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Singapore urged to halt hanging of Malaysian drug trafficker

Jul. 04, 2022 05:19 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Anti-death penalty activists in Malaysia urged Singapore's government on Monday to halt the execution of a convicted Malaysian drug trafficker this week, the second in less than three months. Kalwant Singh, who was convicted in 2016 of bringing heroin...

Hope and despair: Kathy Gannon on 35 years in Afghanistan

Jul. 03, 2022 21:00 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan policeman opened fire on us with his AK-47, emptying 26 bullets into the back of the car. Seven slammed into me, and at least as many into my colleague, Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus. She died at my side. Anja weighed heavy...

Russian diplomats to depart Bulgaria amid soaring tensions

Jul. 03, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Two Russian airplanes departed Bulgaria on Sunday with scores of Russian diplomatic staff and their families amid a mass expulsion that has sent tensions soaring between the historically close nations, a Russian diplomat said. Filip Voskresenski, a...

WNBA's Brittney Griner goes on trial in Russian court

Jul. 01, 2022 15:02 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — American basketball star Brittney Griner went on trial Friday, 4 1/2 months after her arrest on charges of possessing cannabis oil while returning to play for a Russian team, in a case that has unfolded amid tense relations between Moscow and Washington. The initial...

Bulgarian finance chief gets mandate as Russia tensions soar

Jul. 01, 2022 12:12 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's president on Friday handed the mandate to try and form a new government to the country's finance minister, four days after pro-Western reformist Kiril Petkov resigned following a no-confidence vote in Parliament. Asen Vassilev, from Petkov's We...

Pelosi receives Communion in Vatican amid abortion debate

Jun. 29, 2022 12:58 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Pope Francis on Wednesday and received Communion during a papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, witnesses said, despite her position in support of abortion rights. Pelosi attended the morning Mass marking the feasts of St. Peter...

Iran, US begin EU-led indirect nuclear deal talks in Qatar

Jun. 28, 2022 12:14 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran and the United States began indirect talks Tuesday in Qatar aimed at finding a way to save Tehran's tattered nuclear deal with world powers. Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, met with European Union official Enrique Mora in...

Turkish state media: Detained Greek spied on border defenses

Jun. 25, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish security forces have detained a Greek citizen accused of spying for Athens’ intelligence service, the state-run Anadolu news agency said Saturday. The man, identified as Muhammed Amar Ampara, was allegedly involved in gathering information about the...

India flies tons of essentials to quake-rocked Afghanistan

Jun. 24, 2022 04:51 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India sent family tents, blankets and other relief supplies for a team to distribute in eastern Afghan villages where a deadly earthquake collapsed thousands of timber and stone homes to rubble. State media reported that close to 3,000 homes were destroyed or badly...

US envoy to Israel lives in a luxe rental, a Trump legacy

Jun. 24, 2022 02:12 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — There’s no plaque on the gate of the U.S. ambassador’s new residence in Jerusalem, no Stars and Stripes visible, no official listing as a notable overseas property. The official residence of the American envoy is a rental and temporary, officials said, secured...