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UN: 2.3 billion people severely or moderately hungry in 2021

Jul. 06, 2022 15:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — World hunger rose in 2021, with around 2.3 billion people facing moderate or severe difficulty obtaining enough to eat -- and that was before the Ukraine war, which has sparked increases in the cost of grain, fertilizer and energy, according to a U.N. report released...

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

Jul. 06, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia has agreed to continue humanitarian aid deliveries from Turkey to rebel-held northwest Syria for six months -- not a year, as many U.N. Security Council members, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and more than 30 nongovernmental organizations are seeking. ...

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

Jul. 06, 2022 14:41 PM EDT

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

Syrians fear effects of Russia blocking aid to rebel area

Jul. 06, 2022 14:37 PM EDT

IDLIB, Syria (AP) — Over the past two years, Adila Afesh has seen the food assistance her Syrian family receives shrink by nearly two-thirds. Now, she fears Russia — perhaps seeking to retaliate against Western sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine — will block the renewal of...

12 killed in Ukraine as Russia pounds rebel-claimed province

Jul. 06, 2022 14:18 PM EDT

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian shelling killed at least eight civilians in eastern Ukraine over the past 24 hours and wounded 25 more, Ukrainian officials said Wednesday. Pro-Russia separatists said attacks by Ukrainian forces killed four civilians. The Ukrainian presidential...

Russian official says Norway unblocks food for miners

Jul. 06, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

BARENTSBURG, Norway (AP) — Russian food supplies bound for an Arctic coal mining settlement have resumed transiting via mainland Norway after weeks of tension, a Russian representative said Wednesday. Sergey Gushchin, the Russian consul general based in the settlement of...

EU lawmakers back gas, nuclear energy as sustainable

Jul. 06, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

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

US, UK leaders raise fresh alarms about Chinese espionage

Jul. 06, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The head of the FBI and the leader of Britain’s domestic intelligence agency raised alarms Wednesday about the Chinese government, warning business leaders that Beijing is determined to steal their technology for competitive gain. FBI Director Christopher Wray...

Slovakia's coalition in crisis over tackling high inflation

Jul. 06, 2022 13:46 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s government is facing another serious crisis after a junior party threatened on Wednesday to withdraw from the four-party coalition over disagreements about how to deal with rising inflation. The liberal Freedom and Solidarity party said it...

Putin's aide warns US against pressing for war crimes court

Jul. 06, 2022 13:18 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A top Kremlin official warned the U.S. Wednesday that it could face the “wrath of God” if it pursues efforts to help establish an international tribunal to investigate Russia's action in Ukraine, while the Russian lower house speaker urged Washington to remember that Alaska used...