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Coalition of leaders: Urgent action needed for food security

Sep. 20, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Leaders from Europe, the Americas and Africa called Tuesday for urgent action and funding to ease a growing global food security crisis that has been exacerbated by Russia’s war with Ukraine and, thanks to climate change, threatens to get worse in coming years. ...

Ukrainian flag raised in retaken city after Russian retreat

Sep. 14, 2022 21:02 PM EDT

IZIUM, Ukraine (AP) — Hand on heart, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy watched his country’s flag rise Wednesday above the recaptured city of Izium, making a rare foray outside the capital that highlights Moscow’s embarrassing retreat from a Ukrainian counteroffensive. ...

UN chief and Russia's Putin discuss war in Ukraine

Sep. 14, 2022 19:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday about exporting Russian fertilizer through Ukraine's Black Sea ports to address a growing global food crisis that threatens multiple famines. The U.N. chief...

UN: Food exports from Ukraine are up, Russia fertilizer down

Sep. 13, 2022 18:22 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Food exports from Ukraine and Russia have increased since a July 22 grain deal, but critically needed fertilizer exports from Russia are still down despite being covered by the agreement, with financing and shipping still issues, the United Nations said Tuesday. ...

Heavy fighting rages in Ukraine's Russian-occupied south

Aug. 30, 2022 14:36 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine claimed to have destroyed bridges and ammunition depots and pounded command posts in a surge of fighting in the Russian-occupied south, fueling speculation Tuesday that its long-awaited counteroffensive to try to turn the tide of war is underway. Russia said it...

Danube drought reveals parts of hidden World War II history

Aug. 30, 2022 11:36 AM EDT

PRAHOVO, Serbia (AP) — The worst drought in Europe in decades hasn't only scorched farmland and hampered river traffic, it also has exposed a part of almost forgotten World War II history: The hulks of dozens of World War II German battleships have emerged from the Danube River as its water...

UN: First grain shipment departs Ukraine for war-torn Yemen

Aug. 30, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The first vessel carrying grain from Ukraine to conflict-torn Yemen since the war started in Europe departed a Black Sea port on Tuesday, the U.N. food agency said. The move will help ease one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. The World Food Program said the...

Ukraine, Russia trade more blame on threats to nuclear plant

Aug. 27, 2022 19:16 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Fears about the potential for a radiation leak at Europe's largest nuclear power plant persisted Saturday as both sides traded blame for nearby shelling. Ukraine said Russian forces fired on areas just across the river from the plant and Russia claimed Ukrainian shells hit a...

2 Bulgarian police killed by speeding bus carrying migrants

Aug. 25, 2022 05:00 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Two Bulgarian police officers were killed early Thursday as they tried to stop a bus containing migrants who had entered the country illegally, a senior interior ministry official said. The incident occurred at 5 a.m. (0200 GMT) in the Black Sea city of...

Russians down Ukrainian drones in Crimea as war broadens

Aug. 20, 2022 15:42 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian authorities reported shooting down Ukrainian drones Saturday in Crimea, while Ukrainian officials said Russian forces pressed ahead with efforts to seize one of the few cities in eastern Ukraine not already under their control. The Russian military also kept up its...