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Gabon and Togo admitted into Commonwealth group of nations

Jun. 25, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The African nations of Gabon and Togo have been admitted into the Commonwealth group of nations. “We welcome them,” Rwandan President Paul Kagame, whose government hosted a summit of Commonwealth leaders this week, told reporters Saturday. ...

US abortion ruling sparks global debate, polarizes activists

Jun. 24, 2022 23:44 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The end of constitutional protections for abortions in the United States on Friday emboldened abortion opponents around the world, while advocates for abortion rights worried it could threaten recent moves toward legalization in their countries. The U.S....

Dissident artist, rapper sentenced to prison in Cuba

Jun. 24, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Two members of a loose-knit group of dissident artists have been sentenced to prison in Cuba, the country's prosecutor's office said Friday. Maikel Castillo was sentenced to nine years for attacks and defamation against the country's institutions and Luis Manuel Otero...

Climate, malaria highlighted as Commonwealth leaders meet

Jun. 24, 2022 12:58 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Leaders of Commonwealth nations met in Rwanda's capital Friday to tackle climate change, tropical diseases and other challenges deepened by the COVID-19 pandemic. The summit for Commonwealth heads of state in Kigali is the culmination of a series of meetings...

Newcomer ousts longtime prime minister in Grenada elections

Jun. 24, 2022 09:33 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A newcomer to politics has ousted Grenada’s longest serving prime minister in a tight general elections on the eastern Caribbean island. Dickon Mitchell’s National Democratic Congress party obtained 52% of votes compared with 48% for Keith...

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Jun. 24, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

JUNE 17-23, 2022 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was curated by AP photojournalist Esteban Felix in Santiago, Chile. Follow AP visual journalism:...

State Dept. to pay 6-figure sums to Havana Syndrome victims

Jun. 23, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is preparing to compensate victims of mysterious brain injuries colloquially known as “Havana Syndrome” with six-figure payments, according to officials and a congressional aide. Current and former State Department staff and their families...

Official: 8 more die as Haiti prisons lack food, water

Jun. 23, 2022 15:48 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — An official said Thursday that at least eight inmates have died at an overcrowded prison in Haiti that ran out of food two months ago, adding to dozens of similar deaths this year as the country’s institutions crumble. Hunger and oppressive heat...

World's biggest bacterium found in Caribbean mangrove swamp

Jun. 23, 2022 15:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have discovered the world's largest bacterium in a Caribbean mangrove swamp. Most bacteria are microscopic, but this one is so big it can be seen with the naked eye. The thin white filament, approximately the size of a human eyelash, is...

States make pitches to vote 1st in 2024 Democratic primaries

Jun. 23, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Iowa delegation promised changes to its caucus after 2020's meltdown. New Hampshire's brought giftbags. The Nevada team argued that racial diversity should trump tradition. Sixteen states and Puerto Rico are jockeying for early slots on a new Democratic...