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New York City honors victims of 1993 World Trade Center bombing

Feb. 26, 2024 18:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has marked the anniversary of the 1993 bombing at the old World Trade Center that blew open a massive crater underneath one of the 110-story twin towers, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 others years before the deadly attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. ...

Palestinian prime minister submits government’s resignation, a move that could open door to reforms

Feb. 26, 2024 12:26 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian prime minister announced the resignation of his government on Monday, paving the way for a shake-up in the Palestinian Authority, which the U.S. hopes will eventually take on a role in postwar Gaza. Many obstacles remain to making a revamped...

What recession? Professional forecasters raise expectations for US economy in 2024

Feb. 26, 2024 10:45 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — This year looks to be a much better one for the U.S. economy than business economists were forecasting just a few months ago, according to a survey released Monday. The economy looks set to grow 2.2% this year after adjusting for inflation, according to the...

Houthi rebel attack sets cargo ship ablaze, forces Israel to intercept another attack near Eilat

Feb. 22, 2024 17:33 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels launched attacks Thursday on both Israel and a ship traveling through the Gulf of Aden, setting the vessel ablaze and again demonstrating their ability to launch assaults despite facing U.S.-led airstrikes targeting their forces. ...

Greek prime minister asks India to build global partnerships amid Ukraine and Middle East wars

Feb. 21, 2024 09:19 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday asked India to play a leading role in building international partnerships to meet the unprecedented challenges brought by the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East and changes in climate and energy security. "We...

Japan's exports surged nearly 12% in January in 2nd straight month of gains

Feb. 21, 2024 03:01 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's exports surged a stronger than expected nearly 12% in January, helped by robust demand for vehicles, auto parts and machinery. That helped the nation’s trade deficit shrink to 1.76 trillion yen ($12 billion), or about half of what it was a year earlier. ...

Russia is rebuilding capacity to destabilize European countries, new UK report warns

Feb. 20, 2024 12:36 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Russia is rebuilding its capacity to destabilize European countries and extend its influence in the Middle East and Africa, posing a strategic threat to NATO as its members focus on the war in Ukraine, a U.K.-based think tank said Tuesday. In a sweeping report,...

75th George Polk Awards honor coverage of Middle East and Ukraine wars, Supreme Court and Elon Musk

Feb. 20, 2024 04:46 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times was honored Monday with George Polk Awards for Foreign Reporting and Photojournalism for its coverage of the war between Israel and Hamas. Photographers Samar Abu Elouf and Yousef Masoud captured “gripping and unforgettable images” as they...

Republican opponent of US aid to Ukraine brings his case to an international conference

Feb. 18, 2024 09:54 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — A Republican opponent of new U.S. funding for Ukraine argued at an international security conference Sunday that the package stuck in Congress wouldn't “fundamentally change the reality” on the ground and that Russia has an incentive to negotiate peace. Ukrainian...

Army Reserve soldiers, close friends killed in drone attack, mourned at funerals in Georgia

Feb. 17, 2024 16:07 PM EST

WAYCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Two young citizen-soldiers who became close friends after enlisting in the Army Reserve were remembered at funerals in southeast Georgia on Saturday, nearly three weeks after they died in a drone attack while deployed to the Middle East. A service for...