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Where Ukraine's sunflowers once sprouted, fears now grow

Jan. 22, 2022 00:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a warm spring day in Ukraine 26 years ago, three men smiled for cameras as they planted symbolic sunflower seedlings in freshly tilled earth where Soviet nuclear missiles had once stood ready. That placid scene was, briefly, a launchpad for hope that the demise...

Yemeni rebels say Saudi-led airstrike on prison killed 70

Jan. 21, 2022 23:08 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a prison run by Yemen's Houthi rebels on Friday, killing at least 70 detainees and wounding dozens, a rebel minister said. The strike was part of a pounding aerial offensive that knocked the Arab world's poorest country off the internet. ...

US, Russia to try more diplomacy amid tensions over Ukraine

Jan. 21, 2022 22:08 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Top U.S. and Russian diplomats agreed Friday to keep talking in the standoff over Ukraine, even though their meeting produced no movement in the crisis that has seen Moscow mass tens of thousands of troops at the border and the West ramp up supplies of weapons to Kyiv. ...

Biden, Kishida talk China, nuclear weapons in first meeting

Jan. 21, 2022 17:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday used their first formal meeting to discuss concerns about China's growing military assertiveness that's causing increasing disquiet in the Pacific. Kishida said the two leaders spent a...

Trying to stem the pandemic, Uganda creates a fuel crisis

Jan. 20, 2022 08:03 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A dispute over COVID-19 testing fees for truckers has created a fuel crisis in Uganda, highlighting an economic impact of the pandemic in a landlocked country with virtually no fuel reserves of its own. Mandatory COVID-19 testing at the country's border with...

Bulgarian PM visits North Macedonia to boost battered ties

Jan. 18, 2022 09:53 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The new prime ministers of North Macedonia and Bulgaria agreed Tuesday to redouble efforts to improve relations between the Balkan neighbors, which soured after Bulgaria blocked North Macedonia’s bid to join the European Union. Bulgarian Prime...

Israel says it successfully tests long-range missile defense

Jan. 18, 2022 09:49 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Tuesday it has successfully tested a system designed to intercept ballistic missiles outside the earth's atmosphere. The Arrow Weapon System is part of an array of missile defenses Israel has developed in recent years to protect itself in any future...

Palestinian family protests east Jerusalem home eviction

Jan. 17, 2022 14:57 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian residents of a flashpoint east Jerusalem neighborhood were locked in a tense standoff with Israeli authorities on Monday as police came to evict them from a disputed property. Several residents of a home in Sheikh Jarrah climbed onto the roof of the...

Japan's Kishida says virus measures, defense top priorities

Jan. 17, 2022 05:41 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told parliament on Monday that fighting the pandemic and strengthening defense are his government's top priorities. Kishida delivered a speech opening this year's parliamentary session hours after North Korea test-fired two...

UN envoy visits Western Sahara camps in new peace push

Jan. 15, 2022 13:13 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The U.N. envoy for the disputed Western Sahara visited refugee camps in Algeria on Saturday housing those displaced by fighting decades ago, in a renewed effort to find a diplomatic solution for the territory. Staffan de Mistura’s visit to camps in Smara,...