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Biden urges G-7 leaders to call out, compete with China

Jun. 12, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

CARBIS BAY, England (AP) — Leaders of the world's largest economies on Saturday unveiled an infrastructure plan for the developing world to compete with China’s efforts, but the democracies didn't immediately agree on how to publicly call out Beijing, including for its forced labor...

Go green or go bipartisan? Biden's big infrastructure choice

Jun. 12, 2021 00:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s hopes of channeling billions of dollars into green infrastructure investments to fight climate change are running into the political obstacle of winning over Republican lawmakers who oppose that approach as unnecessary, excessive spending. ...

Pandemic relapse spells trouble for India's middle class

Jun. 12, 2021 02:54 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Ram Babu moved from his village to the Indian capital New Delhi in 1980, to clean cars. Soon, he learned to drive and got a job as a tour bus driver. Decades later, he set up his own company, Madhubani Tours and Travels. In March 2020, a stringent...

Teachers wary of new laws limiting instruction on race

Jun. 12, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As middle school teacher Brittany Paschall assembled a lesson plan on the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues, she wondered how she might have to go about it differently next year under a new Tennessee state law that prohibits teaching certain concepts of race and...

UK-EU Brexit spat over N Ireland clouds G7 leaders summit

Jun. 12, 2021 09:35 AM EDT

FALMOUTH, England (AP) — Turbulence from the divorce between the U.K. and the European Union provided an unwanted distraction at the Group of Seven summit taking place in southwest England, with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying Saturday that post-Brexit agreements will fail if...

The Latest: Climate change protests hit beach near G7 summit

Jun. 12, 2021 08:43 AM EDT

The Latest on the Group of Seven nations meeting being held in England: FALMOUTH, England — Hundreds of environmental protesters took to the Cornish seaside Saturday morning in a bid to draw the attention of world leaders and the international media outlets that have...

To curb drug prices, Democrats still seeking a balance

Jun. 12, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are committed to passing legislation this year to curb prescription drug prices, but they're still disagreeing on how to cut costs for patients and taxpayers while preserving profits that lure investors to back potentially promising treatments. ...

Police: Attacker wounds 13 in Austin shooting and escapes

Jun. 12, 2021 08:50 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Someone opened fire in a busy entertainment district in downtown Austin early Saturday, wounding 13 people, including two critically, before getting away, authorities said. Investigators were looking into what sparked the shooting and weren't able...

Saudi Arabia says hajj to be limited to 60,000 in kingdom

Jun. 12, 2021 06:55 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia announced Saturday this year's hajj pilgrimage will be limited to no more than 60,000 people, all of them from within the kingdom, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The announcement by the kingdom comes after it ran...

AP wins 2 Pulitzers for photos of pandemic pain, US unrest

Jun. 11, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

Associated Press photographers awarded the Pulitzer Prize on Friday had dodged tear gas to capture protests against racial injustice and patiently built trust with elderly people to empathetically document the toll of the coronavirus pandemic. AP’s chief photographer in...

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Shootout between Kashmir rebels, Indian police kills 4

Jun. 12, 2021 10:29 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A heated gunbattle between militants and Indian police broke out Saturday in the disputed region of Kashmir, killing at least two police and two civilians, officials said. Anti-India protests later erupted during the civilians' funerals in Sopore,...

Israeli police say woman with knife shot dead in West Bank

Jun. 12, 2021 10:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say a private security guard at a checkpoint near Jerusalem shot and killed a woman on Saturday who allegedly planned to carry out a stabbing attack. The police said in a statement that the guard at the Qalandia checkpoint north of...

North Dakota health officials warn of toxic blue-green algae

Jun. 12, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Health Department is warning residents to avoid blue-green algae that can develop in bodies of water. Hot summer weather contributes to the production of the algae that’s also known as cyanobacteria. People and animals who ingest...

Korean 'comfort women' memorial a no-go in Aurora

Jun. 12, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — David Oh has a clear vision for a “Statue of Peace” memorial on Aurora city grounds, but it won’t likely ever materialize. He envisions a girl dressed in a hanbok, a traditional Korean dress, sitting on a chair with a bird perched on her...

Delaware inmate dies after being admitted to hospital

Jun. 12, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Corrections officials in Delaware said that an inmate died of non-coronavirus causes after being admitted to a hospital with shortness of breath. The Delaware Department of Correction issued a news release Saturday saying that the inmate at the James...

Giant wooden troll takes up residence in Wyoming park

Jun. 12, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Where once there were pebbles, now sits an enormous troll. The recycled wooden sculpture, now lounging in Rendezvous Park, is the brainchild of Copenhagen artist Thomas Dambo, who has built trolls all over the world. Their whimsical construction...

Teachers wary of new laws limiting instruction on race

Jun. 12, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As middle school teacher Brittany Paschall assembled a lesson plan on the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues, she wondered how she might have to go about it differently next year under a new Tennessee state law that prohibits teaching certain concepts of race and...

Iran nuclear talks aimed at reset, face major challenges

Jun. 12, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Talks between Iran and global powers restarted Saturday with the goal of trying to restore a landmark agreement to contain Iranian nuclear development that the Trump administration abandoned in 2018. Senior diplomats from China, Germany, France, Russia,...

Police: 2 shooters killed 1, hurt 9 on Chicago's South Side

Jun. 12, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police are searching for two men who opened fire on a group of people on the city's South Side early Saturday, killing one woman and injuring nine people. Police had not released any detail about the suspects on Saturday. In...

French far-left chief floured in march against far right

Jun. 12, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French far-left leader got a faceful of flour at the start of a Paris march Saturday against “the ideas of the far right,” days after the French president was slapped while greeting a crowd. Unions, associations and leftist political parties in France...