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How Biden and Trump are taking very different approaches to preparing for next week's debate

Jun. 21, 2024 00:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden begins an intense period of private preparations Friday at Camp David for what may be the most consequential presidential debate in decades. The 81-year-old Democrat's team is aware that he cannot afford an underwhelming performance when he...

Israel's pledge to guard an aid route into Gaza falls flat as lawlessness blocks distribution

Jun. 20, 2024 21:24 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Sunday that it was establishing a new safe corridor to deliver aid into southern Gaza. But days later, this self-declared “tactical pause” has brought little relief to desperate Palestinians. The United Nations and international aid...

Navigating through darkness: Ukraine’s emergency blackouts return after Russia pounds infrastructure

Jun. 21, 2024 01:22 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — During daytime, entire districts of Ukraine's capital are disconnected from the power grid to save energy. Traffic lights stop, choking traffic, accompanied by the constant rumble of generators installed outside cafes and shops. Ukraine, including Kyiv, is...

The Putin-Kim summit produced an unusual — and speedy — flurry of glimpses into North Korea

Jun. 20, 2024 16:08 PM EDT

The imagery from Pyongyang emerged quickly, notable in its variety — glimpses into North Korea in near-real time that showed its leader, Kim Jong Un, grinning and glad-handing with Russian President Vladimir Putin and showing him around the capital of one of the world's least accessible nations....

South Korea summons Russian ambassador as tensions rise with North Korea

Jun. 21, 2024 02:53 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea summoned the Russian ambassador to protest the country’s new defense pact with North Korea on Friday, as border tensions continued to rise with vague threats and brief, seemingly accidental incursions by North Korean troops. Earlier Friday,...

Motion after motion puts Trump Florida case in slow motion as 3-day hearing begins

Jun. 21, 2024 00:14 AM EDT

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — The federal judge presiding over the classified documents case against former President Donald Trump is hearing arguments Friday on a long-shot defense effort to get the indictment thrown out based on the claim that the prosecutor who brought the charges was illegally...

Here’s the landscape 2 years after the Supreme Court overturned a national right to abortion

Jun. 21, 2024 00:16 AM EDT

Judges, state lawmakers and voters are deciding the future of abortion in the U.S. two years after the Supreme Court jolted the legal status quo with a ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade. The June 24, 2022, ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization sparked legislative...

Ten Commandments law is Louisiana governor’s latest effort to move the state farther to the right

Jun. 21, 2024 00:36 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has long been reliably red. The Bayou State has voted for the Republican candidate in every presidential election since 2000, with residents overwhelmingly supporting Donald Trump during the past two, and the GOP has held a majority in the statehouse for years. ...

As millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

Jun. 20, 2024 20:38 PM EDT

SQUAM LAKE, N.H. (AP) — As New England baked in a heat wave Thursday, guests at one campground were keeping their food and beer cold with blocks of ice harvested months earlier from a frozen lake. And while some relief is expected in the eastern Great Lakes region and New England...

Should young kids have smartphones? These parents in Europe linked arms and said no

Jun. 21, 2024 01:15 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Try saying “no” when a child asks for a smartphone. What comes after, parents everywhere can attest, begins with some variation of: “Everyone has one. Why can’t I?” But what if no pre-teen in sight has one — and what if having a smartphone was...

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South Korea summons Russian ambassador as tensions rise with North Korea

Jun. 21, 2024 02:53 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea summoned the Russian ambassador to protest the country’s new defense pact with North Korea on Friday, as border tensions continued to rise with vague threats and brief, seemingly accidental incursions by North Korean troops. Earlier Friday,...

Beneath offshore wind turbines, researchers grow seafood and seaweed

Jun. 21, 2024 02:37 AM EDT

KRIEGERS FLAK OFFSHORE WIND FARM, Denmark (AP) — In a small boat bobbing in the waves between towering offshore wind turbines, researchers in Europe’s Baltic Sea reach into the frigid water and remove long lines stretched between the pylons onto which mussels and seaweed are growing. ...

AP Week in Pictures: Global

Jun. 21, 2024 02:28 AM EDT

June 14-20, 2024 People protested during a general strike in Panama, Muslim pilgrims gathered in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited North Korea and Vietnam. Kurdish migrants trying to reach Britain were discovered off French shores, and trains collided in...

An agricultural fire spreads through settlements in southeast Turkey leaving at least 5 dead

Jun. 21, 2024 02:24 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Five people were killed and dozens more required medical treatment after a fire that started with the burning of crop stubble spread through settlements in southeast Turkey overnight, officials said Friday. The blaze erupted in an area neighboring the...

AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

Jun. 21, 2024 02:19 AM EDT

June 13–19, 2024 Muslims celebrated Eid al-Adha in Istanbul, Turkey, French President Emmanuel Macron paid homage to World War II resistance fighters, and a group of Kurdish migrants failed in their attempt to reach the United Kingdom. This gallery highlights some of...

New Zealand's gun laws, tightened after the 2019 mosque attack, being revised by an ex-gun lobbyist

Jun. 21, 2024 01:59 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s government will overhaul the tighter gun laws introduced after a deadly mass shooting by a white supremacist five years ago, because they put excessive burdens on gun owners who feel vilified by law enforcement and the public, the lawmaker leading...

South Korea summons Russian ambassador to protest defense pact with North Korea

Jun. 21, 2024 01:50 AM EDT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea summons Russian ambassador to protest defense pact with North Korea.

Hawaii settles climate change lawsuit filed by youth plaintiffs

Jun. 21, 2024 01:39 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's governor and lawyers for youth plaintiffs on Thursday announced they settled a lawsuit alleging Hawaii violated the state constitution by operating a transportation system that harmed the climate and infringed upon the children's right to a clean and healthy environment....

Historic flooding in China's Guangdong kills nine, warnings issued for other parts of country

Jun. 21, 2024 01:30 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Nine people have died and six are missing after downpours caused historic flooding in rural parts of Guangdong province in southern China, while authorities warned Friday of more flooding ahead in other parts of the country. Four people died and four are missing, in...

A Muslim mob in Pakistan torches a police station and lynches a man after accusing him of blasphemy

Jun. 21, 2024 01:29 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A Muslim mob in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday broke into a police station, snatched a man who was held there and then lynched him over allegations that he had desecrated Islam's holy book, the Quran. The attackers also torched the station in Madyan, a...