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7 killed in Ukraine as Russia pounds rebel-claimed province

Jul. 06, 2022 06:47 AM EDT

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian shelling killed at least seven people in Ukraine over the past 24 hours and wounded 25 more, Ukrainian officials said Wednesday. The country's presidential office said Russian forces targeted cities and villages in southeast Ukraine, with most...

Sri Lankan president calls Russian leader seeking fuel

Jul. 06, 2022 07:38 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said Wednesday that he had a telephone call with Russian leader Vladimir Putin to request credit support to import fuel for the island nation that is facing its worst economic crisis in memory. “Had a very...

EU lawmakers back gas, nuclear energy as sustainable

Jul. 06, 2022 07:36 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers voted Wednesday to include natural gas and nuclear in the bloc's list of sustainable activities, backing a controversial proposal from the EU's executive arm that has been drawing fierce criticism from environment groups and will likely trigger legal...

EXPLAINER: Fears of a natural gas emergency stalk Europe

Jul. 06, 2022 07:04 AM EDT

It’s not a summer heat wave that's making European leaders and businesses sweat. It's fear that Russia's manipulation of natural gas supplies will lead to an economic and political crisis next winter. Or, in the worst case, even sooner if Russia suddenly cuts off the gas. Here are...

Ahead of G-20 ministers' meeting, China slams US, NATO

Jul. 06, 2022 06:51 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China launched a scathing attack on the U.S. and NATO on Wednesday, days before a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s comments underscore the increasingly...

OPEC secretary-general dies, just weeks shy of departure

Jul. 06, 2022 06:36 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has died, Nigerian authorities and the oil cartel announced Wednesday. Only hours before his death, he'd met with Nigeria's president and spoken in defense of the energy industry amid increasing...

EU chief warns of danger of complete cut-off of Russian gas

Jul. 06, 2022 06:23 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday that the 27-nation European Union needs to make emergency plans to prepare for a complete cut-off of Russian gas in the wake of the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine. “It is obvious: (Russian President...

Global benchmarks mixed as euro hovers at 20-year low to USD

Jul. 06, 2022 06:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mixed Wednesday as European benchmarks rose in early trading despite looming worries about a global recession that have pushed the euro to a 20-year low against the U.S. dollar. Asian markets finished mostly lower. Oil prices recouped some lost...

G-20 meeting may lead to wider divisions over war in Ukraine

Jul. 06, 2022 06:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreign ministers from the world’s largest nations are looking to address Russia's war in Ukraine and its impact on global energy and food security when they meet in Indonesia this week. Yet instead of providing unity, the talks may well exacerbate existing divides over the...

Russian foreign minister stops in Vietnam ahead of G-20

Jul. 06, 2022 02:41 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Vietnam on Wednesday as part of an effort to bolster ties with a country that has not openly condemned its invasion of Ukraine. Lavrov, on his way to the Indonesian island of Bali for a G-20 meeting, sought to...