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Past articles by Saphora:

'One World, One Family': Beijing Winter Olympics draws to a close with stunning ceremony

The Games had the strictest Covid restrictions yet, and were overshadowed by a U.S.-led diplomatic boycott over China's human rights record and blindsided by a high-profile doping saga. → Read More

Russian skating star, 15, could lose gold medal after failed drug test revelation

Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva’s right to compete in the Beijing Winter Olympics will be decided at an urgent hearing after her positive drug test was confirmed. → Read More

Legal issue delays team figure skating medal ceremony at Winter Olympics

An International Olympic Committee spokesman said “a situation arose” at short notice, delaying the ceremony to award the Russian team gold medals and the United States silver. → Read More

'We're just surviving': The story of two brothers separated after chaotic Afghanistan evacuations

“I was very happy that at least one of us, Janagha, made it out,” said Shafiqullah Sarwari. “On the other hand, I had a deep feeling of sadness, I was so unlucky.” → Read More

U.S. announces fresh $308 million in humanitarian aid for struggling Afghans

The United Nations and aid groups have warned of a pending humanitarian catastrophe in the country of 38 million people. → Read More

Saudi Arabia appears to be building its own ballistic missiles with China's help

The development could shift security calculations and further complicate the Biden administration's efforts to coax Iran back into its nuclear deal, NBC News reports. → Read More

From museums to TV, far-right gives Dreyfus affair new meaning in France

The false accusation that Alfred Dreyfus was a German spy was given fresh relevance by Eric Zemmour, the far-right TV pundit hoping to defeat President Emmanuel Macron. → Read More

London's mayor declares 'major incident' as omicron surges in U.K. capital

London Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a "major incident" Saturday as the omicron variant of the coronavirus surged through the United Kingdom's capital. → Read More

U.K. PM Boris Johnson and wife Carrie announce birth of a baby girl

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie have announced the birth of a healthy baby girl at a London hospital on Thursday morning. → Read More

WHO warns omicron poses 'very high' global risk as variant spreads

The global risk of the new omicron variant is “very high,” the World Health Organization said Monday, → Read More

WHO meets amid global alarm over new COVID-19 variant found in southern Africa

“This is the most significant variant we have encountered to date," said Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the U.K. Health Security Agency. → Read More

Israeli scuba diver discovers ancient Crusader sword

An Israeli scuba diver has discovered an ancient sword that experts believe dates back to the time of the Crusaders. → Read More

First large-scale international passenger flight takes off from Kabul since U.S. withdrawal

The first large-scale international passenger flight to depart Kabul since the U.S. withdrawal took off Thursday on its way to Qatar. → Read More

29 Sacramento students stuck in Afghanistan, school district says

More than two dozen school students in the Sacramento area remain in Afghanistan after the<a href=" → Read More

Three countries offered to help Afghan refugees, but U.S. flights have yet to arrive

As thousands try to leave Kabul, officials in North Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania said they had offered to temporarily take in people fleeing Afghanistan. → Read More

The Taliban wants the world to think they've changed. But have they?

The Taliban are a predominantly Pashtun nationalist group formed in the early 1990s by Afghan Islamic fighters who fought the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. → Read More

5 days: The key dates that led to a Taliban takeover in Afghanistan

They lost the country 20 years ago. In a matter of months the Taliban has regained control. Scroll through to see their swift advance. → Read More

As Taliban enters Kabul, the worst is happening for many capital residents

The specter of the Taliban’s brutal and austere rule accompanied them as fighters entered the Afghan capital on Sunday. → Read More

Simone Biles plans to compete in Olympics balance beam final

“We are so excited to confirm that you will see two U.S. athletes in the balance beam final tomorrow — Suni Lee and Simone Biles,” USA Gymnastics tweeted. → Read More

Dressel leads U.S. with Olympic gold on night of swimming records, rivalries in Tokyo

Dressel's victory in swimming's blue riband event was the most high-profile result on a night that saw records splashed aside in the pool and rivalries renewed between Team USA and Australia. → Read More