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Belarus' top diplomat buried as his death raises suspicions

Nov. 29, 2022 14:10 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Belarus on Tuesday held a state funeral for its foreign minister who died suddenly at age 64, triggering speculation about possible foul play in his death after he leaned toward Western countries. Belarusian authorities didn't give the cause of Vladimir...

Ex-Gov. John Y. Brown to lie in state at Kentucky Capitol

Nov. 26, 2022 10:42 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The body of former Gov. John Y. Brown Jr. will lie in state at the Kentucky Capitol. Gov. Andy Beshear’s office says people can pay their respects to Brown on Tuesday at the Capitol, including at a public visitation. A private Capitol...

Soldier killed in WWII to be buried in home state of WVa

Nov. 23, 2022 04:05 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia soldier killed during World War II has been accounted for, the military said. Army Cpl. Joseph H. Gunnoe, 21, of Charleston, was reported missing in action in November 1944 in Germany. He was declared killed in action after the war, the...

Japan's prime minister sacks 3rd minister in a month

Nov. 20, 2022 22:22 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The internal affairs minister in Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's government was forced into resigning over funding problems on Sunday, in a blow to the scandal-prone Cabinet that has already lost two ministers in one month. Minoru Terada has been under fire...

Cyprus Church leader Archbishop Chrysostomos II laid to rest

Nov. 12, 2022 09:19 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Chrysostomos II, the leader of Cyprus' Orthodox Church, was laid to rest Saturday with a ceremony that reflected centuries of ecclesiastical tradition, eulogized as his church’s greatest reformer and an outspoken fighter for his people. The spiritual head...

EXPLAINER: Why are secretary of state races higher profile?

Nov. 08, 2022 19:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the 38 states that elect them, secretaries of state often don't see much campaign fanfare. But why are the officials, often top overseers of voting and elections, getting so much buzz this year? A quick rundown with AP's Nick Riccardi, who has...

Cyprus' Greek Orthodox Archbishop Chrysostomos II dies at 81

Nov. 07, 2022 13:10 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Archbishop Chrysostomos II, the outspoken leader of Cyprus’ Greek Orthodox Christian Church whose forays into the country’s complex politics and finances fired up supporters and detractors alike, died Monday. He was 81. Chrysostomos had suffered from...

Japan Cabinet minister resigns over Unification Church ties

Oct. 25, 2022 00:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s economy minister submitted his resignation Monday over ties to the Unification Church after facing mounting criticism in a widening controversy involving dozens of governing party lawmakers. Daishiro Yamagiwa’s resignation is a further blow to Prime...

Japan and Australia PMs to focus on closer military ties

Oct. 19, 2022 04:48 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Wednesday he will discuss with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida strengthening their bilateral defense and security partnership to counter a more assertive China when the leaders meet in Australia this week. ...

Japan PM orders probe of Unification Church problems

Oct. 17, 2022 07:08 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida ordered an investigation Monday into the Unification Church in an apparent move to calm the public outrage over his governing party’s cozy ties with the controversial group, which were revealed in the wake of Shinzo Abe’s assassination. ...