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Russia smuggling Ukrainian grain to help pay for Putin's war

Oct. 03, 2022 08:38 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — When the bulk cargo ship Laodicea docked in Lebanon last summer, Ukrainian diplomats said the vessel was carrying grain stolen by Russia and urged Lebanese officials to impound the ship. Moscow called the allegation “false and baseless,” and Lebanon’s...

No sighting in northern Philippines of Chinese rocket debris

Sep. 15, 2022 04:55 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials have warned of possible danger to aircraft and ships from debris from a new Chinese rocket launch that might fall in northern Philippine waters, authorities said Thursday, adding no debris has been sighted so far. The Philippine Space...

French court awards damages for 2009 Yemenia plane crash

Sep. 14, 2022 11:06 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French court on Wednesday ordered a Yemeni airline that operated a passenger plane that crashed into the Indian Ocean in 2009 to pay damages to the flight's lone survivor and the families of 65 French citizens who died. The Yemenia flight departed from Paris, picked...

India launches new aircraft carrier as China concerns grow

Sep. 02, 2022 06:31 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India commissioned its first home-built aircraft carrier Friday as it seeks to counter regional rival China's much larger and growing fleet, and expand its own indigenous shipbuilding capabilities. The INS Vikrant, whose name is a Sanskrit word for “powerful" or...

Calm before storms? Oddly quiet Atlantic despite forecasts

Aug. 31, 2022 16:48 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It’s been quiet — too quiet — this Atlantic hurricane season, meteorologists and residents of storm-prone areas whisper almost as if not to tempt fate. A record-tying inactive August is drawing to a close and no storms have formed, even though it is peak...

Chinese navy ship docks in Sri Lanka, stokes worry in India

Aug. 16, 2022 07:41 AM EDT

HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Chinese navy vessel arrived at a Beijing-built port in southern Sri Lanka on Tuesday, after its port call was earlier delayed due to apparent security concerns raised by India. The Yuan Wang 5 sailed into the Hambantota port and was welcomed by Sri...

India announces a $100 million credit line to the Maldives

Aug. 02, 2022 06:04 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India will give a $100 million line of credit to the Maldives to support development projects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday after holding talks with his counterpart, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Solih arrived in India on Monday for a four-day...

No reported damage in Philippines from Chinese rocket debris

Aug. 01, 2022 08:54 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — There was no reported damage in a western Philippine region where debris from the final stage of a rocket that launched part of China’s new space station reportedly fell, a Filipino official said Monday. Philippine Space Agency official Marc Talampas...

China says remains of rocket booster fall to Earth

Jul. 31, 2022 04:07 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Debris from a rocket that boosted part of China’s new space station into orbit fell into the sea in the Philippines on Sunday, the Chinese government announced. Most of the final stage of the Long March-5B rocket burned up after entering the atmosphere at 12:55...

Africa looks to private sector to fund ocean climate action

Jul. 13, 2022 10:57 AM EDT

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Countries on Africa's east coast are increasingly turning to climate funding initiatives to boost livelihoods of oceanside communities, aid biodiversity and take climate action. On the margins of the high-level political forum on sustainable development...