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Fugitive North Macedonian ex-premier gets 9-year sentence

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's fugitive former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has been handed a 9-year prison sentence for illegally ordering the 2011 demolition of a multimillion-dollar residential and business complex owned by a former political ally turned opponent. The ...

Turkey’s Erdogan talks to Swedish, Finnish leaders on NATO

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday discussed his objections to Sweden and Finland joining NATO with the two Nordic countries' leaders, Erdogan's office said. He spoke to Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson in ...

Bangkok governor election a test of political winds

BANGKOK (AP) — Voters in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, headed to the polls Sunday to elect a new governor, in a contest whose results are likely to be seen as a barometer of the public mood ahead of an approaching general election. A record-high 31 candidates entered the race, but the ...

Albanese elected Australia’s leader in complex poll result

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Australians awoke on Sunday to a new prime minister in Anthony Albanese, the center-left Labor Party leader whose ascension to the nation's top job from being raised in social housing by a single mother on a disability pension was said to reflect the changed fabric of ...

Australia’s next prime minister came from humble beginnings

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese is a politician molded by his humble start to life as the only child of a single mother who raised him on a pension in gritty inner-Sydney suburbia. He is also a hero of multicultural Australia, describing himself ...

9 more bodies found in Kashmir tunnel collapse, toll at 10

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Rescuers on Saturday found the bodies of nine more workers in a collapsed tunnel in Indian-controlled Kashmir, taking the death toll to 10. The tunnel is part of a mountainous highway tunnel system that was under construction in the Himalayan region when it collapsed ...

Biden highlights Hyundai announcement of $10B US investment

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Joe Biden tended to both business and security interests Sunday as he wrapped up a three-day visit to South Korea, showcasing Hyundai's pledge to invest at least $10 billion in electric vehicles and related technologies in the United States. He also said ...

Fate of 2,500 Ukrainian POWs from steel plant stirs concern

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — With Russia claiming to have taken prisoner nearly 2,500 Ukrainian fighters from the besieged Mariupol steel plant, concerns grew about their fate as a Moscow-backed separatist leader vowed they would face tribunals. Russia has declared its full control of the ...

Palestinian teen shot in Israeli raid in occupied West Bank

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli troops shot and killed a teenage Palestinian boy as fighting erupted when soldiers entered a volatile town in the occupied West Bank early Saturday, the Palestinian health ministry and local media said. The shooting, which Israel said came during a gunbattle with ...

Poles need EU funds as they help Ukrainians, ambassador says

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Ukraine's ambassador to neighboring Poland says his nation is grateful for the welcome that Poles have given to millions of Ukrainian refugees, but he hopes the European Union will soon release billions of euros to Poland so that the assistance does not come "at the cost ...

As Biden visits Asia, China launches South China Sea drills

BEIJING (AP) — China is holding military exercises in the disputed South China Sea coinciding with U.S. President Joe Biden's visits to South Korea and Japan that are largely focused on countering the perceived threat from Beijing. China's Maritime Safety Administration office in the ...

UN nuclear agency chief: Fukushima transparency important

TOKYO (AP) — The chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency stressed the importance of transparency on Friday after visiting the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant, where he observed preparations for the release of treated radioactive wastewater that has prompted concerns ...

France’s Macron appoints new government for 2nd term

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron announced a new-look Cabinet on Friday, with a new foreign minister part of the reshuffled line-up behind France's first female prime minister in 30 years. Three senior ministers — Gérald Darmanin at the interior ministry, Bruno Le Maire for ...

Myanmar leader begins peace talks with ethnic militia groups

BANGKOK (AP) — The head of Myanmar's military government on Friday held the first in a monthlong series of person-to-person peace talks he has initiated with the country's historically restive ethnic minority groups, state media reported. Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing held discussions with ...

Mining companies back away from Brazil’s Indigenous areas

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Some of the world's biggest mining companies have withdrawn requests to research and extract minerals on Indigenous land in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, and have repudiated Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's efforts to legalize mining activity in the areas. The ...

Ukraine aid bill hitching ride to Seoul for Biden signature

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The $40 billion U.S. package of assistance for Ukraine as it tries to fend off Russia's aggression is hitching a ride on a commercial flight to South Korea so it can be signed by President Joe Biden. The Senate voted Thursday to finalize the new military and ...

Peruvian town finally buries the victims of massacre

ACCOMARCA, Peru (AP) — Scene of one of the worst massacres of Peru's internal conflict in the final decades of the 20th century, the town of Accomarca is closing a chapter that's been open for more than 35 years. On Friday, families of some of those killed buried the remains of their loved ...

First lady Jill Biden visits Panama on Latin America tour

PANAMA CITY (AP) — U.S. first lady Jill Biden arrived in Panama Friday, her second stop on a three-country Latin America visit before the United States hosts the Summit of the Americas next month in Los Angeles. Biden landed in Panama City around midday and went directly to the presidential ...

In biggest victory yet, Russia claims to capture Mariupol

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — In what would be its biggest victory yet in the war with Ukraine, Russia claimed to have captured Mariupol after a nearly three-month siege that reduced much of the strategic port city to a smoking ruin, with over 20,000 civilians feared dead. Russian Defense ...

North Korea reports more fevers as Kim claims virus progress

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday it found nearly 220,000 more people with feverish symptoms, even as leader Kim Jong Un claimed progress in slowing a largely undiagnosed spread of COVID-19 across his unvaccinated populace and hinted at easing virus restrictions to nurse a ...