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IS suspect arrested in Pakistan Embassy attack in Kabul

Dec. 05, 2022 05:28 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A member of the militant Islamic State group has been arrested in last week’s shooting attack targeting the Pakistani Embassy in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul, the spokesman of the Taliban government said. The attack, in which shots were fired at the embassy...

Indonesia's Mt. Semeru eruption buries homes, damages bridge

Dec. 05, 2022 05:18 AM EST

SUMBERWULUH, Indonesia (AP) — Improved weather conditions Monday allowed rescuers to resume evacuation efforts and a search for possible victims after the highest volcano on Indonesia’s most densely populated island erupted, triggered by monsoon rains. Mount Semeru in Lumajang...

N. Korea fires artillery near border in warning to S. Korea

Dec. 05, 2022 05:08 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired about 130 artillery rounds on Monday into the water near its western and eastern sea borders with South Korea, the latest military action contributing to worsening relations between the neighbors. North Korea’s military said the firings...

Japan police arrest 3 teachers in nursery abuse case

Dec. 05, 2022 04:24 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Police have arrested three teachers at a nursery school in central Japan on suspicion they routinely abused toddlers, including hitting their heads, holding them upside down and locking them up in a bathroom, in a case that triggered outrage and allegations of a cover-up. ...

World shares mixed, oil higher after Russia price cap pact

Dec. 05, 2022 03:57 AM EST

World shares were mixed and oil prices rose Monday after the European Union and the Group of Seven democracies agreed on a boycott of most Russian oil and committed to a price cap of $60 per barrel on Russian exports. Germany's DAX slipped 0.3% to 14,490.99 and the CAC 40 in Paris...

China eases controls, gives no sign when 'zero COVID' ends

Dec. 05, 2022 03:26 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China is easing some of the world’s most stringent anti-virus controls and authorities say new variants are weaker. But they have yet to say when they might end a “zero-COVID” strategy that confines millions of people to their homes and set off protests and demands for...

Protesters near White House demand 'Free China!'

Dec. 05, 2022 01:11 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 200 protesters lit candles and shouted “Free China!” two blocks from the White House on Sunday in a show of support for demonstrations in China calling for an end to severe anti-virus controls and for political change. Protesters in Freedom Plaza held up...

China reports 2 new COVID deaths as some restrictions eased

Dec. 04, 2022 22:29 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — China on Sunday reported two additional deaths from COVID-19 as some cities move cautiously to ease anti-pandemic restrictions following increasingly vocal public frustrations. The National Health Commission said one death was reported each in the provinces of...

Indonesia's Mt. Semeru unleashes lava river in new eruption

Dec. 04, 2022 19:53 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s highest volcano on its most densely populated island released searing gas clouds and rivers of lava Sunday in its latest eruption. Monsoon rains eroded and finally collapsed the lava dome atop 3,676-meter (12,060-foot) Mount Semeru, causing...

Group aiding kin of slain CIA officers comes out of shadows

Dec. 04, 2022 17:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Calista Anderson was at a sleepover when the email from a friend arrived. She was 12 years old and had just experienced the worst moment of her life: Her mother had been killed while working overseas. The email offered a further jolt. It linked to a news article...