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Dozens dead in Papua New Guinea tribal violence

At least 26 combatants and an unconfirmed number of bystanders were killed in a gunbattle between warring tribes in Papua New Guinea, police said Monday.

A tribe, their allies and mercenaries were on their way to attack a neighboring tribe when they were ambushed Sunday in Enga province in the South Pacific nation's remote highlands, Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary Acting Superintendent George Kakas said.

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Tens of thousands rail against Mexico's president, ruling party in 'march for democracy'

Tens of thousands of demonstrators cloaked in pink have marched through cities in Mexico and abroad in what they called a "march for democracy" targeting the country's ruling party in advance of the country's June 2 elections.

The demonstrations on Sunday called by Mexico's opposition parties advocated for free and fair elections in the Latin American nation and railed against corruption the same day presidential front-runner Claudia Sheinbaum registered as a candidate for ruling party Morena. Approximately 90,000 people turned out to rail against the leader, according to government figures.

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Putin says Ukraine matter of life and death for Russia

Events on the battlefield in Ukraine are a matter of "life and death" for Russia that could determine its fate, President Vladimir Putin said in remarks aired Sunday.

The Kremlin has repeatedly framed the almost two-year conflict as a battle for Russia's survival in a bid to rally patriotic sentiment among its population, many apathetic toward the offensive.

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West mounts pressure on Russia after Navalny's death in jail

Western nations Saturday mounted pressure on Russia, blaming its leader and the government for the death of leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in an Arctic prison in opaque circumstances.

Navalny's death was announced on Friday after three years in detention and a poisoning that he blamed on the Kremlin.

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Protests, poisoning and prison: The life of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny, Russia's top opposition leader and President Vladimir Putin's fiercest foe, died in prison on Friday, a statement from the Federal Penitentiary Service said.

Navalny, who was serving a 19-year sentence on charges of extremism, felt unwell after a walk and collapsed, it said. The politician's team had no immediate confirmation of his death.

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Western officials and Kremlin critics blame Putin for Navalny's death in prison

World leaders and Russian opposition activists wasted no time Friday in blaming the reported death of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny on President Vladimir Putin and his government.

"It is obvious that he was killed by Putin," said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who was visiting Berlin as he sought aid for his country as it fights off an invasion by Russia.

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Alexei Navalny, fiercest foe of Russia's Putin, dies in prison

Alexei Navalny, the fiercest foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin who crusaded against official corruption and staged massive anti-Kremlin protests, died in prison Friday, Russian authorities said. He was 47.

Navalny, who was serving a 19-year sentence on charges of extremism, felt unwell after a walk, according to the Federal Penitentiary Service, and lost consciousness. An ambulance arrived to try to revive him, but he died. It said the cause of death was "being established."

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Zelensky to sign security agreements with Germany, France

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Berlin on Friday on a visit aimed at rallying Western support for his embattled troops ahead of the second anniversary of the war.

Zelensky published photos on Telegram showing him arriving in Germany and said he would discuss "a new security architecture for Ukraine", adding that his country was trying to "end the war as soon as possible on fair Ukrainian terms". He will also visit Paris on Friday as he is expected to sign bilateral security agreements with Germany and France on Friday.

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6 people killed, 18 injured by missile strike in Russian city of Belgorod

A missile strike on the Russian city of Belgorod near the Ukraine border on Thursday killed six people, including a child, and injured 18 others, a Russian official said. It was the latest in exchanges of long-range missile and rocket fire in Russia's war on Ukraine.

Hours earlier, Russia fired two dozen cruise and ballistic missiles at a broad area of Ukraine, hitting multiple regions after a midnight strike in Ukraine's northeast killed five people in an apartment building, authorities said.

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'Neutral' Swiss plan to boost defense spending in world destabilized by wars

Switzerland's government plans to boost its defense spending by up to 19% over the next four years, citing a rise in global instability, including wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, and gaps created when Swiss authorities cashed in on a peace dividend from the fall of the Berlin Wall decades ago.

Laying out mid- and long-range projections for military spending, Defense Minister Viola Amherd, who also holds the rotating Swiss presidency this year, said that as a result of cost-cutting measures over the last 30 years, "the army has been weakened," and it would take time to make up lost ground.

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