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Russia's war in Ukraine to overshadow G-20 talks in Bali

Jul. 07, 2022 07:35 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Foreign ministers from the Group of 20 leading rich and developing nations are gathering in Indonesia’s resort island of Bali for talks bound to be dominated by the conflict in Ukraine despite an agenda focused on global cooperation and food and energy security. ...

Russia taking 'operational pause' in Ukraine, analysts say

Jul. 07, 2022 06:05 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Foreign analysts say Russia may be temporarily easing its offensive in Ukraine as the Russian military attempts to reassemble its forces for a renewed assault. On Wednesday, Russian forces made no claimed or assessed territorial gains in Ukraine “for the...

German lawmakers back plan to expand renewable energy

Jul. 07, 2022 06:52 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers on Thursday approved a major package of reforms aimed at boosting the production of renewable power, as Chancellor Olaf Scholz warned that the country has for too long relied on energy supplies from Russia. The government unveiled its 600-page...

Boris Johnson reached the top but was felled by his flaws

Jul. 07, 2022 05:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson wanted to be like his hero Winston Churchill: a larger-than-life character who led Britain through a time of crisis. He was felled by crises of his own making, as a trickle of ethics allegations became a flood that engulfed his government and turned his own party...

Griner's Moscow trial resumes amid calls for US to seek deal

Jul. 07, 2022 05:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Jailed American basketball star Brittney Griner returns to a Russian court Thursday amid a growing chorus of calls for Washington to do more to secure her release nearly five months after she was arrested on drug charges. Griner was detained in February at Moscow's...

Inflation pushed 71M people into poverty since Ukraine war

Jul. 07, 2022 04:58 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A staggering 71 million more people around the world are experiencing poverty as a result of soaring food and energy prices that climbed in the weeks following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the United Nations Development Program said in a report Thursday. ...

Ukrainians cling to life at front line: 'We are patriots'

Jul. 07, 2022 03:22 AM EDT

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Viktor Lazar shares his war-side balcony with a pair of opera glasses and a tiny orange snake, his only companion in an apartment that seems to sit at the edge of the world. The opera glasses, more of a joke, are hardly needed — the front line is visible...

Biden tells Griner's wife he's working to get her home

Jul. 07, 2022 00:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday reassured the wife of detained WNBA player Brittney Griner, who is on trial in Russia, that he is working to win Griner's freedom as soon as possible, the White House said. Cherelle Griner, who has criticized the way her wife's case has been...

Russia proposes 6-month cross-border aid renewal for Syria

Jul. 07, 2022 00:03 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As the U.N. Security Council prepares to vote Thursday on humanitarian aid deliveries to rebel-held northwest Syria from Turkey, Russia agreed to continue such deliveries but only for six months — not a year, as many U.N. Security Council members, Secretary-General Antonio...

Mercury hold public rally in support of Brittney Griner

Jul. 06, 2022 23:19 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — They shared laughs, smiles, memories. There also were tears, fears, unease. Through the range of emotions, one common thread bonded them together: Brittney Griner. Wearing “BG” shirts and holding signs, several hundred fans gathered for a public...