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Biden urges G-7 leaders to call out and compete with China

Jun. 12, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

CARBIS BAY, England (AP) — Leaders of the world's largest economies unveiled an infrastructure plan Saturday for the developing world to compete with China’s global initiatives, but there was no immediate consensus on how forcefully to call out Beijing over human rights abuses. ...

Algeria election gets low turnout amid opposition boycott

Jun. 12, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerians vote Saturday for a new parliament in an election with a majority of novice independent candidates running under new rules meant to satisfy demands of pro-democracy protesters and open the way to a “new Algeria.” Tension surrounded...

French far-left chief floured in march against far right

Jun. 12, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French far-left leader got a face full of flour at the start of a Paris march Saturday against “the ideas of the far right,” days after the French president was slapped while greeting a crowd. Unions, associations and left-wing political parties in...

Forks pays $333,000 to family of man shot, killed by police

Jun. 12, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

FORKS, Wash. (AP) — The City of Forks has paid $333,000 to settle a civil-rights lawsuit filed by relatives of a man who was shot and killed by police in 2016 after an officer allegedly escalated a welfare check into a deadly confrontation. The lawsuit filed by the...

The Latest: Blocked from summit, protesters focus on media

Jun. 12, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

The Latest on the Group of Seven nations meeting being held in England: FALMOUTH, England — Thousands of people have gathered outside the international media center for the Group of Seven summit in England during colorful protests against climate change and an...

More judicial circuits could split after Columbia exits

Jun. 12, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Leaders in counties in at least three other Georgia judicial circuits are interested in splitting up after Columbia County successfully persuaded lawmakers to break it off from what had been a three-county Augusta Judicial Circuit. The Administrative...

Teachers wary of new laws limiting instruction on race

Jun. 12, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As middle school teacher Brittany Paschall assembled a lesson plan on the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues, she wondered how she might have to go about it differently next year under a new Tennessee state law that prohibits teaching certain concepts of race and...

Rededication planned for Maryland lynching memorial

Jun. 12, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

A rededication ceremony is planned for a Maryland lynching memorial marker that was damaged in a vehicle accident. The organization Connecting the Dots posted on Facebook that work began Thursday to install the marker at the Severna Park Library. The group posted photos...

Torah ark desecrated inside Frankfurt Airport prayer room

Jun. 12, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A leading Jewish group in Germany on Saturday condemned the antisemitic desecration of a Torah ark inside the Jewish prayer room at Frankfurt's international airport. Frankfurt police said a swastika was painted on the cabinet inside the prayer room, which...

AMA doctors meet amid vocal backlash over racial equity plan

Jun. 12, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

The nation’s largest, most influential doctors’ group is holding its annual policymaking meeting amid backlash over its most ambitious plan ever — to help dismantle centuries-old racism and bias in all realms of the medical establishment. The dissenters are a vocal...