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More than 300,000 Mushie and Co. pacifiers recalled after choking hazard discovered

Mushie and Co., a Denmark-based company, has issued a recall for its FRIGG silicone pacifiers and a US consumer safety agency is urging parents to immediately stop using them over choking concerns.

A health worker administered a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot to an elderly woman at her residence during a door to door vaccination campaign in Tangerang Indonesia, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022.

COVID boosters should start with most vulnerable, says WHO

The World Health Organization says that coronavirus vaccine boosters should now now be offered to people, starting with the most vulnerable, in a move away from its previous insistence that boosters were unnecessary for healthy adults and an acknowledgment that the vaccine supply is improving globally.

Yemen prison airstrike killed, injured over 100, Red Cross says

A Saudi-led airstrike targeting a prison run by Yemen’s Houthi rebels killed and wounded over 100 detainees on Friday, rescuers said, part of a pounding aerial offensive that hours earlier saw another airstrike take the Arab world’s poorest country off the internet.

Pope Francis walked during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, on Jan. 19, 2022.

Pope vows justice for abuse victims after Ratzinger faulted

Pope Francis pledged Friday to provide justice to victims of clergy sexual abuse, a day after an independent audit faulted his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, for having botched four cases of abusive clergy when he was archbishop of Munich, Germany.

IS gunmen kill 11 Iraqi troops in brazen attack on barracks

Gunmen from the Islamic State extremist group attacked an army barracks in a mountainous area north of Baghdad early Friday, killing 11 soldiers as they slept, the Iraqi military and security officials said.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken greeted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before their meeting on Jan. 21, 2022, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Top US, Russian envoys discuss Ukraine at ‘critical moment’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Friday that a weekslong standoff over Ukraine is at a “critical moment,” as he headed into talks with his Russian counterpart amid rising concerns that Europe could again be beset by war.

A member of Ukraine's military walked along a trench on the front line of Zolote, in eastern Ukraine on Monday.

Biden strengthens his words on Ukraine after flustering European partners

President Biden on Thursday strengthened his warning to Russia about a potential attack on Ukraine, saying that any movement of Russian units across the Ukrainian border would be taken as an invasion, a day after the president triggered alarm in European capitals with his suggestion of divisions among allies.

A report on the church's handling of cases of sexual abuse by clergy and others in Germany's Munich archdiocese, which was once led by retired Pope Benedict XVI from 1977 until 1982, puts Benedict squarely at fault for the botched abuse cases.

Benedict under fire for work on abuse cases as archbishop

A report released by a German law firm accused Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI of mishandling at least four cases of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests when he was the archbishop of Munich Thursday.