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Junta troops burn Myanmar village in escalation of violence

Jun. 16, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Government troops in Myanmar have burned most of a village in the country’s central heartland, a resident said Wednesday, confirming reports by independent media and on social networks. The action appeared to be an attempt to suppress resistance against the ruling military...

FBI: Hikers find body in Catoctin Mountain Park

Jun. 16, 2021 10:28 AM EDT

THURMONT, Md. (AP) — The FBI is asking the public for help after a dismembered body was found Catoctin Mountain Park. Hikers found part of a woman's body Saturday, FBI officials said in a news release. National Park Service special agents and FBI agents and Evidence...

The Latest: Japan looks to ease virus emergency in Tokyo

Jun. 16, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

TOKYO — Japan is expected to ease a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and most other areas this weekend, with the Olympics starting in just over a month. Daily cases have since significantly declined and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is expected to downgrade the...

EU urges members to stay united as ties worsen with Russia

Jun. 16, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s testy relations with Russia are likely to get worse and the bloc’s 27 member countries must ensure that Moscow does not divide them, the EU’s top diplomat warned Wednesday. Unveiling a report on ways to deal with what the...

Proposal to replace Maine power companies moves ahead

Jun. 16, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposal to replace power companies in Maine with a consumer-owned utility has passed a test in the Maine Legislature. Critics of the two biggest power companies in the state, Versant and Central Maine Power, want to replace the companies with a...

Chair of Nebraska tax committee backs Pillen for governor

Jun. 16, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The chairwoman of the Legislature's tax-focused Revenue Committee has endorsed University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen for governor. Pillen's campaign released an online video Wednesday with state Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, of Omaha. In the video,...

GM, Ford outdo each other with electric vehicle investments

Jun. 16, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will raise its spending on electric and autonomous vehicles and add two U.S. battery factories as it gambles that consumers will eagerly switch from gasoline to the new technology. The announcements Wednesday came as crosstown rival Ford...

Estonia says Russian planes violate its air space, again

Jun. 16, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — NATO member Estonia said Wednesday that two Russian fighter jets violated its airspace, in what it claimed was the fourth such incident this year. Two Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighters entered the Baltic country's airspace in the vicinity of Hiiumaa, a...

Thailand sets mid-October to reopen to vaccinated visitors

Jun. 16, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand plans to fully reopen to vaccinated foreign visitors by mid-October as the government seeks to restart the crucial coronavirus-devastated tourism industry, the prime minister announced Wednesday. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said fully...

German platoon ordered from Lithuania amid misconduct probe

Jun. 16, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Defense Ministry said Wednesday it has ordered a platoon stationed in Lithuania as part of a NATO mission to return home immediately amid allegations of serious misconduct. The ministry said the allegations include sexual harassment, insults with...