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Group: Tax rich to fund vaccines for poor hit by pandemic

Jan. 16, 2022 19:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Anti-poverty organization Oxfam called Monday for governments to impose a one-time 99% tax on the world's billionaires and use the money to fund expanded production of vaccines for the poor — part of an effort to combat global inequality widened by the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Seoul: N. Korea fires projectile in 4th launch this month

Jan. 16, 2022 19:44 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday fired at least one suspected ballistic missile into the sea in its fourth weapons launch this month, officials in South Korea and Japan said, with the apparent goal of demonstrating its military might amid paused diplomacy with the United States and...

Ukraine says Russia behind cyberattack in 'hybrid war' move

Jan. 16, 2022 13:34 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine said Sunday that Russia was behind a cyberattack that defaced its government websites and alleged that Russia is engaged in an increasing “hybrid war” against its neighbor. The statement from the Ministry of Digital Development came a day after...

Mali's ex-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita dies at 76

Jan. 16, 2022 12:39 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the former president of Mali who took office in a landmark election held after a destabilizing coup only to be ousted in another military takeover nearly seven years later, has died. He was 76. Keita, known to Malians by his initials IBK,...

After Biden's first year, the virus and disunity rage on

Jan. 16, 2022 12:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the inaugural platform, President Joe Biden saw American sickness on two fronts — a disease of the national spirit and the one from the rampaging coronavirus — and he saw hope, because leaders always must see that. “End this uncivil war,” he implored...

Headed to disaster? US, Russia harden stances in talks

Jan. 15, 2022 19:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The failure of last week’s high-stakes diplomatic meetings to resolve escalating tensions over Ukraine has put Russia, the United States and its European allies in uncharted post-Cold War territory, posing significant challenges for the main players to avoid an outright and...

Arizona Treasurer Yee drops out of GOP race for governor

Jan. 15, 2022 18:29 PM EST

PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) — State Treasurer Kimberly Yee announced Saturday she is dropping out of Arizona's crowded race for the Republican nomination for governor and will instead run for re-election to her current position. Yee announced her decision in a statement that did not...

The AP Interview: Taliban pledge all girls in schools soon

Jan. 15, 2022 15:35 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers say they hope to be able to open all schools for girls across the country after late March, their spokesman told The Associated Press on Saturday, offering the first timeline for addressing a key demand of the international community. ...

UN envoy visits Western Sahara camps in new peace push

Jan. 15, 2022 13:13 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The U.N. envoy for the disputed Western Sahara visited refugee camps in Algeria on Saturday housing those displaced by fighting decades ago, in a renewed effort to find a diplomatic solution for the territory. Staffan de Mistura’s visit to camps in Smara,...

Kazakhstan raises death toll to 225 in days of protests

Jan. 15, 2022 11:52 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A top law-enforcement official in Kazakhstan said Saturday that 225 people died during the violent demonstrations that shook the country this month, a significantly higher number than previously announced. Serik Shalabayev, head of the criminal prosecution service in...