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Barak Ravid
5 mins ago - World

Outgoing Israeli PM Naftali Bennett won't run in upcoming election

Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett. Photo: Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Updated 29 mins ago - Politics & Policy

COVID-19 dashboard

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Barak Ravid
38 mins ago - World

West Bank sales of Ben & Jerry's will resume after Unilever deal

A view of the entrance of the ice-cream shop inside the Ben & Jerry's factory in Be'er Tuvia in southern Israel in July 2021. Photo: Emmanuel Dundad/AFP via Getty Images
A view of the entrance of the ice-cream shop inside the Ben & Jerry's factory in Be'er Tuvia in southern Israel in July 2021. Photo: Emmanuel Dundad/AFP via Getty Images
Erin Doherty
2 hours ago - World

Global task force has frozen $30B from Russian oligarchs

The US Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., US, on Thursday, June 2, 2022.
The US Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., on June 2. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Ivana Saric
4 hours ago - World

Finland and Sweden formally invited to join NATO

Swedish, Finnish, and Turkish leaders at NATO summit
Attending a signing ceremony in Madrid on June 28 were (from left) Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson. Photo: Turkish Presidency/Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Ivana Saric
5 hours ago - World

Biden announces new U.S. military deployments in Europe

Joe Biden
President Biden attends the second day of the three-day G7 summit at Schloss Elmau on June 27. Photo: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images
Rebecca Falconer
Updated 11 hours ago - World

Zelensky slams "terrorist" Putin and urges UN to expel Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sits for a press conference on April 23, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during an April news conference in Kyiv, Ukraine. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)
Updated 14 hours ago - World
Axios Explains: Ukraine

Dashboard: Russian invasion of Ukraine

Rescuers work among the ruins of a school building, partially destroyed by two rockets in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on June 28. Photo: Sergey Bobok/AFP via Getty Images

Maria Ressa: News organization Rappler ordered to shut down by Philippines government

A woman in a white suit clasps her hands together behind a lectern
Journalist Maria Ressa gives a speech at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony on Dec. 10, 2021, in Oslo, Norway. Per Ole Hagen/Getty Images

Ecuador government and Indigenous group end talks after disruptive protests

A group of protesters wearing helmets, capes and holding sheets of metal as protection walk through an anti-government protest in Ecuador
Indigenous people holding makeshift shields remain outside the Matovelle high school, awaiting the resolutions of the indigenous leadership after the government suspended negotiations, in Quito, on June 28, 2022. Photo: Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images.