghanistan are working menial jobs, sometimes moving locations every few days in fear for their safety.

Pablo Eisenberg, a fierce critic of nonprofits and philanthropy, died at age 90

Pablo Eisenberg, a loud and influential voice in the nonprofit sector who spoke widely and bluntly about his belief that philanthropy often benefits the wealthy more than the needy, died at age 90.

The al-Shabab extremist group attacked a hotel in Somalia’s capital

There has been no immediate word of any casualties. Al-Shabab said its fighters attacked the hotel Villa Rose, which has a restaurant popular with government and security officials.

People across China are protesting for democratic reform and easing COVID controls

Protests in support of democratic reforms and against Covid controls are growing across China. They began after a fire killed ten people who witnesses say were trapped in a building under lockdown.

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