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Israeli strikes on tent camps near Rafah kill at least 25 and wound 50, Gaza health officials say

Jun. 21, 2024 23:42 PM EDT

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli forces shelled tent camps for displaced Palestinians outside Gaza's southern city of Rafah on Friday, killing at least 25 people and wounding another 50, according to the territory's health officials and emergency workers. This was the...

Millions baking across the US as heat prolongs misery with little relief expected

Jun. 21, 2024 18:32 PM EDT

A relentless heat wave continued to bake most of the United States on Friday, with numerous areas expected to see record-breaking temperatures and forecasters warning there would likely be little relief through the weekend for most areas. The steamiest conditions on Friday were...

FEMA is ready for an extreme hurricane and wildfire season, but money is a concern, Mayorkas says

Jun. 21, 2024 18:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Homeland Security Department said Friday that the agency tasked with responding to disasters across the country is prepared as it goes into what is expected to be an intense hurricane and wildfire season but he's concerned about looming budget shortfalls. ...

Escape from killer New Mexico wildfire was 'absolute sheer terror,’ says woman who fled the flames

Jun. 21, 2024 23:10 PM EDT

Belinda Bukovitz was jolted into action by the sound of police outside her home shouting through a loudspeaker: “Go now, go now, go now!” Realizing this was not like other wildfires that had threatened her mountain village before, she, her husband, son and two cats bundled into three separate...

Trump will address influential evangelicals who back him but want to see a national abortion ban

Jun. 22, 2024 00:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is set to speak Saturday to a group of politically influential evangelicals who fiercely support him but would like to see the presumptive Republican presidential nominee promise to do more to restrict abortion. Trump’s stated opposition to signing...

Biden and allied Republicans are trying to rally GOP women in swing-state suburbs away from Trump

Jun. 22, 2024 00:18 AM EDT

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Thirty miles north of Philadelphia, upscale subdivisions such as Colonial Commons interrupt dairy farms, centuries-old roadside stone houses and the winding Neshaminy Creek that flows between Doylestown and Newtown. Both cities were once rural outposts that have morphed...

How Biden and Trump are taking very different approaches to preparing for next week's debate

Jun. 21, 2024 10:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden begins an intense period of private preparations Friday at Camp David for what may be the most consequential presidential debate in decades. The 81-year-old Democrat's team is aware he cannot afford an underwhelming performance when he faces...

A year ago, Russian mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin challenged the Kremlin with a mutiny

Jun. 22, 2024 00:11 AM EDT

On a lazy summer weekend a year ago, Russia was jolted by the stunning news of an armed uprising. The swaggering chief of a Kremlin-sponsored mercenary army seized a military headquarters in the south and began marching toward Moscow to oust the Defense Ministry’s leaders, accusing them of...

Climate change makes India's monsoons erratic. Can farmers still find a way to prosper?

Jun. 21, 2024 22:22 PM EDT

BENGALURU, India (AP) — Each year from June to September, a heavy band of rain makes its way from India's southwest coast to its northeastern borders, quenching farmers' thirsty fields. India's monsoon season is arguably the single most important weather phenomenon for the...

South Africa's new government brings Black and white together. It's also reviving racial tensions

Jun. 22, 2024 00:28 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — In a country where racial segregation was once brutally enforced, South Africa's new coalition government has brought a Black president and a white opposition leader together in an image of unity. Yet the power-sharing agreement sealed a week ago...

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AP PHOTOS: In the spirit of perseverance, artists flock to Congo's biggest dance festival

Jun. 22, 2024 02:05 AM EDT

GOMA, Congo (AP) — For Virginie Magumba, a 22-year-old professional dancer from Goma, in eastern Congo, dancing is more than just a career. “Dancing helps me liberate myself, manage my emotions, and not feel all alone,” she said. “All that I have become I owe to dancing.” ...

Likely Yemen Houthi rebel attack targets ship in Gulf of Aden as Eisenhower reportedly heads home

Jun. 22, 2024 01:59 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A commercial ship traveling through the Gulf of Aden saw explosions near the vessel, authorities said Saturday, likely the latest attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels attempting to target the shipping lane. The apparent fire by the Houthis comes after...

South Africa's new government brings Black and white together. It's also reviving racial tensions

Jun. 22, 2024 00:28 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — In a country where racial segregation was once brutally enforced, South Africa's new coalition government has brought a Black president and a white opposition leader together in an image of unity. Yet the power-sharing agreement sealed a week ago...

A vocational school student stuns China by besting university competitors in a math contest

Jun. 22, 2024 01:17 AM EDT

A 17-year-old vocational school student from rural China became a celebrity on social media after reaching the final round of a math competition, beating many others from top universities and raising questions about the education system. Jiang Ping, who is studying fashion design,...

Ivory Coast sets up mobile enrollment for a health coverage program criticized over glitches

Jun. 22, 2024 01:16 AM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Health authorities in Ivory Coast launched mobile enrollment centers for the country’s universal health coverage program, which has been criticized since its 2019 inception over difficulties accessing benefits. Ivory Coast is one of a handful countries...

UN envoy defends failure to include Afghan women in upcoming meeting with the Taliban in Qatar

Jun. 22, 2024 00:44 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations' top official in Afghanistan defended the failure to include Afghan women in the upcoming first meeting between the Taliban and envoys from 22 countries, insisting that demands for women’s rights are certain to be raised. U.N. special...

GOP targets a Biden executive order on voter registration ahead of the fall election

Jun. 22, 2024 00:29 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans and conservative activists have increasingly been targeting an executive order issued three years ago by the Biden administration that is intended to boost voter registration, claiming it's unconstitutional and an attempt to interfere in the November election. ...

Biden and allied Republicans are trying to rally GOP women in swing-state suburbs away from Trump

Jun. 22, 2024 00:18 AM EDT

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Thirty miles north of Philadelphia, upscale subdivisions such as Colonial Commons interrupt dairy farms, centuries-old roadside stone houses and the winding Neshaminy Creek that flows between Doylestown and Newtown. Both cities were once rural outposts that have morphed...

Today in History: June 22, Hitler and the Nazis invade the Soviet Union

Jun. 22, 2024 00:16 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, June 22, the 174th day of 2024. There are 192 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, a massive and ultimately ill-fated invasion of the...

Trump will address influential evangelicals who back him but want to see a national abortion ban

Jun. 22, 2024 00:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is set to speak Saturday to a group of politically influential evangelicals who fiercely support him but would like to see the presumptive Republican presidential nominee promise to do more to restrict abortion. Trump’s stated opposition to signing...