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Tuna catch dries up for Kenya's local fishing community

Jul. 07, 2022 09:56 AM EDT

VANGA, Kenya (AP) — “Tuna is not for everyone,” lamented 65-year-old Chapoka Miongo, a handline fisher on Kenya’s south coast, from his dugout canoe. He's one of many artisanal fishers in Shimoni, a bustling coastal town 82 kilometers (51 miles) south of Mombasa, dotted with...

US markets tick higher while bond market signals caution

Jul. 07, 2022 09:47 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are rising at the start of trading on Wall Street Thursday. The S&P 500 is up 0.8% and on pace for a rare winning week. Companies that benefit most from a healthy economy led the way, including raw-material producers. Energy stocks were doing the best after oil prices...

Youngest Pakistani who scaled K2 is safe after going missing

Jul. 07, 2022 09:28 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani man who became the youngest climber of one of the world's highest mountains is safe after going missing during an expedition to another dangerous peak, his father and an official said Thursday. Last year, Shehroze Kashif scaled K2 at age 19. He and...

Sri Lanka's central bank raises key rates to curb inflation

Jul. 07, 2022 07:15 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Central Bank has raised its key interest rates to their highest levels in more than 20 years to try to contain inflation that has added to the country’s economic woes. Recent price hikes have been a severe blow, especially for the South...

Russia's war in Ukraine to overshadow G-20 talks in Bali

Jul. 07, 2022 07:35 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Foreign ministers from the Group of 20 leading rich and developing nations are gathering in Indonesia’s resort island of Bali for talks bound to be dominated by the conflict in Ukraine despite an agenda focused on global cooperation and food and energy security. ...

Australia drops charge against lawyer over spying claim

Jul. 07, 2022 06:39 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new government on Thursday dropped the 4-year-old prosecution of a lawyer over his alleged attempt to help East Timor prove that Australia had spied on the then-fledgling nation’s government during multibillion-dollar oil and gas negotiations in 2004. ...

China lashes out at US, British intelligence services

Jul. 07, 2022 06:23 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The United States is “the biggest threat to world peace, stability and development," China said Thursday, continuing its sharp rhetoric in response to U.S. accusations of Chinese spying and threats to the international order. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao...

Beijing mandates COVID vaccines to enter some public spaces

Jul. 07, 2022 04:39 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Chinese capital has issued a mandate requiring people to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before they can enter some public spaces including gyms, museums and libraries, drawing concern from city residents over the sudden policy announcement and its impact on their...

Pakistani policeman killed, 4 wounded in hand grenade attack

Jul. 07, 2022 03:47 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Attackers threw a hand grenade at a roadside police post in northwest Pakistan on Thursday, killing an officer and wounding four people before fleeing the scene, local officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility and the attackers' identities...

Singapore hangs 2 drug traffickers despite opposition

Jul. 07, 2022 03:20 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two drug traffickers were hanged in Singapore on Thursday, bringing the number of executions this year in the city-state to four despite growing calls to abolish its death penalty. Activists said the prison department handed the belongings and death...