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Global leaders condemn assassination attempt targeting former US President Donald Trump

Jul. 14, 2024 19:24 PM EDT

Global leaders expressed concern Sunday over an assassination attempt targeting former U.S. President Donald Trump at a rally in Pennsylvania that left one attendee dead and critically injured two others. Trump’s campaign said the presumptive Republican nominee was doing “fine”...

New top US envoy to Taiwan pledges to help the island with self-defense as threats from China loom

Jul. 10, 2024 23:26 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The United States’ new top envoy to Taiwan promised Wednesday that Washington will help the self-ruled island defend itself as China ramps up its military threats. The weight of the message from Raymond Greene, who assumed his new role as director of the...

A defiant Biden borrows some tactics from his rival as he tries to put debate debacle behind him

Jul. 10, 2024 15:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — He’s calling in to his favorite morning cable news show, bashing the “elites” of his party and dismissing unfavorable polls. He’s even talking up his crowd sizes. As an increasingly defiant President Joe Biden rejects calls to step aside after a disastrous...

Belarusian authorities are depriving Nobel Peace Prize laureate of medicine in jail, his wife says

Jul. 10, 2024 11:21 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The wife of an imprisoned Belarusian Nobel Peace Prize laureate said Wednesday that the country's authorities are depriving her husband of medicine as his health deteriorates. The 61-year-old pro-democracy activist, Ales Bialiatski, is serving a 10-year...

Myanmar's ethnic rebels say they captured an airport in a new setback for the military government

Jul. 08, 2024 10:49 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — One of Myanmar’s most powerful ethnic minority groups battling the military government said it captured an airport serving the country’s top world-class beach resort, marking the first time resistance forces have seized such a facility. Residents of the area in...

Post-communist generation is hoping for a new era of democracy in Mongolia

Jul. 05, 2024 04:52 AM EDT

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Tsenguun Saruulsaikhan, a young and newly minted member of Mongolia's parliament, is unhappy with below-cost electricity rates that she says show her country has yet to fully shake off its socialist past. Most of Mongolia’s power plants date from the...

Tunisia sets elections for October. The increasingly authoritarian president hasn't said he'll run

Jul. 03, 2024 09:02 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's increasingly authoritarian leader has scheduled the next presidential election for October without saying whether he will seek a second term after five tumultuous years at the head of the North African nation once seen as a model of democracy for the Arab world. ...

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey stands by Biden, says voters will decide on issues, not on a bad debate

Jul. 01, 2024 17:51 PM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey said Monday that President Joe Biden is able to run a strong race and serve a second term in the Oval Office, standing by his close ally in the critical battleground state following a disastrous debate performance that's prompting some national...

Australia appoints second woman governor-general in 123 years to represent British monarch

Jul. 01, 2024 07:28 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia appointed Sam Mostyn on Monday as only its second woman governor-general, a largely ceremonial role representing the British monarch who is the nation’s head of state. It is the first such Australian appointment since the reign of King...

American and British voters share deep roots. In 2024, they distrust their own leaders, too

Jun. 30, 2024 05:46 AM EDT

DARTFORD, England (AP) — Distrust has settled over the campaign trails in the United States and United Kingdom ahead of July 4 like a soggy summer haze. On that day, British voters will choose a new Parliament in an election expected to finish with a Labour government after 14...