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Pakistan's ex-PM defends decision to call off planned sit-in

May. 27, 2022 14:50 PM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan defended Friday his decision to call off a planned, opened-ended rally and sit-in this week in the capital, Islamabad, saying he wanted to avoid more violence. Khan spoke at a news conference in the...

Pakistan rights activist gets bail in army defamation case

May. 27, 2022 14:21 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani women’s rights activist was granted preemptive bail Friday in a move that protects her from arrest after the army accused her of slandering the country’s military chief, a lawyer said. The order by the Islamabad High Court came a day after the...

Biden tells Naval Academy grads Putin 'NATO-ized Europe'

May. 27, 2022 13:36 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (AP) — President Joe Biden told Naval Academy graduates Friday that they will be “representatives and defenders of our democracy,” as free societies are under threat from Russia's invasion of Ukraine to China's maritime expansion. Delivering a commencement...

Director Kore-eda returns to Cannes with film about baby box

May. 27, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — “Shoplifters” director Hirokazu Kore-eda returns to the Cannes Film Festival with “Broker,” another tale of misfits from society’s margins. This time, the film centers on the use of a “baby box,” a controversial method of anonymously dropping off...

US levels new sanctions after North Korea missile launches

May. 27, 2022 11:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. targeted two Russian banks Friday as part of new sanctions over alleged support for North Korea and its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The sanctions come after what the U.S. says were three new ballistic missile launches by North Korea on...

Ex-Malaysia PM: US-led trade group intended to isolate China

May. 27, 2022 10:37 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad criticized a new U.S.-led economic grouping on Friday, saying it is intended to isolate China, and won't benefit regional economic growth without Beijing. U.S. President Joe Biden launched the 13-nation Indo-Pacific...

Shanghai lockdown: Residents demand release, and some get it

May. 27, 2022 10:13 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — On a balmy Sunday night, residents of an upscale Shanghai compound took to the streets to decry lockdown restrictions imposed by their community. By the following morning, they were free to leave. The triumphant story quickly spread on chat groups across the Chinese...

Bus carrying Indian soldiers falls into remote gorge; 7 dead

May. 27, 2022 09:48 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A bus carrying soldiers fell into a gorge in India's remote Ladakh region on Friday, killing at least seven and injuring 19 others, officials said. The bus plunged off a mountainous road and rolled down the 25-meter (80-foot) -deep gorge in the frigid...

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan's son cleared of drug charges

May. 27, 2022 09:19 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan’s son was cleared on Friday in a drug case involving a party on a luxury cruise ship, with no evidence showing he possessed banned drugs or was involved in trafficking, India's narcotics agency said. Aryan Khan, 24, an aspiring...

Indonesian governor's son missing after swim in Swiss river

May. 27, 2022 08:31 AM EDT

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss police are searching for the son of an Indonesian regional governor who went missing after running into trouble during a swim in the river in Switzerland’s capital, authorities said Friday. Spokesman Joel Regli of the regional police force in Bern...