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Powerful quake kills at least 640 people in Turkey, Syria

Feb. 06, 2023 02:55 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southern Turkey and northern Syria early Monday, toppling hundreds of buildings and killing at least 641 people. Hundreds were still believed to be trapped under rubble, and the toll was expected to rise as rescue...

China accuses US of indiscriminate use of force over balloon

Feb. 06, 2023 01:45 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Monday accused the United States of indiscriminate use of force when the American military shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon Saturday, saying that had “seriously impacted and damaged both sides’ efforts and progress in stabilizing Sino-U.S. relations." ...

Beyoncé emerges as Grammys queen; Styles wins album honor

Feb. 06, 2023 01:02 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beyoncé sits alone atop the Grammy throne as the ceremony's most decorated artist in history, but at the end of Sunday's show it was Harry Styles who walked away with the album of the year honor. The Grammys spread its top awards among other artists, leaving...

Biden 2024? Most Democrats say no thank you: AP-NORC poll

Feb. 06, 2023 00:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Democrats now think one term is plenty for President Joe Biden, despite his insistence that he plans to seek reelection in 2024. That's according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that shows just 37% of...

Officials: Israeli troops kill 5 Palestinian gunmen in raid

Feb. 06, 2023 02:23 AM EST

AQABAT JABR, West Bank (AP) — Israeli forces killed five Palestinian gunmen in a raid on a West Bank refugee camp on Monday, according to Israeli security officials. The raid, which the military said was meant to arrest suspects allegedly involved in a botched attack on Israelis, was likely to...

In pro-Putin Serbia, liberal-minded Russians seek a home

Feb. 06, 2023 02:25 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — At a central square in Serbia's capital of Belgrade, dozens of Russians gathered recently to denounce President Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine, holding up photos of political prisoners from their homeland. Across the plaza, a billboard touts the Russian...

Grammys fashion: Lizzo, Doja Cat, Styles wow on red carpet

Feb. 05, 2023 23:33 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Lizzo wowed in a bright orange Dolce & Gabbana opera coat adorned with flowers and a huge hood as the wild and wacky Grammys red carpet did not disappoint Sunday. Tattered streetwear, T-shirts and denim mixed with blinged-out couture, wild patterns and plenty of skin. ...

Pope, Anglican, Presbyterian leaders denounce anti-gay laws

Feb. 05, 2023 23:55 PM EST

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis, the head of the Anglican Communion and top Presbyterian minister together denounced the criminalization of homosexuality and said gay people should be welcomed by their churches. The three Christian leaders spoke on LGBTQ rights during an...

Fire extensively damages Buddhist temple in Australian city

Feb. 06, 2023 02:04 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A Buddhist temple has been extensively damaged by fire in the Australian city of Melbourne. About 80 firefighters fought the blaze at the Bright Moon Buddhist Temple for more than two hours before it was brought under control late Sunday. Spot fires were...

Sports pitch for level playing field in cricket-mad Pakistan

Feb. 06, 2023 01:17 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — On Islamabad’s outskirts, burly men bind together in a scrum on a rugby pitch that has seen better days. The sign bearing the club’s name is worn. The floodlights are too costly to use, given high electricity prices and the paltry $135 total that the club earns in membership...

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Subversion trial for Hong Kong political activists opens

Feb. 06, 2023 03:19 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Some of Hong Kong’s best-known pro-democracy activists went on trial Monday in the biggest prosecution yet under a law imposed by China’s ruling Communist Party to crush dissent. The 18 defendants face up to life in prison if convicted under the national...

Kosovo PM calls on West not to put pressure over Serb entity

Feb. 06, 2023 03:16 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti called on Western powers not to pressure his tiny Balkan country into accepting a contentious association of five Serb-majority municipalities that is ramping up tensions between Kosovo and Serbia. Kurti told The Associated...

Pakistan blocks Wikipedia, says it hurt Muslim sentiments

Feb. 06, 2023 03:11 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's media regulator said Monday it blocked Wikipedia services in the country for hurting Muslim sentiment by not removing purportedly blasphemous content from the site. Critics denounced Islamabad's action, saying it was a blow to digital rights. Under...

Nevada lawmakers set to start 120-day legislative session

Feb. 06, 2023 03:05 AM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are due to convene in Carson City on Monday to start four months of negotiations, hearings and votes that will define the state's budget and operations for the next two years. The Democratic-controlled Legislature is expected to spar with...

Live updates | Ukraine's Zelenskyy offers Turkey help

Feb. 06, 2023 01:53 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The death toll is rising from a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit southeast Turkey and northern Syria early on Monday. Scores were killed in both countries, hundreds were injured and the toll was expected to rise. Here is the latest: ___ The president...

Powerful quake kills at least 640 people in Turkey, Syria

Feb. 06, 2023 02:55 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southern Turkey and northern Syria early Monday, toppling hundreds of buildings and killing at least 641 people. Hundreds were still believed to be trapped under rubble, and the toll was expected to rise as rescue...

Officials: Israeli troops kill 5 Palestinian gunmen in raid

Feb. 06, 2023 02:23 AM EST

AQABAT JABR, West Bank (AP) — Israeli forces killed five Palestinian gunmen in a raid on a West Bank refugee camp on Monday, according to Israeli security officials. The raid, which the military said was meant to arrest suspects allegedly involved in a botched attack on Israelis, was likely to...

Iran singer who faces prison wins Grammy for protest anthem

Feb. 06, 2023 02:50 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian singer who faces possible prison time for his song that's become an anthem to the ongoing protests shaking the Islamic Republic wept early Monday after seeing he'd won a Grammy. Shervin Hajipour appeared stunned after hearing Jill...

Pope makes final bid for peace, forgiveness in South Sudan

Feb. 06, 2023 02:46 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Pope Francis made a final appeal for peace in South Sudan on Sunday as he celebrated Mass before tens of thousands of people to close out an unusual mission by Christian religious leaders to nudge forward the country’s recovery from civil war. On the last...

China-Australia trade ministers hold 1st meeting since 2019

Feb. 06, 2023 02:44 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian and Chinese trade ministers held their first bilateral meeting in three years Monday as Australia urges China to lift official and unofficial barriers that are costing exporters 20 billion Australian dollars ($14 billion) a year. China has...