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UK’s Prince Charles visits Ukrainian refugees in Romania

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Britain's Prince Charles traveled to Romania's capital Wednesday to visit refugees, mostly women and children, from Russia's war in Ukraine who have found safety in the neighboring Eastern European country. The Prince of Wales visited the Romexpo Donation Centre for ...

Blast in Kabul mosque, IS bombs in north Afghanistan kill 14

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A series of explosions shook Afghanistan on Wednesday, the Taliban said, including a blast inside a mosque in the capital of Kabul that killed at least five worshippers and three bombings of minivans in the country's north that killed nine passengers. The Islamic State ...

Boat with 842 Haitians headed for US winds up in Cuba

VILLA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — A vessel carrying more than 800 Haitians trying to reach the United States wound up instead on the coast of central Cuba, in what appeared to be the largest group seen yet in a swelling exodus from crisis-stricken Haiti. Red Cross officials in the province of Villa ...

El Salvador extends anti-gang emergency for another month

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's congress granted a request Wednesday by President Nayib Bukele for a second extension of the country's anti-gang emergency decree. The vote extends for 30 more days the state of emergency that was originally issued for one month in late March ...

Japan, US fly fighters after China drill, N. Korean missiles

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese and U.S. forces have conducted a joint fighter jet flight over the Sea of Japan, Japan's Defense Ministry said Thursday, in an apparent response to a Russia-China joint bomber flight while U.S. President Joe Biden was in Tokyo. The Japan-U.S. joint flight on Wednesday ...

Russian rockets hit eastern Ukrainian town of Pokrovsk

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — The Russian rocket strikes came early in the morning in the eastern Ukrainian town of Pokrovsk on Wednesday, shaking buildings, jolting people out of bed and sending chunks of concrete and jagged pieces of metal flying through the air. One of the two rockets left a ...

For new Somalia government, al-Shabab a threat to authority

A Somali police officer recently received an unexpected summons from the enemy. An unknown caller ordered him to report to a town outside the capital, Mogadishu, where the extremist group al-Shabab would settle a dispute between him and his brother. The caller assured the officer he would be ...

Released from Russia, Jehovah’s Witness returns to Denmark

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish Jehovah's Witness on Wednesday has returned to Denmark after spending five years in a Russian prison under Moscow's crackdown on the religious group, the organization said. Russia officially banned the Jehovah's Witnesses in 2017, and designated the ...

Turkish FM makes rare visit to Israel as nations mend ties

JERUSALEM (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister visited Israel on Wednesday as part of ongoing efforts to improve ties between the two countries, which have often been bitterly divided in recent years over Turkey's support for the Palestinians. Mevlut Cavusoglu, on the first official visit to ...

UN official urges world not to forget Rohingya refugees

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The head of the U.N. refugee agency urged the international community on Wednesday not to forget more than 1 million Rohingya refugees who are living in sprawling camps in Bangladesh after fleeing from neighboring Myanmar. Filippo Grandi, the United Nations high ...

Indian court sentences Kashmiri leader to life in prison

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court sentenced a Kashmiri separatist leader to life in prison on Wednesday after declaring him guilty of terrorism and sedition, triggering a clash between protesters and police and a partial shutdown of businesses in the Indian-controlled portion of ...

Pope greets Russian patriarch, criticized for ‘naive’ policy

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has sent a protocol greeting to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, assuring him of prayers on his patron's feast day and stressing the value of human life and wisdom, as the Vatican insists on maintaining cordial relations amid the war in Ukraine. The website ...

Chinese leader Xi defends record to UN human rights chief

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping defended his country's record to the top U.N. human rights official on Wednesday, saying each nation should be allowed to find its own path. Xi, who heads the ruling Communist Party that allows no political opposition and strictly limits speech, ...

Uganda criminally charges leader of protests over prices

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye was criminally charged Wednesday by authorities who accused him of inciting violence with his efforts to stage street protests against rising commodity prices that the government largely blames on the war in Ukraine. Besigye, a ...

War Crimes Watch: Targeting schools, Russia bombs the future

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — As she lay buried under the rubble, her legs broken and eyes blinded by blood and thick clouds of dust, all Inna Levchenko could hear was screams. It was 12:15 p.m. on March 3, and moments earlier a blast had pulverized the school where she'd taught for 30 years. Amid ...

Seoul: N Korea fires suspected ICBM and 2 other missiles

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea test-launched a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile and two shorter-range weapons toward its eastern waters Wednesday, South Korea said, hours after President Joe Biden ended a trip to Asia where he reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to defend its ...

Slovenian lawmakers approve liberal-green leader as new PM

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's parliament on Wednesday voted to appoint the leader of a liberal-green party that won last month's election as the country's new prime minister, replacing a right-wing populist. Lawmakers voted 54-30 for Robert Golob, head of the Freedom Movement party, ...

Gambia to investigate fugitive ex-dictator Jammeh for abuses

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia's government is setting up a special prosecutor's office to investigate for severe human rights violations and potentially charge former dictator Yahya Jammeh, who fled into exile in 2017 after 22 years in power. Wednesday's government announcement came in ...

US has not been asked to help in probe of reporter’s killing

JERUSALEM (AP) — Neither Israel nor the Palestinian Authority has formally requested U.S. assistance in the investigation into the killing of a Palestinian-American reporter during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank, the State Department said Wednesday. An AP reconstruction of the May ...

Dozens of Europe-bound migrants missing off Tunisia’s coast

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Rescue teams searched Wednesday for dozens of people reported missing after a boat carrying migrants from Libya to Europe capsized off Tunisia's coast. The International Organization for Migration said 30 people were rescued and 75 people were unaccounted for after the ...