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Democrats making a fresh push for Biden to reconsider running in runup to their own party convention

Jul. 18, 2024 09:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats worried about President Joe Biden's ability to win this November are making a renewed push for him to reconsider his reelection bid, using mountains of data, frank conversations and now, his own time off the campaign trail after testing positive for COVID-19, to...

Donald Trump will accept Republican nomination again days after surviving an assassination attempt

Jul. 18, 2024 10:32 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Donald Trump takes the stage Thursday at the Republican National Convention to accept his party's nomination again and give his first speech since he was cut off mid-sentence by a flurry of gunfire in an assassination attempt at a rally in Pennsylvania. Trump's...

GOP vice presidential pick Vance talks Appalachian ties in speech as resentment over memoir simmers

Jul. 18, 2024 01:49 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Newly minted vice presidential nominee JD Vance built his Wednesday night speech to the Republican National Convention around his own Appalachian roots, but it wasn't the first time he had shared his personal story. Long before he was a U.S. senator from...

Israel's Netanyahu makes a surprise visit to southern Gaza, days before speech to US Congress

Jul. 18, 2024 10:47 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a surprise visit to troops in southern Gaza on Thursday, his office said, just days before his speech to the U.S. Congress. Netanyahu's visit to Rafah was announced hours after Israel’s far-right national security...

Bedwetting, nightmares and shaking. War in Gaza takes a mental health toll, especially on children

Jul. 18, 2024 01:10 AM EDT

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Nabila Hamada gave birth to twin boys in Gaza early in the war, in a hospital reeking of decaying bodies and full of displaced people. When Israeli forces threatened the hospital, she and her husband fled with only one of the babies, as medical staff said the...

The uncertainty that plagues life in crisis-ridden Venezuela is also wreaking havoc on relationships

Jul. 18, 2024 02:12 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Victoria Estevez finally met someone who saw past her shyness. They spent two months learning about their likes and dislikes, texting about their families and friends, and walking around their hometowns on Venezuela's Caribbean coast. On a trip to the capital in...

Closing arguments in espionage trial of Wall Street Journal reporter will be Friday, court says

Jul. 18, 2024 10:03 AM EDT

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Closing arguments in the espionage trial of U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich will be held Friday, a court said, as the proceedings in Russia's highly politicized legal system picked up speed in a case that has seen the reporter behind bars for over a year. ...

Uncertainty is the winner and incumbents the losers so far in a year of high-stakes global elections

Jul. 18, 2024 00:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Discontented, economically squeezed voters have turned against sitting governments on both right and left during many of the dozens of elections held this year, as global power blocs shift and political certainties crumble. From India to South Africa to Britain,...

'One screen, two movies': Conflicting conspiracy theories emerge from the Trump rally shooting

Jul. 18, 2024 09:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former president is wounded in a shooting, the gunman quickly neutralized, and all of it is caught on camera. But for those who don't believe their eyes, that's just the start of the story. For some supporters of Donald Trump, the failure of the Secret Service...

Paris police are sealing off the Seine River ahead of the Olympics opening ceremony

Jul. 18, 2024 09:33 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A special kind of iron curtain came down across central Paris on Thursday, with the beginning of an Olympic anti-terrorism perimeter along the banks of the River Seine sealing off a kilometers-long (miles-long) area to Parisians and tourists who hadn’t applied in advance for a...

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Israel's Netanyahu makes a surprise visit to southern Gaza, days before speech to US Congress

Jul. 18, 2024 10:47 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a surprise visit to troops in southern Gaza on Thursday, his office said, just days before his speech to the U.S. Congress. Netanyahu's visit to Rafah was announced hours after Israel’s far-right national security...

2024 Election Latest: Trump to speak at RNC as convention enters fourth day, Biden has COVID-19

Jul. 18, 2024 10:44 AM EDT

The Republican National Convention culminates Thursday with former President Donald Trump expected to accept the party’s presidential nomination, achieving a comeback four years in the making and anticipated even more in the past week in light of Saturday’s assassination attempt. ...

Jury tries again for a verdict in Detroit synagogue leader's murder

Jul. 18, 2024 10:44 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Jurors tried again Thursday to reach a verdict in the trial of a man charged with killing a Detroit synagogue leader after repeatedly telling a judge that a unanimous decision has been out of reach. The jury resumed deliberations at the Wayne County courthouse after...

Spain heats up under 1st heatwave of the year as Southern Europe swelters

Jul. 18, 2024 10:41 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain sweated under its first official heatwave of the year with temperatures expected to reach 40 degrees Celcius (104 Fahrenheit) in a large swathe of the country on Thursday, while Italy, Greece and other areas of southern Europe also struggled to stay cool. ...

2 Amur tiger cubs have their first public outing at Germany's Cologne Zoo

Jul. 18, 2024 10:41 AM EDT

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Two Amur tiger cubs had their first public outing Thursday at Cologne Zoo in Germany, one of several zoos that has sought to help keep up the numbers of the rare big cats. The cubs — a female named Tochka and a male named Timur — were born in mid-April...

Stock market today: Wall Street holds firmer following Wednesday's rout for tech stocks

Jul. 18, 2024 10:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street is holding steadier Thursday following the worst day for big technology stocks since 2022. The S&P 500 climbed 0.4%, and the Nasdaq composite was rising 0.4% a day after it tumbled 3.7%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was adding 159 points, or...

10 more die in Bangladesh clashes as student protesters try to impose a 'complete shutdown'

Jul. 18, 2024 10:39 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in Bangladesh clashed with student protesters attempting to impose a “complete shutdown” of the country on Thursday, following days of violent confrontations during demonstrations over a system of allocating government jobs, with media reports saying 10 more...

Syrian President Assad's Baath Party clinches control of parliament, election results show

Jul. 18, 2024 10:35 AM EDT

DAMASCUS (AP) — The results of Syria’s parliamentary elections, announced Thursday, showed that President Bashar Assad’s Baath Party has won a majority of seats, as expected. The elections for 250 parliamentary seats were held Monday at 8,151 centers in government-held areas of...

Illinois sheriff's deputy charged with murder in fatal shooting of woman who called 911

Jul. 18, 2024 10:32 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois sheriff's deputy has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a woman inside her home, a death that led to protests about justice for the Black victim. Sonya Massey was killed after Sangamon County deputies responded to her 911 call...

European Central Bank leaves key interest rate at 3.75%, waits for signs inflation is under control

Jul. 18, 2024 10:20 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank left its key interest rate benchmark unchanged Thursday as its rate-setting council and President Christine Lagarde take their time to make sure stubborn inflation is firmly under control before lowering rates again. The decision...