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Trump swaps bluster for silence, and possibly sleep, in his hush money trial

May. 24, 2024 00:13 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump isn’t known for letting slights pass. Yet for weeks, the famously combative presumptive Republican nominee has sat silently — to the point of sometimes seeming asleep — in a sterile Manhattan courtroom amid a barrage of accusations and insults. ...

The bodies of 3 more hostages are recovered from Gaza by the Israeli army

May. 24, 2024 06:11 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The bodies of three more hostages killed on Oct 7. were recovered overnight from Gaza, Israel's army said Friday, as the top United Nations court prepares to rule on whether Israel must halt its military operations and withdraw from the enclave. The bodies...

The top UN court is set to rule on a request for it to order Israel to halt its offensive in Gaza

May. 24, 2024 03:51 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The top United Nations court is ruling Friday on an urgent plea by South Africa to order Israel to halt its military operations in Gaza and withdraw from the enclave. Israel is unlikely to comply with any such order. Even so, a cease-fire order by...

'Green blitz': As election nears, Biden pushes slew of rules on environment, other priorities

May. 24, 2024 00:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As he tries to secure his legacy, President Joe Biden has unleashed a flurry of election-year rules on the environment and other topics, including a landmark regulation that would force coal-fired power plants to capture smokestack emissions or shut down. The...

More than 100 people believed killed by a landslide in Papua New Guinea, Australian media report

May. 24, 2024 06:18 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — More than 100 people are believed to have been killed Friday in a landslide that buried a village in a remote, mountainous part of Papua New Guinea, and an emergency response is underway, the South Pacific island nation's leader and news media said. The...

NCAA, leagues back $2.8 billion settlement, setting stage for current, former athletes to be paid

May. 23, 2024 23:04 PM EDT

The NCAA and the nation's five biggest conferences announced Thursday night that they have agreed to pay nearly $2.8 billion to settle a host of antitrust claims, a monumental decision that sets the stage for a groundbreaking revenue-sharing model that could start steering millions of dollars...

A fire in an apartment building in Hanoi, Vietnam, kills 14 people and injures 6

May. 24, 2024 03:10 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — An overnight fire in an apartment building on a narrow alley in Vietnam's capital killed 14 people and injured six others, state media said Friday. The apartment building in central Hanoi could only be accessed through an alley just 2 meters (6.5 feet) wide,...

Fire at chemical factory in India kills at least 9, with searchers looking for more victims

May. 24, 2024 03:15 AM EDT

THANE, India (AP) — Rescuers combed through piles of debris and wreckage Friday searching for bodies after an explosion and fire at a chemical factory in western India killed at least nine people and injured 64 others, officials said. The explosion in the factory’s boiler on...

Top Russian military officials are being arrested. Why is it happening?

May. 24, 2024 06:22 AM EDT

It began last month with the arrest of a Russian deputy defense minister. Then the head of the ministry’s personnel directorate was hauled into court. This week, two more senior military officials were detained. All face charges of corruption, which they have denied. The arrests...

China sends dozens of warplanes and ships near Taiwan to show its anger over island's new leaders

May. 24, 2024 03:45 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan tracked dozens of Chinese warplanes and navy vessels off its coast on Friday, the second day of a large military exercise launched by Beijing to show its anger over the self-governing island's inauguration of new leaders who refuse to accept its insistence that Taiwan...

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Thai town maddened by marauding monkeys launches plan to lock them up and send them away

May. 24, 2024 06:33 AM EDT

LOPBURI, Thailand (AP) — A Thai town, run ragged by its ever-growing population of marauding wild monkeys, launched an offensive against the simian raiders on Friday, using trickery and ripe tropical fruit. Several high-profile cases of monkey-human conflict recently convinced...

UN countries adopt treaty to better trace origins of genetic resources under global patent system

May. 24, 2024 06:27 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — U.N. member countries on Friday concluded a new treaty to help ensure that traditional knowledge about genetic resources, like medicines derived from exotic plants in the Andes mountains, is properly traced. It marks the first time the 193 member states of the...

Harris announces plans to help give 80% of Africa access to the internet by 2030, up from 40% now

May. 24, 2024 06:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris is announcing the formation of a new partnership to help provide internet access to 80% of Africa by 2030, up from roughly 40% now. Friday's announcement comes as follow-through on Harris' visit to the continent last year in...

A British neonatal nurse convicted of killing 7 babies loses her bid to appeal

May. 24, 2024 06:24 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British neonatal nurse who was convicted of murdering seven babies and the attempted murder of six others has lost her bid to appeal. Lucy Letby, 34, had asked for permission to challenge the verdict after she was convicted and sentenced to life in prison last year....

Top Russian military officials are being arrested. Why is it happening?

May. 24, 2024 06:22 AM EDT

It began last month with the arrest of a Russian deputy defense minister. Then the head of the ministry’s personnel directorate was hauled into court. This week, two more senior military officials were detained. All face charges of corruption, which they have denied. The arrests...

US pushes for Ukraine aid, united front against China's trade practices at G7 finance meeting

May. 24, 2024 06:20 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The U.S. sought to build support for squeezing more money for Ukraine out of frozen Russian assets and for uniting against China’s trade practices as finance ministers from the Group of Seven rich democracies opened a two-day meeting on Friday on the shores of northern...

More than 100 people believed killed by a landslide in Papua New Guinea, Australian media report

May. 24, 2024 06:18 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — More than 100 people are believed to have been killed Friday in a landslide that buried a village in a remote, mountainous part of Papua New Guinea, and an emergency response is underway, the South Pacific island nation's leader and news media said. The...

Police officer detained after 7th death in France's restive New Caledonia territory

May. 24, 2024 06:15 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The French prosecutor for New Caledonia says a police officer has been taken into custody after shooting and killing a man when the officer was set upon by a group of about 15 people. Yves Dupas says the officer is believed to have fired one shot, killing a 48-year-old...

UK Parliament to break up ahead of election day with pomp, ceremony and hard-nosed politics

May. 24, 2024 06:14 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s lawmakers will leave Parliament on Friday for the last time before an election is held in six weeks. Some will never return -– members of Parliament who are retiring or who lose their seats on July 4 face an abrupt readjustment to life outside politics. ...

The bodies of 3 more hostages are recovered from Gaza by the Israeli army

May. 24, 2024 06:11 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The bodies of three more hostages killed on Oct 7. were recovered overnight from Gaza, Israel's army said Friday, as the top United Nations court prepares to rule on whether Israel must halt its military operations and withdraw from the enclave. The bodies...