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Live Updates: Russia-Ukraine War

Oct. 07, 2022 16:53 PM EDT

KYIV — A Ukrainian official says the bodies of 530 people have been discovered in recaptured areas of Kharkiv region since Sept. 7. Ukraine's First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Yevhen Yenin said Friday the bodies included those 225 women, 257 men and 19 children, while 29...

Biden's 'Armageddon' talk edges beyond bounds of US intel

Oct. 07, 2022 15:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s warning that the world is at risk of a nuclear “Armageddon” was designed to send an unvarnished message that no one should underestimate the extraordinary danger if Russia deploys tactical nuclear weapons in its war against Ukraine, administration...

Biden's 'Armageddon' talk edges beyond bounds of US intel

Oct. 07, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s warning that the world is at risk of a nuclear “Armageddon” was designed to send an unvarnished message that no one should underestimate the extraordinary danger if Russia deploys tactical nuclear weapons in its war against Ukraine, administration...

Commerce tightens export controls on high end chips to China

Oct. 07, 2022 14:37 PM EDT

The Commerce Department is tightening export controls to limit China's ability to get advanced computing chips, develop and maintain supercomputers, and make advanced semiconductors. The department said Friday that its updated export controls are focusing on these areas because China...

Pink diamond breaks auction record in Hong Kong

Oct. 07, 2022 10:36 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A pink diamond was sold for $49.9 million in Hong Kong on Friday, setting a world record for the highest price per carat for a diamond sold at auction. The 11.15-carat Williamson Pink Star diamond, auctioned by Sotheby’s Hong Kong, sold for $392 million Hong Kong...

UN rights body agrees to appoint expert to scrutinize Russia

Oct. 07, 2022 09:46 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights body voted Friday to appoint an independent expert to step up scrutiny of Russia's rights record at home as arbitrary arrests, a crackdown on dissenting voices and limits on free speech worsen during the war in Ukraine. The 47-member Human...

UN expert says Japan should do more for Fukushima evacuees

Oct. 07, 2022 09:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A United Nations human rights expert urged Japan's government on Friday to provide evacuees from the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster with more support, including housing, jobs and other needs, regardless of whether they fled forcibly or not. Wrapping up an...

US sanctions Asian firms over North Korean fuel shipments

Oct. 07, 2022 09:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the midst of increasingly aggressive North Korean missile launches this week, the U.S. on Friday imposed sanctions on people and firms in Asia accused of helping North Korea procure fuel in violation of U.N. sanctions. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets...

K-pop group BTS members face possible military conscription

Oct. 07, 2022 07:02 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s military appears to want to conscript members of the K-pop supergroup BTS for mandatory military duties, as the public remains sharply divided over whether they should be given exemptions. Lee Ki Sik, commissioner of the Military Manpower...

US carrier, S. Korea warships start new drills amid tensions

Oct. 07, 2022 05:48 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan launched a new round of naval drills with South Korean warships on Friday, a day after North Korea fired more ballistic missiles and flew warplanes in an escalation of tensions with its rivals. The...