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Black Americans laud Juneteenth holiday, say more work ahead

Jun. 18, 2021 00:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Americans rejoiced Thursday after President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday, but some said that, while they appreciated the recognition at a time of racial reckoning in America, more is needed to change policies that disadvantage too many of their...

Iran votes in presidential poll tipped in hard-liner's favor

Jun. 18, 2021 02:04 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran began voting Friday in a presidential election tipped in the favor of a hard-line protege of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, fueling public apathy and sparking calls for a boycott in the Islamic Republic. State-linked...

GOP needs new health care target; 'Obamacare' survives again

Jun. 18, 2021 00:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's latest rejection of a Republican effort to dismantle “Obamacare” signals anew that the GOP must look beyond repealing the law if it wants to hone the nation's health care problems into a winning political issue. Thursday's 7-2...

UN: Millions driven from homes in 2020 despite COVID crisis

Jun. 18, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says war, violence, persecution and human rights violations caused nearly 3 million people to flee their homes last year, even though the COVID-19 crisis restricted movement worldwide as countries shut borders and ordered lockdowns. ...

Migrant family's presence on Greek island hints at pushbacks

Jun. 18, 2021 02:29 AM EDT

VATHY, Greece (AP) — Around dawn one recent spring day, an inflatable dinghy carrying nearly three dozen people reached the Greek island of Samos from the nearby Turkish coast. Within 24 hours, refugee rights groups say, the same group was seen drifting in a life raft back to Turkey. ...

EXPLAINER: India switches policy but still short of vaccines

Jun. 18, 2021 02:08 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Starting Monday, every Indian adult can get a COVID-19 vaccine dose for free that was purchased by the federal government. The policy reversal, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, ends a complex system of buying vaccines that worsened...

Israel strikes Gaza after Hamas fires incendiary balloons

Jun. 17, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip late Thursday for a second time since a shaky cease-fire ended last month's 11-day war. The strikes came after activists mobilized by Gaza's militant Hamas rulers launched incendiary balloons into Israel for a third straight day....

Convention circuit of delusion gives forum for election lies

Jun. 18, 2021 00:52 AM EDT

NEW RICHMOND, Wisconsin (AP) — For a few hours last weekend, thousands of Donald Trump’s supporters came together in a field under the blazing Wisconsin sun to live in an alternate reality where the former president was still in office — or would soon return. Clad...

Top general 'shocked' by AP report on AWOL guns, mulls fix

Jun. 17, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

Shocked by an Associated Press investigation into the loss and theft of military guns, the Pentagon's top general signaled Thursday that he will consider a “systematic fix” to how the armed services keep account of their firearms. The AP’s investigation reported how...

Senator: Military justice changes must go beyond sex cases

Jun. 18, 2021 01:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is on the brink of success in her yearslong campaign to get sexual assault cases removed from the military chain of command. But getting over the finish line may depend on whether she can overcome wariness about broader changes she’s seeking to...

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Iran votes in presidential poll tipped in hard-liner's favor

Jun. 18, 2021 02:04 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran began voting Friday in a presidential election tipped in the favor of a hard-line protege of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, fueling public apathy and sparking calls for a boycott in the Islamic Republic. State-linked...

Hong Kong newspaper increases print run after arrests

Jun. 18, 2021 03:15 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily on Friday increased its print run to 500,000 copies as residents showed support for the beleaguered press freedom a day after police arrested five top editors and executives and froze $2.3 million worth of assets under the...

AP Week in Pictures: North America

Jun. 18, 2021 02:56 AM EDT

JUNE 11 - 17, 2021 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published in the past week by The Associated Press from the North American region. The selection was curated by AP photo editor Courtney Dittmar in New York. ...

Ethiopia finally set to vote as PM vows 1st fair election

Jun. 18, 2021 02:42 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ethiopians will vote Monday in a landmark election overshadowed by reports of famine in the country’s war-hit Tigray region and beset by logistical problems that mean some people won’t be able to vote until September. The election is the...

Asian shares mostly rise as markets digest Fed moves

Jun. 18, 2021 02:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly rose Friday, as investors digested the latest message from the U.S. Federal Reserve on raising short-term interest rates by late 2023. Japan's benchmark lost earlier gains and inched down less than 0.1% in afternoon trading to...

Migrant family's presence on Greek island hints at pushbacks

Jun. 18, 2021 02:29 AM EDT

VATHY, Greece (AP) — Around dawn one recent spring day, an inflatable dinghy carrying nearly three dozen people reached the Greek island of Samos from the nearby Turkish coast. Within 24 hours, refugee rights groups say, the same group was seen drifting in a life raft back to Turkey. ...

3 dead, 2 missing after tubers go over North Carolina dam

Jun. 18, 2021 02:14 AM EDT

EDEN, N.C. (AP) — Three people are dead and two remain missing after a group floating down a North Carolina river on inflatable tubes went over a dam, authorities said Thursday. Rockingham County Emergency Services Director Rodney Cates told reporters that a group of...

Tropical system to bring heavy rain, flooding to Gulf Coast

Jun. 18, 2021 02:13 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters predict a tropical system will bring heavy rain, storm surge and coastal flooding to the northern Gulf Coast as early as Friday and throughout the weekend. A tropical storm warning was already in effect for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and...

EXPLAINER: India switches policy but still short of vaccines

Jun. 18, 2021 02:08 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Starting Monday, every Indian adult can get a COVID-19 vaccine dose for free that was purchased by the federal government. The policy reversal, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, ends a complex system of buying vaccines that worsened...

AP Interview: UN aid chief says we must tackle crises causes

Jun. 18, 2021 01:41 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The outgoing U.N. humanitarian chief warned that “the explosion” in needs for humanitarian assistance in recent years will keep getting worse until major powers tackle the root causes of hunger and desperation -- conflicts, extremism, climate change, poor...