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Gates eyes partnership with South Korea over global health

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Bill Gates on Tuesday called for South Korea to become more involved in international efforts to prevent infectious diseases like COVID-19 as he stressed the need for the world to be better prepared for the next pandemic. Representing the Bill and Melinda Gates ...

Indonesian leader calls for unity, braces for global crises

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president called on all citizens to remain united, vigilant and alert as they face crises fueled by the war in Ukraine and coronavirus pandemic in his State of the Nation address Tuesday. After two years of remote meetings amid pandemic restrictions, ...

High temps, drought in China affect drinking water, crops

BEIJING (AP) — Unusually high temperatures and a prolonged drought are affecting large swaths of China, reducing crop yields and drinking water supplies. The lack of rain has been especially marked in the southwestern megacity of Chongqing, which encompasses a large area of mountains and ...

Kenya’s Odinga says he will challenge close election loss

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Opposition figure Raila Odinga said Tuesday that he would challenge the results of Kenya's close presidential election with "all constitutional and legal options" after Deputy President William Ruto was declared the winner, bringing new uncertainty to East Africa's most ...

Satellite images show first ship out of Ukraine in Syria

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The first shipment of grain to leave Ukraine under a wartime deal appears to have ended up in Syria — even as Damascus remains a close ally of Moscow, satellite images analyzed Tuesday by The Associated Press show. The arrival of the cargo ship Razoni in ...

Explosions rock Crimea in suspected Ukrainian attack

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Explosions and fires ripped through an ammunition depot in Russian-occupied Crimea on Tuesday in the second suspected Ukrainian attack on the peninsula in just over a week, forcing the evacuation of more than 3,000 people. Russia blamed the blasts in the village of ...

Lawsuit alleges CIA got phone contents from Assange visitors

NEW YORK (AP) — Two lawyers and two journalists are suing the CIA, saying the agency violated their constitutional rights when it obtained copies of the contents of their electronic devices and helped enable the recording of their meetings with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during the ...

New Scottish law makes period products free for all

LONDON (AP) — A law has taken effect in Scotland to ensure period products are available free of charge to anyone who needs them. The Scottish government said it became the first in the world to legally protect the right to access free period products when its Period Products Act came into ...

Nicholas Evans, ‘The Horse Whisperer’ author, dies at 72

LONDON (AP) — Nicholas Evans, the British author of the bestselling novel "The Horse Whisperer," has died at 72, his representatives said Monday. United Agents said Evans died "suddenly" on Aug. 9 following a heart attack. Published in 1995, "The Horse Whisperer" was Evans' debut novel and ...

With war nearby, US shows support for Poland on army holiday

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish president and other officials marked their nation's Armed Forces Day holiday Monday alongside the U.S. army commander in Europe and regular American troops, a symbolic show of support for NATO members on the eastern front as Russia wages war nearby in ...

Putin vows to expand arms trade with Russia’s allies

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday vowed to expand military cooperation with the country's allies, noting that Moscow is ready to offer them its most advanced weapons. Speaking at the opening of an annual arms show outside Moscow that caters to foreign customers, Putin ...

Minister: Syria ready to repatriate refugees from Lebanon

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian Cabinet minister said Monday that Syrian refugees in neighboring Lebanon can start returning home, where he said they will get all the help they need from authorities. Tiny Lebanon is home to 1 million Syrian refugees who fled war in their country after the ...

Urban combat and beyond: Ukrainian recruits get UK training

A BRITISH ARMY BASE, England (AP) — A few weeks ago, Serhiy was a business analyst at an IT company. Zakhar was a civil engineer. Now they are soldiers, training to liberate Ukraine from Russia's invasion — but doing it more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) away in Britain. They are ...

Location of 1st ship to leave Ukraine carrying grain unknown

BEIRUT (AP) — The first grain ship to leave Ukraine under a wartime deal has had its cargo resold several times and there is now no information about its location and cargo destination, the Ukrainian embassy in Beirut said Monday. The Sierra Leone-flagged ship Razoni, which left Odesa on ...

French military: Last group of soldiers has left Mali

NICE, France (AP) — The last French army unit left Mali on Monday, according to a statement from the French military, nine years after Paris sent troops to the West African country to help drive Islamic extremists from power. France's armed forces completed their withdrawal from Mali six ...

Kremlin critic Navalny says he’s in solitary confinement

MOSCOW (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says prison officials ordered him to serve at least three days in solitary confinement, citing a minor infraction, in retaliation for his activism behind bars. A post about the punishment appeared in Navalny's social media ...

British regulator 1st to OK Moderna’s updated COVID booster

LONDON (AP) — British drug regulators have become the first in the world to authorize an updated version of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine that includes protection against the omicron variant, which the government said would be offered to people aged 50 and over starting in the fall. In a ...

Israel rejects appeal to release Palestinian hunger striker

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli military court on Monday rejected an appeal for release by a Palestinian prisoner whose health is deteriorating as he continues a 165-day hunger strike to protest being held without charge or trial, his lawyer said. Khalil Awawdeh is one of several Palestinian ...

Afghanistan marks 1 year since Taliban seizure as woes mount

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Monday marked a year since they seized the Afghan capital of Kabul, a rapid takeover that triggered a hasty escape of the nation's Western-backed leaders, sent the economy into a tailspin and fundamentally transformed the country. Bearded Taliban ...

Kenya’s Ruto declared president after last-minute chaos

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — In a chaotic announcement that could foreshadow a court challenge, Kenya's electoral commission chairman on Monday declared Deputy President William Ruto the winner of the country's close presidential race over five-time contender Raila Odinga. The outcome was a triumph ...