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Secretary Blinken in Geneva for crucial talks with Russia amid fears of imminent Ukraine invasion

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Friday. Christina Ruffini looks ahead to the meeting, which is seen as one of the last chances for a diplomatic path to averting what U.S. officials fear is an imminent Russian attack on Ukraine.

CIA reports most "Havana Syndrome" cases not caused by foreign group

The CIA says most cases of the neurological illness known as "Havana Syndrome" were not caused by a foreign adversary, after a cluster of cases was first reported in Cuba by U.S. diplomats and personnel.

U.K. paleontologists find nearly complete Ichthyosaur

An almost-perfect fossil of a 180-million-year-old reptile was discovered in a drained reservoir in England. As Charlie D'Agata reports, the rare find of the bones of a "Sea Dragon" that is over 33-feet long may help scientists learn about why these beasts failed to adapt to a changing climate.

Secretary Blinken in Geneva for crucial talks with Russia amid fears of Ukraine invasion

On Friday, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva. Holly Williams is in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, talking to locals about their fears for a Russian invasion.

Austrian Parliament votes to make vaccines mandatory for most adults

The mandate is the strictest of its kind so far in the European Union.

U.S. expands "Remain in Mexico" policy to busiest border sector

The move means asylum-seekers will be returned to an area of Mexico the U.S. warns Americans not to visit because of rampant crime and kidnappings.

Huge, deadly explosion caused by tragic road crash in Ghana

A truck carrying explosives intended for mining collided with a motorcycle, setting off a blast that left a massive crater, and more than a dozen people dead.

4 people, including baby, found frozen to death at Canada-U.S. border

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said ​it's believed they died from exposure while trying to cross into the U.S.

U.S. farmer accused of plotting assassination of Ukrainian official

Kurt Groszhans said he left North Dakota to explore his Ukrainian heritage and invest in the country's agro-industry. Now he's facing charges of attempted murder and extortion.

These are the top U.S. athletes to watch in the Beijing Olympics

Many of the world's best athletes are preparing for the Beijing Winter Olympics​ in February. These are some of the top ones to watch.

Top American athletes to watch at the Beijing Winter Olympics

Thousands of the world's best athletes are getting ready for the Beijing Winter Olympics. These top Americans should be on your list to watch.

Biden's chief of staff on potential Putin sanctions: "Nothing on the economic side is off the table"

Ron Klain says the decision on whether to personally sanction Putin would be made "at the appropriate time" by the president and national security officials.

Pope vows justice for abuse victims after predecessor faulted

A German report found that Pope Benedict XVI mishandled four cases of abusive clergy during his tenure as archbishop of Munich.

U.S.-Russia talks appear to keep threat of broader Ukraine war at bay

"We don't expect to resolve our differences here," Antony Blinken said before meeting his Russian counterpart, and they didn't. But they bought some more time.

Defending champ Naomi Osaka knocked out of Australian Open

Amanda Anisimova saved two match points in the third set, serving to stay in the match, and ended it with an ace.

China limits Olympic torch relay amid virus concerns

The flame will be displayed only in enclosed venues that are deemed "safe and controllable," officials say.

Report on sexual abuse in German diocese faults retired pope

The report on sexual abuse in Germany's Munich diocese faulted Benedict's handling of four cases when he was archbishop in the 1970s and 1980s.

Teen sets record for youngest woman to fly solo around the world

19-year-old Belgian-British pilot Zara Rutherford took 155 days to cover 28,000 nautical miles and battled everything from smoke from wildfires, fog and even typhoons along the way.

U.S. sanctions four Ukrainians it alleges were working with Russia

Two of the four are currently members of the Ukrainian parliament. The U.S. has also authorized third-party weapons transfers to Ukraine.

U.S. rushes weapons into Ukraine as Biden predicts a Russian invasion

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is trying to keep NATO allies on the "same page" after Mr. Biden said it was his "guess" that Putin would order forces to "move in" to Ukraine.

Belarus officials charged in Ryanair flight diversion

The plane was forced to land in Belarus due to an alleged bomb threat — but the indictment says that was a ruse.

Massive coral reef found in Tahiti "twilight zone"

Humans and climate change are killing the world's reefs. The latest discovery of one of the largest deepwater reefs offers hope they can survive.

Singer dies after deliberately catching COVID-19

Her son said she stayed with him and her husband when they were isolating with COVID-19 so she could also catch the virus and recover.

Queen Elizabeth is hiring a housekeeper — for minimum wage

The job advert wants someone with a "proactive approach" and a willingness to work for $12.96 an hour, the base wage in U.K..

Man says he swam to safety "after being washed away" by Tonga tsunami

Despite a disability, 57-year-old Lisala Folau says he spent more than a day swimming between Tonga's tiny, earthquake-devastated islands to get back to safety.

Tonga's Olympic flagbearer raises over $400,000 for tsunami relief

Tonga's government described the tsunami as "an unprecedented disaster" for the country.

Ancient giant "sea dragon" fossil discovered in U.K.

The fossil is nearly 33 feet long — roughly the size of a bus — and is believed to be the largest ichthyosaur skeleton ever discovered in the U.K.

North Korea to "reconsider" suspension of nuclear weapons testing

The Kim regime says "hostile" U.S. moves have left it to "promptly examine the issue of restarting all temporally-suspended activities," including testing nuclear explosives and long-range missiles.

New photos from Tonga give clearer picture of tsunami devastation

Tonga's government has described the tsunami that followed Saturday's volcanic eruption as "an unprecedented disaster" for the country.

Restaurant closed for accepting dog photos as vaccine proof

"Facility staff used a tablet to make it appear as if they were scanning a QR code when in fact the staff member was presented with a photograph of a dog," officials said.

11 children among 29 killed in stampede at religious ceremony

An official said the death toll "may increase" because a number of people were in critical condition.

U.S. boosts Ukraine aid by $200M, urges Russia to choose "peaceful path"

The U.S. Secretary of State says Russia is poised "to take further aggressive action against Ukraine" but hopes Putin will choose diplomacy.

Blinken warns Russia could attack with "very short notice"

Blinken's visit to Kyiv is the first of three stops in a last-minute diplomatic push to urge Moscow not to attack Ukraine.

French star Gaspard Ulliel dies in skiing accident at age 37

Ulliel portrayed the young Hannibal Lecter in 2007's "Hannibal Rising" and fashion mogul Yves Saint Laurent in the 2014 biopic "Saint Laurent."

Andrew is the Duke of York but York residents want honor removed in light of his associations

The historic City of York in Northern England has much to be proud of, from a Gothic cathedral to medieval streets filled with charm. But as Holly Williams reports, the people of York feel Prince Andrew, Duke of York, is no longer fit to be connected with the city after allegations of sex abuse made in an American civil case. The prince denies those allegations. Holly Williams reports.

Calls mount for Prince Andrew to lose his Duke of York title

One British lawmaker from the ancient city says the prince's title "drags us into" the scandal over his alleged sexual misconduct, "and as a proud city, we don't want to go there."

England is about to drop virtually all anti-COVID restrictions

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says thanks to booster shots and people following the rules, the Omicron wave "has now peaked" in the U.K., so the rules are being lifted.

An inside look into “Villa Aurora,” one of the most expensive homes on the market

A home fit for a princess is on the market in Italy, but you’ll need the budget of a billionaire to buy it. Known as “Villa Aurora,” the 16th-century estate is among the most expensive homes for sale in the world, with a starting bid in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Chris Livesay tours the home, giving a glimpse at some of the rare masterpieces it contains from the art world.

U.S.-born princess' treasure-filled Italian villa a bargain at $320 million

Villa Aurora is a 16th century Roman estate packed with classic art wonders, but the most colorful piece in the place may be its soon-to-be-former owner, the Principessa Rita Boncompagni Ludovisi.

White House warns Russia could launch attack on Ukraine at any point

The White House is warning that Russia could launch an attack on Ukraine at any point. Recent U.S.-Russia talks failed to resolve the standoff this month. Holly Williams has the details.

Blinken to meet Russian counterpart amid rising concerns over buildup near Ukraine

U.S. officials warned Tuesday that Russia could launch an attack at any point.

Videos show widespread abuse of gays in Russia, advocates say

Human Rights Watch released a series of videos the group says shows that the beating and abuse of gays has become widespread. One 17-year-old from Sochi who was brutalized says Russia's new anti-gay propaganda law has been taken as encouragement by anti-gay groups. Mark Phillips reports.

Airlines rush to scrap or change flights to U.S. over 5G dispute

Major carriers involved include Emirates and All Nippon, even as Verizon and AT&T push back the debut of their new 5G technology.

Mexico threatens soccer fans with 5-year ban for homophobic chant

The measures are the latest move in the Mexican federation's efforts to eliminate the chant, which has been directed at opposing goalkeepers and led to sanctions by FIFA.

Images reveal devastation inflicted on Tonga by volcano and tsunami

2 people have been confirmed dead in the Pacific island nation so far, but communications are still patchy, and the scale of the damage is just starting to become clear.

Jamaica has 4-man bobsled team in Olympics for first time since 1998

It's been 24 years since Jamaica had a four-man bobsled team in the Winter Games.

Vaccinologists optimistic that South Africa is over the worst of the pandemic after Omicron wave

After just eight weeks since the world first heard about Omicron, discovered here in South Africa, the countries wave dropped as sharply as it had risen with very little interruption to people’s lives. Foreign correspondent Debora Patta revisits the horror of the Delta wave and speaks to a vaccinologist who tells her he is optimistic the worst of the pandemic could be over.

South Africa is over Omicron, and that may be good news for the U.S.

Scientists believe the country has "reached a turning point in this pandemic," and their experience, along with similar pictures emerging in the U.K. and New York, is cause for optimism.

Hamsters in China put down after testing positive for COVID-19

Anyone who bought a hamster from the store after January 7 must hand over their new pet to be put down.

Twin earthquakes kill 26, leave Afghans searching for loved ones

U.N. humanitarian agency says 3 villages were completely flattened by the quakes, which toppled mud-brick houses in an impoverished western region.