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China announces new drills as US delegation visits Taiwan

Aug. 15, 2022 05:59 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China announced more military drills around Taiwan as the self-governing island’s president met with members of a new U.S. congressional delegation on Monday, threatening to renew tensions between Beijing and Washington just days after a similar visit by U.S. House Speaker...

Lawyers appeal Griner's Russian prison sentence

Aug. 15, 2022 05:51 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Lawyers for American basketball star Brittney Griner on Monday filed an appeal against her 9-year Russian prison sentence for drugs possession, Russian news agencies reported. Griner, a center for the Phoenix Mercury and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was convicted...

Afghanistan marks 1 year since Taliban seizure as woes mount

Aug. 15, 2022 05:51 AM EDT

KABUL (AP) — The Taliban on Monday marked a year since they seized the Afghan capital of Kabul, a rapid takeover that triggered a hasty escape of the nation's Western-backed leaders, sent the economy into a tailspin and fundamentally transformed the country. Bearded Taliban...

Myanmar court convicts ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi in more corruption cases, adds six years to prison sentence

Aug. 15, 2022 05:50 AM EDT
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar court convicts ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi in more corruption cases, adds six years to prison sentence.

S Korea offers North economic benefits for denuclearization

Aug. 15, 2022 05:46 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol offered “audacious” economic assistance to North Korea on Monday if it abandons its nuclear weapons program, while avoiding harsh criticism of the North days after it threatened “deadly” retaliation over a COVID-19 outbreak it...

Myanmar executions revive pressure for more sanctions

Aug. 15, 2022 05:26 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Recent executions of four democracy activists in Myanmar have reenergized efforts to get the United States and other countries to impose further sanctions against military leaders who ousted an elected government early last year. Human rights advocates and comments...

Iran denies involvement but justifies Salman Rushdie attack

Aug. 15, 2022 05:19 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian government official denied on Monday that Tehran was involved in the assault on author Salman Rushdie, though he justified the stabbing in remarks that represented the Islamic Republic's first public comments on the attack. The comments...

PM Modi pledges to make India developed country in 25 years

Aug. 15, 2022 05:10 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to raise millions out of poverty and turn India into a developed country in the next quarter-century as he marked 75 years since independence from British rule. Wearing a flowing, cream-colored turban printed with small stripes...

World shares mostly higher after China cuts key rate

Aug. 15, 2022 05:04 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mostly higher early Monday after China's central bank cut a key interest rate and Japan reported its economy picked up momentum in the last quarter. U.S. futures edged lower and oil prices fell more than $2. Paris, Frankfurt, Tokyo and Sydney...

Israeli police kill Palestinian in east Jerusalem raid

Aug. 15, 2022 04:56 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian man on Monday, claiming he had attempted to stab officers during a raid in east Jerusalem. The officers were conducting a search for illegal weapons in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr Aqab, police said. When...