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Japan's exports surged nearly 12% in January in 2nd straight month of gains

Feb. 21, 2024 03:01 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's exports surged a stronger than expected nearly 12% in January, helped by robust demand for vehicles, auto parts and machinery. That helped the nation’s trade deficit shrink to 1.76 trillion yen ($12 billion), or about half of what it was a year earlier. ...

Russia is rebuilding capacity to destabilize European countries, new UK report warns

Feb. 20, 2024 12:36 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Russia is rebuilding its capacity to destabilize European countries and extend its influence in the Middle East and Africa, posing a strategic threat to NATO as its members focus on the war in Ukraine, a U.K.-based think tank said Tuesday. In a sweeping report,...

75th George Polk Awards honor coverage of Middle East and Ukraine wars, Supreme Court and Elon Musk

Feb. 20, 2024 04:46 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times was honored Monday with George Polk Awards for Foreign Reporting and Photojournalism for its coverage of the war between Israel and Hamas. Photographers Samar Abu Elouf and Yousef Masoud captured “gripping and unforgettable images” as they...

Republican opponent of US aid to Ukraine brings his case to an international conference

Feb. 18, 2024 09:54 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — A Republican opponent of new U.S. funding for Ukraine argued at an international security conference Sunday that the package stuck in Congress wouldn't “fundamentally change the reality” on the ground and that Russia has an incentive to negotiate peace. Ukrainian...

Army Reserve soldiers, close friends killed in drone attack, mourned at funerals in Georgia

Feb. 17, 2024 16:07 PM EST

WAYCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Two young citizen-soldiers who became close friends after enlisting in the Army Reserve were remembered at funerals in southeast Georgia on Saturday, nearly three weeks after they died in a drone attack while deployed to the Middle East. A service for...

The head of the UN's lead agency helping Palestinians accuses Israel of seeking to destroy it

Feb. 17, 2024 15:40 PM EST

The head of the main United Nations agency supporting people in Gaza alleged that Israel is intent on “destroying” the organization along with the idea that Palestinians are refugees and have a right to return home one day. Philippe Lazzarini accused Israel in an interview with...

Macron says recognizing a Palestinian state is not a taboo for France

Feb. 17, 2024 06:46 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says recognizing a Palestinian state is not a ‘’taboo’’ for France, as international frustration grows with Israel’s actions in the Palestinian territories. France and the EU have long supported a two-state solution in the...

'Neutral' Swiss plan to boost defense spending in a world destabilized by Ukraine, Mideast wars

Feb. 15, 2024 06:18 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's government plans to boost its defense spending by up to 19% over the next four years, citing a rise in global instability, including wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, and gaps created when Swiss authorities cashed in on a peace dividend from the fall of the Berlin...

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi opens stone-built Hindu temple in UAE ahead of India's elections

Feb. 14, 2024 19:36 PM EST

ABU MUREIKHA, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Middle East's first traditional stone-built Hindu temple on Wednesday, internationalizing both his reelection campaign and his effort to push secular India into a Hindu state. The trip to the...

Blasts hit a natural gas pipeline in Iran and an official says it was an act of sabotage

Feb. 14, 2024 14:03 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Explosions struck a natural gas pipeline in Iran early on Wednesday, with an official blaming the blasts on a “sabotage and terrorist action” in the country as tensions remain high in the Middle East amid Israel's war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip. ...