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Algeria sentences 49 to death for mob killing amid wildfires

An Algerian court sentenced 49 people to death Thursday for the brutal mob killing of a painter who had been suspected of starting devastating wildfires -- but had actually come to help fight them, according to defense lawyers and the state news agency.

A charred truck is pictured after a fire near the village of Achlouf, in the Kabyle region, east of Algiers, Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Toufik Doudou, File)

Russia steps up missile barrage of recaptured Ukrainian city

A barrage of missiles struck the recently liberated city of Kherson for the second day Friday in a marked escalation of attacks since Russia withdrew from the city two weeks ago following an eight-month occupation. It comes as Russia has stepped up bombardment of Ukraine's power grid and other critical civilian infrastructure.

A resident walks amid debris after a Russian attack in Kherson, southern Ukraine, on Nov. 24, 2022. (Bernat Armangue / AP)

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