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North Korea dismisses Seoul's aid-for-disarmament offer

Aug. 18, 2022 22:20 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said her country will never accept South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol's “foolish” offer of economic benefits in exchange for denuclearization steps, accusing Seoul of recycling proposals Pyongyang already rejected. ...

Jordan River, Jesus' baptism site, is today barely a trickle

Aug. 18, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

ALONG THE JORDAN RIVER (AP) — Kristen Burckhartt felt overwhelmed. She needed time to reflect, to let it sink in that she had just dipped her feet in the water where Jesus is said to have been baptized, in the Jordan River. “It’s very profound,” said the 53-year-old visitor...

Jordan River, Jesus' baptism site, is today barely a trickle

Aug. 18, 2022 16:54 PM EDT

ALONG THE JORDAN RIVER (AP) — Kristen Burckhartt felt overwhelmed. She needed time to reflect, to let it sink in that she had just briefly soaked her feet in the water where Jesus is said to have been baptized, in the Jordan River. “It’s very profound,” said the 53-year-old...

Israel raids Palestinian rights groups it labeled terrorists

Aug. 18, 2022 14:54 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israel raided the offices of several Palestinian advocacy groups it had previously blacklisted as terrorist organizations early Thursday, sealing entrances and declaring them closed. Western diplomats visited one of the offices hours later in a show of...

UN: Myanmar's ruler open to UN visit to Suu Kyi but not now

Aug. 18, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of Myanmar’s military-installed government “expressed openness to arranging a meeting at the right time” between U.N. special envoy Noeleen Heyzer and the country’s imprisoned former leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the United Nations said Thursday. ...

Colombian rebels free 5 soldiers, 1 policeman ahead of talks

Aug. 18, 2022 14:29 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A Colombian guerrilla group says it has freed six captive members of the security forces in a goodwill gesture ahead of planned peace talks with the government of new President Gustavo Petro. The release of the six men was a “unilateral humanitarian gesture″ that...

US senator urges Kenyan president to aid peaceful transition

Aug. 18, 2022 12:48 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A visiting U.S. senator says he has encouraged Kenya’s outgoing president to participate in a “peaceful transition of power” amid the latest election crisis in East Africa’s most stable democracy. “I’ll let the president speak for himself, but that...

Int'l envoy reacts angrily to Bosnia voting law accusations

Aug. 18, 2022 08:35 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The international envoy tasked with overseeing a 1995 peace agreement for Bosnia has raised eyebrows with an angry outburst against the country’s political leaders in response to a journalist’s question about their failure to agree changes to voting laws. ...

Ethiopia calls WHO chief's comments on Tigray "unethical"

Aug. 18, 2022 07:14 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s government is criticizing as “unethical” the statement by the World Health Organization’s director-general that the crisis in the country’s Tigray region is “the worst disaster on Earth” and his assertion that the lack of attention from global...

China, Japan officials meet amid Taiwan tensions

Aug. 18, 2022 02:19 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese and Japanese officials have met in northern China amid renewed tensions over Beijing's military threats against Taiwan and after Tokyo protested China's firing of missiles into Japan's exclusive economic zone during recent military drills. The meeting...