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In South Africa, a community struggling for clean water reflects wider discontent ahead of election

May. 23, 2024 11:20 AM EDT

HAMMANSKRAAL, South Africa. (AP) — On days when a municipal truck comes to Hammanskraal to deliver drinking water, a queue of South Africans starts forming early in the morning to fill their buckets. This is not a distant, rural community, but a township on the edge of the...

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is betting that calmer economic conditions will get him re-elected

May. 23, 2024 11:05 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has portrayed himself as thorough and evidence-led. That's why his gamble to call a U.K. general election for July 4 has come as such a surprise. Those personal traits were supposed to be attributes that would endear him to British...

Myanmar quietly announces plans to study controversial Chinese dam project suspended 13 years ago

May. 23, 2024 10:34 AM EDT

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Myanmar’s military government appears to be considering reviving a massive China-backed hydroelectric dam project, work on which was suspended more than a decade ago after protests over its possible impact on the environment. A notice from the Information...

She trails the ruling party's candidate to be Mexican leader. Visiting her hometown helps show why

May. 23, 2024 10:05 AM EDT

TEPATEPEC, Mexico (AP) — She sold snacks in a small town in central Mexico as a girl and rose to national politics with a biography that could help take her to the heights of power, she hoped. But polls are showing Xóchitl Gálvez trailing the ruling party's candidate in the June...

US applications for jobless benefits fall as labor market continues to thrive

May. 23, 2024 08:52 AM EDT

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week as layoffs remained historically low despite the Federal Reserve's efforts to loosen the labor market. Jobless claims for the week ending May 18 fell by 8,000 to 215,000, down from 223,000 the week before, the...

Tunisia sentences journalists to a year in prison for criticizing the government

May. 23, 2024 05:21 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian court on Wednesday sentenced two TV and radio journalists to one year in prison for criticizing the government on their programs and on social networks. Borhane Bsaïs and Mourad Zeghidi were each given six months' imprisonment for disseminating...

Arizona Senate advances proposed ballot measure to let local police make border-crossing arrests

May. 22, 2024 21:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate approved a proposed ballot measure that would ask voters in November to make it a state crime for noncitizens to enter the state through Mexico at any location other than a port of entry. The proposal approved Wednesday on a 16-13 party-line vote...

Can Medicare money protect doctors from abortion crimes? It worked before, desegregating hospitals

May. 22, 2024 17:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Supreme Court's pending Idaho abortion ruling may hinge on how federal spending power might protect doctors against a state's criminal code. For guidance, the justices can look to the very beginning of Medicare in the 1960s, when the promise of federal funding finally persuaded...

Tennessee, Delaware to become first states to offer free diapers for Medicaid families

May. 22, 2024 16:37 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will soon become the first state in the country to offer free diapers to families enrolled in the state's Medicaid program after receiving federal approval, state officials have confirmed. Similarly, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...

Mexico's presidential front-runner walks a thin, tense line in following outgoing populist

May. 22, 2024 11:18 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — As she runs to replace outgoing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Claudia Sheinbaum is struggling to construct her own image, leaving many wondering whether she can escape the shadow of the larger-than-life incumbent. The former Mexico City mayor and...