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Kremlin: Putin to seek guarantees over Ukraine from Biden

The Kremlin said Friday that President Vladimir Putin will seek binding guarantees precluding NATO's expansion to Ukraine during a planned call with U.S. President Joe Biden, while the Ukrainian defence minister warned that Russia could invade his country next month.

Ukrainian soldiers take a position near Urzuf, south coast of Azov sea, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Taliban ban forced marriages of women in Afghanistan

The Taliban decreed Friday that they are banning the forced marriage of women in the war-torn country, in what appears to be a move to address criteria that developed nations consider a precondition to recognize their government and restore aid.

A man disributes bread to Burka-wearing Afghan women outside a bakery in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, Dec, 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML via AP)