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Thousands of Ukrainians live in agony and uncertainty as they search for their missing loved ones

Feb. 23, 2024 03:29 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Iryna Reva stares at her phone, replaying the last video her 25-year-old son Vladyslav sent her from the front line before the volunteer soldier disappeared 19 months ago in a battle with Russian forces in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region. Reva is one of the...

US is imposing more than 500 new sanctions on Russia's war machine, indicts Russian businessmen

Feb. 22, 2024 19:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department plans to impose more than 500 new sanctions on Russia and its war machine on Friday as the U.S. vows to keep up its financial pressure on Moscow with the war entering its third grueling year. The sanctions represent the largest single...

Live updates | Hamas leader leaves Egypt after cease-fire talks with officials there

Feb. 23, 2024 03:52 AM EST

Hamas says its political leader, Ismail Haniyeh, has left Egypt after holding talks with Egyptian officials about a possible cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and an exchange of hostages held by the militants for Palestinians imprisoned in Israel. During Hamas' Oct. 7 attack on southern...

Relatives of hostages in Gaza endure a nightmare, but dream their loved ones will be freed

Feb. 23, 2024 00:26 AM EST

KIBBUTZ BE'ERI, Israel (AP) — Gillian and Pete Brisley are picking up the pieces of their shattered lives. They are cleaning up the house where their daughter and granddaughters were killed by Hamas on Oct. 7 in hopes that their son-in-law — believed to be held captive in Gaza — may have...

Private lander makes first US moon landing in more than 50 years

Feb. 22, 2024 23:30 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A private lander on Thursday made the first U.S. touchdown on the moon in more than 50 years, but managed just a weak signal back until flight controllers scrambled to gain better contact. Despite the spotty communication, Intuitive Machines, the company...

Ex-FBI source accused of lying about Bidens and having Russian contacts is returned to US custody

Feb. 22, 2024 20:55 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former FBI informant who claims to have links to Russian intelligence and is charged with lying about a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme involving President Joe Biden's family was again taken into custody Thursday in Las Vegas, two days after a judge released him. ...

Trump's lawyers call for dismissal of classified documents case, citing presidential immunity

Feb. 23, 2024 00:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump's legal team filed multiple motions Thursday night urging a Florida judge to dismiss the criminal case charging him with illegally retaining classified documents, claiming in part that presidential immunity protects him from prosecution — an...

AT&T says the outage to its US cellphone network was not caused by a cyberattack

Feb. 22, 2024 21:03 PM EST

AT&T said the hourslong outage to its U.S. cellphone network Thursday appeared to be the result of a technical error, not a malicious attack. The outage knocked out cellphone service for thousands of its users across the U.S. starting early Thursday before it was restored. ...

Collapse of illegal gold mine in Venezuela lays bare feelings of abandonment in rural communities

Feb. 23, 2024 00:05 AM EST

LA PARAGUA, Venezuela (AP) — The collapse of an illegally operated gold mine in a remote area of central Venezuela has exposed the sense of abandonment felt by small or rural communities bypassed by a quasi-economic renaissance seen in the South American country's capital and cities. ...

The opposition alliance that aimed to oust Modi appears to be cracking just before India's elections

Feb. 22, 2024 23:05 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Last year more than two dozen opposition parties in India came together to take on Narendra Modi, one of the country's most popular prime ministers in generations. But the broad alliance, beset with ideological differences and personality clashes, is cracking at a crucial time,...

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AP Week in Pictures: Asia

Feb. 23, 2024 04:09 AM EST

Feb. 16-22, 2024 Farmers in India continue to protest over crop prices, Singapore hosts an international airshow, Tokyo’s stock market surged to an all-time high, and Cambodian rice farmers get busy cooking sticky rice in bamboo for a post-harvest celebration while others are still...

Live updates | Hamas leader leaves Egypt after cease-fire talks with officials there

Feb. 23, 2024 03:52 AM EST

Hamas says its political leader, Ismail Haniyeh, has left Egypt after holding talks with Egyptian officials about a possible cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and an exchange of hostages held by the militants for Palestinians imprisoned in Israel. During Hamas' Oct. 7 attack on southern...

A Vienna court is to deliver its verdict in former Austrian leader Sebastian Kurz's trial

Feb. 23, 2024 03:37 AM EST

VIENNA (AP) — A Vienna court is likely to deliver its verdict on Friday in the trial of former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who is charged with making false statements to a parliamentary inquiry into alleged corruption in his first government. Once a rising star among...

Thousands of Ukrainians live in agony and uncertainty as they search for their missing loved ones

Feb. 23, 2024 03:29 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Iryna Reva stares at her phone, replaying the last video her 25-year-old son Vladyslav sent her from the front line before the volunteer soldier disappeared 19 months ago in a battle with Russian forces in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region. Reva is one of the...

Germany's parliament to debate and vote on liberalizing cannabis rules

Feb. 23, 2024 03:26 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers are expected to vote Friday on a government plan to liberalize rules on cannabis, which would decriminalize limited amounts of marijuana and allow members of “cannabis clubs” to buy it for recreational purposes. The vote in parliament's lower...

US and South Korea fly warplanes in interception drills after North Korea's missile tests

Feb. 23, 2024 03:24 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and the United States flew advanced stealth fighters in a joint missile-interception drill Friday over the Korean Peninsula, South Korea’s air force said, an apparent response to a spate of weapons tests this year by rival North Korea. North...

French actors denounce abuse by directors when they were teenagers in new #MeToo step

Feb. 23, 2024 03:15 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — As French cinema basks in Academy Awards attention, actors who allege they were teenage victims of sexual and physical abuse by directors decades older than them are shining the light on the repulsive underside of the country's industry. The latest step in the #MeToo...

Stock market today: Asian stocks advance after Nvidia sets off a rally on Wall Street

Feb. 23, 2024 03:02 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian markets were mostly higher on Friday after Nvidia delivered stunning results, setting off a rally in other technology companies that carried Wall Street to another record high. Tokyo’s markets were closed for a holiday, a day after they surged to an...

Japan's Emperor Naruhito mourns the deadly Noto quake in a solemn birthday speech

Feb. 23, 2024 02:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Emperor Naruhito made his first speech to the nation since a deadly earthquake hit the north-central region of Koto, with a message marking his 64th birthday on Friday. The ceremonial monarch expressed grief for people affected by the Jan. 1 earthquake,...

Taliban hold public execution for 2 men, who are killed by gunfire in a stadium as thousands watch

Feb. 23, 2024 02:53 AM EST

GHAZNI, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's ruling Taliban carried out a double public execution Thursday at a stadium in the country's southeast, where relatives of the victims of stabbing deaths fired guns at two convicted men while thousands of people watched. The Taliban’s...