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Congress is looking to pass nearly $40 billion in aid for Ukraine

Congressional Democrats plan to move ahead with an expanded funding package to aid Ukraine. The lawmakers hope to pass the funding quickly to meet ongoing needs as the country battles continued attacks from Russia.

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A statue of a Native American ballerina that was stolen in Tulsa will be restored

TULSA, Okla. — Enough pieces of a bronze statue of a famous Native American ballerina that was stolen in Tulsa have been recovered to restore it, historical officials said.

The additional missing pieces of the statue of Marjorie Tallchief that were found include the head, said Tulsa Historical Society and Museum Director Michelle Place, according to the Tulsa World.

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Lithuania designates Russia as a terrorist country, a global first

Lithuania's parliament has designated Russia a terrorist country and its actions in Ukraine as genocide.

The Lithuanian Seimas tweeted Tuesday that its members had passed the resolution unanimously.

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U2's Bono and the Edge held a concert in a Kyiv subway station in support of Ukraine

Two members of the Irish rock band U2 played a concert in a Kyiv subway station on Sunday, performing some of their classics and sharing the stage with Ukranian musicians.

Bono and the Edge wrote on Twitter that Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had invited them to perform in Kyiv "as a show of solidarity with the Ukrainian people."

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The son of late dictator Marcos has won the Philippines' presidential election

MANILA, Philippines — The namesake son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos appeared to have been elected Philippine president by a landslide in an astonishing reversal of the 1986 "People Power" pro-democracy revolt that ousted his father.


Mississippi sues Brett Favre and 3 wrestlers over welfare misspending

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Department of Human Services on Monday sued retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre and three former pro wrestlers along with several other people and businesses to try to recover millions of misspent welfare dollars that were intended to help some of the poorest people in the U.S.

The lawsuit says the defendants "squandered" more than $20 million in money from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families anti-poverty program.


Former NBA and Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne is shot and killed

Tributes are pouring in for former NBA and Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne, who was shot and killed in Orlando on Monday.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a call at 1:37 a.m. Monday and found Payne had been shot. He was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Payne was 31.

Authorities say the suspected shooter, 29-year-old Lawrence Dority, remained at the scene and was interviewed by homicide detectives.

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Celebrated Indian musician and composer Shivkumar Sharma has died at age 84

Indian musician and composer Shivkumar Sharma, who elevated the 100-stringed hammered dulcimer to classical concert stages around the world, died Tuesday in Mumbai at age 84. He created a famously dreamy, almost singing tone for his santoor — a feat for an instrument that is played by hitting the many strings with two mallets.


Clash between rival gangs kills 44 inmates in an Ecuadorean prison

QUITO, Ecuador — A clash between rival Ecuadorian gangs killed 44 inmates, officials said Monday, little more than a month after another prison riot resulted in 20 deaths.

Interior Minister Patricio Carrillo said at a news conference that one group of inmates left their cells to attack another inside the Bellavista lockup in Santo Domingo, some 70 kilometers (45 miles) west of Quito, the capital.

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The U.K.'s Parliament opens for the first time in six decades without the queen

LONDON — Britain's Conservative government made sweeping promises to cut crime, improve health care and revive the pandemic-scarred economy as it laid out its plans for the next year in a tradition-steeped ceremony in Parliament — but without Queen Elizabeth II, who was absent for the first time in six decades.