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Xi defends vision of Hong Kong as 25-year anniversary marked

Jul. 01, 2022 01:13 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday defended his vision of the “one country, two systems" framework against accusations by the U.S., U.K. and others that Beijing has undermined the freedoms and autonomy promised to Hong Kong for 50 years. In a speech marking...

Thailand says Myanmar apologized for airspace violation

Jul. 01, 2022 01:12 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand said Friday that neighboring Myanmar has apologized after one of its fighter jets crossed into Thai airspace on a bombing run along the border, forcing authorities to evacuate hundreds of schoolchildren and scramble air force jets to the area. Prime Minister...

N. Korea suggests balloons flown from South brought COVID-19

Jul. 01, 2022 01:01 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea suggested Friday its COVID-19 outbreak began in people who had contact with balloons flown from South Korea — a highly questionable claim that appeared to be an attempt to hold its rival responsible amid increasing tensions. Activists for...

Asian shares mostly lower after pessimistic 'tankan' survey

Jun. 30, 2022 23:50 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian benchmarks were mostly lower on Friday, echoing a decline on Wall Street, after a quarterly report by Japan’s central bank rekindled worries about the world’s third largest economy. Recent data suggest global growth is slowing as countries grapple with...

Mudslide leaves 16 dead, over 70 missing in northeast India

Jun. 30, 2022 23:50 PM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Rescuers found two more bodies as they resumed clearing operations after an overnight halt looking for nearly 70 missing people after a mudslide triggered by weeks of heavy downpours killed at least 16 people at a railroad construction site in India's northeast, officials...

UN extends arms embargo on armed groups in volatile Congo

Jun. 30, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution Thursday extending an arms embargo on armed groups in Congo, which is facing an upsurge in violence in the mineral-rich east, with Russia, China and its three African members abstaining. Congo’s government has...

Russian forces leave Snake Island, keep up eastern assault

Jun. 30, 2022 17:27 PM EDT

SLOVIANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces withdrew from a strategic Black Sea island Thursday, potentially easing the threat to the vital Ukrainian port city of Odesa, but kept up their push to encircle the last stronghold of resistance in the eastern province of Luhansk. The...

Biden notched gains at summit; returns to turmoil at home

Jun. 30, 2022 16:47 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The dissonant realities of President Joe Biden’s second year in office were on display Thursday as he wound up a five-day trip to Europe that highlighted both the key U.S. role in mounting a strong allied response to Vladimir Putin’s aggression and the domestic turmoil that is...

Live updates | Trudeau: Canada to up Latvia troop presence

Jun. 30, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the final day of the NATO summit in Madrid: ___ Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will increase Canada's troop presence in Latvia as part of NATO’s commitment to strengthen its deterrence measures along...

Mudslide in northeast India leaves 14 dead, over 30 missing

Jun. 30, 2022 13:39 PM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Pounding rain following weeks of heavy downpours triggered a mudslide in northeast India that killed at least 14 people and left more than 30 others missing, authorities said Thursday. Disaster response workers, police and local villagers were trying to rescue...