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Today in History

Aug. 03, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Aug. 3, the 215th day of 2021. There are 150 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 3, 1936, Jesse Owens of the United States won the first of his four gold medals at...

Israel's Olympic gold victory raises Jewish identity debate

Aug. 02, 2021 20:53 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Artem Dolgopyat fulfilled a lifelong dream when he won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. But back home in Israel, his hopes of trading gold wedding bands with his longtime girlfriend seem to be an impossible dream. The Ukrainian-born Israeli gymnast...

In heat emergency, southern Europe scrambles for resources

Aug. 02, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A heat wave baking southeast Europe has fueled deadly wildfires in Turkey and threatened the national power grid in Greece as governments scrambled Monday to secure the resources needed to cope with the emergency. Temperatures reached 45 C (113 F)...

Turkey battles wildfires for 6th day; 10,000 are evacuated

Aug. 02, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

BOZALAN, Turkey (AP) — Selcuk Sanli set his two cows loose, put his family’s most treasured belongings in a car and fled his home as a wildfire approached his village near Turkey's beach resort of Bodrum, one of thousands fleeing flames that have coated the skies with a thick yellow haze....

Israeli defense chief: Alleged Iran attack an 'escalation'

Aug. 02, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister said Monday that Iran's alleged attack on a merchant ship in the Arabian Sea last week was "a stepping-up of the escalation” of hostilities by Iran, and called for international action. Benny Gantz addressed Israel's...

Bodies found in river between Ethiopia's Tigray and Sudan

Aug. 02, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Sudanese official says local authorities in Kassala province have found around 50 bodies, apparently people fleeing the war in neighboring Ethiopia’s Tigray region, floating in the river between the countries over the past week, some with gunshot wounds or their...

EU to aid Lithuania as migrants pour in from Belarus

Aug. 02, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — European Union officials on Monday pledged millions of euros to help Lithuania tackle a migrant crisis that it blames on the government of neighboring Belarus and its authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko. Ylva Johansson, the EU...

Tensions between UK and Iran rise after oil tanker attack

Aug. 02, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain and Iran issued warnings to each other's diplomats Monday as tensions escalated over a recent attack on an oil tanker in the Arabian Sea. Britain began the day by summoning Iran's ambassador, Mohsen Baharvand, to the Foreign, Commonwealth &...

AP PHOTOS: Faith, sport and festival: the month in religion

Aug. 02, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

At a newly founded church in Mexico dedicated to Diego Maradona, a replica of his famed No. 10 jersey and other memorabilia adorned an altar honoring the late Argentine soccer legend who died in November. An ocean away in Madrid, a bullfighter clad in an elaborately...

Iran records highest number of daily COVID cases in pandemic

Aug. 02, 2021 11:05 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday reported more than 37,000 new coronavirus infections, the country's single-day record so far in the pandemic, state media reported. State TV said health workers registered 37,189 new COVID-19 cases since Sunday — surpassing the...