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Palestinians: Israeli troops kill 3 militants in West Bank

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli troops killed three Palestinian militants and wounded dozens in a shootout that erupted during an arrest raid in the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday. The shootout came a day after a cease-fire ended three days of fighting between Israel and the ...

Biden formalizes US support for Finland, Sweden joining NATO

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden formally welcomed Finland and Sweden joining the NATO alliance Tuesday as he signed the instruments of ratification that delivered the U.S.'s formal backing of the Nordic nations entering the mutual defense pact, part of a reshaping of the European ...

Blinken calls for end to Congo violence, backs negotiations

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday that his country will support the efforts led by Kenya and Angola to put an end to the violence in Congo's east and to help solve the central African nation's crisis with Rwanda. Blinken traveled to Congo's capital ...

As Mexico’s inflation hits 8.15%, families cut back

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's annualized inflation rate hit 8.15% in July, the highest in more than two decades, the national statistics institute announced Tuesday. But inflation in prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages is even higher, with prices rising 14.5% over the last 12 ...

Large explosions rock Russian military air base in Crimea

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Powerful explosions rocked a Russian air base in Crimea and sent towering clouds of smoke over the landscape Tuesday in what may mark an escalation of the war in Ukraine. At least one person was killed and several others were wounded, authorities said. Russia's Defense ...

Public sector strike cripples cash-strapped Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — Tarek Younes was once solidly middle class and felt he helped contribute to society as an inspector in the Lebanese government's consumer protection agency. But the country's economic free-fall has eroded his income and civic pride. In his desperation, Younes has joined tens of ...

Famed Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake dies at 84

TOKYO (AP) — Issey Miyake, who built one of Japan's biggest fashion brands and was known for his boldly sculpted pleated pieces as well as former Apple CEO Steve Jobs' black turtlenecks, has died. He was 84. Miyake died Aug. 5 of liver cancer, Miyake Design Office said Tuesday. Miyake ...

Russia successfully launches Iranian satellite

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian rocket on Tuesday successfully launched an Iranian satellite into orbit. The Soyuz rocket lifted off as scheduled at 8:52 a.m. Moscow time (0552 GMT) Tuesday from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan. About nine minutes after the launch, it placed ...

Hezbollah warns Israel over border dispute with Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group issued a warning Tuesday to archenemy Israel over the two countries' maritime border dispute, saying that "any arm" that reaches to steal Lebanon's wealth "will be cut off." Hassan Nasrallah's remarks came amid intensified U.S. ...

Turkey sends off new drill ship into eastern Mediterranean

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president inaugurated the country's newest and largest undersea hydrocarbon drill ship Tuesday that he said would head for a spot northwest of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean, which is not claimed by any other country. "Our exploration and drilling in the ...

Estonia, Finland want Europe to end Russian tourist visas

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The leaders of Estonia and Finland want fellow European countries to stop issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens, saying they should not be able to take vacations in Europe while the Russian government carries out a war in Ukraine. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja ...

Russia curtails oil shipments to central Europe

Several countries in Europe dependent on Russian energy suffered another blow with confirmation Tuesday that oil shipments have stopped through a critical pipeline. Russian state pipeline operator Transneft said it halted shipments through the southern branch of the Druzhba oil pipeline, which ...

Kenya’s close presidential election draws fewer voters

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Fewer Kenyans voted Tuesday in an unusual presidential election where a longtime opposition leader who is backed by the outgoing president faces the brash deputy president who styles himself as the outsider. Turnout was just 56% an hour before polls closed as some voters ...

Former Twitter worker convicted of spying for Saudi Arabia

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former Twitter employee has been convicted of failing to register as an agent for Saudi Arabia and other charges after accessing private data on users critical of the kingdom's government in a spy case that spanned from Silicon Valley to the Middle East. Ahmad ...

Top Chinese, South Korean diplomats pledge closer ties

BEIJING (AP) — The top South Korean and Chinese diplomats pledged Tuesday to develop closer relations and maintain stable industrial supply chains at a time of deepening rivalry between Beijing and Washington. South Korea, a longtime U.S. ally, is struggling to strike a balance between ...

Study connects climate hazards to 58% of infectious diseases

Climate hazards such as flooding, heat waves and drought have worsened more than half of the hundreds of known infectious diseases in people, including malaria, hantavirus, cholera and anthrax, a study says. Researchers looked through the medical literature of established cases of illnesses ...

Rains in S. Korea turn Seoul’s roads to rivers, leave 7 dead

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Heavy rains drenched South Korea's capital region, turning the streets of Seoul's affluent Gangnam district into a river, leaving submerged vehicles and overwhelming public transport systems. At least seven people were killed and six others were missing. Commuters ...

Ex-Philippine leader and democracy defender Ramos is buried

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos was laid to rest in a state funeral Tuesday, hailed as an ex-general, who backed then helped oust a dictatorship and became a defender of democracy and can-do reformist in his poverty-wracked Asian country. Ramos died July 31 ...

Pandemic fuels sports biking boom in cycling nation China

BEIJING (AP) — Lindsay Mo couldn't go to her gym after Beijing shut down indoor sports facilities in May because of a coronavirus outbreak. So she started cycling — and soon fell in love with the sport. "I realized a racing bicycle was quite different than a regular bike," she said. "It's ...

Deputy Secretary Sherman says US ‘doubling down’ on Pacific

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The United States is doubling down on its investment in the Pacific, said U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Tuesday as she concluded a five-nation visit to the region. "The future will be written here in the Pacific," Sherman said at an ...