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Mexican border cities hit by burning vehicles, blockades

Aug. 13, 2022 15:51 PM EDT

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The Mexican border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali along with Rosarito and Ensenada were hit by gang violence that included vehicles being set ablaze and road blockades. The U.S. Consulate in Tijuana instructed its employees “to shelter in place until...

Dutchman convicted in farmers' roadblock over emissions

Aug. 11, 2022 11:24 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A man was convicted Thursday of dumping straw on a Dutch road last month and sentenced to 80 hours of unpaid community service work, one of the first cases stemming from widespread protests by Dutch farmers against government plans to slash nitrogen emissions. ...

Arrests in western Mexico set off destruction in 2 states

Aug. 10, 2022 15:07 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Drug cartel gunmen burned over two dozen stores and blocked streets with blazing vehicles in western Mexico in a response to a series of arrests of drug cartel figures, authorities said Wednesday. Images circulated on social media showed men commandeering cars...

Protesters block roads in Iraq after third day of power cuts

Aug. 08, 2022 08:52 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Demonstrators blocked roads as protests broke out in southern Iraq on Monday after power outages left many without electricity during scorching peak summer heat. Temperatures reached 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), nearly matching last year's record...

The AP Interview: US aid chief counters food crisis, Russia

Aug. 05, 2022 12:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Samantha Power won fame as a human rights advocate and was picked by President Joe Biden to lead the agency that distributes billions of dollars in U.S. aid abroad, including providing more food assistance than anyone else in the world. But since Russia invaded Ukraine, that job...

Ukraine urges Lebanon to block ship with grain from leaving

Aug. 03, 2022 13:07 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Ukraine's ambassador to Lebanon on Wednesday insisted a Syrian ship docked at a Lebanese port is carrying stolen Ukrainian grain and urged Lebanon to block the vessel from leaving. The claim comes just days before the tiny cash-strapped country receives Ukraine’s...

Kosovo delays measure stirring tensions with minority Serbs

Aug. 01, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's authorities early Monday moved to ease mounting ethnic tensions in the country by delaying a controversial order on vehicle license plates and identity cards that triggered riots by minority Serbs who put up roadblocks, sounded air raid sirens and fired their guns...

Seeking new funds, Hamas raises taxes in impoverished Gaza

Jul. 28, 2022 02:06 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza’s Hamas rulers have imposed a slew of new taxes on imported clothes and office supplies just ahead of the new school year, sparking limited but rare protests in the impoverished coastal strip. The move by the militant group comes at a time when...

Protesting Dutch farmers dump manure, garbage on roads

Jul. 27, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch farmers protested government plans to reduce nitrogen emissions by dumping manure and garbage Wednesday on highways and setting fires alongside roads — the latest actions in a summer of discontent. Police urged them to stop for safety reasons and were...

SKorea to lift ban on NKorea TV, newspapers despite tensions

Jul. 22, 2022 21:52 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea plans to lift its decadeslong ban on public access to North Korean television, newspapers and other publications as part of its efforts to promote mutual understanding between the rivals, officials said Friday, despite animosities over the North's recent...