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Austria's president seeks reelection after turbulent term

May. 22, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's 78-year-old president said Sunday that he will seek reelection later this year, following a term that has seen him pilot the Alpine country through repeated political upheaval. Alexander Van der Bellen, a liberal politician who once led the Green party, said...

Springfield women plead guilty to Capitol riot participation

May. 21, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Two Springfield women have pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge after participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building. Cara Hentschel and Mahailya Pryer, both 34, pleaded guilty Wednesday to parading, demonstrating, or...

Kansas City OKs settlement in arrests during 2020 protests

May. 20, 2022 16:49 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City officials have approved a new ordinance that clarifies when people may witness or record police officers' actions without being arrested. The Kansas City Council on Thursday approved the ordinance to settle a federal lawsuit filed by three women...

Jailed Egypt activist on hunger strike moved to new prison

May. 20, 2022 07:25 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities have transferred a prominent political activist from a maximum-security prison where he was allegedly tortured and denied basic rights to a new correctional facility, his family said on Thursday. Alaa Abel-Fattah was transferred from Cairo's Tora...

Sri Lanka closes schools, limits work amid fuel shortage

May. 20, 2022 03:58 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities closed schools and asked public officials not to come to work in a desperate move to prepare for an acute fuel shortage that is expected to last days amid the nation's worst economic crisis in decades. The Public Administration...

US accuses Russia of weaponizing food in Ukraine war

May. 19, 2022 20:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Russia on Thursday of weaponizing food and holding grain for millions of people around the world hostage to help accomplish what its invasion of Ukraine has not -- “to break the spirit of the Ukrainian people.” ...

Sri Lanka limits foreign currency holdings amid crisis

May. 19, 2022 11:45 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka will lower the maximum amount of foreign currency that individuals can possess to $10,000 from $15,000 and penalize anyone who holds it for more than three months, the central bank announced Thursday, as police fired tear gas and water cannons at thousands of...

Some held at Tacoma ICE detention center fear COVID spread

May. 19, 2022 08:18 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Nine people held at the Northwest ICE Processing Center in Tacoma have joined in a hunger strike to protest what they say are unclean conditions amid worries about a COVID spread. The strike began Friday, according to the group La Resistencia. The facility that...

Sri Lankan protesters include Tamil victims in war memorial

May. 18, 2022 20:39 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan protesters lit flames and offered prayers Wednesday remembering thousands — including ethnic Tamil civilians — killed in the final stages of the country’s decadeslong civil war, in the first-ever event where mostly majority ethnic Sinhalese openly...

US expands probe of schemes against Chinese dissidents

May. 18, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. prosecutors are widening their case over alleged schemes to stalk and harass Chinese dissidents in the United States, including seeking to derail the election bid of a little-known congressional candidate. An indictment in New York announced on Wednesday named...