Australia removes the British monarchy from its banknotes

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is removing the British monarchy from its bank notes. The country’s central bank said Thursday that its new $5 bill will feature an original design rather than a portrait of King Charles III. But the monarch is still expected to appear on coins that currently bear the image of the … Read more

59 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a mosque in Pakistan, and more than 150 others were wounded

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide bomber blew up a crowded mosque inside a police compound in Pakistan on Monday, causing the roof to collapse and killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 150, officials said. Most of the victims were police officers. It was not clear how the attacker managed to infiltrate … Read more

Friends mourn the killing of a volunteer helping civilians in Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Friends and volunteers gathered Sunday at St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv to say goodbye to Andrew Bagshaw.New Zealand scientist killed in Ukraine With another volunteer as they try to evacuate people from a frontline town. Bagshaw, 48, a British New Zealander, and British volunteer Christopher BarryThe 28-year-old went missing this month … Read more

3 dead and one missing due to rain in New Zealand’s largest city

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Three people have died and at least one is missing after record levels of rain battered New Zealand’s largest city, causing widespread disruption, authorities said Saturday. Prime Minister Chris Hepkins flew to Auckland on a military plane after declaring a state of emergency in the region. “Our priority is ensuring … Read more

Israeli air raids on Gaza after killing 9 Palestinians in Jenin | News of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Eyewitnesses reported that Israeli drones fired missiles at targets in Gaza, followed by fighter jets attacking sites. Israel launched several air strikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, a day after nine Palestinians, including an elderly woman, were killed in the Jenin camp of Israeli forces, in one of the deadliest raids in the occupied West … Read more

Travelers are rushing to take advantage of China’s reopening

BEIJING (AP) — Two years after separating from his wife in mainland China, Hong Kong resident Cheung Sing-pun made sure he was among the first in line after border crossing points reopened Sunday. The ability of residents of the semi-autonomous southern Chinese city to cross is one of the most visible signs of China’s easing … Read more

China’s “Zero Covid” Transformation Leads to Loss of Confidence in Leadership | Coronavirus pandemic news

As China’s years of “coronavirus-free” strict restrictions come to an abrupt halt, relations between the country’s rulers and the ruled are strained. People who once supported no COVID have been left wondering what the years of strict restrictions are like now that almost all policies put in place to protect people have been dropped and … Read more