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Russian troops storm city amid eastern Ukraine bombardments

May. 29, 2022 06:29 AM EDT

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian troops engaged in close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city Sunday as Moscow’s soldiers, supported by intense shelling, attempted to gain strategic footholds in the region while facing fierce Ukrainian resistance. Ukrainian...

'Now I am a beggar': Fleeing the Russian advance in Ukraine

May. 29, 2022 00:44 AM EDT

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — As Russian forces press their offensive to take the eastern Ukrainian cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk, civilians who have managed to flee say intensified shelling over the past week left them unable to even venture out from basement bomb shelters. ...

Biden called again to mourn with a city stricken by grief

May. 29, 2022 00:10 AM EDT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are hoping to console a city stricken by grief and anger when they meet with families affected by the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school that killed 19 students and two teachers. The visit to Uvalde on...

Uvalde a mix of pride and anger as it grieves school attack

May. 28, 2022 19:31 PM EDT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Days after a local man burst into an elementary school and killed 19 children and two teachers before officers managed to kill him, the signs of grief, solidarity and local pride are everywhere in Uvalde. Many are wearing maroon, the color for Uvalde's school...

TIMELINE: Texas elementary school shooting, minute by minute

May. 28, 2022 16:57 PM EDT

In the hours and days following the fatal shooting of 19 children and their two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, authorities gave shifting and at times contradictory information of what happened and how they responded. The investigation of the massacre...

Unrest erupts at Jerusalem site ahead of nationalist march

May. 29, 2022 05:49 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Nearly 2,000 Jewish pilgrims visited Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site early Sunday ahead of a nationalist parade through the Old City, prompting Palestinians barricaded inside the Al Aqsa Mosque to throw rocks and fireworks at the visitors and nearby Israeli police. ...

Severe water shortages strain wheat harvest in Iraq

May. 29, 2022 02:15 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Salah Chelab crushed a husk of wheat plucked from his sprawling farmland south of Baghdad and inspected its seeds in the palm of one hand. They were several grams lighter than he hoped. “It’s because of the water shortages,” he said, the farm machine roaring...

Chinatowns more vibrant after pandemic, anti-Asian violence

May. 29, 2022 01:38 AM EDT

The last week of April was a whirlwind for San Francisco's Chinatown. The storied neighborhood debuted the “AAPI Community Heroes Mural," a mostly black and white depiction of 12 mostly unsung Asian American and Pacific Islander figures on the wall of a bank. Three days later...

Colombians to vote for president amid generalized discontent

May. 29, 2022 00:07 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians emerging from the coronavirus pandemic will vote for their next president Sunday, choosing from six candidates who all promise various degrees of change amid rising inequality, inflation, violence and a discontent with the status quo. The ballot...

UK to hold days-long bash to celebrate queen's 70-year reign

May. 29, 2022 02:36 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain is getting ready for a party featuring mounted troops, solemn prayers — and a pack of dancing mechanical corgis. The nation will celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne this week with four days of pomp and pageantry in central London. But...

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UN envoy decries Sudan violence after 2 killed in protests

May. 29, 2022 07:23 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Sudan on Sunday decried the killing of two people in a violent crackdown against pro-democracy protesters who once again took to the streets of the capital to denounce an October military coup. Hundreds of people marched Saturday in Khartoum, where...

Russian troops storm city amid eastern Ukraine bombardments

May. 29, 2022 06:29 AM EDT

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian troops engaged in close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city Sunday as Moscow’s soldiers, supported by intense shelling, attempted to gain strategic footholds in the region while facing fierce Ukrainian resistance. Ukrainian...

N. Korea moves to soften curbs amid doubts over COVID counts

May. 29, 2022 05:54 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and other top officials discussed revising stringent anti-epidemic restrictions during a meeting Sunday, state media reported, as they maintained a widely disputed claim that the country’s first COVID-19 outbreak is slowing. ...

Unrest erupts at Jerusalem site ahead of nationalist march

May. 29, 2022 05:49 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Nearly 2,000 Jewish pilgrims visited Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site early Sunday ahead of a nationalist parade through the Old City, prompting Palestinians barricaded inside the Al Aqsa Mosque to throw rocks and fireworks at the visitors and nearby Israeli police. ...

Plane with 22 people on board missing in Nepal's mountains

May. 29, 2022 05:16 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A small airplane with 22 people on board flying on a popular tourist route was missing in Nepal’s mountains on Sunday, an official said. The Tara Airlines plane, which was on a 15-minute scheduled flight to the mountain town of Jomsom, took off from the...

Son will reopen the neighborhood library

May. 29, 2022 03:41 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Walter Smith Jr. knew what had to be done, but it took time before he was emotionally ready. On the corner of N. Albany Avenue and W. Cypress Street, his father, Walter Smith Sr., started a library in two small homes, one of which was built by their family. ...

Jacksonville's port joins deep-water club for Asian cargo

May. 29, 2022 03:26 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville officially entered the era of deeper water for cargo ships as it became the third Southeast port to complete a mega-dredge so it can handle more cargo containers from fast-growing Asian shippers. A contractor for the U.S. Army Corps of...

Champions League chaos: Tear gas fired at Liverpool fans

May. 29, 2022 03:18 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Riot police fired tear gas and pepper spray at Liverpool supporters forced to endure lengthy waits to get into the Champions League final amid logistical chaos and an attempt by UEFA and French authorities to blame overcrowding at turnstiles on people trying to access the stadium...

Beijing, Shanghai ease COVID restrictions as outbreaks fade

May. 29, 2022 02:39 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Shoppers returned to the malls of Beijing on Sunday as the Chinese capital relaxed pandemic restrictions after declaring a small but persistent COVID-19 outbreak effectively under control. A partial reopening of stores and offices in Beijing was welcomed by a weary...

UK to hold days-long bash to celebrate queen's 70-year reign

May. 29, 2022 02:36 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain is getting ready for a party featuring mounted troops, solemn prayers — and a pack of dancing mechanical corgis. The nation will celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne this week with four days of pomp and pageantry in central London. But...