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Cambodian ambassador: Looted artworks are 'souls' of culture

Aug. 08, 2022 17:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Cambodia’s ambassador to the United States said Monday that the transfer of 30 antiquities by U.S. law enforcement authorities to his country was a return of the “souls of our culture.” Ambassador Keo Chhea spoke at a ceremony where a 10th Century sculpture,...

One year after Afghanistan, spy agencies pivot toward China

Aug. 08, 2022 17:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a recent closed-door meeting with leaders of the agency’s counterterrorism center, the CIA’s No. 2 official made clear that fighting al-Qaida and other extremist groups would remain a priority — but that the agency’s money and resources would be increasingly shifted...

China extends threatening military exercises around Taiwan

Aug. 08, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday it is extending threatening military exercises surrounding Taiwan that have disrupted shipping and air traffic and substantially raised concerns about the potential for conflict in a region crucial to global trade. The announcement further increases...

Shiite Muslims in Mideast mark solemn holy day of Ashoura

Aug. 08, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Millions of Shiite Muslims — from Iran to Afghanistan and Pakistan — were marking the festival of Ashoura on Monday, one of the most emotional occasions in their religious calendar, commemorating the 7th century martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein. ...

Review: Fake pregnancy transforms lonely salarywoman’s life

Aug. 08, 2022 10:37 AM EDT

“Diary of a Void,” by Emi Yagi (Viking) Shibata-san, the only woman in her office group, is tired of cleaning up after the men. One day, when her section head asks her why dirty coffee cups are still lying around hours after a meeting, she improvises an astonishing lie. “I’m...

Chilies and turmeric boost 20-minute shrimp stir-fry

Aug. 08, 2022 08:58 AM EDT

Weeknight ease married to plump texture and briny sweetness. It’s why shrimp is one of our staple go-to dinner solutions. Simply stir-fry a few aromatics and spices until fragrant, toss in the shrimp, and dinner is on the table in 20 minutes. We had that in mind for a “dry” but...

US official says Solomon Islands leader 'missed opportunity'

Aug. 08, 2022 08:26 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The U.S. deputy secretary of state said Monday the prime minister of the Solomon Islands “missed an opportunity” by failing to attend a memorial service to mark the anniversary of a key World War II battle, amid concerns the South Pacific island nation is...

Myanmar's ambassador to China dies

Aug. 08, 2022 06:55 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Myanmar's ambassador to China has died, the Chinese government said Monday. “I can confirm what you mentioned,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said in response to a question about the reported death of Ambassador Myo Thant Pe. He did not...

Officials: Pakistani militant leader killed in Afghanistan

Aug. 08, 2022 06:52 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A late night roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan struck a vehicle carrying members of the Pakistani Taliban group, killing a senior leader and three other militants, several Pakistani officials and militant figures said Monday. No one immediately claimed...

Hong Kong cuts COVID hotel quarantine to 3 days for arrivals

Aug. 08, 2022 06:05 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong will reduce the mandatory hotel quarantine for overseas arrivals to three days from a week, the city’s leader said Monday. The southern Chinese city remains one of the few places in the world, together with mainland China, to require a quarantine to...