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Adekunle Gold on sickle cell advocacy: ‘It’s time to learn my voice – people are dying’

By Larry Madowo and Lauren Lee, CNN (CNN) — Award-winning Nigerian singer Adekunle Gold rose to international fame when his debut album “Gold” reached number seven on the Billboard World Charts. Since then, the 37-year-old has released four more albums, amassing hundreds of millions of streams worldwide. Behind the scenes, however, he has been quietly

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Philippines blames China for ‘personnel injury and vessel damage’ in South China Sea collision

By Kathleen Magramo and Nectar Gan, CNN Hong Kong (CNN) — Manila has accused China of injuring Filipino personnel and damaging Philippine vessels during a South China Sea collision earlier this week, as tensions simmer over territorial disputes in the resource-rich and strategically important waterway. The Philippines and China have both blamed each other for

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Putin says Russia and North Korea will help each other if attacked, taking ties to a ‘new level’

By Simone McCarthy, Manveena Suri and Lucas Lilieholm, CNN (CNN) — Vladimir Putin said Russia and North Korea have ramped up ties to a “new level,” pledging to help each other if either nation is attacked in a “breakthrough” new partnership announced during the Russian president’s rare visit to the reclusive state. Thousands of North

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World’s nuclear powers strengthening arsenals as geopolitical tensions grow, report finds

By Radina Gigova, CNN London (CNN) — Nuclear-armed countries are strengthening their arsenals and several have made ready new nuclear-armed or nuclear-capable weapons systems amid rising geopolitical tensions, a new report has found. The nine nuclear states – the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel – have

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‘Monumental step forward’: Thailand to become first Southeast Asian nation to legalize same-sex marriage

By Helen Regan and Kocha Olarn, CNN (CNN) — Thailand will become the first nation in Southeast Asia to legalize same-sex marriage after the kingdom’s Senate approved a marriage equality bill on Tuesday, with supporters calling it a “monumental step forward for LGBTQ+ rights.” The Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of passing the bill following

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Land mine blasts inflicted casualties on North Korean troops in DMZ in recent months, South says

By Yoonjung Seo and Nectar Gan, CNN Seoul, South Korea (CNN) — North Korean troops have suffered “multiple casualties” from land mine explosions while laying explosives along the country’s heavily armed border with the South in recent months, the South Korean military said Tuesday. Since January, North Korean soldiers have been setting mines and installing

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Israel’s plan for ‘tactical pause’ for aid raises questions and deepens rifts. Here’s what we know

By Nadeen Ebrahim, Paula Hancocks, Eugenia Yosef and Lauren Izso, CNN (CNN) — The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has announced a “tactical pause” of military activities along a road in southern Gaza that has been designated for humanitarian aid deliveries every day for 11 hours. The announcement comes as the strip’s population of more than

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