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Trial opens in deadly collapse of Italy's Morandi Bridge

Jul. 07, 2022 07:22 AM EDT

GENOA, Italy (AP) — Fifty-nine people went on trial Thursday for the 2018 collapse of Genoa’s Morandi bridge, accused of manslaughter and other charges in the deaths of 43 people. The defendants include former executives and experts of the company that manages many of Italy’s...

Embattled UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson agrees to resign

Jul. 07, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson finally succumbed to political reality Thursday and agreed to resign after the latest ethics scandal around his leadership led some 50 senior lawmakers to quit the government. Johnson had clung to power for two days, defiantly...

EU warns of dire climate season ahead with droughts, fires

Jul. 07, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive warned on Thursday that the continent is facing one of its toughest years when it comes to natural disasters like droughts and wildfires because of increasing climate change. With extremely dry weather hitting several Mediterranean...

Bulls run in Pamplona for 1st time since 2019; no one gored

Jul. 07, 2022 07:04 AM EDT

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — The first bull run in three years took place Thursday at the San Fermín festival in the Spanish city of Pamplona. No one was gored, but several runners took knocks and hard falls as tens of thousands people reveled in the return of one of Europe's most famous traditional...

UK warship seizes advanced Iranian missiles bound for Yemen

Jul. 07, 2022 06:54 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A British Royal Navy vessel seized a sophisticated shipment of Iranian missiles in the Gulf of Oman earlier this year, officials said Thursday, pointing to the interdiction as proof of Tehran’s support for Yemen’s Houthi rebels in the embattled country. ...

Russia taking 'operational pause' in Ukraine, analysts say

Jul. 07, 2022 06:05 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Foreign analysts say Russia may be temporarily easing its offensive in Ukraine as the Russian military attempts to reassemble its forces for a renewed assault. On Wednesday, Russian forces made no claimed or assessed territorial gains in Ukraine “for the...

German lawmakers back plan to expand renewable energy

Jul. 07, 2022 06:52 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers on Thursday approved a major package of reforms aimed at boosting the production of renewable power, as Chancellor Olaf Scholz warned that the country has for too long relied on energy supplies from Russia. The government unveiled its 600-page...

China lashes out at US, British intelligence services

Jul. 07, 2022 06:23 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The United States is “the biggest threat to world peace, stability and development," China said Thursday, continuing its sharp rhetoric in response to U.S. accusations of Chinese spying and threats to the international order. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao...

From Brexit to Partygate, a timeline of Johnson's career

Jul. 07, 2022 06:02 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — He was the mayor who basked in the glory of hosting the 2012 London Olympics, and the man who led the Conservatives to a thumping election victory on the back of his promise to “get Brexit done.” But Boris Johnson's time as prime minister was marred by his...

Boris Johnson reached the top but was felled by his flaws

Jul. 07, 2022 05:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson wanted to be like his hero Winston Churchill: a larger-than-life character who led Britain through a time of crisis. He was felled by crises of his own making, as a trickle of ethics allegations became a flood that engulfed his government and turned his own party...