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FILE - In this July 20, 2020 file photo, people exercise during a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of the new coronavirus in Buenos Aires, Argentina, after the city government authorized people to exercise outdoors as part of a roadmap for rolling back on Covid-19 curbing quarantine restrictions. Argentina’s government said Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, it has reached an agreement with its main creditors to restructure billions of dollars in foreign debt, offering some relief for a country hobbled by recession even before the pandemic hit. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

Argentina reports debt restructuring deal with creditors

Aug. 4, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina said Tuesday it has reached an agreement with its main creditors to restructure $65 billion in foreign debt, offering some relief for a country hobbled by recession long before the pandemic. The agreement will allow creditor groups “to support...

UN agency hails 'historic first' with child labor convention

Aug. 4, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The International Labor Organization on Tuesday welcomed a global agreement to combat the worst forms of child labor as the first time all of its member states have ratified a convention — in a process that lasted 21 years. The 101-year-old United Nations agency that brings together...

Lee Jong-keun speaks his experience of atomic bombing during an interview with The Associated Press in Hiroshima, western Japan Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. For nearly 70 years, until he turned 85, Lee hid his past as an atomic bomb survivor, fearful of the widespread discrimination against blast victims that has long persisted in Japan. But Lee, 92, is now part of a fast-dwindling group of survivors, known as hibakusha, that feels a growing urgency - desperation even - to tell their stories. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Urgency to bear witness grows for last Hiroshima victims

Aug. 4, 2020 4:21 AM EDT

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — For nearly 70 years, until he turned 85, Lee Jong-keun hid his past as an atomic bomb survivor, fearful of the widespread discrimination against blast victims that has long persisted in Japan. But Lee, 92, is now part of a fast-dwindling group of survivors, known as hibakusha, that...

Recent Kansas editorials

Aug. 3, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

Topeka Capital-Journal, July 29 There’s an adage that good fences make good neighbors. When U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service filed a water impairment notice with the Kansas Department of Agriculture regarding water rights at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in 2013, it posed a grave threat to the region. The...

Afghan security personnel take position on the top of a building where insurgents were hiding, in the city of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. An Islamic State group attack on a prison in eastern Afghanistan holding hundreds of its members raged on Monday after killing people in fighting overnight, a local official said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghan forces retake prison after deadly attack by IS group

Aug. 3, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group stormed a prison in eastern Afghanistan in a daylong siege that left at least 39 people dead, including the assailants, and freed nearly 400 of their fighters before security forces restored order, a government official said...

FILE - In this March 15, 2019 file photo, Iraqi Yazidi women grieve during the exhumation process of a mass grave in Iraq's northwestern region of Sinjar. U.N. investigators have collected millions of call data records implicating Islamic State militants in atrocities committed in northern Iraq, but delays in passing a law to govern war crimes probes is hindering the pursuit of justice, according to the head of the investigation. The data will help geolocate suspects in and around Sinjar in the summer of 2014, when the extremists killed and enslaved thousands of Yazidis.  (AP Photo/Farid Abdulwahed, File)

Murad, Amal Clooney accuse leaders and UN of failing Yazidis

Aug. 3, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Six years after Islamic State fighters launched an attack on Iraq’s Yazidi minority, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney accused government leaders and the United Nations on Monday of failing to bring the extremists responsible for the...

France won't ratify Hong Kong's extradition agreement

Aug. 3, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France has decided not to ratify an extradition agreement with Hong Kong after China's central government in Beijing imposed a new national security law on the city. The French Foreign Ministry's spokesperson said in a written statement on Monday that “in light of the latest...

Iran hits hawkish US expert with symbolic sanctions

Aug. 2, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Sunday imposed symbolic sanctions on a hawkish former expert with the White House National Security Council, Iranian state media reported. A statement from Iran's Foreign Ministry said the sanctions on Richard Goldberg were implemented because of his role in what it called...

Iran says it detains leader of California-based exile group

Aug. 2, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Saturday said it detained an Iranian-American leader of a little-known California-based militant opposition group for allegedly planning a 2008 attack on a mosque that killed 14 people and wounded over 200 others. Iran's Intelligence Ministry also alleged Jamshid Sharmahd of...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the William

Biden eyes major foreign policy shifts if he wins

Aug. 1, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Should former Vice President Joe Biden win the White House in November, America will likely be in for a foreign policy about-face as Biden reverses, dismantles or severely curtails many of President Donald Trump’s most significant and boldest actions. From the Middle East to Asia,...