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NATO poised to sign accession protocols for Sweden, Finland

Jul. 05, 2022 03:22 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The 30 NATO allies are set to sign off on the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland on Tuesday, sending the membership bids of the two nations to the alliance capitals for legislative approvals. The move will further increase Russia's strategic isolation in the...

Companies could face hurdles covering abortion travel costs

Jul. 05, 2022 03:05 AM EDT

After the U.S. Supreme Court revoked the federal right to an abortion that's been in place for half a century, companies like Amazon, Disney, Apple and JP Morgan pledged to cover travel costs for employees who live in states where the procedure is now illegal so they can terminate pregnancies. ...

Sydney floods burden 50,000 around Australia's largest city

Jul. 05, 2022 02:50 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Australia (AP) — Hundreds of homes have been inundated in and around Australia’s largest city in a flood emergency that was causing trouble for 50,000 people, officials said Tuesday. Emergency response teams made 100 rescues overnight of people trapped in cars on...

High cost of Russia gains in Ukraine could limit new advance

Jul. 05, 2022 02:37 AM EDT

After more than four months of ferocious fighting, Russia claimed a key victory: full control over one of the two provinces in Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland. But Moscow’s rout of the last remaining bulwark of Ukrainian resistance in Luhansk province came at a steep...

Ukrainians displaced near Kyiv fear for war-damaged homes

Jul. 05, 2022 02:35 AM EDT

BORODYANKA, Ukraine (AP) — Valentyna Klymenko tries to return home as late as possible to avoid the darkness of her war-damaged home outside Ukraine's capital. She visits friends, goes to the well for water or looks for a place to charge her phone. The 70-year-old Klymenko then...

Chinese envoy expresses concern over US tariffs with Yellen

Jul. 05, 2022 01:26 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s envoy to trade war talks with Washington expressed concern about U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports during a phone call Tuesday with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, the Ministry of Commerce announced, but it gave no indication of progress toward resolving an array of...

In Kashmir, 'conscious music' tests India’s limits on speech

Jul. 05, 2022 02:05 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Sarfaraz Javaid thumps his chest rhythmically in the music video, swaying to the guitar and letting his throaty voice ring out through the forest: “What kind of soot has shrouded the sky? It has turned my world dark. ... Why has the home been entrusted to strangers?” ...

Australian central bank boosts rate for 3rd month in a row

Jul. 05, 2022 01:59 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s central bank on Tuesday lifted its benchmark interest rate for a third time in three straight months, changing the cash rate to 1.35% from 0.85%. The Reserve Bank of Australia’s half a percentage point rise was the same size as its June...

Asia shares rise on optimism about easing COVID restrictions

Jul. 05, 2022 01:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares advanced Monday across the board as buying set in after the lull of a U.S. national holiday. Analysts said the optimism may be driven by expectations the U.S. may decide to cut Chinese tariffs, a welcome move that would also help tame inflation. ...

Hong Kong's John Lee stresses balance in easing quarantine

Jul. 05, 2022 00:12 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s new leader John Lee said Tuesday at his first news conference since taking office that he will work on easing restrictions for travelers while balancing the risks of a coronavirus outbreak overwhelming the health care system. Hong Kong and mainland...