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Taiwan's air force cancels drills as typhoon approaches. Naval and land exercises to continue

Jul. 23, 2024 06:47 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — An approaching typhoon prompted the cancellation of air force drills off Taiwan’s east coast on Tuesday, although naval and land exercises were set to continue in other parts of the self-governing island democracy, which China threatens to invade. The Air...

Prominent Algerian opposition figures blast 'authoritarian climate' ahead of presidential election

Jul. 23, 2024 04:46 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Eleven prominent Algerian opposition figures wrote an open letter this week, denouncing “the authoritarian climate” surrounding the country’s upcoming presidential election and calling for a broad democratic transition. Under the rule of...

Maduro seeks to shore up Venezuela military's support ahead of vote threatening his hold on power

Jul. 23, 2024 03:05 AM EDT

AGUA CALIENTE, Venezuela (AP) — At a crossroads not far from a gas station overgrown with weeds, young men and women in faded green fatigues stop vehicles returning from a rally for opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, ask passengers for their identifications, and inspect their...

Pakistan police raid former Prime Minister Imran Khan's party office and arrest its spokesman

Jul. 22, 2024 21:25 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's police raided the imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan's political party office in Islamabad on Monday and arrested its spokesman for carrying out anti-state propaganda, the Interior Ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said officers also...

Pentagon Arctic report calls for more investment in sensors, equipment to keep up with Russia, China

Jul. 22, 2024 19:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Defense Department must invest more to upgrade sensors, communications and space-based technologies in the Arctic to keep pace with China and Russia who are increasingly operating there, including in joint military exercises, a new Pentagon strategy says. ...

The leader of Myanmar's army government is named acting president so he can renew state of emergency

Jul. 22, 2024 13:54 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the head of Myanmar’s military-government, on Monday also took the position of acting president to replace the holder of that post who was unable to perform his duties due to health problems, state media reported. The announcement of...

Israel orders evacuation of part of Gaza humanitarian zone as war's toll passes 39,000 Palestinians

Jul. 22, 2024 13:40 PM EDT

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military ordered the evacuation Monday of part of a crowded area in the Gaza Strip it had designated a humanitarian zone, saying it is planning an operation against Hamas militants there. The order triggered a new flight of Palestinians, many of whom...

Civilians killed and wounded as Russia and Ukraine trade attacks. Russia claims gains in the east

Jul. 21, 2024 16:25 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia and Ukraine exchanged drone, missile and shelling attacks on Sunday. At least two people were killed in Ukrainian strikes on the partly Russian-occupied Donetsk region, Russian state media said, while Ukrainian officials said Russian strikes wounded at least five...

Israel shoots down a missile fired from Yemen hours after a deadly Israeli strike on Houthi rebels

Jul. 21, 2024 13:21 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it intercepted a missile fired from Yemen early Sunday, hours after Israeli warplanes struck several Houthi targets in the Arabian Peninsula country. The Israeli airstrikes — in response to a deadly Houthi drone strike on Tel Aviv —...

A Lebanese photojournalist, wounded in Israeli strike, carries Olympic torch to honor journalists

Jul. 21, 2024 09:56 AM EDT

VINCENNES, France (AP) — A Lebanese photojournalist who was severely wounded during an Israeli strike on south Lebanon carried Sunday the Olympic torch in Paris to honor journalists wounded and killed in the field. The torch relay, which started in May, is part of celebrations in...