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Crowds outside Myanmar's prisons greet freed detainees

Oct. 19, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Crowds gathered Tuesday outside prisons around Myanmar, waiting for at least a glimpse of friends and relatives who were being freed under an amnesty for people arrested for protesting against military rule. The head of the army-installed government,...

N Korea confirms missile test designed for submarine launch

Oct. 19, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea announced Wednesday that it had tested a newly developed missile designed to be launched from a submarine, the first such weapons test in two years and one it says will bolster its military’s underwater operational capability. The...

North Korea tests possible submarine missile amid tensions

Oct. 19, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday fired at least one ballistic missile, which South Korea’s military said was likely designed to be launched from a submarine, in what is possibly the most significant demonstration of the North’s military might since U.S. President Joe...

Police shooting looms over Emanuel in confirmation battle

Oct. 19, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fatal police shooting of a Black teen in Chicago seven years ago is looming large over the city’s former mayor, Rahm Emanuel, as he looks to win confirmation as President Joe Biden’s ambassador to Japan. Several liberal House lawmakers and...

Taliban agree to new polio vaccination across Afghanistan

Oct. 19, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) — U.N. agencies are gearing up to vaccinate all of Afghanistan’s children under 5 against polio for the first time since 2018, after the Taliban agreed to the campaign, the World Health Organization says. For the past three years, the Taliban...

John McLaren, a caddie of 'extraordinary ability,' to retire

Oct. 19, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Paul Casey finished with a 68 in Las Vegas, thus closing a remarkable chapter for a British man of “extraordinary ability.” The description refers specifically to his caddie, John McLaren, who has worked his final tournament in America. ...

Taliban promise cash, land, to families of suicide bombers

Oct. 19, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have promised plots of land to relatives of suicide bombers who attacked U.S. and Afghan soldiers, in a provocative gesture that seems to run counter to their efforts to court international support. The Taliban's acting interior...

USOPC says it is trying to help Humphries' Olympic quest

Oct. 19, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said Tuesday that it is still trying to help world champion bobsledder Kaillie Humphries obtain a way to compete in this winter's Beijing Games, though it stopped short of predicting if the effort would be successful. Humphries, a...

Japan's PM interrupts campaign as N Korea test-fires missile

Oct. 19, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's new prime minister interrupted his first day of election campaigning and returned to Tokyo on Tuesday to deal with rising regional tensions following North Korea's test-firing of a missile earlier in the day. Fumio Kishida's campaign was already off...

Energy crunch hits global recovery as winter approaches

Oct. 19, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

Power shortages are turning out streetlights and shutting down factories in China. The poor in Brazil are choosing between paying for food or electricity. German corn and wheat farmers can't find fertilizer, made using natural gas. And fears are rising that Europe will have to ration...