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Who is Itamar Ben-Gvir, the far-right minister who visited a contested Jerusalem holy site?

Jul. 18, 2024 06:26 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's far-right national security minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, visited Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site on Thursday, a move that could threaten the delicate Gaza cease-fire talks. Itamar Ben-Gvir, an ultranationalist settler leader, said he had gone up...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen faces vote on her bid for second 5-year term

Jul. 18, 2024 05:52 AM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Ursula von der Leyen pledged to be a strong leader for Europe in a time of crisis and polarization as she made her final leadership pitch in a speech to lawmakers at the European Parliament ahead of a vote Thursday afternoon on whether to grant her a second five-year...

North Korea launches balloons likely carrying trash toward South Korea

Jul. 18, 2024 05:46 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea resumed flying balloons likely carrying trash toward South Korea on Thursday, the South's military said, days after it vowed to respond to what it called new South Korean civilian leafleting activities across the border. South Korea’s Joint...

Vance's night but Trump's party, Jan. 6 curtain call, Trump health still under wraps: RNC Takeaways

Jul. 18, 2024 04:56 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Republicans welcomed JD Vance as Donald Trump's running mate on the same night devoted to blasting President Joe Biden's leadership on the world stage. Vance, the 39-year-old Ohio senator, offered his life story as a son of Appalachia to reaffirm Trump’s...

Families of service members killed during Afghanistan withdrawal criticize Biden at GOP convention

Jul. 18, 2024 04:53 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Relatives of some of the 13 American service members killed during the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan appeared on stage at the Republican National Convention Wednesday in an emotional moment that revived one of the low points of President Joe Biden's presidency. ...

The uncertainty that plagues life in crisis-ridden Venezuela is also wreaking havoc on relationships

Jul. 18, 2024 02:12 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Victoria Estevez finally met someone who saw past her shyness. They spent two months learning about their likes and dislikes, texting about their families and friends, and walking around their hometowns on Venezuela's Caribbean coast. On a trip to the capital in...

Democrats making a fresh push for Biden to reconsider running in runup to their own party convention

Jul. 18, 2024 01:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats worried about President Joe Biden's ability to win this November are making a renewed push for him to reconsider his reelection bid, using mountains of data, frank conversations and now, his own time off the campaign trail after testing positive for COVID, to encourage...

FACT FOCUS: Trump, in Republican convention video, alludes to false claim 2020 election was stolen

Jul. 18, 2024 00:56 AM EDT

DONALD TRUMP, alluding that the 2020 vote was stolen: “Whether you vote early, absentee, by mail or in person, we are going to protect the vote. That’s the most important thing we have to do is protect the vote. Keep your eyes open because these people want to cheat and they do cheat. And...

Uncertainty is the winner and incumbents the losers so far in a year of high-stakes global elections

Jul. 18, 2024 00:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Discontented, economically squeezed voters have turned against sitting governments on both right and left during many of the dozens of elections held this year, as global power blocs shift and political certainties crumble. From India to South Africa to Britain,...

JD Vance introduces himself as Trump's running mate and makes direct appeal to his native Rust Belt

Jul. 18, 2024 00:26 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — JD Vance introduced himself to a national audience Wednesday after being chosen as Donald Trump’s running mate, sharing the story of his hardscrabble upbringing and making the case that his party best understands the challenges facing struggling Americans. ...