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For many Ukrainians, life is split in two: Before and after the war. This is one family's story

Feb. 21, 2024 00:16 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Kateryna Dmytryk had been waiting for this moment for almost two years — nearly all of her young son’s life. Side by side, they ran, 2-year-old Timur leading the way as snow crunched beneath their feet. A slender, pale man made his way to the pair from the...

How the Kremlin weaponized Russian history — and has used it to justify the war in Ukraine

Feb. 21, 2024 07:06 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Earlier this month, when Tucker Carlson asked Vladimir Putin about his reasons for invading Ukraine two years ago, Putin gave him a lecture on Russian history. The 71-year-old Russian leader spent more than 20 minutes showering a baffled Carlson with dates and names going...

Live updates | Israeli strikes across Gaza kill 67 Palestinians overnight

Feb. 21, 2024 11:53 AM EST

Israeli strikes across Gaza killed at least 67 Palestinians overnight and into Wednesday, including in areas where civilians have been told to seek refuge. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al-Balah says it received 44 bodies after multiple strikes in central Gaza. Associated...

James Biden appears for GOP interview as FBI informant's arrest casts new doubt on impeachment

Feb. 21, 2024 11:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — James Biden arrived for a private interview Wednesday on Capitol Hill as part of House Republicans' impeachment inquiry into his brother, President Joe Biden. The interview with the younger Biden is the latest in a series that GOP lawmakers have conducted...

It's an election year, and Biden's team is signaling a more aggressive posture toward the press

Feb. 21, 2024 10:02 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Occupants of the White House have grumbled over news coverage practically since the place was built. Now it's Joe Biden's turn: With a reelection campaign underway, there are signs that those behind the president are starting to more aggressively and publicly challenge how he is...

WikiLeaks’ Assange went far beyond journalism and should face spying charges, lawyers for US say

Feb. 21, 2024 10:16 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should face espionage charges in the United States because he put innocent lives at risk and went beyond journalism in his bid to solicit, steal and indiscriminately publish classified U.S. government documents, lawyers for the American government...

Woman who says she was abused spiritually and sexually by a once-famous Jesuit demands transparency

Feb. 21, 2024 11:46 AM EST

ROME (AP) — One of the first women who accused a once-exalted Jesuit artist of spiritual, psychological and sexual abuse went public Wednesday to demand transparency from the Vatican and a full accounting of the hierarchs who covered for him for 30 years. Gloria Branciani, 59,...

A young man dies as clashes erupt between police and protesting farmers in India

Feb. 21, 2024 12:05 PM EST

SHAMBHU, India (AP) — Clashes between farmers and police in India left one protester dead Wednesday as the farmers resumed their march to the capital after talks with the government failed to end an impasse over their demands for guaranteed crop prices. Indian farmers began their...

Private US spacecraft enters orbit around the moon ahead of landing attempt

Feb. 21, 2024 11:10 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A private U.S. lunar lander reached the moon and eased into a low orbit Wednesday, a day before it will attempt an even greater feat — landing on the gray, dusty surface. A smooth touchdown would put the U.S. back in business on the moon for the first...

Can a healthier plant-based burger combat falling US sales? Beyond Meat hopes so

Feb. 21, 2024 10:29 AM EST

Beyond Meat is revamping its signature plant-based burger, hoping that healthier ingredients will help it boost flagging U.S. sales. The El Segundo, California-based company said Wednesday its new Beyond Burger patties and Beyond Beef grounds cut saturated fat by 60% by switching...

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European diplomats have condemned the closed-door trial of a Catholic activist in Belarus

Feb. 21, 2024 12:22 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — European diplomats in Belarus have condemned the trial of a Catholic activist in Minsk as “unfair” and “politically motivated.” Uladzislau Beladzed's trial began behind closed doors at Minsk City Court on Wednesday. The 33-year-old...

Mexican police confirm grisly gang video showing bodies kicked, burned and shot

Feb. 21, 2024 12:18 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in Mexico said Wednesday they have largely confirmed the contents of a grisly drug cartel video showing gunmen shooting, kicking and burning the corpses of their enemies. In a country where videos of decapitations and executions have appeared on...

State media say an Israeli strike kills 2 in a Damascus residential area. Another kills 2 in Lebanon

Feb. 21, 2024 12:15 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli strikes hit a neighborhood of the Syrian capital on Wednesday morning, killing two people and causing material damage, Syria's state TV said. There was no confirmation of the strikes from Israel. In neighboring Lebanon, state media and security...

Financially struggling Met Opera to present 18 productions next season, the fewest since 1980-81

Feb. 21, 2024 12:10 PM EST

The financially struggling Metropolitan Opera will present 18 productions in 2024-25, matching the current season and pandemic-curtailed 2019-20 for the fewest since 14 in strike-shortened 1980-81. Met general manager Peter Gelb kept up his pivot to contemporary works, starting the...

School dress codes promote discipline. But many Black students see traces of racism

Feb. 21, 2024 12:10 PM EST

For as long as schools have policed hairstyles as part of their dress codes, some students have seen the rules as attempts to deny their cultural and religious identities. Nowhere have school rules on hair been a bigger flashpoint than in Texas, where a trial this week is set to...

Alabama lawmakers would define man and woman based on sperm and ova

Feb. 21, 2024 12:09 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers are advancing legislation that would strictly define who is considered female and male based on their reproductive systems. Opponents said the move could erode the rights of transgender and intersex people in the state. “There are only...

A young man dies as clashes erupt between police and protesting farmers in India

Feb. 21, 2024 12:05 PM EST

SHAMBHU, India (AP) — Clashes between farmers and police in India left one protester dead Wednesday as the farmers resumed their march to the capital after talks with the government failed to end an impasse over their demands for guaranteed crop prices. Indian farmers began their...

Iowa school district paying $20K to settle gender policy lawsuit

Feb. 21, 2024 12:04 PM EST

MARION, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa school board has reached an agreement resolving a lawsuit over a now-rescinded district policy that allowed students to request a gender support plan to begin socially transitioning at school, without the permission of their parents. Linn-Mar Community...

Wheeling University president suspended with pay, no reason given

Feb. 21, 2024 12:00 PM EST

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A private West Virginia university that has struggled financially said it has suspended its president with pay. The Wheeling University Board of Trustees announced in an email Tuesday that President Ginny Favede was relieved of all duties, news outlets...

Richonne rises in 'The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live' starring Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira

Feb. 21, 2024 11:59 AM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Danai Gurira remembers a moment filming “ The Walking Dead ” which she now believes contributed to the future pairing of her character Michonne with Andrew Lincoln's Rick. It was during season three, Gurira's first season on the show. The scene featured...