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Jewish pilgrims gather in Ukraine despite the perils of war

Sep. 25, 2022 14:30 PM EDT

UMAN, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands of Hasidic Jewish pilgrims flocked to central Ukraine to mark the Jewish new year Sunday, ignoring international travel warnings as Russia struck more targets from the air and mobilized its citizens to stem losses in the war that has entered its eighth month. ...

Italians vote in election that may bring far-right to power

Sep. 25, 2022 13:53 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italians voted Sunday in an election that could move the country’s politics sharply toward the right during a critical time for Europe, with war in Ukraine fueling skyrocketing energy bills and testing the West's resolve to stand united against Russian aggression. By...

Russia's call-up splits EU; Ukraine says it shows weakness

Sep. 25, 2022 13:06 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia’s rush to mobilize hundreds of thousands of recruits to staunch stinging losses in Ukraine is a tacit acknowledgement that its “army is not able to fight,” Ukraine’s president said Sunday, as splits sharpened in Europe over whether to welcome or turn away...

Germany secures more gas shipments as Scholz visits Gulf

Sep. 25, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz planted a tree at a mangrove park in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, a token nod to environmentalism during a two-day visit to the Gulf region focused mainly on securing new fossil fuel supplies and forging fresh alliances against Russia. ...

Serbian minister defends deal with Russia amid criticism

Sep. 25, 2022 06:57 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's foreign minister on Sunday sought to play down the importance of an agreement with Russia after the Balkan state that is seeking European Union membership faced criticism for signing it. Nikola Selakovic signed the agreement Friday along with...

Poverty and inflation: Egypt's economy hit by global turmoil

Sep. 25, 2022 03:29 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Stores are selling winter clothes from last season in the middle of summer. Repair shops lack spare parts for appliances. There's a waiting list to buy a new car. Egypt, a country of more than 103 million people, is running low on foreign...

AP PHOTOS: Roman era brought to life at Romanian festival

Sep. 25, 2022 02:39 AM EDT

RESCA, Romania (AP) — The clatter of shields and battle cries filled the misty air as warriors lifted their swords. Nearby, gladiators fought each other for their lives. A festival that featured historic reenactments brought the ancient Roman era back to life this month near a...

‘At First Light’ tells story of WW II hero Phil Larimore

Sep. 25, 2022 01:03 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Growing up in Baton Rouge, Dr. Walt Larimore knew his dad had fought in World War II. An amputated right leg was a daily reminder. But Phil Larimore kept his story a secret. Then, in 1994, the pastor at St. Alban’s Chapel invited Phil to preach about...

India stays neutral on Ukraine war, previews G-20 term at UN

Sep. 24, 2022 23:04 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — India's foreign minister laid out the country's plans for its turn at the G-20 presidency during his speech Saturday in front of the U.N. General Assembly. India assumes the mantle of the consortium of leading developed and developing nations in December....

On Ukraine, Russia repeats insistence that it had no choice

Sep. 24, 2022 20:31 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia made its case to the world Saturday for its war in Ukraine, repeating a series of grievances about its neighbor and the West to tell the U.N. General Assembly meeting of leaders that Moscow had “no choice” but to take military action. After days of...