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Jordan vows inquiry into deadly gas release at Red Sea port

AQABA, Jordan (AP) — Jordan on Tuesday promised an investigation into the deadly explosion of a chlorine tank the previous day at the Red Sea port of Aqaba, which killed at least 13 people. A crane loading chlorine tanks onto a ship on Monday dropped one of them, releasing a large plume of ...

Higher fuel prices spark social unrest in South America

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Police in Argentina blocked a major entry point to the capital's center on Tuesday to keep a group of truckers from joining a downtown protest, adding traffic snarls in Buenos Aires to a series of disruptions caused by anger over rising prices and shortages of ...

Drug killings leave agony, savage facet to Duterte’s legacy

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — When Emily Soriano recounts how her 15-year-old son was gunned down with four friends and two other residents while partying in a Philippine slum six years ago, she weeps in grief and anger like the massacre happened yesterday. Police concluded at the time that the ...

Biden, NATO to beef up force posture amid Russian aggression

MADRID (AP) — President Joe Biden opened his three-day visit to a NATO summit Tuesday by pledging to beef up the American military presence in Europe as he denounced Russia's Vladimir Putin for trying to "wipe out" Ukrainian culture in the ongoing war in eastern Europe. Biden, in talks with ...

Colombia truth commission gives scathing report on civil war

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A Truth Commission presented its final report on Colombia's armed conflict Tuesday, urging the government, military and rebel groups that are still fighting in the countryside to recognize the suffering victims have endured and ensure that political disputes are no ...

Fire kills 51 after apparent riot attempt at Colombia prison

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A fire at a prison in southwestern Colombia has killed at least 51 people and injured more than 20 others, authorities said Tuesday. The director of the national prison system, Tito Castellanos, told Radio Caracol that it's not clear if all of the dead were prisoners. ...

Macron says Russia can’t win in Ukraine after strike on mall

KREMENCHUK, Ukraine (AP) — France's president denounced Russia's fiery airstrike on a crowded shopping mall in Ukraine as a "new war crime" Tuesday and vowed the West's support for Kyiv would not waver, saying Moscow "cannot and should not win" the war. The strike, which killed at least 18 ...

Ukraine’s president: Russia has become ‘a terrorist’ state

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia on Tuesday of becoming "a terrorist" state carrying out "daily terrorist acts" and urged Russia's expulsion from the United Nations. In a virtual address to the U.N. Security Council, Zelenskyy urged the U.N. to ...

Australia talks down prospect of having nuclear subs by 2030

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's new defense minister on Wednesday talked down the prospect of Australia acquiring U.S. nuclear-powered submarines by the end of the decade, describing such a timetable as "optimistic in the extreme." Defense Minister Richard Marles, whose party came to ...

Hong Kong burnishes China ties as luster as global hub fades

HONG KONG (AP) — Every few generations, Hong Kong transforms itself, evolving from a swampy fishing village to 19th century colonial port, to capitalist outpost and factory after China's 1949 revolution, to 21st century financial center. As the former British colony marks the 25th ...

EU regulator considers clearing smallpox shot for monkeypox

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency says it will begin reviewing data to decide if a smallpox vaccine made by the pharmaceutical company Bavarian Nordic might also be authorized for monkeypox, amid a growing outbreak of the disease across the continent. In a statement on Tuesday, the ...

Scottish leader calls for new independence vote next year

LONDON (AP) — Scotland's leader told lawmakers in Edinburgh Tuesday that she plans to hold a fresh referendum on Scotland's independence on Oct. 19, 2023 — even though U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson maintains it wasn't the right time for such a vote. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said ...

Kosovars fume at new delay in accessing EU visa-free travel

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The European Union's delay in allowing visa-free travel for the people of Kosovo has spread dismay and resentment in the continent's newest state, and one Pristina businessman has retaliated by hitting EU officials where it hurts — the stomach. Mama's restaurant ...

Russia working on Taliban ties, Putin says in Tajikistan

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says Russia is trying to build relations with the Taliban and that Russia wants to see all the ethnic groups in Afghanistan take part in running the country. Putin's statement Tuesday came in a meeting with President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan during ...

COVID: Paris court rules govt failed to stockpile face masks

PARIS (AP) — A Paris court ruled on Tuesday that the French government failed to sufficiently stock up on surgical masks at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and prevent the virus from spreading. The ruling came as the number of registered infections with coronavirus variants ...

Turkey lifts its objections to Sweden, Finland joining NATO

MADRID (AP) — Turkey agreed Tuesday to lift its opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO, ending an impasse that had clouded a leaders' summit opening in Madrid amid Europe's worst security crisis in decades, triggered by the war in Ukraine. After urgent top-level talks with leaders of ...

French parliament elects woman as its speaker, for 1st time

PARIS (AP) — The new speaker of France's lower house of parliament — the first woman to hold the post — vigorously defended the right to abortion Tuesday and called on the chamber to be "vigilant" about protecting it from reversal. The National Assembly elected Yael Braun-Pivet as ...

China’s Baidu races Waymo, GM to develop self-driving cars

BEIJING (AP) — With no one at the wheel, a self-driving taxi developed by tech giant Baidu Inc. is rolling down a Beijing street when its sensors spot the corner of a delivery cart jutting into its lane. The taxi stops a half-car-length away. "So sorry," a recorded voice tells passengers. ...

Maria Ressa: Philippines affirms news site shutdown order

HONOLULU (AP) — Filipino journalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa announced in a speech in Hawaii Tuesday that the Philippine government is affirming a previous order to shut down Rappler, the news website she co-founded, which has gained notoriety for its reporting of President ...

Stunning Roman mosaics return home to new Israeli museum

JERUSALEM (AP) — A series of exceptional 1,700-year-old Roman mosaics have returned home to Israel, where the collection went on public display for the first time Monday after more than a decade touring the world's top museums. The mosaics were first discovered in the central city of Lod in ...