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Jiang Zemin, who guided China's economic rise, dies

Nov. 30, 2022 14:13 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Jiang Zemin, who led China out of isolation after the army crushed the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests in 1989 and supported economic reforms that led to a decade of explosive growth, died Wednesday. He was 96. Jiang, who was president for a decade until 2003...

4 dead as bomber hits Pakistan police protecting polio teams

Nov. 30, 2022 13:29 PM EST

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up near a truck carrying police officers on their way to protect polio workers near Quetta, Pakistan on Wednesday, killing a police officer and three family members traveling in a car nearby. The bombing wounded 23 others, mostly police,...

Explosion in northwest Pakistan coal mine kills 9, injures 4

Nov. 30, 2022 13:17 PM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A methane gas explosion ripped through a coal mine in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, killing nine miners and injuring four others, a government official said. The explosion happened in a remote area in Orakzai, a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa...

IS says leader Abu al-Hassan al-Qurayshi killed in battle

Nov. 30, 2022 12:37 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Islamic State group, Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, was killed in battle recently, the group’s spokesman said in audio released Wednesday. He gave no further details. Al-Qurayshi is the second IS leader to be killed this year at a time when...

Taliban: 10 killed in bombing of Afghan religious school

Nov. 30, 2022 11:49 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A bomb blast hit a religious school in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least 10 students, a Taliban official said. The explosion went off at around the time of afternoon prayers at the Al Jihad Madrassa in Aybak, capital of Samangan province, a...

The AP Interview: IMF head urges China to end mass lockdowns

Nov. 30, 2022 10:51 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — It is time for China to move away from massive lockdowns and toward a more targeted approach to COVID-19, the head of the International Monetary Fund said days after widespread protests broke out, a change that would ease the impact to a world economy already struggling with high...

Spain faces Japan looking to seal last-16 spot at World Cup

Nov. 30, 2022 10:14 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — After conceding late to miss out on a victory against Germany, Spain finds itself with some work left to do against Japan to guarantee its spot in the round of 16 at the World Cup. The Spaniards doen’t need much, though, because a draw on Thursday will be...

World Cup Viewer's Guide: Germany must win for last-16 shot

Nov. 30, 2022 10:14 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — It's a simple task for Germany in its final game of group stage: beat Costa Rica on Thursday or the four-time World Cup champions will go home early for a second consecutive tournament. Germany was knocked out as reigning World Cup champions in group play four...

Hong Kong rags-to-riches publisher facing Security Law trial

Nov. 30, 2022 10:01 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Jimmy Lai broke into Hong Kong's rambunctious media world 30 years ago armed with the belief that delivering information equates with protecting freedom. Lai's own freedom is at stake as he fights charges of endangering national security as former publisher of his...

China vows crackdown on 'hostile forces' as public tests Xi

Nov. 30, 2022 09:52 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party has vowed to “resolutely crack down on infiltration and sabotage activities by hostile forces,” following the largest street demonstrations in decades by citizens fed up with strict anti-virus restrictions. A massive show of force by the...