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Finland, Sweden apply to join NATO, face Turkish objections

BRUSSELS (Reuters) -Finland and Sweden formally applied to join the NATO alliance on Wednesday at allied headquarters, a decision spurred by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, but face objections from Turkey to an accession process that is expected to take only a few weeks.

Stock rally losing puff as economic growth doubts grow

Asia's stock markets eked out their fourth straight session of gains on Wednesday, but the recent rally lost momentum as nagging doubts about inflation and the drag from rate rises overshadowed bits and pieces of good news about the global growth outlook.

China Eastern crash probe eyes intentional action - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Investigators looking into the crash of a China Eastern Airlines jet are examining whether it was due to intentional action on the flight deck, with no evidence found of a technical malfunction, two people briefed on the matter said.

U.S.-Taliban deal biggest factor in collapse of Afghan forces, watchdog says

The biggest factor that led to the collapse of the Afghan military in August last year was the U.S. decision to withdraw forces and contractors from Afghanistan through an agreement with the Taliban signed by the Trump administration and executed by the Biden administration, a U.S. watchdog report concluded.

Under political pressure, Biden officials toughen border message

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas toured the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas on Tuesday as he pushes a tougher message of restoring consequences for people crossing illegally, countering criticism from Republicans and some Democrats of President Joe Biden's approach.

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Two Trump-backed candidates win U.S. midterm election primaries

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) -Republican candidates endorsed by Donald Trump won their party's nominations for governor in Pennsylvania and for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina on Tuesday, underscoring the former president's clout in his party ahead of November's midterm elections.