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Wall Street slightly higher at open; Amazon in focus

Jul. 06, 2022 09:48 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are inching higher at the open on Wall Street Wednesday, tracking markets in Europe. The S&P 500 is up 0.4% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 0.2%. The Nasdaq composite is up 0.3%. Traders are focused on risks from inflation to oil prices, including central...

11 killed in Ukraine as Russia pounds rebel-claimed province

Jul. 06, 2022 08:13 AM EDT

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian shelling killed at least seven civilians in Ukraine over the past 24 hours and wounded 25 more, Ukrainian officials said Wednesday. Pro-Russia separatists said attacks by Ukrainian forces killed four civilians. The Ukrainian presidential office...

PGA Tour, LPGA Tour cancel tournaments in China in October

Jul. 06, 2022 09:23 AM EDT

The PGA Tour and LPGA Tour have canceled their tournaments in Shanghai that were scheduled for October because of ongoing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The HSBC Champions, part of the World Golf Championships series, was canceled for the third straight year. It was...

Russian foreign minister stops in Vietnam ahead of G-20

Jul. 06, 2022 08:53 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Vietnam on Wednesday as part of an effort to bolster ties with a country that has not openly condemned its invasion of Ukraine or imposed sanctions against it. Lavrov, on his way to the Indonesian island of Bali...

Marcos plays balancing act in meeting with China's FM

Jul. 06, 2022 07:55 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — New Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. met with China’s top diplomat Wednesday to take up long-simmering disputes in the South China Sea, as he waded into foreign policy dilemmas that include the U.S.-China rivalry in the region. Chinese Foreign...

Officials: Heavy rains leave 17 dead over 3 days in Pakistan

Jul. 06, 2022 07:51 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Three days of monsoon rains left at least 17 people dead and damaged dozens of homes across southwest Pakistan, officials said Wednesday. Streets and homes were flooded in various parts of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, the provincial disaster...

Sri Lankan president calls Russian leader seeking fuel

Jul. 06, 2022 07:38 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said Wednesday that he had a telephone call with Russian leader Vladimir Putin to request credit support to import fuel for the island nation that is facing its worst economic crisis in memory. “Had a very...

Taliban leader: Afghan soil won't be used to launch attacks

Jul. 06, 2022 07:35 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban supreme leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada said Wednesday that Afghan soil will not be used to launch attacks against other countries, and he asked the international community to not interfere in Afghanistan's internal affairs. The Taliban say they are...

Dalai Lama marks 87th birthday by opening library and museum

Jul. 06, 2022 07:33 AM EDT

DHARMSALA, India (AP) — Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama marked his 87th birthday on Wednesday by inaugurating a library and museum in his hillside Indian headquarters. He was cheered by a large number of followers, including American actor Richard Gere, a longtime disciple....

Ahead of G-20 ministers' meeting, China slams US, NATO

Jul. 06, 2022 06:51 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China launched a scathing attack on the U.S. and NATO on Wednesday, days before a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s comments underscore the increasingly...