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Pelosi receives Communion in Vatican amid abortion debate

Jun. 29, 2022 12:58 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Pope Francis on Wednesday and received Communion during a papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, witnesses said, despite her position in support of abortion rights. Pelosi attended the morning Mass marking the feasts of St. Peter...

French Open runner-up Ruud loses in 2nd round at Wimbledon

Jun. 29, 2022 12:47 PM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Yet another of the highest-ranked players on the men's tour is out of the tournament at Wimbledon. Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal are not among them. Casper Ruud, the runner-up to Nadal at this year's French Open, became the seventh of the top 11-ranked...

Live updates | Turkey optimistic about Ukraine grain exports

Jun. 29, 2022 12:47 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the NATO summit in Madrid: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expressing optimism that humanitarian corridors could be opened to enable the export of Ukrainian grain to the rest of the world amid Russia’s war. Tens of millions of...

Wimbledon updates | Garcia defeats Raducanu in 2nd round

Jun. 29, 2022 12:36 PM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): ___ 5:30 p.m. Emma Raducanu is out of Wimbledon in the second round after losing to Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-3 on Centre Court. The 19-year-old Raducanu is the reigning...

Government missile attack kills 9 insurgents in north Syria

Jun. 29, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian forces conducted a missile strike on a vehicle carrying members of a Turkey-backed armed opposition faction in a rebel-held part of the country’s north Wednesday, opposition activists said, and nine gunmen were killed. The attack happened just south of the...

Paris court rejects 10 ex-militants' extradition to Italy

Jun. 29, 2022 12:21 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A Paris court on Wednesday ruled against extraditing to Italy 10 former left-wing militants, including some former Red Brigades members, convicted of domestic terrorist crimes in the 1970s and 1980s. The Italian nationals had been living in freedom in France for...

Russians fight to encircle Ukraine's last eastern stronghold

Jun. 29, 2022 12:15 PM EDT

KREMENCHUK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces battled Wednesday to surround the Ukrainian military’s last stronghold in a long-contested eastern province, as shock reverberated from a Russian airstrike on a shopping mall that killed at least 18 in the center of the country two days earlier. ...

Duma moves forward on proposed law on banning foreign media

Jun. 29, 2022 12:07 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The lower house of Russia's parliament on Wednesday approved the critical second reading of a proposed law that would allow the banning of foreign news media in response to other countries taking actions against Russian news outlets. The proposal must still pass a...

NATO calls Russia its 'most significant and direct threat'

Jun. 29, 2022 12:04 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — NATO declared Russia the “most significant and direct threat” to its members’ peace and security on Wednesday and vowed to strengthen support for Ukraine, even as that country's leader chided the alliance for not doing more to help it defeat Moscow. The military...

US to boost military presence in Europe for Russia threat

Jun. 29, 2022 11:38 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday that the U.S. will significantly increase its military presence in Europe for the long haul, including by establishing its first permanent presence in Poland, to bolster regional security after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Meeting...