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Justices say vet who lost job as Texas trooper can sue state

Jun. 29, 2022 11:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed a former state trooper to sue Texas over his claim that he was forced out of his job when he returned from Army service in Iraq. The justices ruled for Army veteran Le Roy Torres under a federal law that was enacted in 1994...

Live updates | Italy sees no NATO military escalation

Jun. 29, 2022 11:01 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the NATO summit in Madrid: ___ Italian Premier Mario Draghi says plans for an increased U.S. military presence in Europe don’t amount to a military escalation within NATO. Draghi says the increase announced Wednesday by...

Ben & Jerry's Israel business sold; sales to resume

Jun. 29, 2022 11:01 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Unilever said Wednesday that it has reached a new business arrangement in Israel that will effectively end Ben & Jerry's policy of not selling ice cream in annexed east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank. Israel hailed the move as a victory in its ongoing...

Charity says 30 Europe-bound migrants feared dead off Libya

Jun. 29, 2022 11:00 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A flimsy rubber boat collapsed and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya's coast, leaving at least 30 people including women and children missing and feared dead, an international charity said Wednesday. It marked the latest tragedy at sea involving migrants seeking a better life...

Yemen car bomb targeting security official leaves 4 dead

Jun. 29, 2022 10:49 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A car bomb targeting a top provincial security official in the southern Yemen city of Aden killed four people Wednesday and wounded 10 others, Yemeni officials said. A car carrying explosives detonated while the convoy of a security official from a neighboring...

Iran report says nuclear talks in Qatar to end without deal

Jun. 29, 2022 10:41 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Indirect negotiations between Iran and the U.S. over Tehran's tattered nuclear deal with world powers will end Wednesday in Qatar, authorities in Tehran said. A semiofficial news agency reported the talks wouldn't break a diplomatic deadlock over the accord. ...

NATO calls Russia its 'most significant and direct threat'

Jun. 29, 2022 08:55 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — NATO declared Russia the “most significant and direct threat” to its members’ peace and security, as the military alliance met Wednesday to confront what NATO’s chief called the biggest security crisis since World War II. It also promised to “step up...

EXPLAINER: How was Turkey’s veto of Nordic NATO bid avoided?

Jun. 29, 2022 10:37 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — When the leaders of Finland, Sweden and Turkey met with NATO’s chief Tuesday, the potential for progress was hard to predict. Some remained pessimistic the meeting would lessen Turkey’s objections to the Nordic pair’s historic request to join NATO. The...

20 suspects in Paris terrorist attacks trial: Who they are

Jun. 29, 2022 09:59 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A total of 20 men are facing a verdict Wednesday over the 2015 Paris attacks by Islamic State extremists on the Bataclan theater, Paris cafes and the national stadium. Most attention has focused on the lone surviving member of the attack team, Salah Abdeslam. Others...

World Bank agrees $500m to help Egypt fund wheat purchases

Jun. 29, 2022 08:45 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt will receive a $500 million loan from the World Bank to help finance its wheat purchases as prices skyrocket because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the bank said Wednesday. The funds, approved Tuesday by the World Bank Board of Executive Directors, aim at...