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Ukrainian governor urges evacuation of 350,000 residents

Jul. 05, 2022 15:48 PM EDT

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — The governor of the last remaining eastern province partly under Ukraine's control urged his more than 350,000 residents to flee as Russia escalated its offensive and air alerts were issued across nearly the entire country. Gov. Pavlo Kyrylenko said that...

Yemen officials: Explosion at arms depot kills 6 people

Jul. 05, 2022 15:04 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An explosion at an arms depot in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan on Tuesday killed six people and wounded 32, medical officials said. The cause of the early morning blast that ripped through a warehouse located at a popular market in the town of Lawdar,...

Turkey to 'intensify' negotiations for Ukraine grain deal

Jul. 05, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday he intends to “intensify” negotiations with Russia and Ukraine in the hope of reaching a deal on a U.N. plan to export Ukrainian grain to world markets. Erdogan made the comments during a joint news...

2 UN peacekeepers from Egypt were killed, 5 wounded in Mali

Jul. 05, 2022 14:10 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. armored vehicle hit a mine Tuesday in central Mali, killing two Egyptian peacekeepers and seriously wounding five others in another deadly incident targeting the U.N. mission in the West African nation that has faced a decade-long Islamic insurgency. ...

Turkish police break up LGBTQ Pride march; 30 detained

Jul. 05, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Police in Turkey's capital broke up an LGBTQ Pride march Tuesday and detained dozens of people. Turkish authorities have banned LGBTQ events, but around 50 people holding rainbow flags nevertheless marched toward a main park to mark the end of Pride Month. ...

Israel's Lapid meets Macron in Paris on first trip as PM

Jul. 05, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Israeli caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Tuesday used his first trip abroad since taking office to urge world powers to step up pressure on Iran over its nuclear activities, calling the Islamic republic a threat to regional stability. Lapid met in Paris on...

France brings 51 citizens home from IS camps in Syria

Jul. 05, 2022 10:56 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French authorities on Tuesday repatriated 51 women and children from the former Islamic State group-controlled areas in Syria, according to a statement from the national counterterrorism prosecutor’s office. It’s the single largest return of women and children to...

NATO nations sign accession protocols for Sweden, Finland

Jul. 05, 2022 10:50 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The 30 NATO allies signed off on the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland on Tuesday, sending the membership bids of the two nations to the alliance capitals for legislative approvals — and possible political trouble in Turkey. The move further increases...

Sudan's doctors: 11 wounded in crackdown on anti-coup sit-in

Jul. 05, 2022 09:16 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese security forces descended on an anti-coup sit-in to try and disperse protesters in the capital of Khartoum, wounding at least 11 people, a medical group said Tuesday. The crackdown came shortly after Sudan's military ruler promised to step down once a civilian government is...

Greek PM criticizes 'constant aggressive behavior' of Turkey

Jul. 05, 2022 09:09 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister said Tuesday that Russia's war in Ukraine is a “turning point” in the course of Europe, stressing that any type of outcome that could embolden aggression by other nations on the continent must be avoided. Greece, which has...