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Ship reaches Ukraine to load up with wheat for hungry Africa

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A ship docked in a Ukrainian Black Sea port on Friday to begin loading up with wheat for hungry people in Ethiopia. It will be the first food delivery to Africa under a U.N. plan to unblock grain trapped by Russia's war on Ukraine and bring relief to some of the millions ...

Oil shipments from Russia resume to Czechia

PRAGUE (AP) — Oil shipments from Russia through a critical pipeline to Czechia resumed Friday after more than a week, the Czech pipeline operator Mero said. Czechia became the last central European country after Slovakia and Hungary to receive deliveries from the southern branch of the ...

Russian GDP drops 4% in Q2 — 1st full quarter of fighting

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's gross domestic product contracted 4% in the second quarter of this year, the first full quarter since Russia sent troops into Ukraine, the state statistical service said Friday. Russia was hit with a wide array of sanctions following its move into Ukraine on Feb. 24, ...

European drought dries up rivers, kills fish, shrivels crops

LUX, France (AP) — Once, a river ran through it. Now, white dust and thousands of dead fish cover the wide trench that winds amid rows of trees in France's Burgundy region in what was the Tille River in the village of Lux. From dry and cracked reservoirs in Spain to falling water levels on ...

Afghan girls face uncertain future after 1 year of no school

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — For most teenage girls in Afghanistan, it's been a year since they set foot in a classroom. With no sign the ruling Taliban will allow them back to school, some are trying to find ways to keep education from stalling for a generation of young women. At a house in ...

Timeline of events in Afghanistan since Taliban takeover

The Taliban's capture of Kabul on Aug. 15, 2021 brought the hardline movement back into power in Afghanistan nearly 20 years after they were toppled by the U.S. invasion following the 9/11 attacks. The year since has been disastrous for the country. After the world cut off funding, ...

Pope Francis meets transgender guests of Rome church

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has met with a fourth group of transgender people who found shelter at a Rome church, the Vatican newspaper reported Thursday. L'Osservatore Romano said the encounter took place Wednesday on the sidelines of Francis' weekly general audience. The newspaper quoted ...

Row boat capsizes in Indian river; 3 dead, 16 missing

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A large row boat taking villagers to a festival capsized in a flooded river in northern India on Thursday, leaving at least three people dead and 16 others missing, police said. A strong wind rocked the boat, which was carrying about 30 people, police officer Mohammed ...

2nd firefighter dies as Cuba controls big oil facility fire

HAVANA (AP) — Officials said Thursday that a second firefighter has died in Cuba, where crews have controlled a massive blaze that began last week at a key oil storage facility amid a deepening energy crisis. The 24-year-old firefighter identified as Elier Correa had been hospitalized in ...

Death toll from weekend Israel-Gaza fighting rises to 48

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Palestinian death toll from last weekend's fighting between Israel and Gaza militants rose to 48 Thursday after an 11-year-old girl and a man died from wounds they suffered during the worst cross-border violence in over a year. Meanwhile, two wounded Gaza ...

German authorities to examine police shooting of black teen

BERLIN (AP) — A top security official in Germany vowed Thursday to fully investigate the fatal police shooting of a 16-year-old Senegalese boy that has sparked a debate about excessive force by the country's law enforcement officers. The interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state, ...

Sri Lankan ex-president who fled homeland arrives in Bangkok

BANGKOK (AP) — Former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who last month fled anti-government protests in his country, arrived in Thailand on Thursday night on a flight from Singapore, where he had been staying since mid-July. Thai television stations showed Rajapaksa and a woman ...

Officials: Floods in Yemen kill at least 38 people in 2 days

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Torrential rains across southwestern Yemen and the country's capital of Sanaa have triggered flashfloods and collapsed homes, killing at least 38 people over the past two days, officials said Thursday. Scores of homes in Sanaa and the provinces of Dhamar and Ibb have ...

China renews Taiwan threats, island cites ‘wishful thinking’

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday renewed its threat to attack Taiwan following almost a week of war games near the island. Taiwan has called Beijing's claim to the self-governing democracy "wishful thinking" and launched its own military exercises. Taiwan's "collusion with external forces to ...

Western nations pledge more military support for Ukraine

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Western countries agreed Thursday to continue long-term funding to help Ukraine's military keep fighting nearly 5½ months after Russia invaded its neighbor, saying 1.5 billion euros ($1.5 billion) has been pledged so far and more is coming. The money is for ...

Russian reporter put under house arrest over war criticism

A court in Russia on Thursday ordered a former state TV journalist placed under house arrest for nearly two months pending an investigation and potential trial on charges of spreading false information about Russia's armed forces. Marina Ovsyannikova was charged over a street protest last ...

Satellite data finds landfills are methane ‘super emitters’

BENGALURU, India (AP) — Landfills are releasing large amounts of planet-warming methane gas into the atmosphere from the decomposition of waste and are a significant contributor to such emissions in urban areas, a study suggests. Scientists used satellite data from Delhi and Mumbai in India, ...

Latvia Parliament calls Russia a state sponsor of terrorism

BERLIN (AP) — Latvia's Parliament on Thursday declared Russia a "state sponsor of terrorism" for attacks on civilians during the war in Ukraine and urged other countries to follow suit. Lawmakers adopted a strongly worded statement that accuses Moscow of using "suffering and intimidation as ...

Guatemalans march in protest of corruption, cost of living

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Hundreds of Guatemalans set out from various points of the capital Thursday to protest alleged corruption by a deeply unpopular government, the high cost of living and attacks on freedom of expression. University students, faculty and other employees marched from the ...

Buried as numbers, more of Bucha’s victims are laid to rest

BUCHA, UKRAINE (AP) — With graves marked only with numbers, not names, burial services were held Thursday for 11 more unidentified bodies found in Bucha, the town outside the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv that saw hundreds of people slaughtered under Russian occupation early in the war. Under a ...