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Top UN court orders Israel to halt military offensive in Rafah, though Israel is unlikely to comply

May. 24, 2024 15:11 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations' top court ordered Israel on Friday to immediately halt its military offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, but stopped short of ordering a cease-fire for the enclave. Although Israel is unlikely to comply with the order, it will ratchet up...

Egypt agrees to send aid trucks through Israeli crossing to Gaza but impact is unclear

May. 24, 2024 15:47 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Egypt said Friday it has agreed to send U.N. humanitarian aid trucks through Israel’s main crossing into Gaza, but it remained unclear if they will be able to enter the territory as fighting raged in the southern city of Rafah amid Israel’s escalating offensive there....

Emergency convoy takes provisions to survivors of devastating landslide in Papua New Guinea

May. 25, 2024 00:33 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An emergency convoy was delivering food, water and other provisions Saturday to stunned survivors of a landslide that devastated a remote village in the mountains of Papua New Guinea and was feared to have buried scores of people, officials said. An...

Trump swaps bluster for silence, and possibly sleep, in his hush money trial

May. 24, 2024 00:13 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump isn’t known for letting slights pass. Yet for weeks, the famously combative presumptive Republican nominee has sat silently — to the point of sometimes seeming asleep — in a sterile Manhattan courtroom amid a barrage of accusations and insults. ...

Prosecutors seek to bar Trump from statements endangering law enforcement in classified records case

May. 24, 2024 22:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Friday asked the judge overseeing the classified documents case against Donald Trump to bar the former president from public statements that “pose a significant, imminent, and foreseeable danger to law enforcement agents” participating in the...

Young missionary couple from US among 3 killed by gunmen in Haiti's capital, family says

May. 24, 2024 19:22 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A U.S. missionary couple and a Haitian man who worked with them were shot and killed by gang members in Haiti’s capital after they were attacked while leaving a youth group activity held at a local church, a family member said Friday. The attack...

Uvalde families sue Meta and Call of Duty maker on second anniversary of school attack

May. 24, 2024 22:38 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Families in Uvalde took more legal action Friday on the second anniversary of the Robb Elementary School attack, suing Meta Platforms, which owns Instagram, and the maker of the video game Call of Duty over claims the companies bear responsibility for products used by the...

More severe weather moves through Midwest as Iowa residents clean up tornado damage

May. 24, 2024 18:06 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Several tornadoes were reported in Iowa and Illinois as storms downed power lines and trees on Friday, just days after a deadly twister devastated one small town. The large storm system began overnight in Nebraska before traveling across central Iowa and...

Louisiana governor signs bill making two abortion drugs controlled dangerous substances

May. 24, 2024 19:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — First-of-its-kind legislation that classifies two abortion-inducing drugs as controlled and dangerous substances was signed into law Friday by Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry. The Republican governor announced his signing of the bill in Baton Rouge a day after it...

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin resumes duty after undergoing procedure at Walter Reed

May. 24, 2024 22:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin underwent a medical procedure at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Friday evening and has resumed duty after temporarily transferring power to his deputy, Pentagon press secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder said in a statement. ...

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Millions vote in India's grueling election with Prime Minister Modi's party likely to win a 3rd term

May. 25, 2024 00:38 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Millions of Indians are voting Saturday in the next-to-last round of a grueling national election with a combined opposition trying to rattle Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign for a third-consecutive term for himself and his Hindu nationalist party. Many...

Emergency convoy takes provisions to survivors of devastating landslide in Papua New Guinea

May. 25, 2024 00:33 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An emergency convoy was delivering food, water and other provisions Saturday to stunned survivors of a landslide that devastated a remote village in the mountains of Papua New Guinea and was feared to have buried scores of people, officials said. An...

American is flying home after getting suspended sentence for ammo possession in Turks and Caicos

May. 25, 2024 00:20 AM EDT

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands (AP) — An American arrested in the Caribbean for illegally carrying ammunition received a suspended sentence Friday, according to a spokesperson for the Turks and Caicos Islands, and his spokesman said he was flying back to the United States. ...

Ranked-choice voting has challenged the status quo. Its popularity will be tested in November

May. 25, 2024 00:11 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s new election system — with open primaries and ranked voting — has been a model for those in other states who are frustrated by political polarization and a sense that voters lack real choice at the ballot box. Used for the first time in 2022,...

What we know about the young missionaries and religious leader killed in Haiti

May. 25, 2024 00:09 AM EDT

The local director of a mission group in Haiti and a missionary couple from the U.S. were attacked and fatally shot by gang members after leaving a youth group activity at a church, a family member told The Associated Press. Thursday’s slayings of Jude Montis, the local director...

Trump will address the Libertarian Party convention as he goes after Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

May. 25, 2024 00:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is addressing the Libertarian National Convention on Saturday night, courting a segment of mostly conservative voters that has often been skeptical of the Republican former president while trying to ensure attendees aren't drawn to independent White House hopeful...

Jackie Robinson is rebuilt in bronze in Colorado after theft of statue from Kansas park

May. 25, 2024 00:08 AM EDT

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — As he coats a mold of Jackie Robinson with wax, metalsmith Alex Haines reflected on the extra importance of a project that will soon give the city of Wichita, Kansas, a replacement bronze statue of the baseball icon after thieves brazenly destroyed the original. ...

Shrine honors cats at a Japanese island where they outnumber humans

May. 25, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

TASHIROJIMA, Japan (AP) — On a small island off Japan’s northeastern coast, visitors make offerings at a shrine for unlikely local guardians: cats. The “Neko Jinja,” or Cat Shrine, mythologizes cats as guardian angels of Tashirojima, where cats outnumber humans. ...

UN court order demanding Israel to halt Gaza offensive further isolates US position

May. 25, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A ruling by the top United Nations court ordering Israel to halt its military offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah has deepened its disconnect with the United States over an operation that faces mounting international condemnation but that American officials describe, at...

Trump TV: Internet broadcaster beams the ex-president's message directly to his MAGA faithful

May. 25, 2024 00:04 AM EDT

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — On the second floor of a single-family home in a sprawling suburban development, a three-member production crew sat behind banks of computer monitors and guided the conservative Right Side Broadcasting Network’s coverage of a recent Donald Trump rally. ...